06 October 2012

A Royal Tea - Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth (Montreal)

I have always believed that I was some form of royalty--in another life.  Maybe I was Nefertari or Vashti but the delusions of grandeur which I suffer from today had to come from somewhere, right?!  Because of this I was not going to pass a chance to have tea at the Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth in Montreal.  We arrived in style and managed to look totally dignified although it was a wet and nasty rainy day.  

The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel offers two different afternoon pastimes for a midday break:  Afternoon Tea and Kaffe Klatsch: 

"England has its Afternoon Tea, Austria Kaffe Klatsch"
Afternoon break at Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Le Cafe Klatsch
An Austrian coffee break with your sweet and savory treats which include:
  • Beef and pickles sandwich
  • Liverwurst sausage sandwich
  • Smoked Westphalie ham sandwich
  • Macaroon
  • Almond biscuits
  • Sacher cake
  • Apple Strudel
  • Fruit tartlet
Cafe Klatsch Sandwiches - courtesy of "Everything is Connected"
L' Afternoon Tea
A traditional English afternoon tea with a wide range of tea selections and finger sandwiches, scones and sweets.

Finger Sandwiches
We LOVED these and could not get enough.  Seriously, we had them bring an extra plate of sandwiches! 

Savory Sandwiches: The Chicken was our favorite
  • Chicken and watercress
  • Egg & cucumber
  • Smoked salmon
All of the sandwiches were fantastic but the Chicken and watercress sandwich was our favorite.

The Scones
The scones, the scones, the scones!  Just look at them and you know they are ridiculously good.

The ridiculous scones

The Tea
Selecting the tea was the best part of our experience.  The process begins with your server presenting the "tea box" at the table.  You then can spend as much time as you need to smell your way to a decision. 

Tea Selection
With over fifteen choices, it took us almost forty-five minutes to pick three teas:
  • The Queen Elizabeth
  • Vanilla Chai
  • Mint Green
The Queen Elizabeth Tea

All three were phenomenal!

Trifecta of Treats
What is a Par-Tea without the sweets?  I was happy that the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth didn't overdo it with the dessert.  They picked the perfect three!
  • Chocolate eclair
  • Strawberry tart (my absolute favorite)
  • Macarons (various flavors)

Trifecta of Treats
My all time favorite was the Strawberry Tart.  I liked it so much that I stole bites from my friends!

I was so happy we had a welcomed "distraction" from the fabulous weather.  I really can not think of a better way to spend a rainy afternoon--or a sunny one for that matter.  All I know is that L' Afternoon Tea gets a pinkie up and is truly meant for a queen!  I will have to try the Le Cafe Klatsch next visit.

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