The Tom Roberts exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia is a visual experience - and also a tasting experience! With the help of Wedgwood, the NGA has created an elegant dining room and a menu inspired by Tom Roberts. The sweeping floor-to ceiling views overlooking the Gallery's Sculpture Garden helped evoke Tom Roberts' creative depictions of the Australian landscape.
According to the menu, "The Tea Room introduces a contemporary interpretation of the classic elements of a traditional Australian morning and afternoon tea and a classic bush lunch."
We decided to sample the lunch options as well as the high tea. So we selected the Farmhouse Board for 1 ($25pp) and the Wedgwood High Tea for 1 ($43pp) to share.
The Farmhouse Board comes with rosemary salt damper and butter, lemon scented kipfler potatoes, iceberg lettuce, honey and sherry caramel pumpkin, piccalilli relish and pickle pots, and either slow roast beef or salt baked salmon. They were kind enough to let us try both types of meat!
My friend and I tried a variety of the teas on offer. While free refills are provided for the 'Wedgwood Original', our favourite by far, was the T2 French Earl Grey ($4.80). It is worth ordering two of the same tea so as to get the larger teapot, which provides for quite a bit more tea than getting two different types of tea, which come in smaller, individual teapots.
Once we were done with lunch, our plates were cleared and the high tea arrived.
On the top tier of the high tea were the sweet treats:
- Dame Nellie Melba's sublime opera cake
- Lemon and yoghurt curd tart with toasted meringue
- Petite Peach Melba cupcake with white peach buttercream
- Jam drop shortbread tarts with lavender sugar
All the sweet treats were lovely, but my favourite was the cupcake as it was packed with flavour while being really light in texture. My friend's favourite was the lemon tart as she has a thing for lemon tarts. Indeed, the tart shell was light and perfectly crumbly.
The bottom tier consisted of the savouries:
- Soft mini brioche with cured salmon, dill creme and mustard leaves
- Ribbon sandwich with citrus poached chicken and herb mayonnaise
- Ribbon sandwich with cucumber, lime sour cream and fresh mint
- Mini asparagus, leek and melted gruyere tart
The chicken sandwich was the standout for me as it had a great flavour and beautiful creamy texture.
The best part about the scones were that it came with generous servings of delicious jam and cream!
At $43 a head for high tea, it is one of the cheaper high teas in Canberra. Take your mum here or come with your girlfriends for a leisurely and elegant catch up.
The Food Avenue was invited as a guest to the Wedgwood Tea Room, however all opinions are my own.
Wedgwood Tea Room
Address: Parkes Place, Parkes ACT 2600
Open daily from 10am - 4:30pm. Lunch is served 12pm-2pm daily.
You can book this dining experience when you buy your ticket to Tom Roberts through Ticketek. Or if you would like to book without purchasing an exhibition package, you can email email@example.com or call (02) 6240 6711.
The exhibition and the Wedgwood Tea Room will be open until 28 March 2016.
To get to the Wedgwood tea room, go up the escalators and all the way towards the back of the building and take the lift to Level 2 Mezzanine.