Eastern Afternoon Tea Set
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being invited to experience the new Eastern afternoon tea set at the H Tasting Lounge in the Westin Bayshore. Does it seem like déjà vu to you? It’s probably because the last afternoon tea experience I shared with all of you was also at the H Tasting Lounge but it was of the Western afternoon tea set. (Read about the Western tea set here.)
The lounge currently offers only two different tea sets – Eastern and Western. The two tea sets cannot be more different from each other. The Western tea set features all the usual items one would normally find in most afternoon tea sets: tarts, macarons, mini cakes and scones. In contrast, the Eastern tea set consists of treats that take its influence from the other side of the world. For the savouries, you’ll find Asian delicacies like abalone, lobster roll and “Pekin Style” duck wrap. To satisfy your sweet tooth, there is traditional Chinese pastries like pineapple shortbread, wife cake, and an almond cookie just to name a few.
Aesthetically speaking, the Western tea set is displayed on a “traditional” 3-tier display (it’s a very chic and modern looking one), while the treats on the Eastern set are nestled inside two exquisite jewel boxes. I’m still deciding which one I like looking at more 🙂
East or West?
It’s really hard to compare the two sets because they are completely different in every way. The only commonality between the two tea sets are the tea and scones. For tea, there is a modest-sized tea collection with a few unique teas in the Pacific West Coast category. And as for the scones, they are some of the best ones I’ve had in the city, comparable to Fairmont’s signature scones.
Each set has their own unique selling points. In the Western Tea, the sweets are the stronger offering while the draw in the Eastern set are the savouries. The unique Asian inspired offerings on this set are a good choice for those who want to go outside of the box and quite literally – into one, in the form of a pretty and photogenic jewel box.
My advice? Go with a girlfriend and get both!
Until our next tea date.
– One of the newest afternoon tea offerings in Vancouver. (Hy Tea Lounge being another one.)
– Uber photogenic fairy floss tree.
– Unique Asian influenced tea service.
– “Free-Spirit” collection of smart non-alcoholic cocktails.
– Unique tea selection including a Canadian/Pacific Northwest collection, two of which uses a Canadian-pioneered processing technique and Canadian ingredients, respectively.
– Glamorous new lounge setting with lots of natural light.
– Alcoholic beverages available for order.
– Good selection of coffees.
– Complimentary valet parking for guests of the H Tasting Lounge.
♥ Western Afternoon Tea Set $48/person. Reservations not required.
4 savouries, 5 sweets, 1 scone, 1 fairy floss tree, 1 dish of taro chips & 1 pot of tea
Easter Afternoon Tea Set $48/person. Reservations not required.
7 savouries, 3 sweets 1 pot of tea
♥ H Tasting Lounge full menu here
Reserve on Open Table
Served exclusively on its own on the weekend. Served along with lunch from Monday to Friday 11:30-5pm.
♥ Parking: Complimentary valet parking available for guests of H Tasting Lounge. Meter parking immediately around the hotel is surprisingly $1/hour.
♥ Tel: 1-604-691-6962
Adress: 1601 BAYSHORE DR, VANCOUVER, BC V6G 2V4
Disclosure: All food and drinks were complimentary. All opinions are my own.
My Other Afternoon Experiences
February 10th, 2015