My friend F’s winter birthday was celebrated with high tea at the Queen Victoria Building Tea Room.
It was definitely tea with all the trimmings, but with a difference – the Tea Room also catered for various food intolerances and vegans!
All those items on the tea stand was for one person, so be prepared. But where were the scones, I hear you say?
Of course, there were scones – enormous ones, served with the prerequisite jam and cream. Satisfied?
The batch of hot cross buns this year was more luxurious than before, with craisins and dark choc chips and lots of spices. Beats a store-bought bun any day.
We weren’t only eating vegetables – that certainly won’t sustain you up in the mountains. We had our share of non-veg dishes too. This sausage was a bit like a chorizo, but perhaps more Turkish influenced.
The chicken souvlaki was marinated with a mix of oregano and thyme – typical of Greece.
This fried hard cheese I think tastes like haloumi, but harder.
And of course, big chunks of goats milk feta.
We had plenty of ‘schnitzels’ too. This one is made from pork with a mushroom and cream sauce.
And the favourite lunch-time dish of herders, lamb chop stew with risoni.
After all that eating, there really wasn’t any room for dessert. We only managed it once. Being in Greece, they were super-sweet.
Finally, I like the modern take on the tiered high tea platters. This is for one person! The room too was lovely, facing a courtyard.
That’s the end of high tea. Not something for the every day, but it’s definitely worth going into the city for on a weekend.