Afternoon tea – Patisserie Fleur

I recently saw a post on Instagram about this cafe, Patisserie Fleur, in downtown Markham. The cafe has many cake and drink options to choose from. And I’m always looking for new food adventures that I can share with K. He has not been exposed to many of my favourite outings and since Winter is fast approaching, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to sneak in one of the many activities I have lined up on this Thanksgiving long weekend.

I had been browsing the website and we decided on having afternoon tea. And the price was fairly decent (but still pricey) compared to the 5 star hotels.

We got to choose the tea of our choice and I was very please with my tea, Bain de Rose, it tastes like Chinese tea.

There were many desserts and pastries. But we could not finish it all. It was definitely filling and my favourite would have to be the mango tart (pictured below). Our least favourite was the bread with avocado and sprouts. K really liked the croissant with cucumber and cream cheese. The scoones was quite dry to my liking and it could have been more moist.

There were a few things that could be improved about the service/ cleanliness about the restaurant.
1. When I called to change my reservations, the lady on the other line told me that they were fully booked on Saturday. I was able to get a table for the time requested, but when I went in that day, there was only one other party (of 4) seated for afternoon tea? I’m not sure if they were fully booked or maybe all the other parties had cancelled.
2. Our server slipped when placing the tea stand and one dessert’s class container broke. There was shattered glass and she cleaned it up, but I still found a few pieces lying around (tiny pieces) on the table, floor and on my seat.
3. When she slipped, she dropped a macaroon and gave us another one on a napkin. I would assume that she would have it on a plate and place the new macaroon on the stand with tongs.
4. The jam and clotted cream plate had dust on it. I noticed the dust because the plate was white. It wasn’t dust bunnies but dust that you would see from a wet cloth.
5. Does afternoon tea come with milk and sugar? I have not been to many, but for the places that I have had tea at, they do it British style with the two.

I would most certainly recommend visiting this cafe, whether it be for tea or stopping by to pick up a cake. Note that afternoon tea requires 48 hours advance notice.
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Afternoon Tea at Pacific Mall (1)

Last week my mom, brother and I headed to the mall. We needed to get something fixed and thought while we wait, we could have some afternoon tea (Chinese style). Basically, whenever my family and I refer to afternoon tea (directly translated from Cantonese), we mean to have a afternoon snack; Mc Donald’s, a doughnut, or bubbletea.

So at Pacific Mall, there are tons of options to choose from; the popular choices are City Hollywood, bubbletea, curry fish balls and Mc Donald’s. And I thought, we always have the same..why not try something different. I suggested that we have a snack at the food court on the upper floor.


Let me (try to) explain what we ordered..

1. I don’t think I have a clear definition of what kind of soup, but I will try my best to explain. It’s an imitation of shark fin soup. Back in the days (and I guess now too), shark fin was precious and not many people could afford shark most (or the less wealthily population) used cellophane noodles/ Chinese vermicelli instead of shark fin, hence the use of the word imitation. And adding a splash of red vinegar makes all the difference!

2. I’m sure you’ve heard of siu mai. There are many ways of making siu mai and I think this particular one was made (stuffed) with fish paste.

3. I love some deep fried tofu with a bit of salt seasoning. Mainly because I can’t get my dad to fry me some at home.

All three snacks costed less than $10 (total). I could have skipped dinner that night if I wanted to. : P