Van Dusen: Truffles Fine Foods Cafe- Skip The Afternoon Tea And Just Get The Macarons ~ Eating With Kirby

19 April 2012

Van Dusen: Truffles Fine Foods Cafe- Skip The Afternoon Tea And Just Get The Macarons

I went with Steph and Janice from KrispyBites and GoodEat to try out the new high tea at Truffles Cafe located inside the Van Dusen Botanical Garden Center. The set was $50 for 4 people so I brought along FW to join in on the high tea action.

FW and I were a bit early so we decided to take a walk around the Botanical Garden outside. The garden was really pretty but I don’t think we saw it at its peak because a lot of flowers were not in full bloom yet. Regardless, here are some pictures of the garden!

The Truffles Fine Foods Cafe is very casual and catered to tourists and visitors of the garden. We chose the Afternoon Tea for four ($50.00) which comes to roughly fourteen bucks per person with tax (and tip). They also have another Afternoon Tea for two for $28.00.

The afternoon tea for four comes with two pots of tea and we chose the Okanagan White Orchard and the Vanilla Rooibos.

My absolute favourite was the Okanagan White Orchard because of its simple fruity undertones. I liked how flavourful the tea was despite being steeped two, three times. One negative thing I did noticed was that a few of our cups were dirty...

The three tier tower looked very impressive at first glance and definitely enough for the four of us. I instantly thought, “What a great deal! I so have to come back!”. However, as I tried more and more of the items, I started to retract my statement.

This was the Hawaiian Panini and my favourite item of the entire tower. The sandwich was very decadent with melted cheese, pineapple, ham, on grilled multigrain bread.

This was the Chicken Panini and was not bad. It was a bit dry overall but I can’t complain.

There were both Blueberry Scones and Cheddar Scones and I disliked both of them. I didn’t expect them to be as good as the scones from Fairmont or Secret Garden, given the price of this afternoon tea, but these were just a disappointment.

The second tier contained Croissants, Shortbread Cookies, and Macaroons. The croissants were average and served cold. I didn’t even touch the shortbread cookies because neither Janice nor Steph liked it.

I actually quite liked the macaroon but that was only because mine was golden brown whereas the other three (the three you see in this picture) were a slightly under-baked. So needless to say, I was the only one who liked their macaroon.

I couldn’t wait to get to the top tier because I was dying to try the Macarons. We all chose a different flavour but the general consensus was that it was surprisingly good. I had the strawberry one and even though it had jam as the center filling, I thought the shells were done quite well. 

As for the other two petit fours, they were meh. Don’t have much to say about them as I didn’t like either of them. Overall, I was disappointed with this Afternoon Tea and I do not see myself coming back here again. 

Service Rating: 2/5
Food Rating: 2/5
Price: $$

Overall Rating: 2/5

Happy Eating!

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1 reacties:

  1. That's a lot of sweets! Now I'm craving for macarons! I hope my dentists in MT Pleasant allow me to eat sweets now despite of my recent dental treatments.


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