Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published May 5th 2013
Step out of Sydney and into China
A divine find this week was the little tea house that adjoins the White Rabbit Gallery. It's like stepping back into the old tea houses in Asia that hold the Sunday morning bird singing competitions, except without the noise.
The fresh flowers on every table add a dash of colour to the simple yet delightful interior design.
It's the perfect spot for a cup of tea - and with a lengthy list of teas, it's a destination in itself, though I guess it would be hard not to sneak another quick peek at the collection in the gallery. There are 13 teas to choose from, and are served in teapots to steep. They will also refill the pots if you wish, and some of the teas can be infused two or three times, for those that like their tea and want to linger.
We had the Princess Flower Tea, white tea leaves wrapped around jasmine and amaranth flowers in a ball, and it was quite entertaining to watch the ball drop and the bright pink flower pop out.
We also tried the Silver Needle tea, a less sweet white tea, but there is also soft drink, beer and wine for those after something other than tea.
To snack on, there are sweet plates of homemade biscuits, nuts and fruit or a trio of dips, with a slight Asian flavour - Chickpea & Chinese Spice, Lemon & Yoghurt Cheese, Black Bean & Olive Tapanade. We opted for the handmade dumplings, which were delicious, especially the chicken with coriander, though we also polished off the pork with vegetable ones fairly quickly too.
The only fault I could find is the proximity to the gift shop, that resulted in a rather large shopping spree as we exited. Seriously cute curios and toys will distract you while you wait. So pop in for a quick tour of the art and stay for tea, but remember, you've been warned about the gift shop!