Sunday, October 24, 2010

Provence Marinaside - Afternoon Tea

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Provence Marinaside

1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver (Map)

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Food: 2.5
Service: 4
Price: Fair

Afternoon tea is a perfect activity for anyone seeking a place to 1. relax, 2. catch up with friends, and 3. enjoy an assortment of sandwiches, pastries and desserts made with care. So far I been to two of them: Fish House in Stanley Park and Fleuri at the Sutton Place hotel. Although both were very satisfying, but if I had to choose one, I would go with the Fish House in Stanley Park (their fresh warm scones are to die for).
A few of my friends wants to try another afternoon tea, so after much deliberation and research, we decided upon Provence Marinaside for several reasons: 1. it's located in beautiful false creek, 2. the restaurant had high rating and 3. it is very reasonably priced at $20/person.

I know $20 is actually considered to be very cheap for afternoon tea, but a tea bag just seemed a little too cheap. The Afternoon Tea at Fleuri even allowed you to see and smell each kind before deciding. Anyways I went with the orange jasmine tea. It was a fragrant and light tea, which I thought was quite good. I usually prefer a bit of honey with my tea, but they didn't offer any.
Like other afternoon tea, there is the savory plate, a dessert plate, and usually a scone plate, but here they put the scones with the desserts. The middle plate consisted of jams and fresh cream. I was quite disappointed when I found out that the cream wasn't devonshire cream :P.
The savory plate consisted of smoke salmon and cucumber, tomato & bocconcini, sundried tomato and spinach quiche and goat cheese crostini. I have to say most of these were pretty good, especially the goat cheese crostini and the quiche. As I mention, some research was done prior to choosing the restaurant, and I have to say the pictures of what people previously had looked much better. For example, their crostini was topped with some sort of vegetable and then baked with cheese.
The dessert plate was not a hit with anyone really. The lemon tartelette was really sour. The macaroon was overly sweet. The cookies were average. The Madeleines were good, soft and not too sweet. We were given 2 kinds of scone: blueberry and cranberry. Although the taste was not bad, but I would have preferred them to be softer.

Their service was great, the waitress was friendly and attentive. The restaurant was nice. Unfortunately the food just did not live up to my expectation, I would have rather spend the extra $5 and revisit either Fish House or Fleuri. In the end, I would come back for to try their other food (as they do have good rating for those), just not the afternoon tea.

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