High Tea Heaven

Where Brisbane - - Contents - BY KERRY HEANEY

WHEN YOU FEEL like liv­ing the high life, or just in­dulging in the art of en­joy­ment, set time aside to en­joy high tea. Bris­bane lo­cals love high tea and there are many places where you can pan­der to a love of cake and a good strong brew.

Step back in time with a visit to Bris­bane Ar­cade and en­joy one of the finer things in life, high tea at Room with Roses (Gallery Level, Bris­bane Ar­cade, 160 Queen Street, Bris­bane). Lo­cated on the se­cond level of this his­toric ar­cade, Room with Roses does high tea the old fash­ioned way with but­ter­fly cakes filled with real cream, tra­di­tional rib­bon sand­wiches and more.

If you are feel­ing es­pe­cially in­dul­gent, try the cho­co­late high tea or add a glass of cham­pagne for a fes­tive fin­ish. For the ul­ti­mate treat there’s a cho­co­late fon­due high tea where you’ll be dip­ping straw­ber­ries, ba­nana pieces, marsh­mal­low and bis­cotti into de­li­cious melted cho­co­late.

Room with Roses also serves up their wares for a per­fect pic­nic. With three scrump­tious hampers to choose from you can ex­pect sig­na­ture favourites like smoked salmon roulade, hand­crafted sweets and their fa­mous rasp­berry scones. Cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion? For $40 you can re­quest a chilled bottle of Veuve D’ar­gent bub­bles with your ham­per—they’ll even pack the cham­pagne flutes! Great for im­promptu sight-see­ing ad­ven­tures or ro­man­tic cel­e­bra­tions, take a lit­tle piece of her­itage charm with you as you stroll along the river­side board­walk at South Bank, or hop on a ferry and catch a spec­tac­u­lar sun­set atop Kan­ga­roo Point. Avail­able Mon­day to Satur­day, hampers sim­ply re­quire 24 hours no­tice prior to col­lec­tion, or 48 hours for gluten free op­tions.

Stam­ford Plaza Bris­bane (cnr Ed­ward Street and Mar­garet Street, Bris­bane) of­fers an el­e­gant high tea on a sil­ver stand with pas­tries pre­pared by Stam­ford’s chefs. You can sip your tea and en­joy views of the Bris­bane River. There’s also a cho­co­late high tea buf­fet on week­ends where your cho­co­late dreams can come true.

At the other end of the river, a Cus­toms House (399 Queen Street, Bris­bane) high tea will see you din­ing with tra­di­tional tiered stands on the restau­rant ter­race. Cup­cakes and mac­arons, scones and sand­wiches and pe­tite dessert cakes will de­light your taste buds.

Sur­rounded by panoramic city views, high tea at the Sof­i­tel Bris­bane Cen­tral Ho­tel (249 Tur­bot Street, Bris­bane) in­cludes a com­bi­na­tion of clas­sic favourites and new sweet del­i­ca­cies such as rasp­berry choux a la crème, cherry cone mouse and pis­ta­chio sacher torte.

Cus­toms House.

Room with Roses.

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