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Secret Garden Tea Company, Vancouver (Kerrisdale)

 

 

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Secret Garden Tea Company is another lovely high tea places in Kerrisdale, Vancouver – along the West Boulevard stretch. Also in this area is one of my favourites: Faubourg French Patisserie which specializes in authentic Parisian baked goods, pastries and desserts. If you search Best high tea in Vancouver or Best afternoon tea in Vancouver, more often than not Secret Garden Tea Company appears at the top. This place is well loved by many and you will even find a People Loves Us on Yelp badge stickered to the door. To be honest, I think it is a little over hyped.

 

 

 

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Aside from a nice sit down gourmet meal in finger foods, Secret Garden also offers to-go tea, pastries and mini cakes.

 

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Teas are packaged cutely in color tin cans under their own brand label.

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

 

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Secret Garden Tea Company offers both seating in the front entrance by the windows and also a small enjoyment section in the back near the counter. Wooden chairs and tables line the space while teapots are served with quilted blankets and gleaming china (some where chipping and stained). The decor looks a tad dated with some country-side old Victorian-seque setting. Seat cushions need some new fluff, etc.

 

We were here to celebrate my friend’s baby shower. The soon to be mom is due in less than 3 weeks and what’s better than to indulge in festive to coincide with the Holiday Season. The Fancy Christmas Tea Afternoon Tea set was perfect.  Elegant three-tiered tray of miniature pastries, sweets, sweet scones, Devon cream, raspberry jam, and sandwiches are beautiful and delicious.

 

We arrived on time but our table was not ready. We waited another 15 mins before being seated while the waitresses cleared the tables. Watching them set the tables with a pregnant women standing was not ideal.  Inside I debated whether it would’ve been wiser to head to The Urban Tea Merchant. Their Holiday Tea Service would’ve been a wiser choice.

 

Fancy Christmas Tea

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

Party favors: A bag of Christmas Spice Tea.

 

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Sparkling Cranberry Spritzer: Holiday mocktails made with cranberry juice and soda.

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The Top Tier: Sweets of cutely decorated Miniature Gingerbread Xmas Tree: cream cheese icing was not too sweet and was enjoyable against the spicy gingerbread. Such details. By favorite was the Secret Garden Shortbread Lemon Tart: the flaky crust and tart lemon was refreshing against the Mini Peppermint Cheesecake.

 

SECRET GARDEN TEA CHRISTMAS 2012

Second Tier: Scones served with Devonshire Cream and jam – light buttery scones paired with Devonshire cream is delicious. Pecan coconut bars were decadent and sweet.

 

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Bottom Tier: Savories. Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels were sinfully soft and melts in your mouth. The right ratio of eggs and herbs. Roasted Turkey and Cranberry-Apricot Relish on Petite Bun: The bun reminds me of a Chinese barbecue steamed bun but the turkey and blue cheese leveled sharpness in the cranberry sauce. The toasted garlic brioche and roasted prawn was delicious. The savory and crunchy texture went great with the sundried tomatoe paste.

 

Overall our experience here was enjoyable except in the end as they tried to rush us out with some attitude. While we tried to sneak in a few photos with the Mommy-to-be, the waitress told us we had about 5 mins. Did they forget we were seated late initially?   Perhaps it wasn’t wise for us to settle the bill early – they no longer needed to ‘earn’ their tips.

 

 

Reservations can be made for: 12pm, 2:15pm and 4:30pm, every day of the week

 

 

Fancy Christmas Tea
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 – 24th
$36.95 and Children $26.95

Accompanied by our celestial harp!

Sparkling Cranberry Spritzer

SWEETS
Secret Garden Shortbread Lemon Tart
Mini Peppermint Cheesecake
Miniature Gingerbread Xmas Tree

SAVORY
Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
Savory Bacon and Sage Pain Perdue
Roasted Turkey and Cranberry-Apricot Relish on Petite Bun

 

Also available

December High Tea
$26.95 and Children $17.95

SWEETS
Secret Garden Shortbread Lemon Tart
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake with Gingerbread Cream
Mandarin Almond Torte

SAVORY
Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Relish on Mini Croissant
Secret Garden Tiny Reuben on Foccacia

 

 

 

5559 West Boulevard Vancouver, BC V6M
(604) 261-3070

 

 

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