(Sorry for the lack of posts, it’s been a hectic month and I haven’t really eaten anywhere worth blogging about.)
I went to Windsor Arms for afternoon tea a few weeks ago with a friend since I had a Groupon voucher. This has been my first time going to afternoon tea (!) and Windsor Arms is one of the more famous ones in Toronto. It starts at $35.00/pp on weekdays, with weekend/holiday and “twilight tea” pricing to go as high as $50.00/pp.
We both started off with the Tibetan Tiger, which is a black tea infused with vanilla and chocolate. I like black teas, but found the vanilla and chocolate to be too subtle for me. Unfortunately I’m not a tea connoisseur!
Soon after, our tray consisting of scones, finger sandwiches and petit fours arrived.
The server placed the goat cheese and caramelized shallot tart on our plates first and they were consumed quickly (no picture).
I tried the scones with preserves and Devon Cream first. There were plain scones and ones with black currant. I loved the scones and all the preserves/creams that came with them! The scones were perfectly moist and super soft, and had a hint of citrus. I especially liked the strawberry preserve.
The sandwiches included smoked salmon and wasabi sour cream with salmon caviar, cucumber with sun- dried tomato paste and dill cream cheese, and grilled chicken with granny smith apples citrus mayonnaise, Greek yogurt and chives. I didn’t find any of the sandwiches to be particularly outstanding, but I quite liked the smoked salmon sandwiches, and I found the cucumber sandwich to be quite refreshing.
The petit fours consisted of a marshmallow tart, mini red velvet cupcake, white chocolate with golden flakes, and a chocolate cup topped with mini chocolate bubbles. I only tried the white chocolate and chocolate cup, and found the white chocolate to be much too sweet. However, I quite liked the chocolate cup, especially with the texture of the chocolate bubbles.
Next, we had raspberry sorbet with soda water (no picture). I typically find sorbet much too sweet for my liking, but the soda water really helped lighten the sweetness and contribute to a more refreshing taste. If I ever have more sorbet in the future, I will definitely try adding soda water!
We ended off with a glass of sherry ($8/glass). I had a sweeter version, which I found to be much too syrup-y and sweet. My friend’s “normal” glass tasted much better, although still not pleasing to my palate.
Windsor Arms didn’t wow me with their tea or their food, but it’s quite a nice treat to have when catching up with your girlfriends. Although it didn’t seem like a lot of food at first, I left feeling stuffed. The scones especially were quite filling!