Authentic Cantonese fare at Sinmei's Tea House



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'll be in Cantonese heaven.

Sinmei says it's hard to find the authentic flavours she is used to in Hong Kong and says she often has students dropping in for a taste of home that they can't find elsewhere, even in the Asian hotspot of Sunnybank.


Milky tea, Hong Kong style at Sinmei Tea.
Milky tea, Hong Kong style.

Authentic Cantonese style dim sims at Sinmei Tea
Authentic Cantonese style dim sims at Sinmei Tea

Sinmei 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.

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





The cakes are definitely worth trying here.  So light and delicious, many feature matcha which gives them a distinctive green colour.

Creamy matcha icing on this light as air tea cake at Sinmei Tea.
Creamy matcha icing on this light as air tea cake at Sinmei Tea.

Sinemei's matcha loaf cake
Sinmei's matcha loaf cake.

A slice of Earl Grey tea cake at Sinemei Tea, Paddington.
A slice of Earl Grey tea cake at Sinemei Tea, Paddington.

Her Hojicha Hot Chocolate with roased tea, white chocolate, milk and marshmallows is a flavour sensation. It's not a traditional hot chocolate but combines the same smoothness and sweet hit with the interesting variation of roasted tea.




Sinmei's 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.

Pop in here for a High Tea with a matcha twist.

There's also a small selection of savoury items including wonderful wontons made by Sinmei.  Surrounded by silky pastry and a light but flavour-filled sauce, these tiny morsels are so good I'll be back for more.

Sinmei opens at 12 noon and closes at 7pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday so pop in for lunch or early dinner. Sunday hours are 10am to 5pm and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

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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.

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