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My friend gave a birth in July, and she didn’t seem to have left home much since then, although her parents helped her. So, I sent a message if she would go for brunch with me, including her baby and parents. She replied she would like to come but only herself. Okay, then I asked her if there was any place she wanted to go. Nothing in her mind, so I suggested afternoon tea.

Next morning, I called Secret Garden Tea Company, which seems really a nice relaxing tea place in Arbutus/Kerrisdale area. As the machine answered, I left a message for a reservation for that noon. I wasn’t sure if they called back only if they had spaces available or not. I wanted to call another place if this place was not available, so I called again in 30 min and booked successfully for afternoon tea for that day.

Before start, some sample tea was served. I can’t remember what it was, though.

Sample Tea

Sample Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Tea

Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

There were many kinds of earl grey tea. I chose lavender earl grey.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

The top tier came with dessert, the middle tier came with snacks, and the bottom tier came with savory food. We started to eat from bottom to top.

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

As savory food, three kinds of mini sandwiches were served. Roasted turkey, cranberry relish, mayo, crisp lettuce on mini croissant, shrimp salad with celery, red peppers, dill, mayo on mini biscuit, and egg salad with mayo, green onions on multi grain bread. We loved them all! Everything looks like on their lunch menu, so I would like to eat here next time.

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

As snacks, tea cake and mini scones were served with jam and Devon cream. The tea cake was carrot cake, and some raisin was in the scone.

Afternoon Tea Top Tier

Afternoon Tea Top Tier at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

As dessert, three kinds of sweet were served. Lemon tart, orange mousse sponge cake, and white chocolate cardamon Panna cotta. By the time we were having these dessert, cream was melted down and Panna cotta was warm, which was a bit disappointing. We were seated at the end of the room, and the sunshine was coming in through skylight, which must have made the area hot.

They have various afternoon tea courses. You can choose based on how hungry you are. But a reservation is definitely recommended.

And, extra pictures for tea section in the cafe.

Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Secret Garden Tea Company

Address: 5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(1.5 blocks north from 41st Avenue)
TEL: 604-261-3070
Facebook: page
Twitter: @secretgardentea
Urbanspoon: page

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch
[Mon – Sat] 8:00 – 19:00
[Sun] 9:00 – 18:00

Afternoon Tea
Seating at 12:00, 14:15, and 16:30 daily

Tea Menu for afternoon tea

Tea menu for afternoon tea at Secret Garden Tea Company in Vancouver

Price Note
– Afternoon Tea $27.95 per person

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Collin and I were invited for brunch on one Sunday, and we had big great brunch at the Arbutus Club. It is located in Arbutus Ridge area. The club is only for members.

I ordered an appetizer, Tuna & Avocado salad. It came with spinach Goma-ae, sesame dressing, tempura yam, micro greens. (This is quite bigger than I thought.)

Tuna & Avocado salad at the Arbutus Club

For main, I ordered Grilled Beef Tenderloin. It came with bourbon peppercorn sauce, wilted Shimeji mushrooms.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin at the Arbutus Club

Perfectly cooked.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin at the Arbutus Club

And, for a dessert, I chose Chocolate Dome. It was light chocolate mousse filled with a peppermint creme brule on a chocolate flourless base.

Chocolate Dome at the Arbutus Club

See the inside the dome?

Chocolate Dome at the Arbutus Club

And, this is a dessert Collin ordered. Brule Banana Split. It was flourless chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce, brandy snap.

Brule Banana Split at the Arbutus Club

The Arbutus Club (members only)

Address: 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-266-7166

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