It's always interesting to come across tea sets with a unique twist and the one at the Fairmont Pacific Rim gives a little nod to it's namesake with an offering that includes sushi, crab and tofu. For afternoon tea, you really can't get any fresher or healthier.
The tea service is served in the Lobby Lounge of the Fairmont Pacific Rim with a cozy fireplace in the center of the room and live piano music being played in the background. The Lobby Lounge is accessed from the street level entrance of the hotel and is adjoined to the Raw Bar which serves sustainable sushi and their beautiful 5 course brunch.
What really stood out for me is their ability to cultivate an atmosphere that is sophisticated and elegant but relaxed at the same time. You will feel totally pampered by the attentive service and surroundings but feel comfortable enough to really sit back as if it were your own living room and just relax and enjoy your food. As a testimony to that, we discovered from the server that a pair of guests had enjoyed their food and drinks in the lobby with their laptop for over five hours. I would recommend it for a leisurely afternoon and don't forget to pick up one of the sugar buns from Giovane Cafe which is located inside the hotel as well.
❤ OTHER NOTES:
- Sushi offered in an afternoon tea set
- Sleek but relaxed atmosphere
- Ability to offer other items including a wide range of elegant cocktails from the bar and sushi from the Raw Bar.
Ambience: You are welcomed to have your tea service in the main lobby lounge around the fireplace or you can also move over to the Raw Bar which is located along the side of the lounge with lots of natural light that pours through the floor to ceiling windows. At first glance, the marbled tables, fireplace, and live music help give off a very sleek and polished vibe but don't be intimidated to plop down in any one of their comfy lounge chairs and sit for as long as you like. Taking a nod to their name, the atmosphere is relaxed and unpretensious, a definite ode to the West Coast lifestyle.
Savoury: three sushi pieces prepared from the Raw Bar and three small finger sandwiches. I found most were small and of average quality. The nigiri sushi pieces were a tad on the small side. I've had sushi for brunch at the Raw Bar before and they were regular sized.
Sweets and Scones: 1 small white chocolate cherry scone which was quite dense and not crumbly but flavorful plus 5 mini sweets, all on the small side. Consistent with my thoughts on Soffee Cafe, I would have expected at least 2 scones per person considering how small it was. (But this set is priced a bit below the one at Soffee.)
Tea: A small collection of interesting blends and single flavours. We were provided with a tea box filled with a sample of each tea in a jar for us to smell. It was a nice interactive way to start our tea service. I enjoyed it so much since it helped me easily decide which tea I wanted. Sometimes I make the mistake of ordering acidic teas which I don't enjoy but the process of smelling the tea reminded me which flavours I would prefer. In the end I chose an aromatic black tea called Mad Hatter which allowed me to add sugar and cream (always crazy for cream).
Tea Ware: Sleek and shiny 3 tier tea tower with minimalist white tea sets and cast iron tea pots, providing a very consistent look and feel of a sleek lounge atmosphere.
Service: Very professional, attentive and friendly. Our server gave us plenty of time to look over the menu while checking in periodically to see if we were ready to order since we were chatting away about our winter plans.
Location: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 0B9
Parking: Hotel parking is $9/hour. Metered Street parking is available in the nearby vicinity of the hotel which is $6/hour. Other nearby parking lots average $9 to $12/hour. It is a 5 minute walk from the Waterfront skytrain station. You can enjoy a pleasant walk along the harbour on the way if it's not too rainy or dark.
♥ Afternoon Tea $35/per person
(includes one pot of tea)
6 pc savoury, 4 pc sweet, 1 scone
♥ Served between 2:00pm-4:00pm. Upgrade to a Sparkling Afternoon Tea at $50 per person or a Champagne Afternoon Tea at $64 per person.
♥ The website is a bit confusing to navigate. Here is the direct link to the menu page. Then choose afternoon tea. Click Here
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