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Best high tea experience for Mother/Daughter in Vancouver

I am taking my 5 year old for high tea and 2 that have been recommended to me are Urban Tea Merchant and Secret Garden. The quality and taste of the food is more important to me than the ambience but it would be great to have both. I am fine with Downtown Vancouver or Westside. Thanks!

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  1. I have no idea what your budget is but check out the High Tea at the Hotel Vancouver. They do a special "bubble gum tea" for children and really cater to them.

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    1. re: islandgirl

      I went to HV's high tea several weeks ago on a voucher deal. Must say I was pretty underwhelmed.
      The setting was nice, service fine, and they have a good tea selection. There were plenty of families with children and they seemed very well tended to.

      However, the food was poor value for the price IMO, some items a bit dried out from being set out too long, and sweets overly sweet. The scones with clotted cream were the best part (and it it wasn't for them, we'd have left hungry), the rest was pretty meh.

      I haven't been to Secret Garden for eons but had always enjoyed my experiences there.

      1. re: islandgirl

        I should clarify that I haven't actually experienced the High Tea service at Hotel Vancouver but a girlfriend and her little girl just went a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. YMMV.

      2. There's one at Shangri-La Hotel, the Xi Shi Lounge:

        http://www.followmefoodie.com/2012/01...

        But the Chinese New Year theme ended last Sunday. I'm sure their regular high tea is just as good.

        1. I second the underwhelmed comment. Was there a few months ago. Very average scones, the sandwiches were bland... it's a nice setting, but not food worthy.

          1. I like Adonia in Kerrisdale. It's run by a nice Taiwanese lady but looks hyper victorian quasi-kitsch.

            They have both English (read: white) and Taiwanese food, and it's all pretty good (though I haven't been in a few years).

            1. There seems to very mixed reviews on the Fairmont and Secret Garden in other threads and sites so we are going to take a chance on the Urban Tea Merchant and I will report back on how it was. Thanks for your feedback.