Globe@YVR – Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Afternoon Tea used to be something that you could only find in the swankiest downtown hotels. At some point, a number of bakeries and tea shops started offering afternoon tea service… now you can find it pretty much anywhere.
I think one of my favourite spots for afternoon tea was in the 900 West Lounge in the the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. They closed that down a while ago and moved their tea service up to the 15th floor. I haven’t been back since… but we decided to try afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport because of the coupon offer that we bought online. $59 buys you afternoon tea plus 2 hour free parking (which is good because parking at the airport is super expensive)
Even though the parking was free… it was a bit of a nightmare due to the regular airport traffic and all of the construction that they were doing in the parkade. For some reason, they had inexplicably blocked off a bunch of entrances to the parkade and we had to circle around the airport to find another entrance.
When you get here, there’s a nice view of the north shore mountains and the terminals.
Instead of a traditional tea pot, each person gets an individual tea press. On the left was the Versailles Lavender Earl Grey which is a traditional French lavender mixed with England’s Earl Grey giving it a floral bouquet with citrus components. I decided to try the Genmaicha Akaike which was touted as being an ancient tea of the Samurai with a grassy, warm, full-bodied tea with oaky notes. I definitely detected flavours of roasted rice.
My best advice, however, is to mix it up a bit… you don’t want to save all of the desserts to the end because they’ll tend to be too much sweets.
The desserts includes a rich dark chocolate truffle cake, a slightly tart lemon curd tart topped with raspberry, a delicate strawberry macaron, and a light and fluffy carrot cake cream cheese mousse.
The sour cherry and white chocolate scones were served with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam.
The savory items included a slightly lemony smoked salmon rillette in a beetroot tart, as well as a warm and flaky chicken and mushroom pie. Although I found that the ham, Boursin, and mustard pinwheel was just meh, the egg salad croissant was pretty good.
Tea service wasn’t very attentive but the food wasn’t bad. Pricewise, it’s a bit expensive if you don’t have a two-for-one offer. Plus, I kind of miss having an actual tea pot.
3111 Grant McConachie Way