Fancy Nance reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, with its colourful murals of flamingos, blue plush sofas, and countless unique sounding treats on offer. Around the corner from Zumbo Patisserie, it offers a perfect sanctuary for those who love their sweets and desserts, in the form of high tea.
My friend and I decided to finally try out the high tea here one afternoon, and we went for the $65 I’m So Fancy option, of course. The menu has since changed, but I’ll try my best to remember everything we tried!
Deconstruct anything and they’ll look 100 times fancier am I right? The carrot cake was not only pretty to look at, but each element actually worked really well together. From the crumbed cake to the cream cheese frosting, it still had the flavour of a traditional carrot cake, with a dash more sophistication.
Clearly, my memory has failed me when it came to the platter of sweets. They all tasted nice without being spectacular though, and the macaron was definitely amazing, I can vouch for all Zumbo macarons.
The high tea also came with a pot of tea each, I opted for the Darjeeling, and the black tea certainly helped in balancing out some of the sweeter offerings.
Next up we had some baked goods. The palmier had layers of pastry, and it melted in my mouth. The croissants were brilliant too, flaky and buttery, if only it was a tad bigger! Although it’s probably a good thing in hindsight, considering how many more things we had to sample.
The scones were freshly baked, with a crusty exterior, and soft and bouncy interior once you split it in half.
I enjoyed the capsicum jam in particular (look at that colour!), but the pear jam was also quite nice.
Presentation is clearly on point with this one, the crackers were placed on a bed of pebbles, ready to be eaten.Along with its quirky presentation, these also acted as the perfect bridge between the sweet and savoury components of the high tea. The tomato relish was a little sour, and the crunchy crackers provided some texture.
Definitely not your traditional pork buns, how are they so freaking round?! Anyway, the light and fluffy skin held some delicious pulled pork filling inside, dip into some that spring onion and light soy sauce, I could eat 5 of these, but probably shouldn’t. This was an uanimous favourite between us.
There was a lot of pressure on the braised beef cheek to perform after the pork bun, but it actually did not fall short. The meat was extremely tender, and fell apart at the prick of a fork. The sauce was also extremely decadent, and thick in consistency.
Cold and acidic, the chilled tomato soup was the ultimate palette cleanser after the two heavier savoury dishes, and an ideal end of our high tea experience.
Although the menu items were quite ground-breaking and unique in their own right, I don’t think I’d go back for the high tea at Fancy Nance. I don’t know, I just didn’t feel like the $65 price tag could be justified.
In saying that however, I did enjoy the experience at the restaurant, and my friend and I both agreed that it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with a friend. So really, I guess do for the experience at least once, if that’s what you’re looking for, but don’t expect top-notch high tea.
How to get there:
Fancy Nance is located on Daly Street, a short 5 minutes walk from South Yarra Station.