Xi Shi Lounge – Afternoon Tea
Xi Shi Lounge is located in the the Shangri-La Hotel, the current tallest building in Vancouver. We stopped by for afternoon tea one Saturday morning and came to realize that this location wasn’t very busy. In fact, when we first arrived, there wasn’t any staff to greet us and we had to wait quite a while before someone returned.
For afternoon tea ($38 per person), you can choose between a big pot or a small pot. I found service here to be not very attentive as we had to flag someone down to get more hot water.
For our tea selections, we picked the Lychee with Rose and Almonds and the Rose with French Vanilla. We also tried their Lotus Blossom ($7) made of raspberries, elderflower, ginger, lime, and sparkling water.
I must say, the scones were quite good and goes perfectly with the jams and clotted cream.
The rest of the tiers included the following savory items: smoked salmon bagel with lemon and caper mayonnaise, Montreal smoked meat with dijon mustard on wholewheat bread, grilled vegetables and humus in a spinach wrap, and cucumber and cream cheese sandwich.
The sweet side included the following items: caramelized banana and chocolate mousse with candied pistachios, vanilla madelines, strawberry and white chocolate pavlova, buttermilk panna cotta with cherry compote, freshly baked fruit scones with fruit preserves and clotted cream.
The food was pretty good but the service seemed lacking.
1128 West Georgia Street