‘A Touch of…’ at Bursaria
What better way to end my birthday weekend than with a gorgeous high tea at Bursaria, at Abbotsford Convent.
Having never been to Abbotsford Convent or the Collingwood Children’s Farm, I was blow away at how gorgeous it was behind the fence. With a bustling market place, perfect weather, it just seems like a world all its own. We wondered around a little trying to find where we were meant to be, we turned the corner prematurely and ended up in a cute little court yard with a ye olde tennis court. It’s a magical place to explore, but I had to resist the market and exploring and head off to high tea.
We were greeted by Flossy… thank god I decided to get changed before I went, wouldn’t it have been awkward if we were wearing the same thing? 😉
She was amazing, she worked the crowds, serving drinks, food and just being all around fabulous. It just added to the whimsicalness of it all. We all sipped champagne and lemonade whilst we waited to go in. When we were finally let in, it was just the most beautiful high tea I’ve ever been to!
Large tables with hessian, colourful flowers, boards of endless sweet treats, and a DJ pumping out some real funky tunes. Whilst you get a complimentary champagne on arrival, if you wish to purchase another glass, or wine or beer, they are available at the bar. Each table did have a pitcher of lemonade and bottomless tea and coffee refills.
Savoury food provided a good selection, with my favourite being the salmon blinis, followed closely by the chorizo sausage roll. Who doesn’t love a good sausage roll?
From left to right:
Honey-cured salmon with remoulade on dill blinis
Poached chicken, almonds, celery teenie tiny sandwiches
Skewers of herb and citrus prawns wrapped in noodles, with lemon aioli
Cream of mushroom soup with truffle oil and red pepper tapenade
Chorizo, spinach and ricotta pastry roll, with tomato relish
King Island blue cheese and pear chutney served on fig and walnut bread
Sweets didn’t only look good, they tasted good too. We all agreed that the chocolate was the best. The disappointing one was the lemon meringue tart. The meringue was a rock hard meringue, instead of a squishy one you can just suck the top off. Whilst it was the least impressive, it didn’t matter, we had plenty to choose from, and they came around with extra everything, so none of us went home hungry at all.
From left to right:
Crème brulee, lightly scented with lavender
Mini lemon meringue pies
Scones with raspberry jam and double cream
Organic chocolate pots, salted caramel toffee, clotted cream
Rosewater meringue, seasonal berries, marscarpone cream
Vanilla, rose and pistachio panna cotta, pomegranate syrup
This high tea would be a great idea for Mother’s Day if you are looking for something to get your Mum.
Further dates, prices and all information are available by visiting http://bursaria.com.au
Bursaria Fine Foods presents ‘A Touch of…’
Rosina Function Space: 1 St. Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne
Time: 2-4 pm
2013 Dates (Third Sunday of every month)
Iron Chef Shellie dined as a guest of Bursaria thanks to Zilla & Brook.