Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Fish House in Stanley Park

Fish House in Stanley Park on UrbanspoonFrom May to September, The Fish House in Stanley Park is serving afternoon tea, with white chocolate cream for your scones! $38 per person.
  • Smoked Salmon, Fried Capers, Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese in Mini Bagel
  • Oregon Pink Shrimp, Pea Shoots & Dill Aioli in Mini Croissant
  • Grilled Chicken, Brie & Fig Compote in Challah Slider
  • Roasted Vegetables & Goat Cheese in Herb Focaccia
  • Chef's Homemade Scones (selection changes daily) served with Strawberry Jam & White Chocolate Cream
  • An Assortment Of Fine Patisseries
    • Cherry Macaron
    • Chocolate Cream Puff
  • Smallish selection of TWG tea (which is available locally through The Urban Tea Merchant)
As far as the food goes, quality is quite good. No sign of the bread being dry from having sat around somewhere too long. The bites that you get are really quite tasty. For the "patisseries", our tray included a flavourful cherry macaron and a small chocolate cream puff.
White chocolate cream was softened by mixing it with Devonshire Cream. Strawberry jam is not house-made (and would therefore presumably have no preservatives or funny chemicals) but comes in a jar (I forget which brand).

The scones were kinda weird, being rather flat. These were the flattest and most crumbly scones I've ever had. Might be a kitchen error, but I would be disappointed if The Fish House let anything other than quality controlled near-perfection out of the kitchen. Still, there was a lovely buttery aroma. Only one scone per person (often at tea services there are two?) meant more than enough jam and white chocolate cream to go around.
The macarons were also more flattish than normal, from having sat around a bit too long during the production process (?).

As far as afternoon tea services go, The Fish House falls short of more dedicated afternoon tea outfits by not having a tea set per se. You get regular dishes. Not even a tea pot of your own, but a single shared pot of hot water. Your tea comes in a satchel and you put it in your cup and pour on the hot water.
If you won't miss the princess presentation, then price for food quality and location is pretty decent.

Staff are attentive and friendly but not intrusive. Bussing is prompt, water kept topped up.

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