MELBOURNE | Runya’s Room is located in the new St Collins Lane development and is Melbourne’s newest high tea spot. The City Lane was invited to try out the high tea offering and a few of the cakes and were keen to indulge our sweet tooth. Owner Sam Shagagi created Runya’s Room as a tribute to his late wife, who loved high tea. It’s a cute place, full of pastel decor with an (intentional) 1970s lounge vibe about it.
There’s an all day European and Middle Eastern breakfast and lunch menu on offer but really its all about the sweets here. As soon as you walk in you can’t help but notice a selection of appealing cakes, pastries and macarons in the large front display. Tea is from Harney & Sons and we really enjoyed the “Paris Black” – a blend of black teas, creamy vanilla, caramel and currant. Of course there’s also champagne and wine on offer too.
The high tea itself sees guests treated to a 3 tiered tray full of savour sandwiches and sweet delights. The raspberry & vanilla open macaron was one of our favourite treats on the tray and overall, none of the sweets were overly sweet which was much appreciated. The sandwiches were a bit hit an miss but the tray as a whole worked. The highlight for us however was when the scones came out. They are freshly baked rose water & prune and orange blossom scones homemade jam and clotted cream and are an absolute delight. Amongst the jams that are served with the scones is carrot jam. All of these flavours were bringing back a lot of memories from our visit to Iran in 2015 and, sure enough when we enquired we discovered that one of the chefs has French/Iranian heritage. If you haven’t tried carrot jam before, you’re in for a treat.
Places like Runya’s Room show how far shopping centre dining has come in the past decade. No longer are the food options a second thought, and Runya’s Room is the kind of place we’d happily return to with a few friends to share some cakes and while away the hours chatting.
Shop RG03, St Collins Lane
260 Collins Street
Telephone: (03) 9663 4780
Mon – Wed: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Thu – Sat: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Sun: 9:00am to 7:00pm