Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Polly bought a groupon for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. It’s been a while since we met after she’s back to work full time.

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The entrance to the hotel is via the departture hall, at the far end of the US airlines section. The groupon comes with a 2 hours free parking at Parking Lot P2.

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Afternoon tea starts at 2:00PM. We reserved seating for 2:30PM and it was not busy at this hour.

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I picked the Fairmont Vancouver Airport “Jetsetter” tea which is the signature tea here. The reason I picked this is that it’s low in caffeine. I have trouble sleeping if I have caffeinated drink after 2PM. This tea has a light malty flavour.

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Polly selection of tea is Berry Berry with a deep berry notes and a rich burgundy color. The server advised us not to add milk to this tea as the milk will curdle.

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Here is our three tiers afternoon tea. Regular menu price for the tea menu is $42.

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We started off with the bottom tier of savory sandwiches. There are 4 types of sandwiches:

  • Smoked Turkey with Cheddar, candied pecans and cranberry filone
  • Curried Egg Salad Croissant with chopped scallions
  • Smoked BC Salmon in dark rye with dill cream cheese, grated horseradish and cucumber carpaccio
  • Rare Roasted Striploin in prretzel loaf with arugula, caramelized onions and grainy mustard.

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The second tier is Orange and Cranberry Scones and served with clotted cream from Devon and strawberry jam. We noticed the shape of the scones are not uniform. I suspect they are baked in convection oven. We have the same problem in the community kitchen with convection oven.

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We left the best to the last, the dessert tier. For this season’s menu, the dessert tier consist of:

  • Opera slice of almond chocolate cake with coffee cream
  • Fresh Peach Clafoutis with hazelnut, cinnamon and vanilla
  • Raspberry chocolate Mousse Tart with dark chocolate mousse and topped with raspberry jelly and a fresh raspberry
  • Matcha Cheese Cake with chocolate and black sesame shard.

We love the coffee cream flavour of the opera slice, the chocolate mouse tart and of course the creamy cheese cake with a hint of saltiness.

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With tax and tips, the bill came to $33 per person. Honestly, I would not have go for this without the groupon deal. Afternoon tea is over priced in my opinion. The good thing about it is that you get a variety of of tiny bites.

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