Ah, the season of cherry blossoms, you will see them grace their presence on seasonal menu items all over Vancouver. Urban Tea Merchant is my all time favourite place for high tea, yes such a girly thing I know. I love the atmosphere, and the knowledgeable staff, you can hear such passion in the way the explain about the teas and food on their menus. They always try to infuse tea into most of their menu items, I usually go for the Westcoast Tea Service, priced at minimum two orders. It is a rather huge portion, as there are usually four of everything on a large plate, you’ll get full from just sitting and chatting over tea and savouries. My friend’s a huge coffee fanatic, she enjoys tea as well but not as much. Seeing how she’s leaving back to Taiwan soon, I had to bring her here.
Sakura! Sakura! Tea; TWG exclusive tea blend – cherry blossoms & green tea with a presence of rose
I usually order their Jasmine Kiss Tea, it is one of their tea flowers, very aromatic and beautiful to watch as the bouquet unravels itself in the clear teapot. Our server had recommended us to try their Sakura! Sakura! as, of course, it is the season, and we are getting the Sakura Tea Service today. He gave us both samples of the tea, it was a nice floral blend with a very clean fresh finish. My friend decided to stick with this one, and so did I, just to try something new.
Sakura Tea Service
Savouries – miso-maple glazed sable fish in butter lettuce, “Dignitary’s Tea” chicken cone, smoked salmon ribbon with ponzu jelly & wasabi aioli, “Red Chai” beef carpaccio with horseradish foam, “Singapore Breakfast Tea” seared tuna tataki
Sweets – TWG Tea macaron, “Sakura! Sakura!” dessert sushi, “Matcha Nara” madeleine, “Rum Tea” pecan tart, tuxedo strawberries
Behold, the wonders of this tea set. I was so happy that it had my two favourites; the sable fish and chicken cone. The fish was buttery, nothing can ever go wrong with sable fish, chicken cone was creamy and delightful in its own personal mini waffle cone. The smoked salmon was alright, I’ve always found the bread kind of hard. Beef carpaccio was something new, but nothing exciting. The tuna tataki was done beautifully, excellent sear and nice smokey flavour from the Breakfast Tea. The madeleine and pecan tart were nicely done as well, only miss was the ‘dessert sushi’. It had a weird texture and cloyingly sweetness to it. It looked and tasted exactly like Kracie – Poppin’ Cookin’ Sushi Kit, the Japanese DIY candies.
Aside from the ‘sushi’, everything else was fabulous. Service and food, whenever people ask me to recommend a high tea place for them Urban Tea is the first thing that always comes to mind.