Afternoon tea at Robinson-Bray House

I’ve been to several afternoon tea locations in Toronto [reviews here] and I’ve kinda run out of places to visit. So we’re starting to venture out of the immediate Toronto area to smaller towns.

Last month, we went to the Robinson-Bray House for afternoon tea. I’d link you to it but their website has been suspended as of today. Erm…okay.


When you enter, it is a store front with lots of random tea pots and tea accessories.


This is the view to the back room.


Just to note, when we ordered afternoon tea, they kinda need you to tell them in advance and apparently they only serve afternoon tea from 12 – 2PM. Um it’s supposed to be eaten later in the afternoon but okay, I’m not gonna argue with you. Luckily BP made reservations and they had enough prepared for the two of us.


I asked for my tea iced and here’s a trade secret, apparently, when you pour hot tea into glass, to avoid it cracking, put something metal in it. Read more about it here


So the afternoon tea came with a salad. BP HATES food with fruit but he actually liked it.


This is the first time I’ve seen this set up. Unique.


The quiches it came with were sooo good! It made us go buy quiche soon after haha. Egg salad was the best. But of course, egg salad is always the best kind of tea sandwich in my opinion.


Scones were …scones? Nothing special.
Edit – NO these were the BEST SCONES I’VE EVER HAD. These were butterscotch freaking scones. Like I still smelled like butterscotch later on. SO GOOD. SO FLAVOURFUL. BEST EVER.


Note to every tea place…can we not have any more mini cupcakes. Cupcakes aren’t that great to begin with and mini cupcakes are just hard and terrible. STOP. No me gusta. The tart was okay but it’s like…mousse on a tart shell. What can I say….

I would recommend this place if you’re in town. I think you should definitely visit Streetsville though and check out the quaint neighbourhood.

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The Tea Room at Robinson-Bray House
Website – Well…maybe the site will work when you click on it.
223 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON
(905) 542-7674

Meowbox – April 2015

April showers brings May flowers and this month’s MeowBox.

It’s also a time for newborn kittens so you may want to visit your local shelter for a new addition to your family or just to donate extra goodies 🙂

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1. Multipet – Loofa cat for cats [Link here] – Neither cat is a big fan but I think it will be a good kicker toy when they get bored of the other toys – $3.19
2. Petcurean – Premium dry cat food [Link here] – Our cats are on a raw diet so… – $N/A
3. Lollycadoodle playmates – wool octopus [Link here] – Very cute toy – not sure if this is for cats because they didn’t even try to attack it. I think it’s a gift for me. Ok. Yes, it’s mine now. (picture below) – $13
4. Multipet – exotic featherfly toy [no link] – The cats ran off with it the moment I unpackaged it – the sign of a true cat product – appx $4
5. FoxyTricks – crochet cat ball with bell [Link here] – Cute crochet cat ball that the cats liked pawing at – chewed off the handle the moment they got their paws on it – appx $7
6. Temptations -all natural free range chicken treat [Link here] – WHAT KIND OF CAT DOESN’T LOVE TEMPTATIONS – $1.66

Approximate total:28.85

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If you haven’t already heard about MeowBox, it’s a subscription service for cat products. Click here to find out what previous boxes had to offer.


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Afternoon tea at DT Bistro

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Yesterday, BP had some business downtown and I took the opportunity to suggest that we should have afternoon tea at DT Bistro. Once upon a time, I was supposed to have my date with Mr.X (literally Mr.X because I can’t for the life of me remember the name of my blind date, sorry) [Post here] but they were closed on Sundays or at least the time we went which was 8PM.

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So DT Bistro stands for Dessert Trends Bistro and Patisserie. Oh what a patisserie indeed!

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These croissants look so good! I didn’t get a chance to purchase these but tried the ones they served for afternoon tea and they were good.

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BP whined that I should include a photo of these so… for you, love.

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These were the rest of the desserts behind the glass. They looks delicious. Note to self: Try it next time you’re in the area.

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It’s a nice quaint cafe with lots of art work and gorgeous decoration.

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You only get this table cloth if you are having afternoon tea. Perhaps to help servers or maybe they want to help the bloggers out 😉

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BP said that the tea cups were perfectly shaped to stir your tea. Whatever that means. Lol. I got the peppermint tea (my go-to flavour) and BP got some blood orange tea which he liked very much.

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Unfortunately, they’re all stuck together so I couldn’t take each individual plate to photograph them. As you can see, you get a lot of stuff!!

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None of your typical boring sandwiches over here: smoked salmon on mini croissant, short rib and onion balsamic, and a pear and brie crostini (special order). It also came with a choice of daily soup (mushroom) or spring rolls. We got both and they were both delicious. The spring rolls weren’t boring ones you get at Chinese restaurants. It was tofu and mushrooms with mango relish & lime vinaigrette. Also, the short rib was nice and tender!! I think, that alone, can fill you up. 🙂

As a side note, I just want to say that the service here was great. I called in sometime in the morning to make reservations and the host/server made note of my issues. Then when we arrived, the server took note of my dietary request and provided me with options.

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Not just scones but came with a blue berry pound cake. Tasted great with the lemon curd. The menu said it should also come with devonshire cream but it was more like… date and maple? Not a regular berry jam.

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Dessert was a macaron on top of this fruit cup with passion sauce. And an almond tart.

I didn’t even finish my scone or my pound cake.

This place is definitely worth visiting for afternoon tea. I know it’s not some posh hotel but seriously, the decor in the place is very nice. Very modern. Even their bathrooms were nice.

Also, for the price of $28, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth! The server was very knowledgeable of all their offerings and very accommodating. I guess my only issue is that while it’s downtown, it’s not what I consider downtown “core”. But if my date biked there on a blistering cold winter night, you can get there no problem. There’s also parking right across the street.

You can see how DT Bistro compare with other afternoon tea locations at my ratings page here.

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DT Bistro
dtbistro.com
154 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario. M5S 1H2
(416) 916-8155