Address: Queen Square, Macquarie Street Sydney 2000
Tel: (02) 9222 1815
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Hyde Park Barracks Cafe is located in the grounds of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, a world heritage listed site which is rich in Australian colonial history.
Although just a little difficult to find if you don’t know the area well, the cafe is centrally located near St James train station in the Sydney CBD.
It has a lovely modern interior despite the old brick exterior and wooden ceiling.
The decor is fresh and inviting and on this particularly muggy day, was quite cool and relaxing.
We had two lovely waiters, especially the guy who served us most of the afternoon who was funny, friendly, and happy to take photos for us. One waitress was a little disorganised and served us very watery tea- was obviously not happy with her service!
After we were seated, the nicer waiter served us champagne and filled our water glasses with water infused with lemon- very refreshing.
Another waiter brought out our high tea tray for four.
We started with the savoury dishes first:
- Arancini balls -these were delicious, warm, and had a lovely crunchy exterior. The soft and cheesy rice was perfectly balanced by the tangy sauce. They were a hit with all four of us and I could have easily eaten all four arancini myself!
- Frittata- the spanish omelette/frittata was quite small but was full of vegetables and was tasty nonetheless.
- Salmon, cucumber and dill sandwich with cream cheese- I love salmon but the dill here was a little overpowering. I would have preferred a little less cream cheese or a little more salmon as well.
- Toasted sandwich with cheese, prosciutto and asparagas (I think!)- this toasted cheesy sandwich was delicious and tasty and had plenty of cured meat in it.
The middle tier contained:
- Cheesecake- we couldn’t work out if it was a pecan (?) or caramel (?) cheesecake. I am not usually a cheesecake fan but I ate it anyway and it was OK. I wouldn’t want seconds though!
- Scones with jam and cream- scones were a little dry but the jam was amazing, with real strawberries and a rich, sweet flavour. There wasn’t enough jam for the four of us though so that was a negative.
- Chocolate brownie- very, very rich but oh so good. One of my favourites out of the sweets. My friend Laura also loved the brownie.
The top tier contained:
- Lemon meringue tart- this mini tart was a little burnt on top but the lemon curd was delicious and tangy. “Very lemony” said MDS!
- Mini pavlovas were cute and enjoyable with crisp meringue and soft cream. Would have liked some passionfruit on top to add colour and a burst on sourness.
Not a bad high tea. The lovely guy who was our waiter really made it a nice experience.
The food wasn’t too amazing but there were a few standouts- the arancini and the brownies which were really delicious.
Would I go there again? For high tea, probably not, but I would love to try the delicious brunch or lunch menus that I saw some of the other diners enjoying!
Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):
- Service- 7.5
- Food- 7
- Ambience- 7
- Value – 7