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

Afternoon tea at Ruelo Patisserie

So this groupon has been floating around and I decided to finally try it. Ruelo Patisserie is offering afternoon tea for 2 for $27.50. That’s a pretty good deal considering afternoon tea can fetch up to $80 at some other places. You just have to make sure to make a reservation and unlike some places, there’s no restrictions on when you can make reservations. You can even go on weekends.

It’s this small unassuming place off McNicoll Avenue. There’s a Richmondhill location as well which offers the same groupon deal.

The moment we arrived, the person working at the counter (who was also our server) rattled off the rules of the groupon. We have a 1.5 hour seating and tax and tip is not included. By the way, they tax you on the full ‘value’ of the groupon so $51.98.

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The groupon allows you to choose between coffee or Kusmi tea [link here] Both BP and I chose tea. I got the strawberry green tea and BP got St. Petersburg (Blend of China black teas flavoured with citrus, red fruits and caramel). Thanks BP for being my hand model! The selection was pretty good but I wish they had more herbal tea selections. I opted for a green tea even though my caffeine tolerance is quite low. Luckily, it was kinda diluted so…I wasn’t affected heavily by the caffeine.

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Our tea came served in different coloured tea pots and in a clear glass cup.

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Soon after we were served tea, BP spilled his sugar.

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Not sure why it took a while for the tier to come since the people who were at Ruelo were already served… Was there only one person working there? But points to them for putting the tiers in the correct order. Or at least the order I believe they should be in.

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First is the savoury/sandwich plate. It came with Mini Atlantic smoked salmon sandwich on a scone (Ruelo, if you’re reading this, please explain why a scone? It took me by surprise and I thought it was some stale bread….), Italian prosciutto wrapped grilled pepper (proscuitto looked pallid but pretty good), Mini shrimp salad sandwich served on a crispy crouton (BP said it was good – I didn’t eat it as the onions were overpowering) and the daily quiche (delicious!!).

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Second plate came with a danish and two scones per person. It also came with devonshire cream and jam. At first I was annoyed that they were on the same plate but it made it easier to mix them so, at the end I was pretty happy. The scones were also pretty good. This time I was expecting you know.. a scone… so I didn’t mistake it for stale bread. The danish was OK but I think BP really liked it. Nothing special.

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Finally, the dessert plate came with a green tea red bean cake, crème brûlée and a green tea macaron. I know the cake looks kinda questionable but it’s more akin to the castella cakes than a traditional cake. It was actually really good. This is where Ruelo shines. The other two plates were mediocre whereas their desserts were very good! The crème brûlée was delicious and so was the macaron.

I would definitely recommend this to friends for the groupon. Hmm… for full price, it isn’t bad either. And I have to say that I am very impressed at the fact that the server was very knowledgeable in their offering. Many a time, I go to a “high end” place for afternoon tea and the server has no clue what they’re placing in front of me.

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Ruelo Patisserie
Website
416 486 1800
McNicoll & Victoria Park
463 McNicoll Avenue
Toronto, On M2H 2C9

*As a side note: Can people stop calling it high tea? That’s something different.

Also, you can find my other afternoon tea reviews here.

Afternoon tea at The Windsor Arms

For Mother’s Day, we took BP’s mom to The Windsor Arms for Twilight tea. I’m guessing this is their equivalent of High Tea.

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I got the Peppermint tea which was pretty good. Unfortunately, the teapot they gave me wasn’t one of the cuter ones 🙁

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I called in earlier to switch up my menu since I hated goat cheese but apparently a lot of their items had it. Both their tarts and their quiche had it. This was the savory dish that came with their Twilight tea.

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All in all, it was pretty good! It’s $45 for a Twilight tea but I’ve seen some groupons for half price tea. The place was crowded but of course, that’s due to Mother’s Day. However, I must point out that their washrooms were very untidy. The paper towels were all over the floor…….

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The Tea Room at The Windsor Arms
Website
18 St Thomas St, Toronto, ON M5S 3E7
416-971-9666

Afternoon tea at Casa Loma

I learned about the event on the Casa Loma website as I was looking for archery classes I could take with BP. Instead, I found something else. Now normally Casa Loma does not serve afternoon tea. But for a special event, they had afternoon tea this past February. #laterblog? It was actually more like brunch since the event started at 11AM.

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Afternoon tea took place in 3 different parts of the castle. We ended up in the Billiards Room.

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It wasn’t like traditional afternoon tea. They had stations outside where you could pick up your tea and they also had sandwich & dessert stations(they just made it there – they had servers bring it to you).

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It was done in collaboration with David’s Tea and you had a choice of two teas. Read My Lips [Click Here] and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait [Click here].

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We picked the Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait as it sounded delicious and it was!

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Our server came and brought us our sandwiches. The typical fare at afternoon tea (bottom to top): Cucumber sandwich, croissant with egg salad, chicken salad tart, not quite sure what that one was since this is BP’s plate, a scone and another goat cheese tart which I plopped on his plate. The scones were served in conjunction with our sandwiches. Mind you, later on the servers came around with extra scones and croissants! YUM 🙂

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They had servers dressed like French maids bringing out a tray of sweets. You had a choice of one but you could always get more at the dessert station outside.

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You also had the option to purchase alcoholic drinks.

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The prosecco was delish!

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After our tea/brunch, I took BP around Casa Loma. We were at Sir Henry Pellatt’s quarters overlooking the lobby and you can see a cake tower!! You were free to grab cupcakes, macarons, and whatever else they had off the tower. It was great.

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At the end of the tour, all afternoon tea ticket holders were given a gift bag to take home. This is our loot: A coupon for a free cup of tea at David’s Tea, a pouch of Jasmine Silk Dragon tea leaves (I actually already bought this and had some at home), Marc Anthony’s Oil of Morocco sample, Lindt chocolate and a bunch of savings at different restaurants. [Quatchi is wearing Duffy’s sweater. Thanks to Suki for helping me get it.]

It was a definitely fun time.

While they don’t normally have afternoon tea at Casa Loma, they do have other events like teddy bear parties, ghost hunts, treasure hunts, and archery – just to name a few.

Website: Casa Loma events
Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

Website: David’s Tea