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Published October 29th 2014
Update February 17th 2018
This venue is permanently closed
Down the rabbit hole for an exquisite experience
Enter the doors of The Victoria Room and step back in time with the wonderful decor and timeless beauty of Victorian lounges in tones of blue and grey with velvet curtains and red drapes that immediately make you feel a world away from the bustling city life that is Sydney.
This stylish restaurant and bar in Darlinghurst is very popular and it is easy to see why after a visit. I was there on a recent Sunday afternoon for a Sapphire High Tea. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was very relaxing, especially after my Flightless Fairy cocktail from the new Alice in Wonderland-inspired cocktail list.
The cocktail was included as part of the high tea, came out first and went down very easily. A peach liqueur with absinthe and fresh-juiced apples. Very nice. David Green, the bar manager, has created this and a whole lot of other interesting cocktails with equally interesting and exciting names.
Here's some of what you can get here:-
Down the Wicked River - Old Putney 17 malt stirred with salted caramel, chestnut liqueur and smoked with Australian Paper bark
A Perky Little Sling - Angostura rum with Cherry Herring, Cotes du Rhone Syrah Grenache, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice and chocolate bitters
The Hat of Madness - a balance of St Germain Elderflower, Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco, mint, frozen plums and orange blossom all served in an iconic mad hat
The Queen's Guilty Heart - raisin-infused rum combined with peanut butter and jelly vodka along with homemade celery liquor
Waking Up from the Dream - a masterpiece composition of Woodford Reserve, Cointreau Noir, maple syrup and orange bitters injected into a ball of ice for you to crack apart
Of course, you can buy all your usual beers, wines and spirits as well.
The food portion of the high tea was also excellent with chicken, salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches along with sweets which included macarons, strawberry mousse waffle cones, mini cappuccino chocolate cups and cupcakes of banana, pineapple and walnut. All delicious with a top tier of fresh scones, cream and jam. A huge range of teas to choose from with my friend recommending the herbal/ fruit infusion of Chamomile & Spearmint.
A variety of different high teas are on offer that include a Classic High Tea (no alcohol), an Emerald High Tea with a glass of sparkling Rose, a Diamond High Tea with champers as well as a Junior High Tea for children, gluten free and vegetarian options. Something for everyone.
There were many groups of ladies present celebrating and enjoying their high teas. It is a great option to include for the start of your hens night. There were many dressed up for a night on the town. Or maybe you just want a casual catch up with a friend. Whatever the occasion, the Victoria Room is sure to impress.
Apart from high teas on weekends, there's Friday night Happy Hour with Piano man Scot Finnie and Sunday Night Carnival. Both are noted as must-do's. Other special events occur at different times, for example, the Melbourne Cup garden party and Christmas banquets. The Victoria Room can take up to 250 people and makes for a great venue where you can also tailor your own event to suit your style and budget.
Check out their website for more delights here. Well worth multiple visits.