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Best high tea experience for Mother/Daughter in Vancouver

selena03 Jan 31, 2012 10:22 AM

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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    islandgirl Jan 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    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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      kinnickinnik Jan 31, 2012 11:24 AM

      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.

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        islandgirl Jan 31, 2012 12:04 PM

        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. LotusRapper Jan 31, 2012 11:04 AM

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


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

        1. toutefrite Jan 31, 2012 07:12 PM

          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.

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            brokentelephone Feb 1, 2012 01:45 PM

            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).

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              selena03 Feb 2, 2012 09:37 AM

              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.

              1. toutefrite Feb 3, 2012 07:30 AM

                if it isn't too late, noticed that faubourg has high tea from noon to five, The bistro area in the back is a bit cramped but at least it's foodworthy

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                  islandgirl Feb 7, 2012 09:34 AM

                  Has anyone tried the High Tea at the Fish House in Stanley Park?
                  I've always been impressed by how kid-friendly they are and the location is lovely.

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                    gourmet wife Feb 8, 2012 08:23 AM

                    I went to the Fish House a few years ago. It was better than Hotel Vancouver and less expensive. Btw, you can use the entertainment coupon for high tea at the Fish House, call to confirm as it's been awhile since I've gone.

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