How can someone say no to a pleasant cup of fruity tea, some sandwiches, and pleasant company? The dilemma becomes a little less difficult when it is revealed that the Tea Salon, in Westfield Pitt Street, is the venue. Boasting cheaper prices than it’s Anglophile contemporaries, the service here is non-existent despite the food being a gem.
I’ve been a loyal patron of this tea place for a couple of years now, and every time I find myself gravitating towards their assorted sandwiches ($9.95), and shoestring fries with aioli ($9.95). I’ve also had the high tea here with a girlfriend (that’s $39 ish I believe), and been sufficiently pleased.
The one thing that this place used to do wrong is the lack of customer service. They took a very long time to come and get your order, and woe betide you, should you have needed anything during your meal – you’d be waiting a long time. Today the service was much better; a couple of months back they had a young woman leading the floor, and she was positively rude. I’ve also noticed that they seem to prioritise older or ‘richer’ looking customers before others, a practice which irks me to no end and we have complained about it. Presumably ours, and a lot of other customer’s complaints made their way to the top as they appear to have a whole new set of staff now.
My most recent meal with them thus has been happily uneventful. This time, we ordered the shoestring fries with aioli, and a rose scone, served with jam and cream. The shoestring fries are a must try – you get a more than generous amount, and they are so golden and warm and crunchy – and the scone is a treat that I urge you to try. Their scones are a hit and a miss, by which Ii mean that the flavours are perfect and work well together, however the scones can be a little dense and heavy. Nevertheless, the flavours make up for it.
The next time you’re in the city, swap the obligatory sushi train for a light meal here. I hear their crab roll, new on the menu, is a real treat. And of course… bring your resting bitchface with you when the waitstaff ignore you for not carrying a Chanel bag.