A visit to The Palace Tea Room needs to be shared with at least one friend rather than going solo. Why? Because it is just so damn good!. It’s the kind of place where you can escape hectic Sydney, especially the lower thoroughfare levels of the QVB and nestle in for a few hours for a good ‘catch up’. Set in the upper echelons of the historical Queen Victoria Building, The Palace Tea Room is essentially a Tea Room serving all manner of afternoon teas plus more substantial meals. The space is filled with natural light and chandeliers hang from the ceiling to give the place an air of decadence. It feels a bit empty when we arrive but the vibe amps up a notch as tables fill and the clink of teacup to saucer and the chatter of satisfied customers fills the air. There’s seating in the main part of the restaurant with ample tables lining the banister outside for a more QVB appreciation experience. We’re impressed with the Wedgewood tea ware that’s all floral and shades of pink. The scones arrive fresh from the oven. One plain and one raisin, and I’ve got to say that they are superb! Crispy on the outside with delicate folds of scone heaven on the inside. To top it off, the cream is double thick and the housemade strawberry jam is tart rather than sickly sweet, which personally I love. There’s not a lot of jam and cream, considering there are four good-sized scones, but there’s no problem getting a top up. I visit on a weekday, but you may want to book a table on the weekends as I can only assume it would be a popular place. Quality doesn’t come cheap, but when you try as many scones as I do, it’s easy to recognise a stand out one – and this is one of them.
Tea: A diverse range of loose-leaf teas served in classic Wedgewood teapots.
Overall: Understated top quality elegance with professional and friendly service.
Location: Queen Victoria Building, Shop L1 20-22, L1, George St, Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9283 2222
Reviewed May, 2014