We've never taken the boys out for a proper high tea experience, basically we have just thought that they were a tad too feral! However when we were given a gift voucher recently for high tea for the whole family at the Tea Salon in the Westfield Pitt St, we put on our Sunday best and crossed our fingers that boys would be on the best behaviour.
Our gift voucher was for 2 adult sparkling high teas ($49.00) and 2 children's high teas ($19.95). We booked online in advance and I would suggest that you do the same as this one popular place, especially on weekends. The Tea Salon is located in the middle of the 4th level of the Westfield, surrounded by lovely high end shops. It is not exactly a huge space, so you cannot bring your pram into the dining area, however there is space to park the pram on the outskirts of the salon, and then you can place your little one in a high chair. If you need to make a dash to the loos, the toilet facilities are close by and they contain a baby change table.
We arrived at midday on a Sunday and our table was all set up for us. After we sat down the friendly waitress took our orders for drinks and explained how the high tea worked. The boys received a choice of milkshake, fruit nectar, iced tea or the Tea Salon's signature Anna Pavlova tea. The boys went with milkshakes and I was very pleased to see that they were served in a disposable coffee cup with a straw. The grown ups Sparkling High Tea included both a flute of the Tea Salon's sparkling wine, as well as a pot of tea. The tea selection is huge (as you would expect at a tea salon) and you basically get about 3 cups out of your pot.
The boy's tea treats arrived quite quickly - they included their choice of scone (they went with the choc chip which came with a little pot of melted chocolate instead of jam); a chicken and mayo sandwich; a summer berry crumble and a choc orange choc top. The choc chip scone and choc orange choc top were the clear winners as both were gobbled down quickly. The sandwich was the least favourite as it was a quite a chunky pinwheel type of sandwich which didn't look particularly appetizing and was oozing with too much mayo. I think a ribbon sandwich may have been more appealing for little mouths. Now the summer berry crumble was absolutely delicious, but it didn't appeal to the taste buds of my little men as it had quite a few tart summer berries in the mix (which was ok as we got to scoff them!).
If we were to go again to the Tea Salon, I actually wouldn't order the boys a Children's High Tea, instead I would get the Children's Lunch as it would be more to their liking, as well as better value. It includes grilled cheese fingers, banana cupcake with icing, a piece of fruit and a drink (nectar, milkshake, iced tea) for $11.95 - considering the venue's location in Sydney's most exclusive shopping centre, I think this is excellent value.
The adults high tea also came with a choice of scone (with jam & cream), a summer berry crumble, a mint choc mini éclair, a little butterscotch cake and a mix of ribbon sandwiches. I loved all of my selection and the flavour of my lemon, pistachio & currant scone was superb but it didn't taste particularly fresh - I'm thinking it had been made the day before. Mr Munch thought the same of his cinnamon & raisin scone. You don't just have to have High Tea at the Tea Salon. You can can have a full lunch with wine or just a Devonshire Tea if you would prefer.
The Tea Salon is most definitely a lovely spot to recharge the batteries after a hard day's shopping with kidlets, or for a special occasion afternoon tea. The décor is oh so pretty, with almost like an Alice in Wonderland type of atmosphere. Just a little word of warning although, if you are dining in Spring/Summer I would suggest that you don't wear too much clothing, as the air conditioning in the Westfield Shopping Centre is turned to quite warm (no doubt to encourage you to buy more bikinis). However I felt as though I was in the middle of a menopausal hot flush for most of our high tea and from the look of my 3 boys sweaty faces, they did too!
P.S. If there are any Kate Spade fans amongst you, her shop is really close to the Tea Salon. So if you are dining with another responsible adult ask them sweetly to take the kidlets to the loo, whilst you nip into the store and have a sticky beak x
Lvl 4, Westfield Sydney
Cnr Pitt St Mall & Market St
Open 7 days from 10.00am