Walking into Faubourg was like walking into a modern Parisian cafe. I had made a reservation for afternoon tea but was taken aback at how cramped and crowded it was when I first entered. Then, I realized they had a small dining room in the back for afternoon tea only. The dining room area was more spacious and elegantly decorated than the main cafe.
I saw a groupon online for Fairmont Pacific Rim’s afternoon tea so decided to give it a try. The hotel lobby is spacious and the ceilings are really high which makes lounging in the lobby really comfortable. They have low tables that are at the level of your knees so it’s not the best setting for having afternoon tea. The decor is minimalist modern with an Asian flare. There was a beautiful glass fire place as well. The afternoon tea set came with a plate of scones (dry and hard as usual), a tier of savory Asian bites like tofu and ahi tuna nigiri sushis and a tier of desserts. Their teapots were extremely heavy and hard to pour with. Continue reading
I am a fan of the Shangri-la lobby lounge so I had high hopes for their afternoon tea service. At the exceptionally high price of $35 per person, I was expecting a lot. I was really pleased with their beautiful china ware and tea set. They have a really small selection of tea leaves but the quality wasn’t bad. I had the jasmine pearl tea. They had 3 tiers as usual. The lowest tier had a selection of crust-less sandwiches and croissants and the middle tier had an interesting selection of savory bites on Asian soup spoons. Continue reading
I believe that you haven’t had afternoon tea until you’ve had it in London at the Ritz. It honestly is the most amazing afternoon tea experience I’ve ever been through. Even the Queen of England would approve. How could I approve of afternoon tea in Canada after coming here? Reservations must be made weeks or even months in advance and it is pricey but worth a try. They even have a special Birthday afternoon tea menu that comes with champagne and a birthday cake! Continue reading