The swanky Emporium in Melbourne’s CBD is a delightful place to shop and hang out. Good news for chicks and guys that like chick things, like it’s sister property in Sydney’s Westfield, The Tea Salon is a place for catch ups and get togethers over scones and fine teas. The Tea Salon in Melbourne however is situated in a bonafide shop space with walls, a ceiling and onsite chefs. Maybe it’s the space that has instigated such scone creativity? The selection of scones takes the plain Jane scone to new heights. Alongside the original (plain), there’s white chocolate and cranberry, salted caramel and white chocolate, date and orange (gluten-free), milk chocolate chip, rose, and an out there banana and lime. I settle for the lavender, which is served at room temperature, just like most of the ones I have ever had in the UK. The scone has a hint of lavender with sprinkles of lavender on top, just to differentiate it. It isn’t dry, but I find it literally hard to swallow. The rich triple berry jam, or as The Tea Salon likes to call it, conserve, is lovely, and goes well with the thick cream. The servings of jam and cream aren’t generous, especially if you are heavy-handed like me, but there’s enough to go around, and I’m sure the staff would oblige if asked for an extra serve. The pretty teaware goes down a treat. It’s always better sipping tea from a quality teacup.
Tea: A vast tea menu that will impress tea aficionados. Loose-leaf served teas are served in a good-sized pot and hot water top ups are available.
Overall: Feminine chic.
Location: The Emporium, 2/295 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Ph: 03 8609 8188
Reviewed in December, 2016