3 states in 3 days- Melbourne: Hopetoun Tea Rooms

——-09/03/2012——-

I walk past Hopetoun Tea Rooms every time I visit Melbourne, I’m like a kid staring into a candy store but I can’t help it, it is sooooo beautiful. I figured with my pasta eating record at Spontini, I deserved to stop by one last time before I flew out but this time actually buy something.

With so many stunning cakes, which one should I choose?

I ordered a raspberry tart and a Portuguese tart (total $12.50) to go and although the I was in a bit of a rush, I couldn’t get angry as they packed the sweets so lovingly and even decorated the box with leaves and rose petals on a cute doily. He asked me if I wanted my Portugese tart warmed but I figured a warmed tart might not survive the ‘Home Alone running through the airport’ scene so I declined. As I was waiting, gorgeous cakes were being plated with creams and assorted sauces adorning the plate with just as much love and care that went into making and decorating the cake itself.

He packed me a serviette and a fork and I was ready to go! 

At the airport I open the box finding my tarts still in tact bar some raspberries that tumbled off. First I tried the raspberry tart. The subtle tartness of the generous portion of plump fresh berries was complimented by the sweetness of the custard filling. It was so good! Maybe the best raspberry tart I’ve had!

The Portugese tart was much sweeter in comparison, it had a wonderful texture but it’s not the nicest tart I’ve had. It would have been amazing if it was warmed.

I’m still excited to try many more sweets from Hopetoun Tea Rooms, I hear the Pavlova is rather nice! I will next time however visit without having to rush off somewhere after or with a full-ish tummy.   

Venue: Hopetoun Tea Rooms

Address: The Block Arcade,  282 Collins St, Melbourne

Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 8am – 5pm

                                 Sunday: 9pm – 5pm 

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food porn VIII

So you might have noticed, I do enjoy a spot of yum cha. Here’s a glimpse of a yum cha adventure @ Jin Yan in Castle Hill~

Rice rolls– delicious fillings and not stingy with the soy sauce, just the way I like it

Sticky rice with chicken- a MUST when I eat yum cha

Congee- pork and century egg: the only flavour to get in my opinion, although I never eat the egg if I can help it

White bait– this plate was finished quickly even though I’m not a fan

Rice rolls with a yau ja gwaimade to order, and yes Dan you would love this

Xiao-long bao– retained it’s ‘soup’ and was freshly steamed

Time for sweets!

Runny egg custard buns– I don’t usually see these and if you enjoy them they make them really well.

Mango pancakes– mango, cream wrapped in a pancake, enough said!

Warm egg tarts– oh so much better when it’s warm!

Warm custard buns– burns your fingers a little as you’re trying to take off the paper but so worth it!

If you can’t find the things you want, just order it through a waiter and that way it’ll be especially made and come hot and fresh.  Worth going to if you’re in the area!

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