There’s always a good reason to visit the National Gallery of Australia. They are forever nabbing the best exhibitions and the gallery houses Australia’s most prized art collection. I’ve just squeezed in a visit to the Toulouse-Lautrec Paris & the Moulin Rouge exhibition and I must say I was more fascinated by the stories accompanying the art than the art itself. Managing to slip in to the NGA Cafe by the skin of my teeth as it closes at 4.30pm, I’m able to nab the last lonesome scone off the shelf. The cafe is light and bright, a nice gathering space to chat about the art. I’m impressed with the thickly whipped and ample cream (considering I only have one scone) but the jam is nothing extraordinary. The scone is really crispy on the outside and I like the thick texture on the inside, they were definitely fresh this morning (as opposed to yesterdays). Try to make it in the morning rather than at 4.29pm, when the scones are straight out of the oven.
Tea: Several varieties of T2 tea in fancy teabags served in a small pot.
Overall: Bright and open, the perfect place to absorb and rest.
Location: National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl, Canberra ACT 2600 Ph: 02 6240 6411 www.nga.gov.au/Home/Default.cfm
Reviewed in February, 2013