The Royal fuss may be over, but long live high tea
I’m on a mission to find the best high tea in Toronto. No wait, that’s wrong. I’m on a mission to prove that I’ve already found the best high tea in Toronto. I just like to prove a point.
I have had afternoon/high tea at the Windsor Arms more times than I’d care to share – it’s embarrassing to say I’ve spent that much money on something so simple. Then again, life’s simple pleasures ain’t cheap.
It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy, but it takes a certain elegance to make my heart sing. Fashionable outfits, big windows, sun rays, scones, Devonshire cream, honest conversation, and a warm pot of tea ignites a symphony.
The Four Seasons’ afternoon tea service started out great. It's barely ($3) cheaper than Windsor at $35 for full tea. Their atrium-esque lobby bar is comfortable and leisurely. I enjoyed their sandwiches, especially the mushroom one, but in the end, all three tiers were lacking.
|Smoked Salmon - Ham & Cheese - Mushroom - Chicken|
Buttery - Okay - Good - Dry
Ella and I felt it was just okay. Nothing was terrible, but nothing stood out. I would like to give the Four Seasons a high five for the lemon curd – it was delicious and I haven’t seen anyone else offer it.
The fact that I have smuggled scones out of the Windsor Arms makes it the best (still, and so far). If I resort to taking something home with me (their scones are also served at their weekend buffet brunch), well, that says A LOT. Windsor Arms is still number one; Four Seasons is runner-up…for now. The King Edward is next.
All in all it was an elegant afternoon. Ella and I sipped our tea and caught up. It’s not the amount of time you spend with someone, it’s what you do with it when you do. Ain’t that right bella?