Tucked away down an alleyway right next to the entrance for Mechanic’s Institute, Tea for Tú is a micro-cafe and tea parlour in the heart of Northbridge. My fiancé and I popped in on a Sunday afternoon to satisfy our sweet tooth. Looking at the selection of sweet treats, I was a little bit disappointed as there were only very limited choices on offer; two cakes and three different flavours of cupcakes.. there were no individual gateaux, tarts or pastries. I’m not sure if it was because we came at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon and they had sold out, but we picked a few old favourites nonetheless.
We sat outside in the peaceful little courtyard which was kooky and quaint with its mismatched chairs, tables, benches and crates. As we were the only customers dining in at the time, we didn’t have to wait long for our order to arrive.
As soon as we saw the menu, we knew we had to try the cake shake! So far, this is the only place in Perth where I have seen cake shakes on the menu. You get to choose a cupcake or cake and they shake it up for you with vanilla ice cream and milk – who says you can’t have your cake and drink it too! The shake was a good consistency.. I was worried it would be too thick and rich at first but was glad to be proven wrong.
I must confess I am a cheesecake snob and am quite particular with how I like my cheesecake; it has to be light and fluffy with a subtle flavour of cheese. Personally, I found this cheesecake to be a little bit too dense and cheese-y for my liking. It also lacked salted caramel flavour as it was only drizzled on top, rather than incorporated in the actual cheesecake mix. However, I did enjoy the biscuit base and thought the sweetness of the cheesecake was just right.
The brioche had been prepared like french toast and was light, fluffy and pillow-y soft. It was served with kaya (a Malaysian coconut jam) which was lovely with the recommended sprinkle of rock salt. The kaya was deliciously thick and had strong flavours of coconut and pandan; it made me reminisce of my trip to Singapore a few years back.
A cute and cosy place for a spot of afternoon tea, only downside is the limited offerings – would definitely recommend trying the cake shake!
Tea For Tú
218A William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Monday to Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9am – 5pm