I was fortunate enough to experience Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s new themed High Tea menu and venue; and what a theme it was…The Mad Hatter! Imagine being transported into one of the all time favourite story books, “Alice in Wonderland!”
Upon entering the new “Tea Room” just off of the newly renovated Notch 8 restaurant, you enter into a warm and cozy nook that invites you to relax and enjoy the journey that will include amazing smells, textures and tastes. The first thing I noticed was the attention to detail to the theme but not so much that you can’t escape it. From the imported crooked “Alice in Wonderland” framed art to the small centrepieces that are adorned with the Queen of Hearts cards to the textured table cloths, nothing is overlooked.
We were greeted by our waitress dressed to the nine’s in her top hat and suit tails who asked us to look over the lovely arrangement of flavoured teas. We also indulged in a glass of Prosecco to pair with our savoury selection of sandwiches. Our waitress suggested that we wait to have our tea until the sweet and savoury dishes arrived which we were very happy to comply with.
After a small wait while we sipped our Prosecco, our tiered plates arrived. We were excited to dive into our tea choices and the sweet scones that were accompanied with a lovely mixed berry jam and of course creme fraiche. They didn’t disappoint. The savoury level kept to the theme as each selection was created to remind you of why you were there. The smoke salmon and cream cheese pinwheels were made to look like the “Rabbit hole.” The egg sandwiches had cucumber stairs created on the outside and mini bagels filled with beef and pickled onion were adorable. But, the piece de resistance was the desserts. The cassis flavoured macaroons had the famous clock made out of chocolate on top, the tiramisu was created in an edible chocolate cup, the lemon tart was adorned with a chocolate mushroom and the opera cake was many layers of delicious chocolate and jam. If that wasn’t enough, the very top tier was a cup filled with grass and homemade chocolate lollipops and cake pops!!!!
All in all we left with very happy tummies and a reason to come back; fashion week is the next theme for September. What will they create to eat for that theme? I want to find out.
* All food and beverages were complimentary and opinions are completely my own.* Written by guest foodie Eyrely Webber