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Nothing beats a hot cup of tea. That soft, soothing brew that slows life down, calms the surrounding chaos and provides a warm comforting friend. Add to that a fine selection of home made, sweet, savoury, breakfast and lunch treats in a classic, Brisbane iconic terrace hidden from the bustling traffic of the streets below and you've got a sure fire recipe for an exceptional dining experience.
Sweet high teas Photo courtesy Room with Roses website
Stopping to smell the Roses Room with Roses is an award winning cafe which offers nothing short of an elegant, sophisticated and memorable experience. To get there, follow a flight of steps or take the lift to the Gallery level of the Brisbane Arcade in the Brisbane CBD. Access to the Arcade is available via the Queen Street Mall and Adelaide Street entrances.
My visit to this beautiful Room with Roses cafe coincided with the Brisbane Arcade's Spring Carnival, so there was the added sensory joy of rows of floral installations and perfume wafting throughout the Arcade. So much to take in.
Sampling the Menu Room with Roses is probably best known for its delectable cakes and desserts and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch are also served including:
Millionaire's Bacon Bruschetta featuring Bruschetta toasted Turkish bread with fresh tomato, red onion and basil, with sweet and spicy Millionaire's Bacon (gfo) 18
Roses Reuben home cooked corned beef, Swiss cheese Roses Reuben, caramelised cabbage and their own Russian dressing, served warm on toasted sourdough (gfo) 23
Lemon Curd Roulade of soft meringue rolled with the Room with Roses lemon curd and chantilly cream and toasted almond flakes (gf)
There is also a full range of beverages as well as being licenced.
Room with Roses hasn't gone unnoticed either, having won several awards including winning the Best Coffee Shop / Tea House Queensland - Restaurant and Catering Association Awards For Excellence.
High Tea and Functions Rooms Three Function rooms are available for those special events like birthdays and weddings. There's the Champagne Room, the Balcony Room and the Chandelier Room. Champagne, chocolate and deluxe high tea are available as well as hampers to take away.
A visit to Room with Roses is delightful and very decadent but everyone deserves to be spoilt sometimes. Crisp white tablecloths, roses in vases on the tables and floral furnishings give it an unashamedly feminine feel.
As well as housing this delightful cafe and stylish fashion and jewellery boutiques, The Brisbane Arcade itself is a destination as a heritage-listed shopping arcade designed by Richard Gailey, Junior and built in 1923 to 1924 by J & E L Rees and Forsyth & Speering.
The building was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992 and features ornate floral mouldings, wrought iron railings, period stained glass, French doors, balconies and galleries. A visit to the Brisbane Arcade is a treat, especially for those who appreciate sweet treats and architectural history.