L'Opera Patisserie in Richmond has always been on my must-visit list for afternoon tea in the Lower Mainland. At the price of $45/set, its positioned at the upper end of Greater Vancouver's offering for tea so naturally, I was intrigued and held above average expectations from this establishment.
On this visit I was joined by, Jo and Nora, two gals I initially met through Instagram last year and became fast friends with. Our first meeting last year amongst the three of us was also at another tea house in Richmond, Adorabelle, and the first time I ever met Jo was at Patisserie Fur Elise. Wow, I hadn't realized how many times I've been to tea with these ladies. It's always nice to have girlfriends who are up for a tea party!
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One Word description: Classic
Ambience: European luxury. Decor is in the classical old-world style with gilded furniture, candlelight chandeliers and luxurious wallpaper. The space is extremely small and can only accommodate several tables of 2-4 people at one time. There is just only one table available by a window so keep that in mind when reserving.
Savoury: Outstanding and creative, mostly centering around puff pastry. They don't look as photogenic as mini sandwiches but I assure you they are extremely tasty. They are all fluffy and buttery. The one filled with pork is my favorite.
Sweets: Good. Some were very good and some were just average. The non-baked desserts, tiramisu and creme brulee, really stood out for its creaminess and balanced flavours. The chocolate on the dipped strawberries were crisp so that was a great sign of freshness. The cakes on the other hand were not too flavourful or moist.
Macarons: The macarons are some of the best in the city. I'm amazed at the fluffy and fully set shells. The flavours are also delicious and not too sweet. I would highly recommend coming here just to pick up a box of macarons because the gift boxes themselves are beautiful and appealing.
Tea: Small collection and most of them were blends.
Service: Very friendly and professional. Fully staffed (there were only 2 other table at the time we went.)
Location: Richmond. 5951 Minoru Blvd, Vancouver, Richmond, BC V6X 4B1. (604) 270-2919
Parking: No street parking available. 2 free spaces were available at the back entrance. Otherwise, parking is $8 for 2 hours in the Sheraton Hotel parking lot.
♥ Afternoon Tea $45 per person
(includes one pot of tea)
1 starter soup, variety 6 savouries, 5 Sweets plus 1 macaron of your choice
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