Snoopy and I are both big fans of afternoon tea. When I saw that there was a Groupon for 2 for 1 afternoon tea at Hotel Vancouver, I knew we should pounce and take advantage of the deal. It took us a while to figure out which date worked the best for us to meet up and somehow, our families ended up tagging along with us. No problem though…we snagged a nice table in the corner with couches and made a nice afternoon of it. It took us a while to figure out where afternoon tea is held at Hotel Vancouver but it is in the rear section of 900 West, where there are regular tables rather than low lounge tables.
What we didn’t realize was that our Groupons also provided us with two free glasses of sparkling wine. Snoopy and I were quite pleased about this and sipped on it while we waited for our tea to arrive. I decided on the lavender Earl Gray while Snoopy had the Maple Maple. Since we were a large group, we ordered almost all the teas we wanted to try amongst all of us.
Finally, our tea arrived and so did our towers of goodies. I’m pretty methodical when it comes to afternoon tea so I started with the bottom tier. The mini ham and cheese croissant sandwiches were pretty tasty with the croissants still retaining a bit of crispiness. Although there was nothing special about the smoked salmon on rye, there was an ample amount of smoked salmon so I really enjoyed this mini sandwich.
I wasn’t sure how I’d like the curry chicken salad sandwiches but the mild curry flavour went really well with the creamy chicken. This turned out to be one of my favourite sandwiches that day.
Cucumber and watercress sandwiches are an afternoon tea stand-by so it wasn’t surprising to see these present in our tower. As with most cucumber sandwiches, I found this a bit bland and flavourless. I should also note that Snoopy’s mom is a vegetarian and instead of the assorted mix our sandwiches, they just gave her all cucumber sandwiches instead. We were a bit disappointed with this, especially when you consider the price we paid for afternoon tea.
I forgot to take a pictures of the scones on their own but the scones were light and fluffy. Along with the generous helping of Devonshire cream and jam that I spread on the scones, this was another item that I thoroughly enjoyed that day. I may be a bit biased though because I feel that a healthy amount of Devonshire cream can make any scone taste good…not that these scones were bad or anything.
As always is the case for me and afternoon tea, by the time I got to the sweets, I was quite full. I still wanted to try everything though so I ended up splitting some of the desserts with Jenkins. I have to say that the dessert portion of tea was the most disappointing that day. The lemon sponge cake was exactly just that and even though I usually like lemon desserts, I found it kind of bland. The fruit tarts had a nice blend of fresh fruit but since I’m not usually a fan of these, I wasn’t too impressed with the tarts. The chocolate cake was probably the best of the three, but again, it was your typical chocolate cake and nothing spectacular.
Overall, we quite enjoyed our afternoon tea. It was nice to take an afternoon out to relax and also to introduce our family to the joys of going for tea. At $36, I feel that it is quite expensive and the quality that one can find at a place such as Secret Garden is probably better. Service was also a bit spotty and for a nice establishment such as 900 West, we were surprised to see that there were only two servers serving an almost full seating.
900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-662-1900 (reservations recommended)
Served daily from 2-4:30PM