6.14.2014

393. Afternoon Tea at Chateau Laurier

Canadian Afternoon Tea Chateau Laurier
When I was in Ottawa last week, we tried the afternoon tea at Chateau Laurier. The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a beautiful historic hotel beside Parliament Hill, overlooking the Rideau Canal. Their tea is served every day of the week inside Zoé's Lounge; a relaxing and intimate lounge named after Sir Wilfred Laurier's wife, Zoé.

Zoes Lounge
The front area of the lounge was filled with cozy armchairs and couches, great for a cocktail or light meal. We were seated at the back area which faced Rideau Street. It was nice and bright there, with a lot of sunshine pouring through the floor-to-ceiling windows to create the perfect atmosphere for afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea menu Zoes Lounge
They had three different types of tea to choose from. The Traditional Tea, Canadian Tea and one for young children - the Little Prince and Princess Tea. We went for the Canadian Tea, as the finger sandwiches sounded more unique (open-faced sandwiches remind me of "Smorrebrod" from Denmark) and I couldn't resist ice wine marinated strawberries!

ice wine marinated strawberries
We started with the Ice Wine Marinated Fresh Strawberries, which were delicious. Afternoon teas don't usually come with anything extra in the beginning, but I thought this was a great idea to whet the appetite. Sort of like an amuse-bouche for tea.

Afternoon Tea Chateau Laurier
After the strawberries, we ordered the tea. I had a difficult time choosing which one I wanted (as always), but in the end I went with the Ice Wine tea: deliciously fresh and piquant white grape flavour with hints of exotic fruit.

Canadian Tea Chateau Laurier
Canadian Tea Chateau Laurier
The server then came over with the tea cart to pour it in front of us.

Canadian Afternoon Tea Chateau Laurier
Then out came all the sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries. I liked how they separated it so we each got our own stand.

Canadian Tea Chateau Laurier
The sandwiches - my favourite part! My favourite was the Curried Chicken Salad (toasted baguette, fresh scallions), which I didn't expect to like so much as I don't like curry. It was delicious though. The Atlantic Smoked Salmon one was also really good (toasted 7 grain baguette, dill cream cheese & citrus marmalade). I love smoked salmon. It tasted slightly sweet..like they added a bit of maple syrup to it. There was also the Roasted Sterling Silver Striploin (toasted whole-wheat baguette, grainy mustard horseradish aioli, candied onion relish). This one wasn't bad but the meat was a little dry. & Finally the English Cucumber (truffle scented Clarmell Farms goats cheese and baby watercress). I didn't like the cheese in this one.

scones
The scones. They ran out of Sundried Blueberry Scones and gave us cranberry ones instead. I was quite disappointed as I LOVE blueberry scones, but the ones we got were really good too. I finished them both. Usually I can't because they're quite filling, but these ones were nice and light.

Canadian Tea Chateau Laurier
By the time we got to the pastries tier I was really full so I only managed a taste of each.
The cake at the back was my favourite.

Zoes Lounge Chateau Laurier
Zoes Lounge Chateau Laurier
Zoe's Lounge Chateau Laurier
Afternoon Tea Chateau Laurier Ottawa
If you are in Ottawa, I definitely recommend this tea! It is served Monday to Friday from 2-5pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 12-5pm. To reserve, call 1-613-241-1414


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5 comments

  1. All of those look so so good!!! How was tea & food there compared to ones you tried in Toronto? :)

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    1. I really loved it! The scones were probably the best I had.. I liked it more than most I've had here before

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  2. What a delight! The place looks lovely and it's sweet that they also offer tea for children.

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  3. Wahhh hightea! I love c: I think I'd have
    chosen for the Canadian Tea, I am interested
    of what they serve!
    The food looks good as I think the sweet part
    is my favorite c: Xx

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