Level 3, North end, QVB
455 George St. Sydney.
Tariff: $31-$63 per head depending on the type of selection taken. Options with alcohol are $10-$20 higher than the basic dining options.
The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building appears to be a bit of a ritual place to visit when Ondine and I are in Sydney together. Service there has deteriorated somewhat over the last seven years, but the room, the crockery and the silverware has been polished up. The food isn't bad either.
All the typical high tea goodies are on offer, or can be purchased separately. Several types of finger sandwiches, macarons and petite cakes are on the three tiered cake stand. There is a wide selection of teas available, as well as appropriate cocktails and champagne.
The scones were very good, just out of the oven, and served with fresh cream and raspberry jam. We ordered seconds, and then smuggled the leftovers back to the hotel room for later. Totally worth the crumbs in my jacket.
While not the best or the most affordable high tea I've had, it's a pleasant place to spend an hour or two with good company.
I guess the only blemish for us in the whole experience was that the staff forgot to bring us our tea. I wouldn't have minded so much, if it wasn't the very reason for being there. Three reminders later, we got it. It's a good thing the food kept us occupied.
So while The Tea Room looks all very posh, really just expect cafe level service, and you wont be too disappointed.