Sugar ‘n’ Spice is the latest cafe in Chatswood Chase’s to offer scones. The cafe is tucked away on Listed as a ‘Cream Tea’ on the menu, you’ll find it listed under ‘Fun on a Plate’, which is kind of true. Today’s scone selection includes plain, date, sultana, strawberry and chocolate mud. They all sound appealing and a few even intriguing. Steering away from my usual scone choice (I’m usually only given one – plain), I go for the most extreme – chocolate mud. I’m not a traditionalist, but I have to draw the line at chocolate mud scones. Call it anything, but, a scone? I don’t know. The scone is very small, perfect for a snack. It definitely lives up to its name as it’s dense and chocolate muddy, but has spent slightly too much time being reheated. I pair it with raspberry jam, although I am torn between the choice of apricot, veri veri and marmalade. The jam goes well with the chocolate, but it’s a double sugar hit. The cream is a stand out. At least whoever wrote the menu isn’t delusional; it says clotted cream, and it is. The gorgeous Royal Albert tea ware feels like it’s come straight out of a box, spanking new. Tea just tastes so good when sipped from good quality china.
Tea: A selection of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a nifty teapot where the teapot sits on top of the cup and the tea is filtered into the cup below. Beware of spillage though!
Overall: A left field approach to the traditional scone, jam and cream.
Location: 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067 Ph: 02 9419 2217 sugarnspice.com.au
Reviewed in November, 2016
Soiree is foremost a successful cake creating and catering business, before a high-end cake shop and cafe. And we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill cakes either, think decadent special occasion creations for big events like weddings and significant birthdays etc. I stroll past one Sunday, which is serendipitous; it’s the only day the cafe serves scones. Coinciding with ‘High Tea Sunday’, I am told that there are always scones in the house as they are baked for the High Teas. When I finally tear myself away from ogling the delectable sweet sensations on offer, I settle in at one of the indoor tables (there are some in the back garden and out on the footpath) and take in the semi Moulin Rouge decor. My scone is served cold (no heat on this baby), straight from the cake display cabinet that may even be chilled. I prefer my scones slightly warm, but this is how they tend to be served in the UK – at room temperature. Still, the texture is good and tastes like it has been made with quality products. The jam is better than average, although not by much, and the consistency quite thin. The cream tastes synthetic rather than creamy and rich, and is super light. The pretty tea ware is lovely and adds to the pleasure of sipping good quality tea.
Tea: An interesting selection of T Totaler loose-leaf teas and hand-picked herbal varieties purchased in Turkey. The tea is served in a good-sized pot
Overall: The place for cake creations and for feeling decadent.
Location: 1/102 Alfred St S, Milsons Point NSW 2061 Ph: 02 9957 3527
Reviewed in October, 2016
Built in 1885, the grand Boronia House was originally one of two almost identical mansions built on four acres of land. These days, only one of the mansions remain, and after being used for varying purposes over the last 150 years, was refurbished in 2012 by Mosman Council, preserving a slice of Mosman heritage for the people. Boronia Tea Rooms is the latest reincarnation, and to this the property is well suited. Set in the beautifully and well-maintained Reservoir Park, the rooms are adorned with chandeliers and is bright and airy with polished floors and French doors opening onto alfresco dining on the wrap around verandah. Although the outdoor area is lovely, still there are only about 30 metres of lawn separating you from hectic Military Road and your scones. Although not on the website, scones, jam and cream with a bottomless pot of tea is available. Mosman Catering are the latest outfit in charge (different to when I first visited in 2012), and the ‘Devonshire Tea’ on the menu, seems to be a mini High Tea. If it’s just the scones you are after, don’t hesitate to ask. A friend passing by the property alerted me to the fact they offer a $10 scone special. In saying that, don’t go in hungry. The scones, although fresh and crispy, are literally bite size. The jam is average, neither good nor bad, but this property is deserving of better. The cream is thick and chilled, and far surpasses the jam in quality. The vibe, decor and Cristina Re teacups are a standout.
Tea: An arms long list of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized pot with refills.
Overall: The historical property and gardens are a perfect location to take tea.
Location: 624 Military Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 Ph: 02 9968 3311 boroniatearoom.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2016