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After our last visit for Notch 8’s extravagant Canada 150 Afternoon Tea, it’s time to play a game. Notch 8 turns to the imaginative world of classic board games t deliver a playful game board of sweets and savories like scones with clotted cream, delectable savory…
In celebration of Canada’s Jubilee Anniversary, Notch 8 Restaurant and Bar, invites you to their Canada 150 Afternoon Tea. In honour of the true North strong and free, the private dining room is adored with vintage photographs of Fairmont Hotels across the country and archival images of Canadian Pacific locomotives. History aside, the Canada 150 Afternoon Tea takes you from the green copper roofs, chateau style architecture, grand ballrooms and storied pasts to a culinary journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Indulge in delicious Saskatoon berry compote, delectable and distinctively Canadian tea sandwiches including Montreal Smoked Meat and Lobster Rolls, and in-house baked sweets.
To begin, guests select their preferred choice of Fairmont fine tea blend. My favorite continues to be the Fairmont Earl Grey and the 1907 Centennial Blend of kenmare, malty assam and a touch of earl grey. If you prefer to add a little bourbon, we highly recommend the Maple Leaf Cocktail – a cocktail made with Maple Maple (black tea with notes of caramel), Canadian bourbom, maple syrup, lime and apple.
The Canadian journey begins with Maple Panna Cotta, Wild Berry and Oka Scone Saskatoon served with berry compote and birch syrup Chantilly.
Presented in Royal Doulton is a tower of savouries. There is a lot to choose from and everything is so delicious. It is hard to pick which one to try first.
Maple Foie Gras Tourtiere – miniature confit duck savory pie from Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac ; an elevated Calagary Stampede corn dog made with Wagyu beef, blue corn grits and tomato relish from Fairmont Palliser; Lobster Roll from New Brunswick; to the Mini West Coast Club – Dungeness crab, smoked salmon, side stripe prawns, smoked oyster and albacore tuna from our very own Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. And don’t forget the iconic Montreal Smoked Meat from Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal and the Peameal Bacon Sandwich made with Canadian bacon and Ontario Cheddar from Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
The food continues with the presentation of sweet. The treats are presented on a Canadian map. Chocolate dipped Nanaimo Bars from Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC, Canadian Mini Donuts, Crispy Beaver Tails from Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa and more.
Canada 150 Afternoon Tea is available between May 1 to September 3, 2017. $59 per person. Children’s menu $29.50 per child (ages 12 and under). Daily sittings 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
The portion is substantial although all miniature in size. It is artfully crafted and has many great options in both savoury and sweet treats.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver History Tidbit:
Canadian Pacific Railway opened this Hotel Vancouver in 1888. The second build was in 1916. The present Hotel Vancouver first opened its doors in 1939, on the eve of the Royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The hotel was built in a grand Italianate revival style, and was considered one of the great hotels of the British Empire. A meeting place for Vancouver society.
Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, High Tea
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6
TWG Tea celebrates Canada’s 15th birthday with the limited edition Jubilee Tea, commemorating the country’s Jubilee Anniversary from 1867 to 2017. To celebrate being all things Canadian, TWG Tea will be offering a Jubilee Tea Set from now until August 31st, 2017. Boasting a naturally…
Secret Garden Tea Company has been serving afternoon high tea in the Kerrisdale neighborhood of Vancouver for over two decades. This old fashion tea boutique has moved from its former West Boulevard home to a larger location at 2138 West 40th Avenue. The space is…
Where to go for high tea in Vancouver? Starting on June 9th, 2017, Afternoon High Tea will be served at the Champagne Lounge at Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver. It is available Friday thru Sunday between 2 to 4pm with the exception of Sunday at 12 noon to 4pm. The chic afternoon set comes in a custom-made hexagon display and makes for a photo-worthy table situation.
Trump Hotel Vancouver Afternoon Tea Prices
- Afternoon Tea starts at $48 pp
- Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a glass of Bartolomiol ‘Miol” Prosecco at $63 pp
- Infinite Afternoon Tea with your choice of Laurent-Perrier Brut NV and Louis XIII Truffles wrapped with gold at $88 pp
Tea menu includes a wide selection of TWG Teas. My favorite being French Earl Grey and Silvermoon.
Warm house baked scones: selection of plain, raisin and match and lavender. Served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and house-made raspberry jam.
Chef Selection Finger Sandwiches:
- Cucumber and Dill – cream cheese, dill, lemon zest, cucumber
- Rolled Egg Sandwich – truffle marinated carrot, Italian truffle tapenade
- Spicy Duck Crepe – oyster sauce, green onion, sesame oil, sriracha sauce
- Salmon a la Bombay Petite Slider – smoked salmon, sesame bun, bean sprouts
- White Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse – white chocolate, raspberry, pistachio nuts
- Matcha & Strawberry Rolled Cake – matcha, strawberry and vanilla
- Raspberry Rose Water & Lychee Paris Brest – raspberry, lychee, white chocolate and rose water
- Hazelnut Chocolate Cake – hazelnut and dark chocolate
- Cheese Cake Pop – Cream cheese, vanilla and white chocolate
- Cotton Candy
If you love desserts and have a sweet tooth than this afternoon tea set is for you. Crafted my Executive Pastry Chef Fumiko Moreton. My favorite pieces include the naidong matcha rolled cake and the Ferrero Rocher like chocolate cake.
Where is your favorite place to go for high tea? Let me know in the comments below, would you please?
I was invited by Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver for a menu tasting.
The Trump Champange Lounge
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Cocktails, Lounge
Mon 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Tue 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Wed 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Thu 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Fri 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Sat 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Sun 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver
1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K8
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! In fact, it is next weekend on Sunday May 14, 2017! Have you booked a restaurant to take mom to celebrate and thank her for everything’s she’s done for you? This year is especially special for me as…
Notch 8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver brings us another enchanting Brothers Grimm fairy tale afternoon tea. They are known to be creative to bring us a new experience for high tea. Our last visit was during Old World Carnival Afternoon Tea and it was visually entertaining. If…
TWG Tea, an iconic global brand debuts in Vancouver. It is their first Flagship Tea Salon & Boutique in North America. We are so excited that TWG Canada is situated within the downtown core of Vancouver’s upscale luxury retailers! Previously occupied by The Urban Tea Merchant, the space has been completely transformed with Old World luxury decor – gold and brass accents.
TWG Tea opened its first headquarters in Singapore eight years ago. TWG Tea’s exclusive collection includes more than 800 varieties of elegant blends and harvests – has contributed to its impressive expansion into 57 locations in 17 cities, including London, Shanghai, Tokyo and Dubai.
Vancouver TWG Tea Salon & Boutique will not just be a retail venue but also a resource for interested consumers to learn more about teas around the world, properties of different varieties, and the many high quality seasonal tea blends available. The store will also carry TWG Tea exclusive blends such as 1837 Black Tea and Silver Moon Tea; deluxe varieties like the Haute Couture Tea Collection and Gold Yin Zhen; and will integrate a myriad of these signature teas into savoury recipes and exquisite tea-infused patisseries to be at the forefront of tea gastronomy.
TWG Tea President, CEO & Co-Founder Taha Bouqdib says: “In response to demand for exquisite quality tea, TWG Tea continues to extend its reach globally. Our latest expansion will see TWG Tea opening in Canada, a burgeoning market where tea consumption is on the rise with a growing shift towards fine teas among North American consumers. We are looking forward to an extremely exciting year ahead.”
VanSing Distribution Group – owned and operated by Tom and Karinna James – will be the exclusive franchise partner and distributor of TWG Tea in Canada.
Luxury teas and seasonal afternoon tea menus will continue to be offered. The menu will be more expansive since they’ve renovated and expanded their kitchen!
TWG Canada officially opens doors today with a media gala with Coco Rocha in attendance. But before that, we spent an intimate The Perfume of Tea dinner. We started the evening mingling over tea infused cocktails with TWG Tea founders from Singapore – Taha Bouqdib (President & CEO) and Maranda Barnes (Director of Business Development).
- Silver Moon Tea Cocktail: infused sparkling white wine with a touch of berries and yuzu.
- Silver Moon Tea Mocktail: with coconut milk and notes of wild berries.
Sencha Prestige Tea infused wild mushroom soup: paired with delicate herbs, finished with shaved truffles, porcini powder and white truffle oil. Sencha Tea offers a light seaweed-like flavour that pairs well with earthy and fragrant mushrooms.
Pan-Roasted Sablefish: complemented by a dashi broth infused with Meleng FBOP and French Earl Grey Tea. Served with steamed baby nai bai, shimeji and sauteed oyster mushrooms over Korean garlic brown rice.
- Meleng FBOP: Harvested in the foothills of the Himalayan plateaus, these mahogany-coloured broken leaves infuse into a very stimulating cup with a full-bodied and earthy aroma that finishes with a hint of sweetness. A perfect TWG Tea breakfast tea.
- French Earl Grey Tea: A fragrant variation of the great classic, this TWG Tea black tea has been delicately infused with citrus fruits and French blue cornflowers.
Local Free-Range Chicken: brined in Smoky Earl Grey accompanied by butter confit, Grenaille potatoes, served with a red wine burgundy sauce with button mushrooms, caramelized pearl onions, smoked veal bacon, vanilla confit grapes and crispy chicken skin.
Smoky Earl Grey: A royal and sophisticated TWG Tea blend, the ethereal, smoky aroma of incense is complemented by sweet and fragrant citrus fruits in this surprising black tea. A daring combination of Russian and English tastes.
The Iconic Macaron Noir Tea infused dessert with caramel sauce and apples. A decadent and rich sweet treat to end the night.
- Macaron Noir Tea: Throughout history, tea has been served with dainty sweets – sometimes to balance the strength of the infusion, other times to refresh tired spirits in the middle of the afternoon. Now TWG Tea has conceived a black tea blend which encapsulates the mouth-watering flavours of our signature black macaron. Rich, mysterious, satisfying, this marvellous tea will delight tea lovers of all ages.
For my after dinner tea, I optioned for a hot cup of Silver Moon Tea. This TWG Tea blend of green teas accented with a grand berry and vanilla bouquet and a hint of spice is one of TWG’s best selling tea blends.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Tea Salon, Boutique
Mon 10:00 am –8:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
1070 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2
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Notch 8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is part of the hotel’s $12 million dollar renovation project. The restaurants itself is massive with multiple dining spaces, private rooms and a Panorama Roof. Subtle references to the bygone days of Canadian Pacific hotel’s railway heritage. Notch 8…
The Urban Tea Merchant Vancouver recently launched their TWG Tea 2015 Traditional Mooncake Collection. With Mid Autumn festival 2015, September 27, just around the corner, we are delighted to preview their Autumn Celebration Tea Set Afternoon Tea.
The Urban Tea Merchant is located in downtown Vancouver on Alberni Street. It is right beside Thierry Chocolaterie Pastisserie and adjacent to various Glowbal Group restaurants (Black & Blue, Coast, Italian Kitchen). There are so many exciting changes recently in the landscape in Vancouver with Telus Garden and soon to be opened Trump Tower. There’s something changing at The Urban Tea Merchant and TWG Tea too. But you will just have to wait and see!
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Longevity Tea: Mélange of rare white teas which boast a high percentage of downy silver tips. This blend infuses into a royal yellow cup and yields a raw and crystalline flavour, sparkling and fresh. A joyful tea to extend the brevity of existence.
Silver Moon: TWG blend of green teas is accented with a grand berry, predominated by strawberries and vanilla bouquet. Smooth, with just a hint of spice.
Autumn Celebration Tea: Black tea blended with subtle dewy sweetness, cocoa and notes of candied violet. Sensation of a warm rich tea that is quite creamy.
I love going to high tea! It is a nice relaxing environment to catch up and to enjoy some finger sandwiches. We can pretend to be fancy!
We started the day with a new tea arrival called Tukdah. Tukdah is a blend of Darjeeling tea that is aromatic in flavour, racy and vivacious with a short finish, subtle bite and lingering aftertaste.
The Urban Tea Merchant Afternoon Autumn Celebration Tea Set
$52 per person
- TWG Tea* from our extensive tea list
- Braised “Ethnic Jewel Tea” Beef Short Rib, Cardamom-scented Rice, Pickled Carrot on Butter Lettuce “Imperial Lapsang Souchong”Black Sesame Chicken Cup
- Smoked Salmon Rosette, “Sencha” Wasabi Aioli, Marble Rye
- “Jade of Africa” Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Maple Crème Fraîche
- “Indian Night” Pumpkin Tart with Cinnamon Chantilly
- ”Weekend In Venice” Strawberry Dome, Crème Anglaise
- Pistachios Almond Half Moon Cookie
- TWG Tea Mooncake
- Mélange of Fresh Fruit
TWG Tea 2015 Traditional Mooncake Collection Flavors
Constellation: This iconic signature of the mid-autumn festival holds within a golden crust a smooth and elegant Singapore Breakfast Tea infused brown lotus filing, a scattering of roasted melon seeds and an embedded salted egg yolk heart. A timeless favorite and one that is closest to traditional mooncakes sold.
Moonlight: Encased in a lavish brown crust, this exquisite TWG Tea mooncake is filled with smooth black sesame paste infused with Pu-Erh Prestige and sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds around an aromatic sesame paste heart.
Harvest: Wrapped in a perfectly baked golden brown crust. This surprising mooncake features mixed almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and pecans enveloped in a smooth lotus paste with Brothers Club Tea, a warm and luminescent black tea with notes of nuts, citrus fruit and berries.
Fire: Wrapped in a sumptuous baked crust. This exclusive TWG Tea mooncake is filled with white lotus and rich pistachio paste infused with Paris-Singapore Tea and scatted with dried cranberries.
This afternoon tea is a great way to be introduced to mooncakes. Traditional mooncakes may be too rich for some people given the sweet lotus paste and salty egg yolk. And for those who are looking for a gift, these TWG Mooncakes are packaged beautifully. It will definitely be a warm surprise to be shared with friends and family.
As always, the service and quality of the afternoon tea is top notch. We are looking forward to all the exciting news at The Urban Tea Merchant.
The Urban Tea Merchant
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, French, Pacific Northwest
Mon 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
1070 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2
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