Neverland Tea Salon

This newly opened tea salon on W Broadway has a giant sign on the outside, trust me you won’t miss it. I believe this tea salon opened this summer, they are connected to Opentable so you can easily book a reservation online or even using a mobile app. I love these easy bookings. 😉

Anyways, upon entrance to this tea salon I noticed right away all the ‘vintage’ furniture all over the place. It is a very beautiful and quite large tea salon, full with people. I was glad that I made a reservation. The furniture are not real vintage, they are however very rustic. Pulling that rustic vintage theme together really well. I loved the chandeliers hanging in the middle of the room.

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A friendly staff came up and guided me to my table with a bunch of mismatched teacups, adorable and vintage. :3

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Neverland has several afternoon tea services and a lot of a-la-carte items that you can order. So it’s great if you can’t finish the whole tea set or would like to try out different items. To share between two girlfriends and I we ordered two mini afternoon tea service and one onion tart with salad to share.

Items from petite afternoon tea set:

Afternoon Tea Set (mini set for two)

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Pear Brie Croissant Sandwich – I love brie and thinks brie and pear is a perfect combination. A little bit made in heaven for me. This is a delicious light sandwich with pear fresh and brie creamy – very yummy.

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Crabmeat Slider – No more tuna sandwiches (which I pretty much get at all tea places!) Something newer and interesting. I quite liked it.

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Fruit Tart – chocolate ‘tart’ base with custard and berries. Can’t really go wrong with that.

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Gluten Free Vegan Brownie – very rich and dense fills up verily quickly just having this. (This cafe has a large selection of vegan and gluten free options

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Red Wine Onion Tart with Salad – delicious onion tart with goat cheese and candied pecans. I haven’t hate onion tart in a while and for some reason this one seems extra delicious. With puffy pastry and succulent onions with fragrance of red wine. You probably really should try this.

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Vegetarian Lunch Sandwich – like I said this restaurant has many gluten free and vegetarian options. You can always ask them to see what is available, which gives a great selections!

IMG_8348Aside from the noise level, this is a really great place. But considering this is a high tea place designed for chatting seems to have a very high noise level. Maybe during the week is better. But this is by far the nosiest high tea place I have been too. I had a little feeling of talking over people to try to communicate.

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Luv Cravings

It would probably very hard for me to discover this high tea place myself. It is located very close to King Edward skytrain station. But I never really go into that area. Recently, I had been going out lots to fulfill my sweet tooth cravings. 😛 A friend suggested to try out this place, so we went with a group of eight girls.

Luv Cravings is really cute, everything is so pink and pretty. Very fitted for a high tea place for girls. 🙂 For afternoon tea service, you need to make a reservation a day ahead of time. Aside from high tea service, they do have casual sit ins and various types of cupcakes and small snacks to choose from.

All of us got the Petite Tea service – “A sampling of our Signature Afternoon Tea, served with an array of 10 delicate sweets, savouries & tea sandwiches”

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What we got (from what I remember): Red Velvet Cupcake, Lemon meringue Pie, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, Egg Salad Sandwich, Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, Pesto & Brie Sandwich, Srawberry Cream Cheese Open Toast, Quiche, and Scones.

The savouries were average I would say. Nothing really made me say wow. But having said that everything is good. However their scones are served fresh and hot, which I absolutely loved! Rarely for afternoon tea service I get to eat hot scones. (I get hot scones when I make them at home. :P)

I couldn’t finish my sweets so I had to take them home. I was very excited to try out their cupcakes (since this is what they are famous for). It was one sweet cupcake, really couldn’t finish the icing. I was a little disappointed since they are suppose to be famous for cupcakes… 😦 However their lemon meringue pie is good, I think it is the sourness of the lemon that balanced this one out.

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For tea, I have selected the Long Island Strawberry Green Tea. Couldn’t really comment much on this tea, since this is a pretty safe choice. I enjoyed it with honey. 🙂 They are pretty good at refilling the hot water, comes around often to make sure we have hot water for our tea.

The shop is very adorable and modern. With good service during out seating. However the food quality would stop me from traveling that distance for it, once again I am not saying their food is bad. For me, it’s not worth the trip.

I will revisit if I am in the area.

A side story to this – my friend called too book for an afternoon tea service on a Saturday. The staff asked her if she wanted the petite tea service or the regular service. So she came and asked us and we all selected petite. However when she called back, the staff told her that for the weekend they only offer the regular tea service. My friend got a little bit upset and finally the staff offered the petite tea service for us. I don’t know how I should feel about this.

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Apres-Midi Tea House/Gastown Tea Company

I found this tea shop a while ago online, and I had been meaning to pay a visit and just never got around to it. Finally last weekend I have paid a visit to this tea shop.

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Previously named Apres-Midi Tea House is now transitioning over to Gastown Tea Company. When I first saw the name I thought they were the same tea shop as Granville Island Tea Company. I asked the staff there and she told me they are a family run small business and is not associated with the Granville Island Tea Company.

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Anyways, this was a little hard to find. It was sort of hidden at a corner inside buildings. However I know if this area because I just visited Boneta not long ago, and it’s right beside it. There are two entrance to this tea shop, so be adventurous and I’m sure you’ll find your way.

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I don’t know is it because I am a little obsessed with old architectures, but this surrounding and interior has these rustic looks to them. Which I LOVE.

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They don’t really have a very large selection of tea, but it is decent. They also do high tea services (which you will need to make a reservation for.) I got there after lunch with a couple of friends, so we tried out different tea latte and tea.

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I had the ‘Sweet Ending’ tea, with lots of fruits and flowers. Very delicious tea with honey. From the looks of my friends latte, they all look very yummy. 😛 So maybe I’ll give that a try next time I’m here.

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Overall I really liked the atmosphere. Small place but is great for a chat over tea. (You see, I’m a tea drinker not a coffee drinker. :D) I would definitely revisit, with their great service and atmosphere. Need to try out their high tea service. 🙂

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Andrea’s Original Coffee & Cake

Found this place on Urbanspoon which a super high rating, so I must visit. It was so close to home anyways. This little strip of shops are among residential area, you probably wouldn’t know about it unless someone tells you or you live in the area.

This shop is also full of old customers who lives in the area, why I know because of the way the staff talks to their customers. They almost talk like they are families.

To start the morning I shared a turkey club panini with a friend along with a chai latte. The turkey sandwich was delicious. With jack cheese I believe, oh so yummy. But a very odd thing I found was that when I got home later, I was very very thirsty. Like VERY. I had to drink lots and lots of water. I am not sure if there’s extra msg or butter or salt in the food I was eating.

Latte was good, should have asked for unsweetened. But still good. 🙂
And then I couldn’t help but notice while I am having my breakfast how the whole place is surrounded by photos of their custom made cakes. They are all so cute or so cool. As I kept looking at the pictures, I had to get a cupcake to try. 😛

Oh the icing the was so buttery and creamy smooth. I don’t know how she managed to get that beautiful reflective color onto her icing. It was so pretty and so yummy. I would considering getting a cake made from this place in the future. 🙂

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