Hopetoun Tea Rooms is the original cake and patisserie store on the Melbourne dessert scene, is known for its old school charm and has what are probably the most photographed windows in Melbourne. There is almost always a line to dine in and it was no different when we went on a weekend for lunch and tea.
For savoury dishes, we ordered the Golden crumb fried Zucchini Flowers filled with herbed goats cheese and served with fresh mango, basil sauce, frisee, puffed quinoa and an heirloom tomato salad. This was a delicious dish, the stuffed zucchini flowers were rich in goats cheese flavour and went nicely with the sweet mango and salad. We also ordered the Scallops with asparagus and garden salad. We chose this because we wanted something healthy before we gorged ourselves with cake (great logic, right?). It was a simple dish but done pretty well, the scallops were juicy and tender.
Now, onto the desserts! The hardest choice was on deciding which ones to order, I wanted them all! We ended up deciding on the New York Cheesecake with whipped cream and fresh fruit, and the Vanilla slice with whipped cream and fresh fruit. The Cheesecake was rich and sweet while the vanilla slice was lighter but just as good, with the fresh fruit balancing out both desserts. At $10 a dessert, it was double the price you would normally pay for a regular slice of cake at a local bakery and we’re not sure the quality mirrored this price increase.
Overall, while Hopetoun Tea Room served decent food in a lovely ambiance, it did not live up to our expectations. Their savoury dishes were nice but didn’t stand out and while the desserts were good, we believe they were overpriced.