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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.

Library Bar - The Fairmont Royal York Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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 café 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.

MoRoCo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

MoRoCo Chocolat

by on Wednesday, December 02, 2015
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. MoR...
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is one of the premier luxury hotels located in the heart of Roppongi. One of the things on my itinerary was to experience afternoon tea in Tokyo, and the menu from the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo caught my eyes. The reservation was made a month in advanced, and the hotel clerk took her time with me (language barriers) so that was appreciated. We had an extremely day ahead of us, and booked the afternoon tea for the 2 pm time slot. The rest of the time included exploring Harajuku, Sumida Aquarium, and shopping at the Tokyo Skytree Solamachi (popular shopping mall in Tokyo).

It's located in a rather affluent area of Roppongi (Tokyo Midtown), but away from the bustling area of tourists. The street leading up to the hotel was relatively quiet with a few more hotels within the vicinity. Afternoon tea takes place at the Lobby Lounge & Bar located on the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. We were seated in the middle of the establishment looking outwards to the large windows filled with natural light. There was a spectacular view of Tokyo.

The wait staffs were all refined, polite and extremely helpful. My cup of tea was never empty, and they often came by to check up on us. Japan doesn't have a strong tipping culture, so they refused to accept additional tips. Ritz-Carlton Tokyo does have a mandatory 13% service charge but that's clearly stated on the bill and menu. 

Sign that points to the steps of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo.
The lobby with the elevator to the 45th floor.
Lobby Lounge & Bar.


In terms of prices; afternoon tea in Tokyo seems so much more expensive compared to the places in Toronto. The afternoon teas available in Toronto are no more than $50 per person. However, this was our first time in Japan, so we wanted to make the best of it. I opted for the Afternoon Holiday Tea (¥5,000) and he got the more expensive option; Ritz-Carlton Afternoon Tea (¥7,500). The second one had more delicacies such as foie grias terrine and caviar which I got to try as well.

There was a bit of a wait but our 2 three-tiered metal stands finally arrived with its elegantly presented items.








Afternoon Holiday Tea (¥5,000) --- $54 CAD

Pate de Champagne, champagne jelly
Crab Charlotte
Turkey sandwich, cinnamon honey flavor
Jambon, cream cheese in crepe
Goat cheese, chestnut crostini

Strawberry yoghurt verrine
Paris-brest
Macaroon
Truffle
Caramel orange chocolate
X-mas cookie

Lemon & raisin scone with clotted cream

Close ups of some of the items from the Afternoon Holiday Tea.

The Ritz-Carlton Afternoon Tea (¥7,500) --- $82 CAD

Foie gras terrine, truffle coulis
Salmon mousse, smoked salmon
Smoked scallop and tuna tartar, sour cream
Chicken terrine, mushroom, dried tomato
Crab, avocado, caviar
Prosciutto ham, prosciutto mousse

Strawberry yoghurt verrine
Paris-brest
Macaroon
Truffle
Caramel orange chocolate
Christmas cookie
Lemon & raisin scone with clotted cream