The Muse Cafe, Northbridge

Website: http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/perth/muse-cafe

Eat Drink Perth 2014 fell in the month of April this year and I remembered being quite excited as I went through the events listing in the FRESH Plus magazine from the West on the Saturday afternoon. Which events should I go to? My eyes stopped at the High Tea section (I do love a good High Tea!). There were three to pick from, High Tea at the Muse Cafe, Sen5es Restaurant in Novotel Perth or the Pan Pacific Perth. As I’d been to the Pan Pacific High Tea a couple of times previously, my choice was narrowed down to either the Muse Cafe or the Sen5es Restaurant. I decided to go for the Muse Cafe as I have not been to the WA Museum building before, neither have I heard of the Muse Cafe. A great opportunity to visit and find out more about the place and building!

The Muse Cafe is housed in the beautiful heritage listed WA Museum building, a hidden gem amongst the bustle. The WA Museum was full of people that afternoon, all queuing up to get into the Dinosaur Discovery Exhibition. Great activity for the kids during these school holidays I thought. We maneuvered ourselves through the crowd into the back of the building where the Muse Cafe was situated, catching glimpses of a couple of the moving, life-size dinosaurs models. They looked quite real from a distance!

The Muse Cafe had a homely feel, with comfortable lounges placed throughout, and mainly alfresco dining, perfect for an idyllic afternoon.

Muse Cafe

Inside the Muse Cafe

We were ushered into a quaint tea room further inside the cafe, with enough seating for possibly 20 people. There were various artworks on the wall which were interesting.

Inside the tea room

Settings were dainty but seemed to be mismatched. We were served tea in huge pretty pots which I have not seen elsewhere.

Cup and saucer Pretty pots

Tea and coffee were free flowing for the High Tea, we had the Peppermint Tea, Earl Grey and a recommended Artic Fire Tea by the lady staff. The Arctic Fire Tea had fruity flavors with a menthol after taste which made it quite refreshing. Normally not a big fan of fruity tea flavors, I found myself finishing the whole pot, seeking the addictive menthol after taste from the tea. Very nice!

I’d also ordered the Cappucino and Long Macchiato at the start and end of the High Tea for some caffeine boost. They were very generous with the amount of drinks one can order. Bubbles are also available for a price. We did not indulge in any on this occasion.

Cappucino Long Mac

The Watermelon and strawberry salad with honey syrup came after settling our drink orders. It was a nice palate cleanser and great way to start the High Tea!

Watermelon & strawberry salad with honey syrup

Not long after the Savories plate came which consisted of the Trio Sandwiches (of Cucumber, butter & sea salt; Poached chicken & watercress; Egg), the Jerusalem artichoke & spinach frittatas and the Goats cheese & caramelised onion tartlets; along with the plate of Date and Lemonade Scones with preserves and clotted cream.

Trio of sandwiches, Frittata and Tartlets Scones with preserves and cream

My favorite from the Savories were the Trio Sandwiches, especially the Poached chicken and watercress, and the Goats cheese and caramelised onion tartlet. The Tartlet was warm with a crisp base, and I loved the combination of sweetness in the caramelised onion and saltiness from the goats cheese. The taste of the goats cheese was not too overbearing.

There were two varieties of Scones on the plate and they were both as good as one another. Scones are always a favorite of mine at any High Tea. These were fresh and light. I was inspired and made more than two dozens of them for my church’s Easter Celebration the next day when I got home :p

The High Tea was rounded off with Petit Fours of Chocolate pomegranate cake, Passionfruit marshmallow and Lemon curd chocolate tart.

Petit fours

My friends thought the Petit Fours were all really sweet and couldn’t really enjoy them. One was too full at this stage. As for me, I liked both the Chocolate pomegranate cake and the Lemon curd chocolate tart. I must admit they were both pretty sweet but they went well with the Long Mac I ordered. Great finisher to the High Tea! The exception was the Passionfruit marshmallow, which was indeed too sweet for my palate.

Service was commendable at the Muse Cafe, staff were really friendly and were always enquiring to make sure we were happy and satisfied. The only complaint I have would be the cleanliness of the tea strainer. Mine came with stain and tea leaves from old stuck to it which was slightly off putting. Otherwise it was a good experience in all.

As part of Eat Drink Perth 2014, the High Tea at the Muse Cafe is available on all Saturdays in the month of April for $46. There are two sessions available, 11am and 1pm. Booking can be made on 9221 4110.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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