370. Nutcracker Afternoon Tea at the Shangri-La Hotel

Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La Toronto
My friend and I went for the holiday "Nutcracker Afternoon Tea" at the Shangri-La Hotel yesterday. It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun catching up with her. I love having afternoon teas at luxury hotels, but unfortunately I don't go often enough. I'd love to try all the ones in Toronto. The Shangri-La Hotel is an Asian-inspired luxury hotel chain, which reflected in the lobby decor and details of the afternoon tea (tea menu, tea cups, uniforms of the servers, etc.). It was all very beautiful! I'd definitely go back for tea sometime.

Shangri-La Toronto Christmas
The lobby.

Shangri-La fireplace
Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La Toronto
We got my favourite spot beside the fireplace. The red book above is their menu of teas. There was such a large selection it was hard to choose just one! I went for the Apple Honey Nectar tea, and my friend went for Apple Crumble.

tea cup Shangri-La
Holiday Afternoon Tea Shangri-La
The menu of each tier.

Afternoon Tea finger sandwiches
I loved the finger sandwiches: roasted turkey with cranberry preserve, honey baked ham with caramelized onions, smoked salmon and egg mayonnaise, and cucumber with herb boursin cheese. The cucumber and turkey ones were my favourite.

Gingerbread loaf
There were two types of scones: orange-scented currant and classic scones, served with Devonshire cream, berry jam and citrus marmalade. The second tier had a gingerbread loaf cake tied with a bow. It was delicious, but unfortunately I was pretty full by the time I got to it I wasn't able to eat a lot.

Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La Toronto
& finally, the top tier had pastries inspired by The Nutcracker. "Spanish Dance" Chocolate Truffle (66% chocolate, cinnamon, chili), "Arabian Dance" Coffee Opera Cake (jaconde sponge, coffee hazelnut butter cream, chocolate glaze), "Chinese Dance" Darjeeling Tea (cassis cream, Darjeeling tea gelee, crispy meringue), "Russian Dance" Candy Cane (peppermint macaron), "Dance of the Reed Flutes" Danish Marzipan Cake (citrus sponge, marzipan glaze)

Shangri-La chocolate truffle
Shangri-La Afternoon Tea
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Shangri-La Toronto
Afternoon tea costs $40 per person. Call to reserve at: +1(647)788-8858

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  1. Wow, it looks absolutely fantastic and the price is very reasonable too. You are lucky that you can have afternoon tea in your city. I don't know any place in my country that serves it this way... But I'm going to have some when I'm in London in March. Already booked a table at The Ritz! Have a lovely weekend.

    1. London definitely has the best afternoon tea!! I would love to try the one at the Ritz sometime.

  2. This looks like tea at the Ritz. Sooooo delicious. Thanks so much for your visit and comment

  3. I want to go there. The food and tea selections looks so delicious. There's a lot! It must be really filling. I love the Shangri-la. Very elegant and cosy ambiance. Happy New Year Tiffany.

    1. You should definitely go! It was really filling..we had a lot left over :( The ambience was perfect there. Happy new year to you too!

  4. WOW, the food look perfect, major craving the desserts right now!

    Have a great week,
    Mary x

  5. wow, stunning place and delicious food!
    Hppy new year!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  6. I like the good afternoon tea events :) And your photos just made me hungry!


  7. Love high tea catch ups too, always so decadent and luxurious! Need to set up another high tea date with a friend soon now hehehe!


  8. That's definetly a very nice hotel ! Lovely hotel and tea time ,)

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  9. Oh that is so wonderful! I love afternoon teas and the nutcracker takes me right back to my childhood!
    Jenna x

    1. I love afternoon tea & The Nutcracker too :D


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