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Royal Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Royal York

Earlier last week, I had the pleasure of attending a Royal Afternoon Tea in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday inside Fairmont Royal York's Royal Suite. Fairmont Royal York is known as the Royal Family's choice of residence when they visit Toronto, and the Royal Suite is where they would stay in. Dining in the Royal Suite was an incredible experience, and I am thankful for the opportunity.

Fairmont Royal York is an upscale hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto at 100 Front Street West. They have been providing afternoon tea service since they opened in 1929. Afternoon tea is served in the Library Bar, and takes place every Saturday & Sunday with seatings at 12pm, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Reservations are highly recommended.

 

Before we got to the tasting, we were introduced toExecutive Chef Robert Mills, who recently revamped the afternoon tea menu. Having had their previous tea menu, I like this one better as it's definitely more refined. Afternoon tea is $50 per person, and please note that they cannot accommodate substitutions for afternoon tea.

AFTERNOON TEA MENU AT FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK

Fairmont Tea Selection:

Fine Selection of Premium Fairmont Loose Leaf Teas

Scones: 

Traditional Cranberry Scones with Devonshire Cream and a Selection of Preserves

Traditional Finger Sandwiches:

Smoked Salmon Mini Bagels with a Citrus Aioli
Chicken Celery Salad on a Sundried Tomato Brioche, Caramelized Pecans
Open Face Grilled Seasonal Vegetables on Pretzel Bread with Hummus 
Organic Cucumber with Pink Peppercorn Cream Cheese 
Smoked Aurora Turkey Breast on Brioche with Cranberry Aioli and Arugula

Selection of Pastries:

Chantilly Swans with Fresh Berries

Mini Guava Chocolate Cups
Mini Meringue Tartlets
Mini Dark Chocolate Truffle Torte

$50 per person


Like most traditional afternoon tea, it's served on a three-tier stand. The first course is from the bottom tier, which consists of traditional cranberry scones served with Devonshire cream, and a selection of various preserves. The scones were freshly baked, moist, and contained nice crumbly edges. Absolutely one of the best scones I have had.


The middle tier consisted of traditional finger sandwiches, and there was a nice assortment of sandwiches being offered. The Organic Cucumber with Pink Peppercorn Cream Cheese sandwich is one of the Queen's favorite delicacies. I also enjoyed it a lot as well. The cream cheese perfectly complemented the refreshing cucumber to make a delicious mini sandwich. 


The last tier was the dessert platter consisting of a selection of beautifully crafted pastries. Out of the four pastries, my two favorites were the Chantilly swans with fresh berries, and Mini Meringue Tartlets. The golden cream puff swan was filled with rich and creamy chantilly cream. Additionally, the Chantilly swan pastry was part of their previous Afternoon Tea menu, but Executive Chef Robert Mill opted to keep it for the new menu as well.


Lastly, we also got to try the delectable Chocolate Biscuit Cake. It's essentially the same cake recipe that was used for William and Kate's royal wedding. The cake itself was decadent, and would be perfect for any chocolate lover.

 


We also had the opportunity to select one choice of loose leaf tea from their fine selections. I opted for the Genmaicha Green Tea - ancient tea of the Samurai. Grassy, vegetative character is perfectly balanced by warm, full-bodied bakey notes that are almost chewable. You can also enhance your afternoon tea experience with champagne or sparkling wine for an additional cost.

After our afternoon tea experience, we got the chance to go on a tour of the hoel, and I learned a lot of historical facts about Fairmont Royal York. Fairmont Royal York also offers their guests the opportunity to go on a complimentary historical hotel tour after their afternoon tea experience. Guests will embark on a tour that will take them through the hotel's famed Imperial Room, Canada's largest hotel kitchen, and Toronto's smallest bar.

Many thanks to Anita, Sonya, Jessica, and Brian of Fairmont Royal York for a lovely afternoon, and the warm hospitality.


Address: 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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MoRoCo Chocolat

I had the pleasure of attending a menu tasting at MoRoCo Chocolat to try their afternoon tea service and brunch a couple of weeks ago. MoRoCo Chocolat is a restaurant and chocolate boutique nestled in the affluent Yorkville neighborhood. Established in 2008, the restaurant offers a French inspired menu for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, desserts and afternoon tea. As you walk into MoRoCo Chocolat, you are greeted by the bright chocolate boutique filled with various pastries, and treats such as hand-crafted chocolate, and macarons; all available to-go.



The interior of the restaurant area of MoRoCo Chocolat is heavily influenced by French decor, as the space is truly reminiscent of a Paris cafe. The subtle yet sophisticated details of the dark walls with the crystal chandeliers and mirrors blend both modern and traditional decor. It's also furnished with purple detailing, and velvet couches. Although, the couch was comfortable, it was unfortunately way too low for my comfort.



Looking through the menu, MoRoCo Chocolat offers an extensive menu of contemporary French bistro fare including two Parisian cafĂ© staples; the croque monsieur, and croque madame. I had plenty of those two French dishes while in Paris, so I opted for the afternoon tea service instead.

J decided to get start the afternoon off with a warm cup of cappuccino ($7) - served with a macaron. I think it's great that each cup of beverage comes with a macaron on the side.



Missing Paris - I got us a pot of Breakfast in Paris (tea) to share as well - our tea master's version of a traditional breakfast blend. Created with smooth summit level black teas from three top growing regions. A full body with depth and refined balance. The tea was perfectly light, and tasted great with both milk, and sugar.





Next up was my choice of afternoon tea, which I opted for the MoRoCo High Tea ($60), which comes with the following:

Choice of a selection of our tea or sipping chocolate
Choice of truffle mac & cheese or daily quiche
Fresh MoRoCo scones served with devonshire cream, lemon curd, and an assortment of seasonal preservers
A variety of lovely mini pastries

Like most traditional afternoon tea, it's served on a three-tier stand. The first course is from the bottom tier, which consists of four finger sandwiches. If my memory serves me correctly, the sandwiches were cream cheese with cucumber, smoked salmon, avocado/mushroom, and L.T (lettuce/tomato). My favorite was the smoked salmon, as the creamy cream cheese was the perfect complement to the smoked salmon.




The middle tier was fresh MoRoCo scones served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and an assortment of seasonal to be used as a spread. It came with two large scones; classic, and chocolate. I really enjoyed the classic scone with the Devonshire cream - completely heavenly. On the other end, the chocolate scone was a little overly sweet for me, but if you love chocolate, then this scone is for you.





Finally, the top tier consisted of sweets including a passionfruit macaron from their front boutique. It was a great end to a lovely afternoon tea with the mister.
 




The afternoon tea also gives you the option to choose one of two savory items available, and I ended up choosing the truffle mac & cheese. The dish consisted of macaroni topped with crispy layers of cheese, truffle, and buttery panko. This was a tasty spin on the comfort food that is mac & cheese. Lastly, there's also a full-size version of this dish on their brunch menu.


J opted out of the afternoon tea, and ordered the Classic Benny ($15) - poached eggs with roasted peameal bacon, topped with hollandaise sauce, and our finest mixed cheese, served on an English muffin, and a side order of sausage ($6) off the brunch menu.

 


 

If you're looking for a place to chat over some tea, and pastries, then look no further. As one of Toronto's leading afternoon tea establishments; MoRoCo Chocolat has that to offer, and more. The staff were knowledgeable, and attentive to details. I wasn't able to finish my mac & cheese, so our server quickly packed it up to go for me, which I appreciated. I was all sugared out that day, but I will definitely be back to MoRoCo Chocolat to get a box of their colorful macarons.


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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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