I can’t think of anything more poetic than combining a love for food with a love of art. Two weeks ago I wrote about the Tom Robert’s exhibit that is on until the 28th March at the National Gallery of Australia. You can imagine my delight when I received an email inviting me to try out their high tea and visit the exhibit again. Those of you who know me well, know that I love high tea. My mum has been taking me out for high tea ever since I can remember. Indeed it has become our ‘thing’. So as soon as I received the invite, I immediately checked if mum could come down from Sydney and be my date.
Wedgwood have partnered with the gallery for this event. Everything on the menu was inspired by the Tom Robert’s exhibit, transporting you back in time to the era when he painted his paintings – but, of course, with a modern twist. The cake tiers contained a variety of tiny cakes and sandwiches. There was your traditional ribbon sandwiches such as chicken and mayonnaise, which had been made a little more fancy as it was ‘citrus poached chicken’, and cucumber sandwiches which had the refreshing addition of lime and sour cream.
My favourites of the cakes were the Petite Peach Melba cake with white peach buttercream and the jam drop shortbread tarts with lavender sugar. They must’ve whipped the buttercream because it was like eating air with a subtle peach flavour.
And the shortbread – oh my! The best shortbread I’ve ever tasted. It had a light sugar crust and the jam had been pushed all the way down through the center so you had a little bit of jam with every bite.
The star of the high tea was definitely the scones. They were light, and while they achieved the perfect short consistency, they weren’t crumbly either. I’m seriously contemplating asking for the recipe but I have this feeling they won’t be parting with their recipe any time soon.
The Wedgwood Tea Room is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm on Level 2 Mezzanine at the National Gallery of Australia. You can make a booking through ticketek, when you make your booking for the Tom Roberts exhibit, or alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 6240 6711. Keep in mind that you don’t have to go to the Tom Roberts exhibit to experience high tea, and they also offer a lunch menu!