I never even knew the Eden Garden existed, let alone offered a high tea so I was over the moon when I found this gorgeous venue. I’m really enjoying locations that offer more than just a high tea experience at the moment.
We began with our high tea first because the weather was pretty bad when we got there. We were seated in the covered, glass windowed area out the front which was lovely because it had the luxury of overhead heaters (a blessing on such a cold day). While the weather was crappy, we were able to look out into the relaxing greenery of the surrounding gardens (I couldn’t get over how quiet it was).
There was a tea menu to choose from, or you could have coffee if you prefer. Our drink orders were taken, and our high tea came out soon after. I chose a Rosehip and Hibiscus flower tea because I wasn’t feeling 100% and this tea had lots of Vitamin C.
We started out with the savouries and enjoyed a delicious chicken and cucumber sandwich. I think my favourite option was the cherry tomato filo pastry, and the lemon meringue tart – it has a delicious citrus hit would I loved. The tomato tart was crispy, flavoursome and had a tangy sweetness from the tomato which really set off the crispy pastry.
The blini with salmon cream was probably my least favourite. While it was flavoursome – I found the topping to be quite thick and smooth. I think a whipped salmon cream cheese with actual salmon pieces flecked through it would have been a lighter and more pleasant texture/taste.
We then started on sweets, a creamy panacotta, lemon meringue tart, chocolate cup and macaron. I liked that there were 3 separate flavours of macarons offered, we each got to try a unique flavour. I liked the citrus tart the most, anything with lemon usually wins me over! We all got to use a vintage, collectable spoon for our panacotta which was cute.
The scones were next, and they were massive! I think these were the biggest scones I’ve ever had at a high tea. They were a plain flavour served with lots of butter for a savoury option, or raspberry jam and cream to tempt the sweet lovers. I went for the sweet option of course!
In my opinion, this particular high tea was nice but it wasn’t one of my favourites. Although it was pleasant, I found it had less savoury food options to other high teas – I would of liked another sandwich. I also think that while the food was nice, there wasn’t anything particularly special on the menu that really made me smile. I think it could be slightly cheaper for the amount that was offered.
I think this is the first time where our waiter didn’t go through the high tea offerings. It wasn’t the be all, end all – but it’s really nice to have a quick rundown of what’s being served.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to go for a walk around the actual gardens as the weather took a turn for the worst. We were quite full and feeling a little sleepy so figured we would come back.
The Eden Garden Tulip Festival is happening on Saturday and Sunday, 27th/28th August 2016. The entry fee is $8.00 for adults and kiddies under 12 are free. I’ll be heading along that day to take some photos for the blog so definitely pop along and check it out if you’re interested.
The cafe is open 10.00 am-3.30 pm and the high tea is $45.00 per person.