It’s Saturday afternoon and Brisbane’s South Bank is buzzing. This busy-ness flows into the Rydges South Bank and up to Bacchus on the pool deck. The bar/restaurant is decked in brown and gold hues that are reminiscent of the club scenes in Austen Powers’ Goldmember, I’m almost expecting an Afro wigged Beyoncé to come out and perform to the harem of women knocking back champagne and nibbling on High Tea goodies. Our waitress is surprised that we want the English Cream Tea, then tries to talk us into upgrading to the High Tea, which incidentally costs only $6.00 more. It doesn’t make sense to have it on the menu at this price. In the end and to appease the confused waitress I say that I am doing a review and the vibe instantly switches to embarrassingly accommodating…sigh. So what do you get? Two small plain and a date scone served with Chantilly cream and Bonne Maman French Raspberry Preserve. The jam is lovely, but I can still buy it at my local supermarket and the Chantilly cream is firm and plentiful, considering that there are only three small scones. It all sounds far fancier than what it actually is, and is definitely not worth the hefty price tag that you would expect on the menu at a Palazzo Versace.
Tea: A selection of Harney and Sons Fine Teas pyramid silken sachets served in a large teapot. Unlimited refills are included.
Overall: Wildly overpriced at $30 per person, why would you?
Location: Rydges South Bank, Cnr Grey St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101 Ph: 07 3364 0843
Reviewed April, 2015