It’s always nice to celebrate a friend’s birthday by taking them out somewhere special. Food always brightens up anyone’s day and I thought going to high tea with my friend Alex would be an ideal gift for her 18th.
I have always been fascinated with the architecture of the Queen Victoria Building. On the northern end of level three situates The Tea Room. High ceilings display beautiful patterns with light blue walls. We were seated at a window with a view of the bustling city.
High tea commenced with Champagne, which we toasted to the next stage of our life. This followed by a three-tiered range of assorted sandwiches, petit flours, savoury pastries and scones. We started with the spinach and cheese pastry followed by sandwiches filled with chicken, egg, ham and cucumber. All were delectable and irresistible!
I found the little tarts filled with parmesan and polenta to be a little bland. We highly enjoyed the plain and raisin scones accompanied by clotted cream and jam. The cream was thick and rich working perfectly with the sweet sugary strawberry conserve. We loved them so much that we ordered two more! The waitress was very kind and gave them to us on the house.
The red and green peppermint macarons were a festive touch to the Christmas season. Passionfruit melting moments were packed with flavour and the salted dark chocolate tarts were a hit!
We purposely saved the first tier of sweets till last, especially the red velvet cupcakes. Unfortunately the cupcakes did not meet my expectations. The cake tasted plain and the cream cheese icing was overpowering. I particularly liked the fruit tart filled with smooth vanilla custard. The heavenly chocolate sponge squares looked exquisite and displayed their emblem.
Two golden teapots filled with their specialty green dragon tea was a cleansing way to end our afternoon. We had a splendid luncheon and I would definitely visit again, particularly for the scones!