Chinese New Year High Tea Party

Thursday, February 25, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Providence cafe opened in Carlton more than one year ago. It was opened by Elena and Michael Tan (Hero Subs, Reading Room Cafe, The Grain Store). They pride them self on using the best produce from farmers market all around Victoria. Last year they had high tea every month but this year they decided to do it only on special occasions to make the occasions even more special. I was intrigue by their Chinese New Year High Tea Party ($38/pp) and quickly booked the afternoon session. 

The cafe it self was simply, airy, spacious decorated with timber panel, white furnitures and shades of grey. They also have some outdoor seatings which are great for summer. I love the art work of colourful vegetables on the wall. This place is also kids friendly with plenty of pram access, change table, kids menu, high chairs and disabled toilet, they even have toys and books. Elena and Michael really understand the need of a family since they also have a kid. While we are on the topic, I'm in the middle of my research on kids friendly cafe and I'm planning to compile them into a list. This is for all the mothers out there. Stay tune!

Upon arrival we were given Lychee & Strawberry Pearl tea. It was pretty hot that day, just the perfect fresh and sweet opener with real strawberries in it.

Providence's Scones with mandarin marmalade & dark amber maple butter. I love the scones, one of the best scones around inner Melbourne. Love the butter as well but the mandarin marmalade was a bit bitter for my taste.

Wonderbao BBQ Pork bao & Twice Cooked Pork Belly bao. I also have been loving Wonderbao BBQ Pork Bao, it was sweet and full of flavour. Their twice cooked pork belly was just as delicious.

Providence's house made pork & prawn Shaomai and seared snapper, ginger, garlic Dumplings. It was the Chinese flare of the high tea.

Providence's seared Scallops & confit wombok served with black pepper garlic sauce. This was my second favourite of the day, I wish I have more of this. The scallop was perfectly cooked and seasoned.

One of the staff offered us a Lemongrass Tea and it was in the perfect timing. Tea helps us clear our palette and balanced out oil as well as sweetness.

LuxBite pineapple marshmallow macaroon with edible year of monkey chocolate, Fortune Cookies, Providence's own kaya jam doughnut and Providence's chocolate tartlets, creme patisserie, mandarin & raspberry glaze. I wish the jam doughnut have more kaya in it but I love the chocolate tartlets.

Cream Supreme Green Tea and Black Sesame ice cream bao. This was my favourite of the day, the bao was hot and crispy on the outside but remain soft on the inside with melting ice cream in the middle. It was just delicious. Both green tea and black sesame was yummy but if I have to choose, I have to pick the black sesame.

One of my friend works in the kitchen at Providence and prior the day I have requested something to surprise my husband since my third year anniversary just a couple days before the high tea day. She apparently ask one of her talented friend to make this simple yet charming platter. My friend bring's this plate out her self at the end of our high tea. It was the perfect ending.

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Monday-Saturday: 7.30am-4pm
Sunday: 8.30am-4pm

Providence Cafe
497 Rathdowne St
Carlton, VIC 3053