I have a serious high tea addiction. I love the dainty scones, the little cakes and even the cucumber sandwiches. As a tea drinker from way back it’s also a great excuse to make time for an actual pot of tea rather than a cup with a teabag. So I eagerly accepted an invitation to the launch of Runya’s Room, a new high tea venue in the CBD.
On the ground floor of the new St Collins Lane shopping centre Runya’s Room is opulently decked out in shades of pink and gold. Glass cabinets in the front window groan with cakes while inside the cafe glitters with mosaic tiles, plush velvet chairs and a huge chandelier dripping with crystals.
High tea arrives on a tiered cake stand with three layers of savoury, sandwiches and sweets. The savoury offerings have a Middle Eastern flavour to them with combinations like mushrooms and hummus on a pita cup and a toasty hot spinach and cheese boureka.
Besides the traditional cucumber sandwich, Runya’s Room also offers sandwiches filed with poached chicken lightly spiced with sumac and pastirma, a cured meat with aged goats cheese. I really enjoyed the variety in the fillings although some of the sandwiches suffered from slightly dry bread.
Where Runya’s Room really shines is in the sweet tier which included an exquisite raspberry and vanilla macaron and multi layered chocolate mille feuille.
Scones arrived as a separate course and included rose water and orange blossom flavouring to give an additional twist to the traditional high tea offering. The scones are served with chunky homemade carrot jam and clotted cream.
Tea is from Harney and Sons and offers varieties including a soothing raspberry tea, but this being Melbourne there’s also decent coffee on offer. If you are looking for an over the top and decadent high tea experience, this is it. I’m very happy to have found another place to indulge my high tea addiction.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Runya’s Room.
Details: Runya’s Room, Ground floor, St Collins Lane, 260 Collins Street, Melbourne (Ph (03) 9663 4780)
Damage: Reasonable. High tea is $55 per person with tea or coffee.