On Friday afternoon a friend and I set out to achieve a mission. This was to have afternoon tea, and consume pastries. Unfortunately, we didn’t factor in leaving from Queen and Yonge in the heart of rush hour. We did end up making it to our chosen destination, La Tea Da, a mere half an hour before closing. We were quickly ushered in and shown to our seats, all the while being cheerfully admonished by the owner for our late arrival. Although we had originally wanted to sample a High Tea, we ended up settling for a Cream Tea instead and were not disappointed. A Cream Tea consists of tea and scones, while a High Tea has three courses: scones, finger sandwiches and an assortment of pastries.
We were served our tea in matching blue teapots set atop of ceramic tea warmers. The tea warmers had small tea lights inside to keep our drink piping hot.
I ordered Chocolate Indian Tea, and my friend had the Prince of Wales- a black tea with a hint of currant. We both enjoyed our teas.
As we were sipping our tea, we were served the daily selection of scones, (blueberry and cranberry) warm from the oven. We were given an assortment of jams, clotted cream and butter. The scones were excellent and fresh, despite our late arrival. I’m not very fond of berries inside of my baked goods, but these were delicious! Although the owner was busy bustling around, we were never rushed or made to feel like we were inconveniencing her. She told us to take our time, although she did lock up to make sure our meal (we were seated right in front of the window) didn’t encourage latecomers.
As we were leaving, we noted all of the charmingly mismatched tea cups set on each table. “You can pick them up and flip them over if you like. Everyone does that.”
We did. La Tea Da is a great place to go with a friend on a sunny, cloudy, or even rainy afternoon. We will definitely go back to try the High Tea, hopefully next time with more time to spare!
La Tea Da 2305 Queen Street East,
(416) 686-5787 www.lateada.ca
Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm Closed on Mondays
Cream Tea: $12.00