Today is not in July, nor was it for a Christmas celebration. It was Trent and I leaving the city in search of a nice lunch and a spot of tea.
We found this, and more, at the Olinda Tea House. Upon first arrival it's appearance is similar to that of a day spa. Clean and free of clutter, simple, using natural materials like wooden floors and fencing. We had decided to take Hamish, our 13 y/o Westie, and feared that there was no outside seating area where we could sit with the old pup while we had lunch.
Not to despair. The waitress was lovely and showed us the path round the back to the seating on the deck.
We lounged on the oversized outdoor couch and ordered ourselves a bottle of wine.
We followed that up with mini hamburgers and a vegetable pastry, both of which were phenomenal. The burgers came as a pair and were about big enough for two bites, with a side of shoestring fries and a salad. The pastry was overflowing with roasted vegetables also served with a side salad.
Feeling satisfied but not quite finished we also ordered a serve of scones with the most delicious raspberry jam and cream. We also purchased a jar of the jam so we can recreate the experience at home.
The place provides a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere in which people can enjoy their day and really soak in the beauty of The Dandenongs.
I have a feeling we will be back very soon. I apologise for the lack of pictures, I got so caught up in the moment the time flew by.
Olinda Tea house - Visit their website.