Nostalgia High Tea

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.)

The waiter explained that we were to order two teas - a savoury tea to go with the savoury food and a sweet or aromatic tea to complement the sweet food. Pity we had all completely polished off the sweet food by the time the tea to accompany it appeared.

The waiter explained that we were to order two teas – a savoury tea to go with the savoury food and a sweet or aromatic tea to complement the sweet food. Pity we had all completely polished off the sweet food by the time the tea to accompany it appeared. Both teas I selected were delicious.

The food tasted fine. Perhaps more delicate servings would have suited the occasion better?

The food tasted fine. Perhaps more delicate servings would have suited the occasion better? I thought the teapot and teacups were stunning.

The washroom style went too far back to fit the term "retro" - or even "nostalgic". Definitely luxurious!

The washroom style went too far back to fit the term “retro” – or even “nostalgic”. Definitely luxurious!

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.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Nostalgia High Tea

  1. Iggy says:

    Very posh! Maybe that was why I was not there.

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