The Tea Cosy
33 George Street The Rocks 2000
Ph – 02 92474955
Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays and Sundays 9.30am – 5pm
This place is very homely and cute. As you walk into the shop, you walk past the staircase of tea pots snuggled with multi-coloured tea cosies, then through the door facing a stone wall, into another room with a fireplace, little counter and kitchen behind it.
All guests order and pay at the counter, then you can either sit inside the small room, in the courtyard area or upstairs.
The first time we visited, we ordered high tea for 2 persons. The menu description is – ‘Delicious homemade scones served with gourmet jams, natural double thick cream and an assortment of delicate ribbon sandwiches, sweets and cakes presented on fine china and a gorgeous three-tiered stand. Served with two drinks of your choice $35 per person.
The scones are well done and come in a variety of flavours – plain, sultana, gluten free, almond and cherry and savoury. We ordered plain and sultana. Then we picked fig and ginger, and paw paw, lime & passionfruit jams. Yum. We loved the paw paw, lime & passionfruit jam so much, we bought a jar to take home for $9. The cream is lovely whipped, thick and creamy.
Below are the finger sandwiches:
- tuna with cucumber & mayo
- curried egg with tomato
- ham, cheese, tomato & dijon mayo
- cucumber and cream cheese
All were executed well and the bread was fresh, soft and delicious.
The final layer was the cakes/desserts. Now these were pretty spectacular treats for the taste buds. First of all the pastry shells of all the four little desserts was thin, buttery and crispy. One was a chocolate fondant morsel, the other like that of a berry and almond friand baked perfectly in the shell, and the final two were lemon meringue tartlets. All were detectible. The particularly impressive aspect of the lemon meringue tartlets were that not only was the lemon curd perfect, but the meringue was pipped into quite fine and thin peaks which had great caramalised colour on them, yet they still remained such soft marshmallow peaks, none of the peaks were hard.
Last to mention is the tea. Great quality. We ordered chamomile and green tea with strawberries. Then when the tea came, we noticed they had corresponding tea cosies to their tea leaf contents. Too gorgeous!
Value for money: 7/10
Overall Score: 30/40