Back in my early university days, I used to frequent afternoon tea shops quite often with my mom and girlfriends. The hype kind of faded after a very privileged afternoon tea experience in London with my family a few years ago. But I guess that shouldn’t prevent me from giving tea shops in Vancouver a try, right? At least I would never have to make a reservation three months in advance 😛
Neverland Tea Salon is delightfully charming tea shop located in the heart of Kitsilano. To celebrate the festive season, Neverland Tea Salon launched their Holiday High Tea for the month of December. For their Holiday High Tea, you get a choice of Demi Tea ($28 per person) or the Neverland Grande High Tea ($40 per person). Bob, Barb and I decided to go with the full service to get the full experience.
Going with the full service option also allows you to get never-ending pots of tea. They source sixty different variations of loose-leaf tea blends ranging from white, green, black, scented black, rooibos, herbal, and fruit tisane. I was quite excited as most afternoon tea places in Vancouver limit you to one type of tea blend.
Centre pieces : honey, raw sugar cubes, and a friendly reminder that there is a two hour time limit
Lemon Thyme Roasted Mixed Nuts
Mixed nuts are included as part of the holiday high tea. I personally didn’t think they were any special but they were nice to snack on while we waited for our food.
Holiday High Tea :
For traditional afternoon tea, the first course is eaten from the bottom tier and you work your way up to freshly-baked scones at the top. Barb likes to always start with pastries first so she went ahead with the sweets while Bob and I started with the finger sandwiches.
After our individual tea pots, our food arrived after 15-20 minutes.
Finger Sandwiches :
Triple Deck Christmas with Confit Turkey Leg, Roasted Turkey Breast, Cranberry, Brussel Sprouts and Gravy Mayo
Truffled Mushroom and Port Salut Cheese CroissantStuffing Scone with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin-Chestnut ButterCold Smoked Salmon with Preserved Lemon Yogurt Cheese, Caperberries on Traditional Mini BagelRoasted Cauliflower, Fontina Cheese, Capicola, Rapini-Pimpkin Seed Pesto on Ciabatta
All of the finger sandwiches were delicious. It was really hard for me to pick a favourite, but if I had to pick.. it would be the ciabatta sandwich for its unique pairing! The triple deck sandwich was also a favourite between the three of us, but the white bread was a little stale towards the end of the crust. Nevertheless, I thought the savoury offerings definitely fit right into the holiday theme.
Pastries (left to right)
7 Layer Cake with London Fog, Mascarpone, and Raspberry
Baileys Mocha Reindeer Macaron
Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Bar with Brown Butter-Cinnamon Pears
Baked Coconut Tart,Szechuan-Pineapple Jam, and Lime
Where do I even begin… their pastries were absolutely amazing as well! My favourite was the baked coconut tart. It had the perfect amount of sweetness and tang. I was a little apprehensive about trying the coconut tart but Bob convinced me otherwise. The London Fog layered cake came in a close second for me. The layers were nice and evenly spread and had a subtle but strong enough tea essence. I wasn’t a big fan of the jam near the bottom as it was a bit hard in texture. As for the chocolate hazelnut crunch bar, the serving was a bit too much as it is quite dense and extremely chocolate-y (in a good way). The poached pear was a nice touch. Last but not the least, the macaron had a really unique filling- good for the first bite and gets a little too overwhelming afterwards due to the strong booze. I thought the shell was perfect though! The outer shell was crispy, light, and chewy.
Savoury or Sweet Scone with Devonshire Cream, Housemade Strawberry Jam
I opted for the sweet scone since I’m a huge fan of devonshire cream and jam. The scone was very traditional and simple: light, flaky, and buttery!
To Take Home:
House Made Truffle Trio:
Dark Chocolate and Gingerbread
Milk Chocolate Rum ad Eggnog Caramel
White Chocolate and Candy Cane
I’m not sure if you guys can tell.. but all of us were stuffed to the brim. There’s still time for their holiday afternoon tea and you surely don’t want to miss out on this 🙂
3066 West Broadway
Contact: (604) 428-3066