20 March 2013

Eat Me. High Tea at Royal Pines Resort Videre, Gold Coast

I really love high tea. It encompasses all of my favourite things, champagne, delicious desserts, tea, scones and a feminine lunch/morning/afternoon tea date with friends. Which is why I was so excited when my beautiful friend announced her baby shower would be at high tea at Royal Pines Resort.

There are a few options for high tea at the resort; it can be had in the cafĂ© on the lobby level or on the 21st floor at their fine-dining restaurant Videre. This is where we went. Videre is the new version of RPR’s, after a renovation in 2011 the restaurant has been remodelled to reflect a new design and a sleeker finish, but the fabulous view remains the same. Set in Ashmore, Royal Pines feels miles away from the usual Surfers and Broadbeach venues. Videre has a perfect 360-degree view of the Gold Coast; out to the surfers skyline and along the ocean north to south, down at Metricon Stadium and back out to the mountains. It really is breathtaking at night and even more so on a clear day.

Alex, a long-serving waiter at Royal Pines, looked after our group for the afternoon with his usual lovely service; he is professional, knowledgeable, and friendly yet not intrusive. We sipped champagne, had a selection of sandwiches (my favourite was the smoked salmon) and enjoyed a range of decadent desserts. The high tea includes, baby scones, macaroons, profiteroles, lemon meringue shots and raspberry mousse. Everything was delicious except the macaroons which weren’t quite up to scratch for me, they lacked the lovely tackiness they should have.

A glass of champagne, and unlimited tea, coffee, soft-drink and juice are all included. Sittings are available Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 12.30pm. The restaurant is also open for dinner.

The views of Videre are fantastic and really make the experience. We have such beautiful scenery here on the Gold Coast yet it’s so hard to find a restaurant with a view. Look no further. 4/5.

Where: Ross Street, Ashmore QLD 4217
Bookings: essential
Phone: (07) 5597 8700

Photos by Krissie.

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