Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fleuri - Tea Time


Fleuri Restaurant

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

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Food: 3.5
Service: 4
Price: Fair, similar to other restaurants ($24)

Right before my Christmas vacation, I had the pleasure of meeting up with a friend that I haven't seen in ages. Since we had a lot to catch up on, I decide that afternoon tea would be perfect setting for our gathering. Ever since I had a good experience at Fish House in Stanley Park, I been wanting to try out the afternoon tea at the Sutton Place Hotel. So I made a reservation, and off we went.
As soon as we were seated, the server brought out the tea box. I like the fact that you can smell all the tea before deciding what to order. The downside is that you have no idea what is in the each mixture, so you will have to trust your nose. After smelling all the tea, I decide to go with a fruity tea called West Coast Wave. The tea was very aromatic, but lacked in flavor in comparison.
We were presented with 3 different jars of goodies. The honey was for our tea and the jam for the scones later. I love the cute little jars, but there is a downside. It's small and limited and you have to share, so after a few cups of tea, it will be all gone.
Next came the big platter of food. Just like Fish House in Stanley Park, it's a 3 tier plate filled with sandwiches and sweets. However there is a difference. At the Fish House, they filled the top plate with scones, where as here you are limited to one only.

The first layer consisted of blueberry scone and a chocolate strawberry tart. I can't help but compare my previous experience and this one, and this one definitely fell short. The scones weren't warm and buttery soft like the other ones, you are only limited to one and they are smaller. However their Devonshire cream is to die for. It was thick and creamy and extremely rich. It was the perfect for the scones. The jam also added a fruity flavor to the overall taste. The strawberry chocolate tarts were okay. I think they used dark chocolate as it was quite bitter.
The 2nd layer consisted of desserts. The 3 desserts are eclair with a strawberry filling, lemon cake, and chocolate macaroon. My least favorite was the chocolate macaroon, because I found it overly sweet and sticky due to the creamy center. The eclair was good, but did not stand out in any way. My favorite on this layer is definitely the lemon cake, because it sweet with a hint of tartness from the lemon aspect. The cake itself was soft and moist with a nice lemon meringue like filling. I usually hate citrus zest, but the little decoration piece of candy lemon peel was actually very good.
The last layer is also my favorite layer: sandwiches. I liked all of them except the vegetarian sandwich consisting of cucumber, green pea shoots and endive with a guacamole spread. It was pretty much tasteless. The bread was also a bit soggy from the moisture of the vegetables. On to the good sandwiches. I really liked the egg salad croissant. The croissant itself was buttery and soft, and the egg salad was also mixed very well with just the right amount of salt and mayo. The smoke salmon pinwheel was very good as well, the bread was some sort of healthy whole wheat bread. However it was slightly too salty, but I blame it on the salmon itself. My favorite is the last sandwich: Raspberry chicken salad brioche. The sandwich itself was pretty in presentation as the chicken salad is rested upon a pink rose petal. The rose petal is "glue" on to the bread with a nice light raspberry sauce in a gel consistency. The whole sandwich was delicious, as all the flavors worked well with each other, even the small piece of strawberry on top added another layer of flavor.

Although I had a great time catching up with my friend and enjoying the food, I did find it odd that one of the side of this restaurant is open towards the hallway of Sutton Place hotel. But the decor here is elegant and beautiful and the restaurant itself had a nice warm lighting. The servers were all very helpful and they constantly ask to fill our tea pot with hot water.

Overall, I am definitely satisfied with my dining experience at Fleuri and would certainly recommended to anyone who need a quiet place for a nice relaxing chat. I had a good time there, of course it was made better by sharing it with a good friend.


Unknown January 7, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Looks so cute! i wonder if you couldn't ask for more honey and jam..?


Jenny January 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM

We never thought to ask, plus we were too busy talking most of the time :)

Follow Me Foodie January 23, 2010 at 1:08 AM

It looks adorable!!! I'm glad the food was good because I usually find teatime savoury foods not so great. Actually sometimes the sweets are just nice to look at but not so great either.

I must give this one a try :)

Jenny January 26, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Yeah, this one was not bad at all, but I agree with you, sometime the desserts can be overly sweet, like the chocolate macaroon above

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