Soffee Cafe has been on my afternoon tea list for quite some time and I finally had a chance to try it with my foodie pal, Roanna (IG: foodiegramca). It was nice that we were able to meet since I know Roanna is a very devoted mom to her boys and usually attends only a handful of media events which she gets invited to. I really admire this dedication and care she puts into her family life. We spent a couple of hours discussing our mutual love of the Vancouver food scene, traveling, tea ware and family life.
Soffee Cafe proved to be the perfect location to sit down and chat in a relaxed and beautiful yet unpretentious setting. I really loved their sweet English decor and the teapot warmers they used to keep the tea warm. I found the food quality to be good but the portions were on the smaller side. They were also less substantial items so someone with a heartier appetite might find this tea set a bit underwhelming for $39. A comparable tea set would be the one at Adonia or Rose House for its size and variety.
Overall, I enjoyed our experience and would definitely recommend it to others. Just be prepared to snack a bit more after you leave if you have a bigger appetite.
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One Word description: Feminine
Ambience: Traditional English manor decor. Dark carved wood furniture, chintz fabrics, lace table cloths. The space is on the small side with approximately eight tables seating 2-4 people, depending on the configuration. There are only two window tables available so keep that in mind when reserving.
Savoury: Fresh seafood starters featuring shrimp cocktail, white wine seared scallop and steamed lobster. There is one small croissant but without sandwiches or other more substantial pieces, some may be left a bit peckish.
Sweets: Good. 5 mini sweets plus one scone which were all on the small side. I would have expected at least 2 scones per person considering how little sweets were included and how small they were. All the sweets were delicious and well executed and the one I particularly enjoyed was the matcha choux "cream puff".
Tea: A respectable collection of 15 house blends and ten single flavours.
Tea Ware: Pretty, shabby chic mismatched vintage tea ware. Not designer tea ware like at Adonia, or XiXi Lounge Shangri-La. Candle teapot warmers were used to keep tea hot and is a nice touch which I've only seen at Rose House.
Service: One server for the five occupied tables, one of which was a large party of 6+. Professional but not overly friendly, took time to introduce each piece. The food came out quite slowly as well.
Location: 1426 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E1 (West 8th & Hemlock)
Parking: Metered Street parking available on 8th.
♥ Afternoon Tea $39/per person
(includes one pot of tea, sub fresh fruit tea $5.95)
13 piece set of mini sweet and savoury bites
♥ 2 hour seating, 24 hour reservation required.
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