Champagne High Tea @ Hyde Park Barracks Cafe

Address: Queen Square, Macquarie Street Sydney 2000

Tel: (02) 9222 1815

Website:  http://www.hydeparkbarrackscafe.com.au/

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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.

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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.

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The decor is fresh and inviting and on this particularly muggy day, was quite cool and relaxing.

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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.

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Another waiter brought out our high tea tray for four.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 7.5
    • Food- 7
    • Ambience- 7
    • Value – 7

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