Windsor Arms – Afternoon Tea


Last Friday, I had my first experience of Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel (or just Windsor Arms). I attended it with my friend Susan.

Before we went to Afternoon Tea, we dropped by Aroma Espresso Bar in Liberty Village for breakfast. I haven’t been to this particular location since 2013, and I was glad it was still in the same location (I knew some of the places in Liberty Village got shuffled around). It was a nice, sunny day but still a bit chilly, so I knew I wanted something warm. Actually, I knew what I wanted to order: the Shakshuka and a regular Iced Berry Tea Lemonade (one of my go-to drinks at Aroma Espresso Bar).

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

The Shakshuka tasted like a mixture of salsa and chili, which are two of my favourite things. The serving size was pretty decent too. It came with four slices of toast and some bean-like spread(?). To be honest, I have no clue what it was but it tasted like beans. Safe to say, I left it alone after trying it. My favourite part of the Shakshuka was the egg on top. I love eggs, especially if it’s sunnyside up.

After our breakfast at Aroma Espresso Bar, Susan and I headed to Jukebox Print to pick up my business cards.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Eat. Snap. Post. business cards. Who wants one?

We still had plenty of time before our reservation for Afternoon Tea, so Susan and I walked around Yorkville area a bit and ventured inside the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Finally, it was time for our Afternoon Tea.

The Windsor Arms is located in Yorkville. For Afternoon Tea, it is on the higher end. But, since it was our first time experiencing Afternoon Tea, we thought we’d go with the Windsor Arms Hotel for our first try. I had never actually been to the Windsor Arms Hotel before and I was quite surprised to see how small the hotel is. Nonetheless, it is really pretty inside and quite fancy. When we waited for our reservation time, we were to coat check our jackets. Shortly, we were guided to the Russian Red Tea Room for Afternoon Tea.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

The Russian Red Tea Room is what you expected it to be – a red room! The walls were plastered with paintings, which I loved. There was a nice chandelier hanging above our table (Sadly, no photo of it from me). Susan and I were seated at a 2-person table. It’s a good thing we made reservations because all the spots were filled up!

Before we began our Afternoon Tea, our waiter told us how it all worked out. The food menu was preselected for us, but we had our choice of their loose-leaf teas. There were so many to choose from! I believe there were at least 40 on the list. I’m not a big tea drinker so I didn’t really know what the difference was between some of them. I did want to expand out of my comfort zone for my choice of tea. I usually go with a fruity, sweet tea, but I realized I’ve never had Earl Grey before (Shocking, I know!), so I decided to go with the Earl Grey with Lavender. Susan chose the Fu Man Chu with Jasmine.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

My tea came in the loveliest teapot! I absolutely adored it and wanted to take it home with me. I had forgotten about the lavender leaves in my tea when I poured my first cup, so the whole time I had to try and not swallow them. I remembered to use the strainer for the rest of my cups. Because I’m used to sweet teas, I added a bit of sugar to my Earl Grey and some milk. I don’t like my teas (or coffees) looking dark, that’s why I put milk in them. It didn’t change the taste of tea at all; I could still taste the hint of lavender (and not because I accidentally had the leaves in the cup). I don’t know how many cups that teapot poured but I drank the whole thing! Let’s just say I badly needed to use the bathroom right after.

Now, onto the food.

On the website, the Afternoon Tea menu includes the following:

  • Fresh Scones with Preserves and Devon Cream
  • A Presentation of Fresh Sandwiches:
    • Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon Rosette
    • Pinwheel Egg Salad
    • Vegetarian with Sundried Tomato Paste and Dill Cream Cheese
    • Croque Monsieur
  • Goat Cheese and Caramelized Shallot Tart
  • Petits Fours

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Since the Goat Cheese and Caramelized Shallot Tart was the warm item, our waiter served it to us first.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

You can really tasted the goat cheese in the tart. It definitely overpowered the caramelized shallot.

Next, we tried the scones. The first one we ate had what looked like blueberries in it. The scones also had a hint of lemon. On our table, we had Devon Cream and Strawberry and Raspberry Jam. I tried the Devon Cream and it tasted more buttery than sweet to me. The Strawberry Jam was a bit watery. The scones themselves tasted amazing. I could eat them forever.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Not the proper way to eat scones but I just wanted a photo like this 🙂

Then we proceeded with the sandwiches. There was a particular order that Susan wanted to eat them in – she mainly wanted to eat the Croque Monsieur last.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon Rosette

Since I don’t eat fish (except for tuna and eel), I made Susan eat most of the Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon Rosette. I had one just to try it. I can’t really comment on how the smoked salmon compares but the salmon roe had quite a punch. I bit into one and it exploded in my mouth! Its juice was full of salmon flavour. The Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon Rosette wasn’t that bad but I’m not a fish person, so it’s not on my top list.

The Pinwheel Egg Salad was my favourite of the sandwiches. It’s simple but it was very tasty. The egg salad was nicely mixed and creamy. My only complaint: I wish we had more of it!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Vegetarian with Sundried Tomato Paste and Dill Cream Cheese

The Vegetarian with Sundried Tomato Paste and Dill Cream Cheese had an interesting taste. It was tangy from the sundried tomato paste, but I thought the dill cream cheese would balance that out. It did not. Instead, it overpowered the entire sandwich and it was a weird mixture of flavours with the cucumber. This was probably my least favourite.

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur

Susan wanted to eat the Croque Monsieur (fancy way of saying “grilled ham and cheese sandwich”) last. I expected some exquisite cheese flavour from it, but it lacked. It just tasted like a normal grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Not to say that’s a bad thing, but I expected more.

The Petit Fours.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

There weren’t any names for the Petit Fours, so I can only describe them by how they tasted.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

I’ll call this one the “Cupcake”. Since only one of each Petit Fours was brought out, Susan and I split each one. For the “Cupcake”, there was a caramel filling inside. It’s actually quite sweet because of the caramel.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Mousse Petit Four

For this Petit Four, from what I can remember had a berry taste to it. It was a strong berry taste too. At first glanced this one looked solid and hard but once I cut into it, we found out it was a mousse! Susan didn’t like it but I actually quite liked that it was a mousse. It was smooth and fruity.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Chocolate Wafer Stick Petit Four

This chocolate wafer stick one was a chocolate cup filled with butterscotch. It was quite sweet and if I remember correctly, there was another chocolate entity inside at the bottom of the cup. I didn’t eat the chocolate wafer stick, but Susan said it tasted like any other.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Brownie Petit Four

We assumed this is a brownie. Susan really wanted to eat this one last, and so we did. We expected this to be like every other brownie we’ve eaten: sweet and chocolatey. We were disappointed when it was bitter. I guess it was dark chocolate, which I am not a fan of. It wasn’t overly bitter but it was not what we expected.

For my first time experiencing Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms, I had a lovely time. Even though I didn’t like certain sandwiches or Petit Fours, it doesn’t mean it tasted bad. It’s just not what I’m used to. My favourite food items were the scones, the Pinwheel Egg Salad sandwich, and the “Cupcake” Petit Four.

The service was great and it was a relaxing atmosphere. Susan and I didn’t know how proper we were required to be, but we managed.

Would I go back? Possibly for their Twilight tea (it has a slightly different menu). But I do recommend this place if you ever want a nice, sit down tea time with friends and family. It is a bit pricey, $38 on weekdays and $45 for Saturdays and Sunday, but as my first time, I think it was worth it.

– Synthia T.
Twitter: @eatsnappost / Instagram: @eat.snap.post

Eat. Snap. Post.

Another self-proclaimed foodie.

You may also like

Far East Taco

Baddies

2 Comments

LEAVE A COMMENT

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Categories

Follow on Twitter:

Follow on Instagram: @eat.snap.post

It's more metal to suck balls without using a plastic straw 🤟
⠀
I love bubble tea and the amount of it I've been drinking made me realize how much more plastic waste I've been contributing. So recently I've made the switch to using metal straws.
⠀
While I might have to carry my straws with me and clean them myself, to save the Earth and reduce the effects of climate change, I'm willing to do it.
⠀
Earth is not just for our generation but for our future kids' generation and their kids. It is our job to make sure the Earth is still alive and kicking for them 🌎
⠀
🥤: Passion Fruit and Mango Slush @cocoteaontario
⠀
PS: If you want the link to where I got my metal straws, DM me!
____________________

#bubbletea #bobatea #boba #bobalove #drink #cocotea #cocoteaontario #asian #eeeeats #food #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #toronto #torontofoodie #canadianblogger #torontoblogger #shotonpixel #eatsnappost #sustainable #ecofriendly #reusablestraw #metalstraw
I'm back! Nice to meat you all again 🍝
⠀
I've been MIA because of my phone. My almost 5-year old Sony Xperia Z3 bootlooped twice and I had to factor reset it, wiping everything, and I didn't get to back up all the internal data. Then my phone also corrupted a microSD card with new food photos I had, so I lost those too.
⠀
So I've been looking for a new phone, and now after 11 years of being with Sony-branded phones, I'm now part of #TeamPixel ✌️
⠀
🍝: @squishkie
____________________

#nofilter #spaghetti #spaghettiandmeatballs #meatballs #pasta #homemade #cooking #eeeeats #food #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #toronto #torontofoodie #canadianblogger #torontoblogger #shotonpixel #eatsnappost
Minus the five years of data that I lost, my phone and I are tapiokay now! 📱
⠀
(Swipe ⏩) Second photo (L-R): Original Black Milk Tea, Taro Sherbet, and Honey Milk Tea.
⠀
Let's get 100% real here: Almost broke down because my phone died on Tuesday and currently can't afford a new phone. Luckily, factory resetting my phone fixed it! I also never backed up my phone for the 5 years I've owned it, so I lost all my contacts and other data not on my SD card. (So if you have my number, text me yours because I lost ALL. DA. NUMBERS.)
⠀
Thank you to @maestroannie for letting me use her phone for these photos! 🙏
⠀
**And if you want the @everlane tee I'm wearing, $5 of every shirt goes toward the ACLU. Great shirt for a great cause.**
____________________

#realfruitbubbletea #originalmilktea #taromilktea #burlington #bubbletea #everlane #everlanewoman #humantogether #100human #ethicalfashion #toronto #asian #drink #torontofoodie #tofoodies #eeeeats #food #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #torontofoodie #canadianblogger #blogto #tastethesix #huffposttaste #lpfood #torontoblogger #eatsnappost
Always eating like I'm eating for two ✌
⠀
Summer means it's Ribfest time! It's a yearly tradition for me to hit up any Ribfest I can in Ontario. Today I went to the @oakvilleribfest. Besides ribs, always gotta get the blooming onion, deep fried cheesecake, and funnel cake!
🍖🍰
⠀
And if you want a FOOD BABY t-shirt, get one at my online shop ➡ synthiat.com/shop. Or send me a DM!
⠀
📷: @squishkie
____________________

#eatingfortwo #notactually #itsa #foodbaby #oakvilleribfest #ribfest #oakville #deepfriedcheesecake #funnelcake #dessert #torontofoodie #tofoodies #eeeeats #food #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #torontofoodie #canadianblogger #torontoblogger #canadianfoodie #tastethesix #huffposttaste #asian #instaasian #eatsnappost
A nice, cold drink makes the summer heat beerable 🍺
⠀
I've been missing Iceland a lot lately and have been craving Einstök beer. Here's a #ThrowbackThursday post to when I ordered a non-alcoholic, alcoholic beer in Iceland. Read about this funny story on my travel account ✈ @asyoutravelit.
⠀
What's your favourite beer?
🍻
____________________

#beer #drinks #iceland #icelandic #icelandicbeer #tbt #torontofoodie #tofoodies #eeeeats #food #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #torontofoodie #canadianblogger #travel #torontoblogger #eatsnappost
Warning: This post contains noodz and is not safe for stomachs—it will make you hungry! 🍜
(Sorry for the terrible photo quality)
⠀
Last month I was going to try Halal Guys but made a last minute switch to Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. Check out my review on the blog. Link in bio.
____________________

#ramen #noodles #japanese #hokkaidoramensantouka #shoyuramen #foodiefriday #toronto #eeeeats #food #foodie #foodblog #foodreview #foodblogger #torontofoodie #review #canadianblogger #torontoblogger #blogto #tastetoronto #tastethesix #huffposttaste #lpfood #eatsnappost