Bar Amelie in Subiaco is new to the high tea scene. Situated in Rokeby Road, this new wine bar is the perfect setting to while away a few hours on a Saturday afternoon with a glass or two of bubbles and some sweet and savoury treats.
It’s worth mentioning upfront that tea and coffee aren’t on the menu, YET. However, teetotallers don’t despair there are fresh juices and soft drinks available and sustainability and community focused coffee roasters Locale are coming on board soon.
The first thing that struck me as I walked through the door was the gorgeous teal green booths on the far side of the room so quick heads up ask for one of those when you make your booking. After being seated the owner Kat was quick to kick off our afternoon with a glass of Pol Roger champagne. The bubbles were the perfect accompaniment to the first course, a platter of savouries.
I opted to start with the four finger sandwiches skewered together which was both functional and pretty as a picture. The standout for me was the egg and lettuce, narrowly nudging out the smoked salmon offering. It was then time to turn my attention to the warm savouries, a leek and blue cheese tartlet and their signature eggplant croquette with tomato relish.
The tartlet was bursting with flavour and the miniature basket gave it an extra crunch. However, savoury of the day went to the croquette, wow! Everything from the eggplant centre to the light crumbed casing dipped in the tangy tomato relish was amazing and not surprisingly it’s generally the most popular item on their menu. I finished off the platter with the Mediterranean crostini with courgettes, red peppers, feta, and fresh basil. The pickled flavours were a great finale to the savouries.
Enter the desserts and there was something for everyone. The smaller servings meant there was a large selection of sweet treats on offer. I elected to start with the unconventional pre-cut baby scones. The one bite delights worked well with the strawberry conserve and whipped cream. The quirkiness continued with the baby Eton mess which was housed in a tall lop-sided glass that was a big conversation piece at the table. The English dessert was oh so refreshing due to the fresh berries, meringue, and whipped cream. Convention was thrown out the window again with the deconstructed mini cheesecake with fresh berries and homemade coulis, yum! The mini toffee apple and chocolate coated strawberry were also great inclusions before finishing off with the strawberry tartlet and chocolate and caramel macarons.
Bar Amelie has put together a delicious afternoon tea brimming with bite sized sweet and savoury treats. Named after the movie, the bar and menu certainly evoke happiness, and it will only get better with the inclusion of tea and coffee.
There are three packages on offer, starting at a very reasonable $45 for the non-alcoholic option right up to $99 for 90 minutes of free-flowing Pol Roger champagne. Please note their afternoon tea is only available on Saturdays and bookings are essential. Their gluten free options and practices are also the best I’ve seen so do your taste buds a favour and get along to the new kid on the high tea block.
High Tea Menu at Bar Amelie:
- Homemade leek and blue cheese tartlets
- Mediterranean crostini (courgettes, red peppers, feta, and fresh basil)
- Eggplant croquettes with tomato relish
- Selection of sandwiches
- Baby Eton mess
- Strawberry tartlet
- Baby scones
- Mini deconstructed cheesecake with fresh berries and homemade coulis
- Toffee apple
- Chocolate coated strawberry