Lobby Lounge @ Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver
Price: Fair (for the quality)
Afternoon tea is one of my favorite activities, so it's my goal to go to as many as possible. So when a 2 for 1 ($35) afternoon tea deal popped up on SocialShopper for half price, I immediately snatched it up.
Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel is served at the Lobby Lounge, which is literally an area sectioned off from the lobby hall. As you can see, the atmosphere is really casual, they used marble top coffee tables, and low swivel chairs. Although very comfortable, but the ambiance is not as intimate when comparing to an actual restaurant (you can hear everything happening at the front gate/desk).
First is the tea, they had the exact same box set tea offered at Fleuri afternoon tea. Personally I loved the idea of being able to smell and see the actual tea. After going through all of them, I decided to go with the Pear Green, while R went for the Jasmine pearl tea. I loved the fragrance of my tea, the sweet smell of pear. The taste was rather light and refreshing. R's tea was more standard, and it didn't really stand out. One thing I must note here is their cast iron tea pot, lifting these required a bit of muscle strength (great for a work out while you eat XD).
Next came the sandwiches and sweets. I love their 2 tier frosted glass serving tray. Everything looked really delicious. Also we noticed that the portion seems to be more than other places, at least that's true for the sandwiches.
Immediately following the 2 tier glass tray, a plate of warm scone was brought to us. I love their consistency, because the scones were served in a plate that comes from the same set as the 2 tier tray. These scones were great, they were very soft and buttery. I loved the rich and thick real devonshire cream and as well as the sweet jam.
Both R and I loved the sandwich section. Apparently all their bread was baked in house. Here are our thoughts:
Egg salad sandwich: the slightly under cooked eggs made this sandwich very creamy, thus we really enjoyed it.
Chicken tandoori with mango salad sandwich: Although chicken had lots of flavor, but it wasn't really salted. We both loved their freshly baked focaccia
Prawn open face sandwich: the prawn was fresh, but overall a bit bland
Smoked tuna tataki open face sandwich: love the smokey flavor along with the spice rub. Their rice was rather authentic too.
Fresh crab cucumber roll: they used real Dungeness crab, and not a lot of spice, so the seafood fresh taste really shined through.
Tofu miso nigiri: R liked it, but I thought it was just too bland.
Here are our thought on the desserts:
Chocolate square: they used dark chocolate and filled with dark chocolate ganache.
Matcha cake: Although the cake was not very sweet, but they used white chocolate as base, so it was sweeter than I liked. Also, there was only a hint of matcha taste
Mini muffin: looks can be deceiving, although it looks plain, but it turn out to be one of the best ones. There was a light nutty (macadamia?) flavor on top. The inside was buttery/softy with one large blueberry in the center.
Lemon tart: I didn't really like this, because the custard was just too tart.
Macaroon: I find them overly sweet in general, but this one used a dark chocolate center which some what balance out the sweetness.
Overall, both R and I really enjoyed the afternoon tea. The service was good, and the food was great. Of course, company is even more important, as you do have to spend the next 2-3 hours talking to that person ;). In the end, I do recommend this place to all who loves afternoon tea, just don't expect too much ambiance.