High Tea and I get along as much as I love to drive down #3 Road on a moped with "hit me" as a license plate front and back. Hence, I've only been a couple of times and mostly with Miss Y. Yes, for some sadistic reason, she loves to drag me out for high tea whenever she has a chance. This time around, it was my turn to ask her to tag along on my high tea adventure. The reason for this was that Adorabelle Tea Room sent me an invite to try them out.
Unlike the last time we had high tea, I picked Miss Y up, ensuring I wouldn't be waiting for 1.5 hours for her arrival... Upon entering the quaint little house in Steveston, we were greeted by a simple, yet elegant room. We were seated near a draped partition which gave the illusion of some privacy. I got in touch with my feminine side by ordering a Passionfruit Tea. With all the accessories such as the decorative China and teapot cover, it helped set the mood for the goodies that were soon to arrive. The coziness of the house didn't hurt the cause either. I liked the fact there were some larger tables to accommodate groups. Interestingly, we were told that a stag had recently been held at Adorabelle. There and then, I thought about items such as hot wings and dry ribs on the bottom tier. No? Okay, well there must be a market for something like that I'm sure...
When the goodies hit the table, I was actually pretty excited. We started on the bottom tier consisting of Chicken Waldorf Finger Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Pinwheel, Egg Salad Pinewheel, Cucumber & Creamcheese, Savoury Bacon & Chive Cupcake and Savoury Asiago & Fennel Shortbread. I liked how the bread was fresh and soft, which in my opinion, is the most important thing. The most interesting item among these was the bacon cupcake which featured layers of flavour while being moist. As for the shortbread, I liked how it was buttery and savoury with a hint of sweetness. The middle tier included 2 Citrus Scones and 2 Eggnog Cranberry Scones served with Chantilly cream and preserve. Scones were good as they were fairly light and good on their own. I loved the addition of citrus and cranberry respectively as it afforded some brightness. Lastly, the top featured Srawberries and Cream, Morello Cherry Pate de Fruits, Chocolate Ginger Cookie and Peppermint Chocolate. What I liked best among these items was the peppermint chocolate as it was moist inside and subtle on the sugar.
Overall, we had a good time at Adorabelle. Naturally, being on time and not waiting for 1.5 hours can only help the cause (looking at you Miss Y!). Of course, there will be arguments made that some other places might have better this and that, but Adorabelle has the good combination of location (quaint), ambiance (understated classy) and goodies. So have I warmed up to afternoon tea now that I'm gone a few times? Sure. But I still think that hot wings would be a great addition... LOL...
*Note - this was an invited dinner where all food was comped except for gratuities
- Quaint house & location
- Reasonable pricing ($25.00pp)
- Solid eats
- Could be a bit far for some people
- 1 hour seating is sufficient, but could be a tad rushed (hence choose the last seating)