Combine the goodness of matcha with feather-light cakes plus a Hong Kong twist and you have a hint of Sinmei Tea.

One sip of Sinmei’s milky Hong Kong tea and you’ll be transported from Brisbane’s Paddington to the bustling cafes of Hong Kong.  Combine it with a bite of one of her hand-made dim sims and you are in Cantonese heaven.

Sinmei says it’s hard to find the authentic flavours she is used to in Hong Kong in Australia.  Some of her best customers are students dropping in for a taste of home that they can’t find elsewhere, even in the Asian hotspot of Sunnybank.

The tea house was formerly tucked inside Scrumptious Reads in James Street, Fortitude Valley. If you haven’t been here, you really should check out this book shop devoted to the culinary arts.

The new location on Latrobe Terrace is larger with two tables inside and quite a few tables outside. There’s plenty of space for your favourite furry friend too. With a strong background and experience in running her own coffee shops in Asia, Sinmei knows how to make customers feel very welcome.

All day brunch

Sinmei’s menu starts with a breakfast congee set and continues with an all day brunch menu. This includes Hakka Thunder Tea Rice, served with homemade tea paste, Hot Tea Soba (green tea noodles with Japanese style broth), Lian Mian (cold noodles served with sliced chicken, cucumber and sesame-peanut sauce and Hong Kong style Parwan and pork dumplings with Cantonese sauce. Surrounded by silky pastry and a light but flavour-filled sauce, the wontons are especially good.

New on the menu is a wagyu beef stew with rice.

The menu includes a matcha loaf cake which is very green and matcha yoyos. The matcha chocolate fondant is very popular but you’ll need to allow a little more time as it takes 20 minutes to cook and is designed for two people.

The oh-so-pretty cakes are delightfully light but full of flavour and definitely worth trying.

Sinmei opens at 11 am and 6 pm Thursday to Monday, except Sunday when she opens 10 am to 5 pm.


Where is Sinmei Tea?

You’ll find Sinmei Tea at 35 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane.

Ed+bK rating

4/5 stars – Unusual flavour combinations in house-made treats, served with style

Bottom line

Hot drinks $7, cakes $6 – $8, lava cake $20 for two.

Best tip

Sinmei’s High Tea Set ($35 per person) would be a showstopper for a mother/daughter or group experience.

Disclaimer:  Ed+bK was a guest of Sinmei Tea.