Showing posts with label afternoon tea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label afternoon tea. Show all posts

Friday, February 17, 2012

Elegant buffet: Afternoon Tea Buffet at Sukhothai Bangkok hotel

Following my pleasant truffle making class with swiss chef, Laurent Ganguillet at the prestigious 5-star hotel, Sukhothai Bangkok, we were directed for an afternoon of leisure and afternoon tea.   Only available Fridays and weekends, this is no ordinary afternoon tea, but an extensive buffet with 2 separate halls, one for savoury one for desserts.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Afternoon tea and brunch at Salon de L'Oriental by Mandarin Oriental (CLOSED)

Located at the ground floor at luxury mall, the Emporium, Salon de L'Oriental is a casual dining venue that offers elegant Thai and international fares, high tea, and Parisian desserts and pastries.  It's a nice open space surrounded by water and luscious green surrounding where you can rest at in between a vigorous day of shopping.

If you like everything, or have trouble deciding like I do, try their trio of soup.  It comes 3 cute little tea cups with french onion soup, pumpkin and lemongrass soup, and prawn bisque.  The french onion soup was lighter than I expected.  The pumpkin and lemongrass was unique in its aroma and I don't often come across this mixture.  Lastly, the prawn bisque was comparable to everywhere else.

This picture doesn't do any justice to the crispiness of the vole au vent.  The puff pastry was very flakey while the filling was rich with bisque-like flavour, chunky seafood pieces.  It was served with a side of more fillings, asparagus, and salad greens.

The high tea set is somewhat modest with 4 bite-size sandwiches, 2 scones, 2 jams, and 2 kinds of cakes (coffee and opera).  It's not as elaborate as other places and there is only one set to choose from.  The only difference between the prices is the type of tea you choose. Although I found the tea set to be a bit too mediocre, their cakes are quite tasty.  Perhaps ordering individual pieces would be the way to go.

If you are looking for a mellow atmosphere and a light meal or desserts, Salon would be a good choice.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Afternoon tea at Faubourg

My sister and I checked in at Faubourg right away after she picked me up from YVR.  Located in Kerrisdale, it is surprising that a cafe that has only been opened for 6 weeks was that busy already.  The window display, also a refrigerator, showcases beautiful, daily made decadents Faubourg has to offer. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Deliciousness of Duchess Bake Shop

After reading about the reviews and hearing the reputation of the Duchess Bake Shop,  I had to check it out for myself.  One evening, during one of the worst snow storms in Edmonton this year, I marched in through the snow banks to the famous bake shop.  I have to add on a side note that for the location that it is at, I would have to say that this place is a "hidden gem". The atmosphere of the bakery was warm and inviting with a wonderful, lingering scent of freshly baked pastry. If there wasn't for the snow storm, I would've liked to stay and enjoy a cup of warm latte.   As I pressed my face against the display case, I don't really have a sweet tooth, but I was mesmerized by the arrays of delectable desserts and pastries.  The cakes and tarts were presented very elegantly, while the pastries, pies, and sandwiches looked enticingly rustic.

Holidays special-candy cane macarons

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Adonia Tea House

Adonia Tea House is what can I only describe as a very "cutesy" place for a ladies get-together in the afternoon.  The ambience is a sophisticated Old English theme illustrated with floral wallpaper, chandeliers, old fashioned clocks, Victorian style furniture, and an array of flavoured tea tastefully displayed on a dark green wooden shelf. I honestly wanted to go home and change my outfits to something more dressy, frilly, girly, perhaps dressed in pearls and a large hat.  The space is not very big, nonetheless, it is neither loud nor crowded so one is still able to enjoy the atmosphere. It's more unique than other places I have come across in Vancouver.

They have a broad range in tea selections and flavours.  However, the waitress had trouble answering my questions regarding which tea containing more antioxidant (not a common question to ask on my part).  We ordered Afternoon Tea Set for 2 ($25/person) with combination of sweets and savouries.  I wasn't too impressed with the amount of assortments on the tower.  It might be a better deal to order without sharing, or ordering a Mini Afternoon Tea for $15 instead.  The grape tea infused with rose petals I ordered was quite nice; aromatic, and not too strong.

The assortments were only okay, particularly the desserts (hard to go wrong with sandwiches).  The majority of them looked better than they tasted. While I was impressed by the atmosphere, overall, the tea house is more of a novelty chitchat spot for the afternoon known more for its ambience than the food.

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