When I was 15, I thought it was uber sophisticated of me to hold a high tea for my 16th birthday at a little place on Unley Road called Just Tickled Pink. I had fallen for its chic, feminine interior and delectable signature cupcakes and couldn’t think of any place more appropriate to mark what I perceived as my transition from ‘girl’ to ‘young woman’. This was perhaps overthinking things a little but hey, that’s what 15 year old girls do, right?
A few years and a few changes of owners later I had all but forgotten JTP existed but when I noticed a festive season special on the cafe’s Facebook page, I decided my Grandma’s 70th birthday was a perfect excuse to rediscover an old favourite. Gone is the cluttered Audrey Hepburn memorabilia of old but you are still greeted by the a very chic Parisian interior, complete with fairy floss pink walls.
On arrival, my Mother, Grandmother and I were warmly welcomed by the latest owners, the delightful Kate and her mother. We were given a delicious pink mocktail and sat around a beautifully pre-set table while the finishing touches were put on our high tea.
Included in our afternoon at JTP was tea and coffee, which was topped up regularly, mini quiches (fresh out of the oven), finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, pieces of both coconut and cherry ripe slices and a cupcake each. Grandma was most impressed with the high heel-shaped sandwiches! I tucked into a very satisfyingly sticky sticky date cupcake, while Mum tucked into a zingy lemon curd one and Grandma took the plain (but by no means boring) vanilla option, complete with butterfly on top. Incredible value for money even at its regular price, all three of us were impressed with the freshness of our little stash of goodies and also by the impeccable service provided by our hostesses.
Mary was clearly impressed with our feast!
Whether you’re trying JTP for the first time or rediscovering its girly charm after an extended hiatus, it’s definitely a not-so-hidden gem worth paying a visit to!
Just Tickled Pink
274 Unley Road, Hyde Park