Before everything, I just want to apologize for being MIA for a couple of weeks now (busy with work, friends and family are visiting and all that jazz, you know). I did not come back empty handed though since I have tried a couple of new places!
There’s been a hype over having high tea in the afternoon as opposed to having light snacks at Mcdonald’s and other such places for a while now, BUT I haven’t really tried it! Some of the reasons that kind of stopped me from trying it are (1) I haven’t got funds–which is all around an important factor and (2) since it IS afternoon tea, it’s kind of hard to fit it in my schedule!
There are very popular places like the Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale ($15-$40) and in the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver (starts at around $60-$100 a pop so you wonder why I haven’t tried it), both pretty good according to some people who’ve been there, but I can’t really get myself to think about what makes it so expensive! Long story short, I brought my cousins (some are visiting from Manila) to Meloty, a place that’s kind of okay for first timers to try since it gives you a glimpse of the whole experience without emptying your wallet in the process!
Outside, it’s really not much to look at. You probably wont even know it’s a Fine Tea place based on the signage design but inside, it actually looks pretty classy! The second we entered we were greeted by a hostess, and behind her station was a wall to wall case displaying different designs of fine china (which are also for sale). The ambiance was the first thing I noticed was the high ceiling, a long staircase in the middle of the room, different floor levels– all hardwood floors and decadent plate settings.
It was all good and very exciting…until the food came. Since there were 4 of us, we decided to get the $30 for 2 people including a tower of petite sandwiches and desserts with 2 pots of tea. The tea came in a glass pot with a metal strainer inside for steeping and had quite a few selections (around 20 different ones) but the food was really nothing special. The set came with 4 finger sandwiches, all having the same filling (pretty much your basic ham and cheese sandwich with a bit of cucumbers and lettuce with a choice of either white bread or croissant wrap). Not really something I would look forward to eating away from home.
The pastries were also very disappointing. It wasn’t as good as it looked! Another thing you should know about me is I’m crazy for Tiramisu! Whenever I would go to a shop and they serve Tiramisu there, I HAVE to try it. In this case however, I wish i hadn’t.
The tiny cup was filled with stale tasting cream and literally 3 tiny chunks of ladyfingers! It was topped with soggy looking chocolate powder (the kind that you see after it has been sitting in the fridge for a day or so) and a raspberry. It was nothing like a Tiramisu. The flavor was next to bland and it was the first time I only had 2 bites and I was finished. I couldn’t even finish the teeny tiny cup. The other pastries were similar. Pretty much laden with cream with absolutely no cake. The only saving grace of the whole thing was the creme brulee which was the only authentic pastry in the set. It wasn’t jelly like at all and had a very nice creamy texture and you can see fresh vanilla beans mixed in with the custard filling. If it wasn’t for that, I really don’t have a kind word to say about the food.
Overall, this experience was still fun. It was saved by the ambiance and the creme brulee and probably the service. The tea was also fine and you can ask for refills of hot water for the pot, but the pastries were just…I don’t even want to say it. It’s a 5/10 for me, probably even a 3 because they butchered my favorite dessert but it’s just my opinion. Apparently, they do have dinner sets as well, but I don’t know If I even want to come back to try those. Ill probably shell out a few more bucks at Secret Garden if it’s going to be better than this. For the first time ever: KAT NOT APPROVED. (haven’t worked on a logo for that yet)
Anyway, here’s the information of the restaurant if you’re willing to give it a chance:
#1161-8328 Capstan Way
Richmond, B.C. V6X 4B4
Tel: (604) 214-4691
Fax: (604) 214-4692