Afternoon Tea—a tea service plus light fare, usually involving scones and creme fraiche—is one European import that has been enjoying a renaissance in Vancouver for a few years now. Several restaurants and hotels offer truly high-end Afternoon (and High) Teas—Tiny Bites has a great list here that includes Bacchus Restaurant and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Tea at the Castle—but my favourite choice for casual Afternoon Tea at a fantastic price (just $20 per person) is Afternoon Tea at Provence Marinaside.
Situated on the Yaletown waterfront, the popular Provence Marinaside is a warm, inviting restaurant whose Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to while away an afternoon with friends or family. My girlfriends and I used the Afternoon Tea to celebrate a friend’s birthday recently, and it was such a joy: not only did we get to indulge in a delicious selection of goodies, including the requisite scones, plus smoked salmon, sun-dried tomato and spinach mini-quiches, crostinis, and lemon tartlettes, the staff let us stay as long as we wanted, well past “tea time”, so we could savour each other’s company along with the food.
At Provence Marinaside, reservations are required for Afternoon Tea because the food is a set menu included in the cost. Though there’s no choice in food items, individuals do order their own tea—Provence Marinaside has a wide selection of traditional and de-caf teas—so each person has their own, adorable tea-pot.
Have a favourite spot for Afternoon Tea in Vancouver? Please share in the comments.