With a name like Alice’s Tea Cafe, it’s hard not to associate the mad-hatterish decor with Alice in Wonderland. Looking very bright and cute with an I-want-to-check-you-out vibe, Alice’s Tea Cafe doesn’t disappoint with piquing the interest of passersby. I see many stop to flick through a menu as diners sit amongst birdcages, harlequin painted walls and a mish-mash of coloured furniture. The glass cabinet is filled with sweet treats that find themselves on to three-tiered plates for the popular high teas. Considering the theme, there are a few children’s tables and toys spread about the cafe to keep kiddies amused. The day I visit, there seems to be some confusion as there are lots of staff behind the counter with a few in training. I am told to take a seat, but after being overlooked I am told I have to order at the counter, a tad annoying. I end up with a plain scone, although I do see sultana ones in the cabinet, and wonder why I’m not given a choice. The scone is warm, large and soft with a semi-burnt top, and the mock cream melts straight away. There’s also not enough of the jam that is sickly sweet rather than sweetly fruity. The concept and decor blows me away, but not enough for me to suggest the Devonshire Tea.
Tea: A variety of loose-leaf T2 teas served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: The Alice-in-Wonderland-esque theme is great for girlie chats with added fun for kids.
Location: Westfield Chatswood, Level 3, 1 Anderson St, Chatswood NSW 2067 Ph: 0433 018 632
Reviewed in February, 2014