Hopetoun Tea Rooms
282 Collins Street
fresh baked scones, double cream & jam // club sandwich // pinwheels
Yes, this is the tea room in the Block Arcade that has a dazzling array of cakes on display. And the spectacular thing about it is, based on what we had, it tastes every bit as good as it looks. We’ve all fallen for those pristine glistening treats on display, only to discover, we should have left the feasting to our eyes alone.
One of the teas we had - the Fiji - green tea with papaya & wild pineapple was absolutely gorgeous.
The scones, forever the first thing I hone in on, were delightfully fluffy and light.
Between the sandwiches, I preferred the chunkier club with tender chicken, creamy avo, fruit chutney between toasted wholemeal which gave a lovely crunch with each bite, over the softer daintier pinwheels made up of entwined slices of wholemeal & white bread.
Now we get to the good stuff. While the savouries & scones were quite good, each one of those cakes were begging to be ordered & eaten. We settled on the gluten free pavlova (piled with pineapple, blueberry, kiwis, strawberry & strewn passionfruit, a tumble of soft & crisp meringue and sweet fluffy cream) and that fluffy ricotta blueberry cake. The sticky date pudding from the kitchen, was wonderfully rich with thick caramel & vanilla ice cream.
Now the perpetual queues outside the tea room make sense. I note that if you’re keen on the high teas, they’ll need 48 hours notice.