High tea is one of my favourites things to do, and last Friday I was most definitely in for a treat. My friend and I booked ourselves a table at Pâtisserie Für Elise, where I had never been before but was excited to try. As soon as I walked through the door I knew I was in for something special.
First of all, the place was adorably gorgeous. It’s located in a heritage house, which is really quaint and reminded me of the type of house you would see in San Francisco. On the inside, it was elegant girlieness, with black- and white-swirled wallpapering, floral dining chairs, glass ornate tables, and mirrors lining the walls. Each place was set with a different matching teacup and saucer set, most with delicate floral patterning around them. Our tea was served from pink teapots, with a pink timer (pink sand too!), and a dove-shaped filter to catch the loose leafs. Even my tea was pink!
I had the Mango Sip tea (I think it was called), which was absolutely delicious. It had mango, pineapple, hibiscus, and lots of other sort of fruity flavours, all blending together to make a sweet and tangy concoction of pure joy. I didn’t even feel I needed to add sugar, which is madness for me, as I always add sugar. I like my teas sweet. As I already said, it was a really lovely pink colour, and as I got to the bottom of the pot, it became more of a vibrant, deep magenta-esque colour on the verge of red. Everything about it was fabulous.
We began with a blueberry panna cotta, which was probably the best panna cotta I have ever had, and quite possibly my favourite part of the service. For our savouries we were given a prosciutto, brie, and fresh basil croissant sandwich; a cucumber avocado sandwich; a Montreal smoked meat open sandwich (which I liked the best out of the savouries); and a veggie mini quiche. Then there was a Parmesan scone with some berry honey, super super yummy. For the sweets there was a mini Für Elise, which is a strawberry mousse on top of sponge cake with a little strawberry in the center (this was probably my favourite on the sweet dish); a Chestnut mousse cup; a Hazelnut financier; a Caramel choux puff; and a macaron (mine was blue and coconut flavoured – yum).
Overall I thought this was a really great tea service, so if you’re in the area, definitely check it out. It’s super cheap too, for high tea – only $30; really good price for all you get.
Yummy scrumboes all around! Cheers to high tea!