Another tea session, and this time, somewhere that’s been on my list for a while now. And what better occasion than a birthday?
The Tea Room is an iconic part of the QVB – beautiful interior, well thought out design, all class. It’s certainly a popular destination, as I could see the beginning of a Hen’s celebration, family events, and general catch ups.
‘Tea’ options are limited to 2 hours (they do have main meals on offer though). I had initially opted for an afternoon time slot, which was limited to 1.5 due to a function at 3, but changed it to a morning session at the last minute. I was entirely thankful that I did, because it was nice to be able to enjoy the tea to its fullest extent, rather than rushing through.
We opted for the Afternoon Tea option and were seated on the ‘slipper’ chairs – plush armchairs which make the whole business seem even more fancy. The service is friendly, polite (being called Madam, haha), but not overbearing. There are a good selection of teas on offer, but the problem with high tea is that you kind of want to be adventurous and try a new tea, but don’t want to be stuck with something strange that doesn’t go with your food. So Darjeeling it is!
As expected, everything comes out on very pretty serving ware – Royal Albert I believe.
The scones are perfect. There’s a plain and raisin which you split between two – which I thought was a bit stingy, but after finishing everything, it was just right (greedy guts, haha). It comes with dishes of strawberry jam, and thick clotted cream. It’s a classic combination with the perfect balance- sweet jam, rich cream, fluffy scones.
There are some spinach, onion and three cheese puff pastry spirals as well – which were crisp with a good savoury flavour.
There seems to be a bit of a cheese themed savoury thing going on as the two other small savouries are a parmesan cracker with avocado and sundried tomato, and a pastry shell with a parmesan filling and chive oil on top. Both really delicious and well balanced – not too salty, and a good kick of parmesan. However, if cheese isn’t your thing, they’re perfectly happy to accommodate when making your reservation.
Sandwiches on offer today are: chicken and walnut, cucumber and dill cream cheese, pastrami and rocket, and egg and chive mayo. They’re served on white and whole meal bread. They’re quite traditional combinations, and they’re generous with the fillings, so no complaints here!
On to the sweets! Saving the best for last, am I right? The fruit tart has a custard filling and is quite refreshing with the fruit.
There is a strawberry and basil sponge, with a jelly top – which is probably the most unique one. I personally think it’s a little jarring to have basil in a pastry since I always associate it with savoury dishes. Though once you get past the interesting combination, it not too bad.
The macaron is strawberry. Nicely chewy as a macaron should be!
The final item is a chocolate mousse cake, with a shard of almond praline on top. A rich, chocolatey ending to a lovely meal.
We basically finish right at the 2 hour mark, which made for a leisurely eating experience, and are comfortably full.
I highly recommend coming here – the atmosphere itself is worth it. The main tea room has incredibly high, ornate ceilings, and three impressive chandeliers. It’s a meal that will not disappoint.
The Tea Room
Level 3, North End QVB
455 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph | 02 9283 7279
Website | http://www.thetearoom.com.au/