I was looking for somewhere special to take my mother for her birthday and had heard some good reviews about this quaint little place. It specialises in cakes, confections and high tea, so was an ideal choice for such an occasion!
The outside is enticing enough, looking more like somewhere from Chelsea, London in the summer. Once you step inside you are instantly treated like a VIP with tentative service and three courses served to you with multiple pots of tea or coffee. However if some of you are not so keen on tea (even though the list was as long as my arm in choice) they do serve up a rather tasty hot chocolate, but it does cost an extra $4.50.
Hot chocolate with a huge marshmallow!
The cutlery and tea cups could give your grandmother's best china a run for its money. Looking more like a collection from Downton Abbey than your cupboards collection. However I was slightly disappointed with the courses being served up on plates rather than the traditional high tea tier stands.
Beautiful set up for high tea
The High Tea experience consisted of a savoury plate of little bites, which had some very different but tasty flavours. Our plate included artichoke with goats cheese, courgette fritter, mini fish pies and a chicken roulade roll with popcorn.
Then a refreshing palate cleanser of watermelon and strawberry sorbet ice lollies followed by the final sweet course of a variety of cakes and pastries. Additionally there was a pot of delicious cherry and chocolate ice-cream to compliment the cakes. Don't be fooled by the small portion sizes, the last bite is quite some effort!
For $49 per person it is quite an exceptional experience, definitely a good idea if wanting to go out with the girls, but bookings are essential as this secret has got out and is very popular. Children are accepted here but with the price set and potentially not everything on the menu being to a child's taste I suggest just taking your girlfriends or family rather than the kids! You are given an 1 hour 45 minutes to enjoy this experience which is plenty of time to catch up with the girls and to indulge in sweet and savoury delights.
My only complaint about this place is the actual venue. With the high ceilings and large rooms it gets quite loud and at times hard to hear someone talking only two seats away from you! You are also on high stools with multiple groups on each long table so not quite as cosy a setting as some may hope for. Finally maybe because summer settings are still on, but the air con was far too cold for that day and we actually got rather uncomfortable.
Overall a rather luxurious experience and sets the bar high for any other venue that provides high tea. Just make sure you go on an empty stomach!
Mhmmm, not really. On a busy day staff is overwhelmed (and rude in the bargain). We didn't get a menu, and asked staff to explain what they were serving - forget it. The savoury course is chic concoctions that unfortunately didn't work too well in our case (like salmon and watermelon - NOT!) or chickpea puree that you can get from Woolies better. The dessert course leaves you feeling sick with the plate half finished, in need of a second pot of hot tea which was very slow coming in our case. We were disappointed, and think that it's not worth the 50$ (plus 10$ corkage per bottle of bubbly if you choose to BYO)