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Still about last year. Collin and I usually go to his dad’s house for Christmas dinner on the Christmas Eve, so the Christmas Day is a quiet day. We talked about next day what we were going to, as there would be so many people outside because of the Boxing Day. I looked at the site and found out we could have afternoon tea as a lunch special price, since it was a weekday. Yep, I made a reservation.

The Urban Tea Merchant is located in downtown Vancouver. You can access from either Georgia Street or Alberni Street. It is a tea store, but they serve lunch or dessert, in addition to afternoon tea. The lunch special includes a pot of tea.

Sample Tea

Sample Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

French Earl Grey Tea

French Earl Grey Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

I chose this, and Collin chose Weekend in Shanghai tea.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

This is Petite Afternoon Tea, so it’s a mini size. It was served per person. Some fruits on top, scone in the middle, and some deli at the bottom.

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier

Afternoon Tea Bottom Tier at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

There were three kinds of sandwiches and one cone. Cucumber & watercress tea sandwich, Indian Night curried egg salad sandwich, Lapsang Souching Tea chicken cone, and glazed ham with peppered piperade. I liked all, but we both really liked this chicken cone.

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier

Afternoon Tea Middle Tier at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

On the middle tier, a scone was served with creme & tea-infused jelly. The scone was warm and good. I don’t remember if I did smell tea infusion from the jelly.

Afternoon Tea Top Tier

Afternoon Tea Top Tier at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

At the top tier, Red Christmas Tea fruit pate, chevron strawberry, and seasonal fruit. As seasonal fruit, raspberry, blackberry, starfruit, and pineapple. The fruit pate was quite chewy.

Although it was mini, it was a enough potion to fill our stomach in the morning on a lazy day. We definitely want to try another option, including just regular lunch or dessert.

The Urban Tea Merchant

Address: 1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow street)
TEL: 604-692-0071
Facebook: page
Twitter: @urban_tea
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch/Dessert/Afternoon Tea
[Sun – Wed] 10:00 – 19:00
[Thu – Sat] 10:00 – 20:00

Petite Afternoon Tea Menu

Petite Afternoon Tea Menu at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Lunch Special (Petite Afternoon Tea) $20.00 per person

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The weather forecast looked good in the middle of October. It was a Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, and my friend asked me what I would do on that weekend. I invited her to go for walking. We talked about where to go and decided to go to Stanley Park.

We started to walk from Denman Street, passed by Beaver Lake, crossed the HWY, looked down the Siwash Rock, and kept walking. After about 5km walk, we finally saw the cafe that we were planning to stop by.

The Teahouse is located in the western Stanley Park, between Siwash Rock and Third Beach. There are parking lots, but they were packed when we were there. The restaurant serves west coast cuisine but also you can have just tea and dessert. We were there around 4pm, but the tables were almost full. The reservation is recommended.

We ordered tea and dessert.

Tea

Tea at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

Her choice, White Chocolate Cheesecake
(Graham Crust, Cherry Compote)

White Chocolate Cheesecake at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

My choice, Chocolate Milano Cake
(Light, triple Chocolate Mousse, Almond Wafer Crust)

Chocolate Milano Cake at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

It was nice to have sweets after exercising! Both cake was good.

And, an extra picture, the view from the restaurant entrance.

The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

The Teahouse belongs to the same company as Seasons in the park, or The Sandbar on Granville Island. They also attend to the Dine Out event right now, so you might want to check out their menu.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

The Teahouse

Address: Ferguson Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-669-3281
Facebook: page
Twitter: @The_Teahouse
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 22:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:30 – 22:00

Menu

Dessert Menu at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

Price Note
– Tea $2.95
– White Chocolate Cheesecake $9.00
– Chocolate Milano Cake $9.00

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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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