Brisbane’s best high teas, just in time for Mother’s Day | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s best high teas, just in time for Mother’s Day

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High tea is to Mother’s Day what cucumber is to sandwiches: a perfect match.  What better way to show Mum she did a great job turning you into a fully functioning adult than to don your snazziest frock and gracefully sip Earl Grey (pinkies up!) while delicately munching on petite fours.  Here’s our list of the classiest high teas in Brisbane. Better book now, you’re not the only one who has a year’s worth of inattention to make up for! Passiontree Velvet | Carindale With three high teas to choose from, Mum will be spoilt for choice at Passiontree Velvet. Peck at a classic Devonshire with jam and cream topped scones, indulge in the Dutchess with finger sandwiches and delicate cakes, or put yourself into a sugar coma with the decadent Chocolatiers high tea. Room with Roses | Brisbane Arcade An iconic high tea can be found in the heart of the Brisbane city, overlooking the Brisbane Arcade at Room with Roses.  Their beautiful china and silverware is almost as good looking as the food – almost. No patterned plate could be more eye catching than their mini chocolate heaven cake. Bacchus | South Bank High tea at Bacchus is served on William Edwards fine bone china – the crockery once dined on by the Queen Mother herself.  Fancy.  Although we bet she wasn’t lucky enough to have plain AND date scones with Bonne Maman raspberry preserve and cream chantilly at her high teas. Or champagne. Stamford Plaza | Edward Street Chocolate. High tea. Buffet. ‘Nuff said! Tell mum that diet is going to have to wait because this high tea is all chocolate (or at least uber chocolatey at the very least). Sofitel | Turbot Street You will find the highest high tea in Brisbane at the luxurious Sofitel.  No, it doesn’t include ‘special’ brownies, it just means Mum will get a fabulous view of the city with her scones and macaroons. A new marsala inspired menu means pink hued delights like a raspberry choux a la creme. Vintaged Bar & Grill | Elizabeth Street It’s not all sweet treats at the Hilton’s Vintaged high tea, with delicious savoury sandwiches like spanner crab and smoked salmon, goats curd, celery heart, watercress and walnut, and herbed corn-fed chicken with mustard mayonnaise. Plenty of chocolate too, of course. Keri Craig Emporium | Brisbane Arcade Keri Craig’s Coffee Lounge does a traditional high tea with French bubbles and some deliciously grown up scones.  Served with strawberry jam and whipped cream laced with Cointreau, they might be just what Mum needs. DIY High Tea | New Farm Park If your mum isn’t the type who’s fussed on fine china and white tablecloths, why not spoil her with a DIY high tea picnic?  The finger food possibilities are endless in New Farm, where Jocelyn’s Provisions, New Farm Deli and Chouquette will be more than happy to provide gourmet goodies to spread on a checkered rug down at New Farm Park while the local coffee cart can provide hot beverages.  Added bonus: no one will look twice when you (or Mum) drop crumbs all down your shirt. Words by Ranyhyn Akui