For Canada Day, the family decided to do it British style have go for high tea. I have never been and have always imagined it as a fancy tea party, with everyone dressed up in big puffy dresses or neat black and white suits. All dolled up, I suppose. But it was not what I had thought it would be.
The hotel wasn’t big, in my opinion. We were greeted at the door by a nice doorman. He opened the door for us and kept it open as I was taking this photo (above).
We had waited less than a minute and our table was ready. We were the first group to arrive; after we sat down and ordered our teas, tables were being filled. We sat in the Purple Room (apparently, there are different names for the different rooms for High Tea).
The menu: there are probably four pages of teas, from different countries and all. A very descriptive of what each tea consists of and the flavours it can have. Also, the menu has the different high tea foods because the hotel offers different high teas, depending on the time you decide to go. Click here for more information.
I had written down the teas that we tried that day.
21. Kukicha, 24. Early Grey with Roses, 26. Apricot & Apple Fruit, 29. Lemon Verbena, 31. Once Upon A Tea
I ordered Once Upon A Tea and it wasn’t the greatest. It has many different flavours. I thought I would be adventurous and try something new. From the five teas listed above, I think 24 and 21 are best; I’ve had both (outside from this high tea experience) and I would consider these teas a safe choice.
We had three condiments (clockwise starting with the white sauce): some cheese spread, fruit spread and strawberry spread (I think?).
My favourites were the salmon sandwich rolls, the dessert with the raspberries and the one right to it (it’s chocolate!).
I cannot tell you what each dish (from the three photos above) consist of. The waiter was really fast in explaining like he was reading a script. Anyways, it’s really self explanatory if you look closely at the pictures above.
If you already checked the hotel’s website on high tea, you might have read their section on Twilight Tea and Fancy Hats/ Afternoon Tea. During their Twilight Tea hours, you can donate to wear fancy hats while having tea (picture below).
Stay tuned as Part 2 will be posted in the new couple of days!
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