Easter Tea Service at The Urban Tea Merchant
I’ve been waiting for YEARS to take my good friend Michael M. to The Urban Tea Merchant! It’s hard, considering that Michael travels between Vancouver and New Jersey most of the year. It’s so nice to have him here now, so I seized the opportunity to take him for high tea as a belated birthday present.
As soon as we entered we were greeted by a friendly floor person who offered us a sample of their new tea: Sakura. This is an elegant blend of green tea and cherry blossoms. A tea service has been inspired by this tea.
The Urban Tea Merchant is offering an Easter service now until April 9th. The menu is a combination of classic tea sandwiches and West Coast inspired delicatessens.
This tea service is being offered from 11:00am until 6:00pm and it’s $48 per person, it includes a $6 credit towards any TWG tea. To begin, you’re presented with a glass of chilled white tea in a champagne glass. Such a lovely way to start our service. It is followed by a serving of berry sorbet.
Each tier of our tea service was filled with amazing treats: one the sweet side, we had tea-infused macaroons imported from Singapore, a chocolate covered strawberry, lots of exotic fruits: mangoes, passion fruit, and a matcha tea-infused madeleine cookie. Of course you can’t have a proper high tea service without fresh scones and creme and strawberry jam.
On the savoury side we have an open-faced smoked salmon sandwich with wasabi aioli and ponzu jelly, a cucumber watercress and cracked black pepper sandwich, a fantastic beef carpaccio with horseradish foam on a crispy cracker, baby shrimp and granny smith apple, a boursin cheese mouse with crisp endive and candied walnuts, a tea-infused chicken salad cone, a tea-infused egg salad sandwich and a mini quiche.
The service at Urban Tea Merchant is impeccable. Chef Michael Batoux himself came out to check up on us. Our servers were attentive beyond belief. This was a fantastic experience. Michael said that this tea service was better than the one he had at The Plaza in NYC. Now that’s a compliment.
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