After our last visit for Notch 8’s extravagant Canada 150 Afternoon Tea, it’s time to play a game. Notch 8 turns to the imaginative world of classic board games t deliver a playful game board of sweets and savories like scones with clotted cream, delectable savory […]
Mosquito Desserts & Champagne is one of my favorite locations for desserts in Vancouver. It is located on 32 Water Street in Gastown. The restaurant is elegant and chic. It makes for the perfect location for the best date night. Now that they have also introduced Afternoon […]
This global Taiwanese dessert franchise, Meet Fresh Richmond 鲜芋仙, opened its first location in Richmond on Capstan Way. It then opened a second Metro Vancouver location at 1232 Robson Street. Popular menu item includes taro balls, shaved iced, fresh herbal jelly and tofu pudding. I was really excited to try it after seeing so many Instagram photos but left rather disappointed.
The restaurant offers only counter service: order at the front and pick up on the side when your number is called. Then find your own seat.
Tofu Pudding with Taro and Red Beans: sugary with minimal taro and red bean. There was also barely any tofu pudding. I was hoping for more toppings rather than sugary bowl of water.
Taro Mochi and mixed bean ice: My cousin ordered a bowl of shaved ice with mixed beans. It had more toppings but again it was bland and uninteresting.
In the end they forgot to give us the packets of cream in the end. We were expected to clean up the tables after we were done and bring back the dirty dishes to the return station.
Meet Fresh 鲜芋仙
Cuisine: Dessert, Taiwanese
Mon 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tue 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wed 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
8328 Capstan Way #1136, Richmond, BC M2N 5R4
Black Milk Water Coffee Roasters is a roomy cafe on North Road between Burnaby and Coquitlam. It is located on the lower floor of the complex next to Hannam Supermarket. Now that I’m finally on Maternity Leave, I’m so happy that I can visit these […]
Many people were saddened by the news that Basho Cafe was closing. Instead, Yama Cafe reopened and kept the essence of Basho. Taking over is Chef Yama – a former employee. Most of the original menu and spirit remains. I came here a while ago […]
In celebration of Canada’s Jubilee Anniversary, Notch 8 Restaurant and Bar, invites you to their Canada 150 Afternoon Tea. In honour of the true North strong and free, the private dining room is adored with vintage photographs of Fairmont Hotels across the country and archival images of Canadian Pacific locomotives. History aside, the Canada 150 Afternoon Tea takes you from the green copper roofs, chateau style architecture, grand ballrooms and storied pasts to a culinary journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Indulge in delicious Saskatoon berry compote, delectable and distinctively Canadian tea sandwiches including Montreal Smoked Meat and Lobster Rolls, and in-house baked sweets.
To begin, guests select their preferred choice of Fairmont fine tea blend. My favorite continues to be the Fairmont Earl Grey and the 1907 Centennial Blend of kenmare, malty assam and a touch of earl grey. If you prefer to add a little bourbon, we highly recommend the Maple Leaf Cocktail – a cocktail made with Maple Maple (black tea with notes of caramel), Canadian bourbom, maple syrup, lime and apple.
The Canadian journey begins with Maple Panna Cotta, Wild Berry and Oka Scone Saskatoon served with berry compote and birch syrup Chantilly.
Presented in Royal Doulton is a tower of savouries. There is a lot to choose from and everything is so delicious. It is hard to pick which one to try first.
Maple Foie Gras Tourtiere – miniature confit duck savory pie from Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac ; an elevated Calagary Stampede corn dog made with Wagyu beef, blue corn grits and tomato relish from Fairmont Palliser; Lobster Roll from New Brunswick; to the Mini West Coast Club – Dungeness crab, smoked salmon, side stripe prawns, smoked oyster and albacore tuna from our very own Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. And don’t forget the iconic Montreal Smoked Meat from Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal and the Peameal Bacon Sandwich made with Canadian bacon and Ontario Cheddar from Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
The food continues with the presentation of sweet. The treats are presented on a Canadian map. Chocolate dipped Nanaimo Bars from Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC, Canadian Mini Donuts, Crispy Beaver Tails from Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa and more.
Canada 150 Afternoon Tea is available between May 1 to September 3, 2017. $59 per person. Children’s menu $29.50 per child (ages 12 and under). Daily sittings 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
The portion is substantial although all miniature in size. It is artfully crafted and has many great options in both savoury and sweet treats.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver History Tidbit:
Canadian Pacific Railway opened this Hotel Vancouver in 1888. The second build was in 1916. The present Hotel Vancouver first opened its doors in 1939, on the eve of the Royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The hotel was built in a grand Italianate revival style, and was considered one of the great hotels of the British Empire. A meeting place for Vancouver society.
Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar
Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, High Tea
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6
TWG Tea celebrates Canada’s 15th birthday with the limited edition Jubilee Tea, commemorating the country’s Jubilee Anniversary from 1867 to 2017. To celebrate being all things Canadian, TWG Tea will be offering a Jubilee Tea Set from now until August 31st, 2017. Boasting a naturally […]
Snackshot 糖百府 is a new Hong Kong style dessert shop that recently opened on 7980 Granville Street – Marpole neighbourhood. The menu focus is Chinese sweet soups along with their claim to fame Vitasoy milk red bean bulldog drink! And, of course, the sweet soup […]
Dazzling Cafe opened it’s first location outside of Asia in Richmond, BC. This uber cute and stylish cafe chain has locations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. They are famous for their honey toast which comes in a variety of flavors. The presentation is pretty and makes every Instagram moment.
I love the interior decor of this trendy cafe. It is filled with white and soft grey tones with accents marble and button tufted seats. Did I mention the bunny ear chairs? What a perfect place for afternoon high tea!
Although Dazzling Cafe is famous for their desserts, they also offer a wide selection of dishes like pasta, rice casseroles, pizza and snacks. Beverages include my favorite Earl Grey Black Milk Tea Latte, Royal Matcha Latte and Rose latte. Of course, there are also coffee, tea, fresh juices and slushies.
Entree prices ranges between $10 to $15 and portions are not enough to share. Honey Toasts are between $12 to $15. I would definitely recommend order a few dishes to share between friends if you are hungry and it is a good way to sample different flavors.
Rose Latte 6.50: A strongly fragrant latte with rose water. It is quite sweet and I would recommend requesting it half sweet.
Earl Grey Black Milk Tea 6.95: available in both cold or hot. I like the cold version now that the weather is quite warm outside. There is a nice balance of tea and milk.
Truffle Fries 8.50: Crispy fries with a nice subtle hint of truffle oil that is not overwhelmingly intruding. A good snack to start while you wait for the rest of the food.
Mentaiko Spaghetti with Cream Sauce 明太子義大利麵 11.50: This was everyone’s favorite dish on the table. I love the silky creaminess of the mentaiko sauce with a nice subtle briny flavor. The pasta was also al dente.
Spicy Spaghetti with Chicken 辣味雞肉義大利麵 11.50: I like the subtle heat of this pasta this that lingers in your mouth for a while.
Month Blanc Honey Toast 15: This boxed toast is literally a butter toasted bread dessert that is hollowed out, cut into cubed pieces, buttered and toasted. These cubed pieces are then placed back inside the break box along with ice cream, whipped cream. The honey toast is then topped with different fruits and flavors for presentation. There is tableside service at Dazzling Cafe. I like the light sweetness of this chestnuts, whipped cream and the caramelized bread box that is suitable for the Asian palate.
Dazzling Cafe is a great location to catch up with friends over dessert. If you don’t have a sweet tooth that is ok too since they have a lot of savory food options. I like the relaxing environment and the pretty girly decor. I would not recommend this place if you are in a hurry however. Food takes a while to arrive. If you are a Women of Leisure, by all means, you have nothing to worry about 🙂
Cuisine: Desserts, Pasta, Waffles
Mon 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sat 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sun 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
7971 Alderbridge Way #140, Richmond, BC V6X 2A4
Secret Garden Tea Company has been serving afternoon high tea in the Kerrisdale neighborhood of Vancouver for over two decades. This old fashion tea boutique has moved from its former West Boulevard home to a larger location at 2138 West 40th Avenue. The space is […]
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Milk and Eggs Restaurant has been opened for a few months now. It is located in Richmond on 8888 Odlin Crescent and Cambie. I first noticed this place with their milk shakes and ice cream desserts. But then people started raving about their meatballs. So naturally I had to see what was so good. The restaurant is chic and modern and seats no more than 40 people. Service is friendly and welcoming.
Their soft opening menu includes a variety of appetizers, salads, and classic pasta and rice dishes like Pesto Cream Chicken Fettuccine, Meatball Penne and Katsu Port Cutlet on Rice.
Milk and Eggs special Deep Fried Chicken Wings 10.75: Tasty, well rendered garlicky whole wings. It is not too greasy and the skin is crispy. I appreciate that they give you the whole wing (wing, drumette and tip).
Prawn Chili Aglio Olio Linguine 13: Chili infused olive oil pasta topped with sauteed prawns. Add 1.50 for garlic bread. I enjoyed the subtle burst of heat. Four fresh tiger prawns. Although I would appreciate it much more had it been deveined.
Shitake Mushroom Stuffed Meatball Fettuccine 13: White wine cream sauce pasta topped with panko crusted meatballs stuffed with a shitake mushroom and preserved olive filling. We asked the owners whether they recommend the mushroom meatball or the classic tomato meatball and said this was the best seller. You get two giant fist size meatballs that is quite filling. It’s interesting and tasty that it had a panko crust. It was very juicy and wasn’t overcooked. I liked their cream sauce more compared to the chili linguine above. It feels less greasy and must more satisfying.
Although the portion looks lean, it is actually quite filling. It is great for sharing and having the option of snacks and desserts after.
I’m looking forward to trying other items especially their desserts and homemade ice-cream.
Milk & Eggs
Cuisine: Italian, Chinese Fusion, Dessert
Tue 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wed 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
8888 Odlin Crescent #1030, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z8
Notch 8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver brings us another enchanting Brothers Grimm fairy tale afternoon tea. They are known to be creative to bring us a new experience for high tea. Our last visit was during Old World Carnival Afternoon Tea and it was visually entertaining. If […]
L’otus Cake Boutique took over the old Moma Bistro location at 8580 Cambie Road (across Continental Centre at Sexsmith Road). For the dessert lover, this place offers mille crepe cakes with a variety of flavors like fresh mango, strawberries, Blue Earl Grey, Creme Brulee and […]