Afternoon tea at Annvita Tea Room

On Halloween 2015, Yuki and I decided to try the newest tea room near my place, Annvita Tea Room. It opened a few months ago but I never got a chance to visit it til now.

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Don’t let the grungy parking lot or the neighbouring chicken store fool you, it’s a pretty tea room inside.

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Here is their menu. Probably the prettiest but also the worst menu (read: overwhelming) I’ve ever come upon. It makes the mistake of having too much content. I love reading but I do NOT want to sit around reading through a menu. I’m not kidding. There are tabs on the menu and someone needs to come by and spend 10 minutes explaining everything for you to understand.

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Like most tea rooms, they do have tea leaves for you to smell but they have SO MANY teas to choose from that they have the samples divided per table.

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After navigating through that menu, we finally decided on afternoon tea for two which came to $90. The tier arrived before the tea which is not usually the case.

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FINALLY the tea arrived. This was actually pretty good. I mean, probably one of the better teas I’ve had to be honest. What’s the secret? They brew the milk IN with the tea. Blasphemous. But I don’t care, I’m not a purist. It was exactly the kind of sugary and creamy goodness I was looking for. 😛 It even came with a mousse with cracker.

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For the savory tier, we have a ham and cheese croissant, a chicken salad croissant, shrimp & salmon cracker, more ham, and pineapples wrapped with bacon. (Yo dawg we heard you like pork)
As you can see, they only gave us one of each sandwich which baffles my mind considering how much we’re paying for this. So I ended up with the ham. It was OK. I can’t comment on the chicken. The shrimp salmon cracker was also mediocre. I found the bacon too dry – saved by the pineapple. The ham slices were dry but ok for flavour.

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Now this is where they shine! Their scones were delicious. One was a regular scone the other a rose flavoured scone. The seafood puff tasted too seafood-ey. (Before you say that I’m picky, let it be known that I was a pescetarian for over 2 years so when I say something is seafood-ey, I mean it!) The madeleines were forgettable. Yuki said the kiwis were green/raw.

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Their tiramisu was delicious! But why is there only one?! The macarons were also soft so I was pretty pleased with that. I could have done without the other two desserts.

All in all, it was a decent tea room. Would I return again? Not if they continue to charge that much for half the portions!
However, if the downtown area is too far for you, Annvita is a decent option uptown.

Annvita Tea Room
annvita.com
5437 Yonge Street,Toronto, ON
(647) 505-5666

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

Afternoon tea at Tintagels Tea Room (Erin, Ontario)

Over the weekend, we drove to Erin, Ontario for a little day trip. We decided to try out Tintagels Tea Room & More for High Tea – again, it was actually afternoon tea as high tea is served closer to dinner.

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It had this really cute sign at front which is next to Annie’s Antiques and owls nest gallery. But I found the display of clothes at the window very off-putting. It made it look like a thrift shop.

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It was a very cozy place with displays everywhere!! And I mean everywhere.

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See what I mean? They had several displays of tea related accessories.

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And this!!! LOL.

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I found this neat book nestled in a book case next to me.

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And it contained photos!! So Tintagels is a place in the UK which makes sense since their tagline is English fare with a British flair. Today I learned that English only refers to things/people from England whereas British refers to things/people from the United Kingdom which encompasses Scotland and Wales, and what have you. But of course, they prefer to be referred to as Scots or Welsh rather than Brits.

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It’s like Le Neuf Cafe, they had this little counter where you pay also with cute displays of dessert and little trinkets. Oh, they also serve local(ish) beer!

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This is their menu. “High tea” was only $13.95. It came with cucumber sandwiches, Scone with Devonshire Double Cream or Lemon Curd, Butter, Rootham’s Gourmet Preserves and your choice of any Dessert & pot of Tea.

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As per usual, I got myself the Peppermint tea. BP got some exotic fruit tea (as always). You know what, normally the fruit teas are a bad idea but the one they had was pretty delicious!!

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Your only choice of sandwich was…cucumber but they were pretty tasty. One of the best cucumber sandwiches I’ve had. You could really taste the butter. (Pro tip: Spread butter on your sandwich so that the bread doesn’t get soggy) And that is one big scone!!! BP really enjoyed it. Since we ordered two sets, we were able to get devonshire cream, lemon curd and two different kinds of preserves.

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The desserts came on their own. I ordered my butter tart. Delicious! They had such wonderful choices, I had a hard time but I settled on a tart.

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BP on the other hand ordered a triple berry crumble. If you like warm cooked fruit then….this is the way to go. I wouldn’t recommend it though. Mind you, their clientele were people over the age of 50 so… maybe they like that?

I would definitely recommend the tea room IF you’re up for a day trip in Erin, Ontario. Otherwise, you can always find other places closer to home for afternoon tea. Please check out my afternoon tea ratings page. Since Erin is not really considered part of the GTA, I will not include it. Next time, I’ll make it to the Old Curiosity Tea Shop in Markham Village.

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Tintagels Tea Room & More
Website
50 Main Street, Erin, Ontario, Canada, N0B1T0
519-833-0019