My friend has every reason to be so proud of her daughter who pulled in guests from far and wide for a surprise birthday high tea at Nostalgia in Ponsonby, Auckland. My friend was, indeed, surprised. We were all delighted to have the excuse to dress up and play ladies – and celebrate our friend’s birthday, too, of course!
Nostalgia has an atmosphere all of its own – elegant, dark, mysterious, and bordering on bordello. So sensual. Even the dashing waiter’s accent was exotic. The nearly 100 year-old building (and for New Zealand, that means seriously old) has been variously a shop with the shopkeeper’s home upstairs, a bar, and now a restaurant that serves banquet dinners and high teas. (There’s a whole lot of info on the Nostalgia website about high teas and low teas. Let’s not be too pedantic here and stick to the terminology that is generally understood.)
Nostalgia would be a great place to book out a private room for a group of friends to meet for dinner. The room we were in had the atmosphere of a library in a stately home. Gorgeous.