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.
Click here to visit the website.

Moji Japanese Eatery

Ice cream. Not my favourite. But if it has durian in it, than that’s a different story. So I was telling my cousin that I went to Moji for lunch and I wanted to try dessert someday. And so we did.

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Originally I ordered the Durian King. Sadly it was made and served but it was taken away after several seconds later. Apparently, according to my cousin (I was absent from the table when it was taken back), there was something wrong but  we didn’t know what. This was the first disappointment of the day.

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So I chose another dessert which was Cookies and Cream. It’s not what you think it is… it’s actually crushed oreos sprinkled on top of ice cream. There were two ice cream  flavours to choose from, but the matcha soft serve machine was broken…which meant I was left with the strawberry flavour. It was another disappointment to know that it was artificial strawberry flavour.

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Here is snippet of my cousin working behind the scenes for my blog. Haha! Much is appreciated, she know that.  : )

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I wouldn’t go back for dessert because of the limited choices. But I do recommend having lunch. There are many choices to choose from, ramen to rice dishes and many appetizers.
Visit Moji’s website here.

Sweet Ecs

*Side note – I usually don’t like going to these types of dessert places, but a friend really wanted to try this place out.

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If you’re in the Toronto and GTA area, you’ve probably seen Sweet Esc photos all over instagram by now. I had two first impression when I walked into the ~30 seat dessert shop. A: It was really cold, the a/c was on like high, and it wasn’t even a hot day. B: The space is really good for insta-likes.

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If my brother saw the inside of this cute dessert cafe, he would definitely say that’s so me, because it’s so hipster. And I’ll have to admit that I fancied the decorations and minimalistic designs.

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Be aware that there are some items menus that have not been changed/ updated.

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We ordered two items (the cafe only had three main categories to choose from): Belgian waffles, toast and cake). They also serve drinks, tarts and savory desserts. We had a hard time choosing because everything on the menu looked as good as everything else.

First was Belgian waffles (only three quarters, I wonder what happened to the last quarter) served on a hot sizzling plate with maple ice cream, vanilla cream and topped with an assortment of nuts. The maple ice cream was really icy (too watery) and the maple flavour wasn’t distinct enough.

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Next, we chose toast with earl grey ice cream, chocolate cream served with fruits. I thought that I would have liked the waffles better, but the toast, ice cream and the fruit jam turned out to be the winner (my favourite from the two).

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Would I eat here again? Probably unlikely, only if a friend asks me to.
Click here for Sweet Esc‘s website.
Photos via iPhone 6.