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Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Royal York

Going for tea is one of my favourite pastimes. I wish I could do it more. I was really pleased to be able to visit the Fairmont Royal York (check out my brunch review too!)  this weekend to partake in their Afternoon Tea service.

Tea is served in the stylish Library bar. The wing backed chairs, dark bookcases and heavy drapes will make you feel very elegant. We had the Traditional Afternoon Tea for $35.

For my tea I had the Montebello Apple Spice, a herbal tea with a fresh apple flavour and a warm spice. My friend had the Kyoto Cherry Rose which she really enjoyed.

First up was a crumpet drizzled in honey and served with seasonal berries. This was delicious! I haven’t had a crumpet in forever.  It was soft and sweet. The fruit was nicely sweetened with the honey (that came from their own bees on the rooftop of the Royal York!).

Next were the savory sandwiches.

PEI Lobster and Mango Salad with tomato carpaccio, celery cress, saffron brandy aioli

Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon red onion, arugula cress, dill caper creme fraiche

Smoked Turkey Breast white cheddar, sliced cucumber, bing cherry, niagara ice wine preserve

Champagne Goat Cheese baby watercress, strawberries

The PEI Lobster and Mango Salad was surprisingly my favourite. It was really refreshing and had tender morsels of lobster. I didn’t like the Champagne Goat Cheese sandwich, I found it tasteless. Not enough cheese! The other two sandwiches were okay!

Finally it was time for dessert! The cranberry scones were warm and light, served with cream from Harmony Dairies (just outside of Toronto). It was excellent.

The scones are kept warm and fresh inside of the “turtle”, an antique serving dish.

The honey madelines were dipped in dark chocolate. The Lemon Financiers were a big hit with my friend and I. The lemon curd was tangy and had a nice sweetness to it. Sometimes I can find the curd too sour, but not in this case! Mmm.

We were essentially stuffed, but managed to finish the top tier (berry clafouti tarts & pastry swans filled with cream.) Going for tea is super fun and relaxing. Do it! Don’t forget to book in advance. I once made the mistake of calling the day before and they told me that they had been booked for weeks!

Tea is served on Saturday & Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West  Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

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Brunch at MoRoCo Chocolat

MoRoCo Cholat is one of my favourite places to have brunch in the city! It’s elegant,  beautifully ornate and sells delectable macarons. It’s an excellent place for high tea and dessert. MoRoCo has three seatings. Brunch on weekends, afternoon tea and dinner. This weekend I stopped by for brunch with a friend.

We shared a pot of Swiss Schoko tea ($10) that was served with a yummy strawberry macaron. Swiss Schoko tea was a “Ceylon black tea layered with chocolate pieces, vanilla, almond and calendula.” It was delicious, and the chocolate taste was very pleasant.

For my meal, I chose the Savoury Crepes ($17) with chicken and mushroom in a white cream sauce. It was delicious! And surprisingly filling. I also ordered a side of homefries ($6) but I didn’t end up finishing them! I’ve also had the breakfast pastry basket in the past, and it’s filled with warm breads and pastries. A good choice for only $11.

My friend had the Blackstone Eggs Benedict ($19). It was her first time having eggs benedict (I’m not a fan) and she really enjoyed them. She especially liked the capers.

In addition to the restaurant, there is also a shop attached to the store. MoRoCo makes their own chocolates and macarons. They have cookies, sweets and more for sale. I especially liked these boyfriend chocolate treats!

MoRoCo Chocolat

99 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5R 3K3
416.961.2202

A Word to the Wise: MoRoCo can be a fantastic place, but it also has it’s downfalls. It’s not the best for groups, because they don’t do separate bills. Also, they automatically add a 18.5% tip to all bills. The service varies, and I usually have to beg them to bring us sugar and milk for our tea.

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