Polly and I met again for our sweet treats. We went to the Secret Garden Tea in Kerrisdale, Vancouver.
The Secret Garden Tea Company is a family-owned business run by sisters-in-law Kathy and Erin Wyder. It was established in 1995, inspired by Kathy’s grandmother, Gammy Bentail.
We sat at the inner section which is more quiet. The front section was buzzing with customers. The Secret Garden Tea Company’s mission is to offer moments of comfort, beauty and joy in an elegant yet comfortable setting, beautiful eats, and a good cup of tea.
We were ecstatic when we saw the sweet treats on display. We almost wanted to order one of each of the miniature sweets to try. When we asked the server the price of the miniature sweets and our intention to get one of each, she suggested us to try one of the high tea menu instead. The miniature sweets is $1.95 each.
You may click on the menu to have a larger view.
The server was very helpful in explaining to us the difference between the high tea options.
We opted the Sharing High Tea for $11.95 per person. The Sharing High Tea comes with 3 miniature sweets of the server’s choice and a miniature scone served with raspberry jam, devon cream and one of Secret Garden Tea. We asked for the miniature sweets to be all different so that we can maximize our tasting. This Sharing High Tea is good for …first timer who does not have any preference of their miniature sweets. Once you know what you like, you can go for the Mini High Tea for the same price where you can pick the miniature sweets of your preference.
The Sharing High Tea allows us to pick our own tea. Isn’t the teapot insulated jacket cute? It keeps the tea hot and it’s pleasant to your eyes.
You can click on the tea menu to have a larger view.
Polly opted for French Blue Lavender Earl Grey as she loves lavender. Ever since I had the vanilla flavoured tea in Murchie’s, I fell in love with tea with vanilla flavour. So, I had the Secret Garden’s Secret which has vanilla flavour.
We shared our tea too, without a doubt. The server came to top up our tea often and we sure had a lot of tea that day. Good service.
You can have your tea plain or sweetened with sugar and milk. We tried both. Towards the end of our meal, we preferred the plain tea to clean our palate after having so much sweet treats.
We started off with the mini scone. The scone has a crusty sugar coated top. We love the devon cream which is very creamy. We wished the scones were bigger as there were a lot of the raspberry jam and devon cream left over.
Starting from 12 o’çlock clockwise, Cream Puff (the one top with a gooseberry), Lemon Tart, Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Bar, Eclaire and Coconut Dream Bar.
The Cream Puff looked pretty but it’s just cream puff. The Coconut Dream Bar has a crusty base. The more you chew on it, the more coconut flavour you get. The Eclaire is filled with cream. The Raspberry Bar also has a crispy cookie base which we like. The Lemon Tart just melt in your mouth.
And lastly, the Chocolate Cake is bitter sweet and creamy. Next time when we come again, we know what we like. We will order the Coconut Dream Bar, Lemon Tart and Chocolate Cake again.
The Secret Garden Tea accepts credit cards.