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As a bit of a tea afficianado, I’ve always wanted to experience a proper formal Afternoon Tea. My choices will be rather limited, being as I am located in Montreal.
Preliminary research include the following articles:
High Afternoon Tea review at le Maître Chocolatier:
Afternoon Tea review at Café Birks:
A Guide to Montreal Tea Rooms:
Five Spots for Tea in Montreal:
5 Montreal Tea Rooms:
Montreal Tea Salons:
Ritz-Carlton’s Café de Paris:
Review of Tea at the Queen Elizabeth:
Quebec Tea Rooms Listings:
Tea Guide’s Quebec Reviews:
Review of Nochochi Persian Pastries & Tea/Coffee
Nocochi Pâtisserie Café (2156 Rue Mackay, Montreal, QC H3G 2J2, Canada, (514) 989-7514). This small delectable café is perfect for afternoon tea. Here you will find a variety of petite size melt in your mouth cookies, cakes, chocolates, nut filled dates, nut filled apricots, marzipans and Turkish delights. They are not cheap and you can get by eating a lot. They also have some nicely packed boxes to take back home as gifts.
Salon de Thé Gryphon in NDG:
Gryphon D’Or Tearoom in NDG:
The Gryphon d’or tearoom on Monkland in NDG does afternoon tea for $20 a person – including their homemade scones (which they make themselves in their own bakery and are famous for), homemade jam, “mock” devon cream, freshly made sandwiches (cucumber, smoked salmon, egg) made just before you arrive, a whole variety of their homemade sweets (like their famous shortbread, lemon bars, brownies & other goodies) and a nice pot of tea. This isn’t the “chichi” atmosphere of the hotels you mention, but if it sounds appealing you may want to try it!
Gryphon d’or, 5968 Monkland Ave, NDG
Update note: They DO serve afternoon tea with 24h reservation, at 20$/person tx included. You can drop by no reservations for just scones and tea for 5$ (am fuzzy on the details). Opened Mon & Sat 10-17h. Tues-Fri until 21h.
Tea at the Windsor Arms in Toronto:
A Crash Course in Tea – there are many ways to enjoy tea around the world:
Cream Tea: This usually consists of choice of tea and scones with Devonshire Cream and preserves.
Traditional Afternoon Tea: Includes choice of tea, sandwiches, scones with Devonshire Cream and preserves, and pastries.
High Tea: Includes choice of tea, sandwiches, cheeses, meats, scones with Devonoshire Cream and preserves, and pastries.
Specialty Teas: Venues and hotels around the world have created their own specialty tea packages that sometimes include strawberries, champagne and a host of other local treats. In Asia, you’ll often find that the tea is a full buffet that you can easily use as a substitute for a meal.
Japanese Tea Ceremony: In Japan, the tea ceremony is steeped in tradition and a very relaxing interlude.