Passiontree Velvet is not in your face when it comes to signage. It’s one of those open plan cafes that position itself in the middle of the mall. It’s macaron tower and counter filled with just enough exquisite bite size cakes that gets our attention, and of course tables of customers indulging in high teas. The place isn’t full, but we’re told that there aren’t any teapots left and do we mind having an endless cup of tea instead. I find this disconcerting, a café that specialises in high tea, isn’t even full, and doesn’t have enough teapots? Not a great start. We say we’re happy to wait for teapots, and in the end it doesn’t take long. The plain and fruit scones are bite-size, small and crispy and although they are better than average, they are nothing unique. The jam is better than average as well, but the cream, which is thick dollop cream is the clincher in making this a pleasant spread. Currently there are franchises at AMP Macquarie in Sydney, Robina Town Centre and The Strand in Coolangatta in Queensland.
Tea: Good quality Harney & Sons Fine loose-leaf tea is served in a plunger teapot.
Overall: A great option if you are shopping at Westfield and have a hankering for scones.
Location: Passiontree Velvet, Carindale Westfield, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale QLD 4152
Ph: 07 3395 2947 www.passiontreevelvet.com.au
Reviewed April, 2015