Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Bursaria

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums out there.  I celebrated my first Mother’s Day with my Mum and sister at afternoon tea at Bursaria.  Bursaria hosts events at the beautiful old Abbotsford Convent.

Afternoon TeaBursaria

The setting was pretty special with sparkling wine and lemonade beforehand in the sandstone courtyard under strings of fairy lights.   After about half an hour of drinks everyone moved inside to sit at tables of ten.  As a party of three we were mixed in with some other groups which felt a bit like being at a wedding except with random people.  

Canapés at Bursaria
Canapés at Bursaria

To kick things off there were canapés like tiny feathery light blinis topped with cured salmon and creamy croquettes with a tiny hit of roast beef and beetroot in the middle.  Not as successful were the shot glasses filled with a cream of mushroom soup.  The soup was luke warm and the truffle oil on top was reduced to a sticky slick.  

Sandwiches at Bursaria
Sandwiches at Bursaria

The chicken sandwiches at Bursaria were spot on –  made with soft, fresh bread and filled with poached chicken, almonds and celery.    

Our entertainment at Bursaria
Our entertainment at Bursaria

Then the tiered cake stand arrived laden with sweet stuff.  The scones were disappointing as they were small and pre-prepared, already topped with jam and cream.  But the other tiers were spectacular.  The highlights were the cute as a button mini lemon meringue pies and the smooth vanilla rose and pistachio panna cotta which was topped with pomegranate syrup and a few whisps of fairy floss.  

Panacotta at Bursaria
Panna cotta at Bursaria

I love afternoon tea and must admit I have exacting standards for the event so I did find fault with a few things at Bursaria.  For example, I was disappointed there was no choice of different flavours of tea or coffee.  But on the other hand I loved the setting and enjoyed that all the food and drinks (including the sparkling wine) were offered on an unlimited basis for the whole afternoon tea.  After all, as long as my Mum enjoyed herself I didn’t really mind what happened. 

Details: Bursaria, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford (Ph 03 9417 7771)
Damage: Pricey.  Afternoon tea on Mother’s Day is $75 a head. 



  1. Looks and sounds like a great arvo was had with your mum and sis. The panna cotta does look scrumptious! 😀

  2. I agree – what matters most is that your very own Mum enjoyed on her special day. How did the salmon canape fare for you? The panna cotta looks sooo creatively done!

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  3. Those chicken sandwiches look delicious, you can never go wrong with poached chicken. I’m hosting a morning tea this weekend and they will be featuring on the menu now.

  4. hmmm, i would like to taste those creamy chicken sandwiches i hope they taste much better than other we eat on street.

  5. i love the the way they present those canapes, i will definitely taste these if i get a chance.

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