Windsor Arms Hotel
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Windsor Arms Hotel
18 Saint Thomas St
Toronto, ON M5S 2Z7
Another extremely delayed post. I went to the Windsor Arms Hotel for some high tea one afternoon with Welo who had purchased a deal for it earlier and didn’t have anyone else to use it with. Also, it was a 3 minute walk from our workplace, which made it perfect for a long lunch on a Friday afternoon.
We arrived and waited in the lobby area as it wasn’t time to start yet. We noticed as other people came rolling in and sporting the same coupon we had. It was a pretty good deal, I had to admit. Because this was back when the Royal Wedding as taking place, the main lobby had an entire table dedicated to memorabilia for the event. Lots of nice plates and things with the couple’s faces plastered on. Interesting to take note of and see, but not really something I’d ever buy…
Once the tea rooms were open, we were quickly ushered to our seats. There was a really cool purple room, but we weren’t seated there, unfortunately. Nonetheless, the ambiance of the room we were in was still very nice and everything looked really fancy.
Below was the menu:
A Choice of our Loose-Leaf Teas
Fresh Scones with Preserves
and Devon Cream
A Presentation of Fresh Sandwiches:
Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Sour Cream
with Salmon Caviar
Cucumber with Sundried Tomato Paste
and Dill Cream Cheese
Grilled Chicken, Granny Smith Apples
Citrus Mayonnaise, Greek Yogurt & Chives
and Caramelized Shallot Tart
Berries and Whipped Cream
We started our meal off with the loose-leaf teas we picked. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what we picked anymore, sadly. But I do remember enjoying the tea =P
A little while after our tea came all the food! I really like how the food is displayed at high tea. Everything is so fancy and delicious looking.
The scones were pretty good. I would’ve liked them more if they were fluffier and softer, though. But that would probably involve using a lot more butter, which wouldn’t be a very good impact on my health considering the size and quantity of these scones.
I actually didn’t expect the finger sandwiches to be like this. They were very tasty, though. Instead of the usual sandwich construction, they took the fillings and wrapped them up with the bread instead, like a sushi roll, for each sandwich. The bread part was pretty moist, which I didn’t really like. But I guess it has to be somewhat moist in order to mold into this shape.
My favourite out of the three were the grilled chicken sandwiches.
For some reason, the Goat Cheese Tart was not placed onto the tray, but was served separately instead. It was tasty as well, but wasn’t all that special. It reminded me of a quiche.
The desserts looked good and tasted good. I have a feeling they don’t make their own desserts though, because I know that Pusateri’s is just down the street and I’m pretty sure I saw the same stuff on display there, lol. Nonetheless, they were very enjoyable.
Finally, our meal was finished off with a healthy serving of Strawberries and Whipped Cream. The strawberries were a little tart, which balanced out very nicely with the sweet cream. A good way to end the meal.
Although this was a super long work lunch, I was glad we visited. I had been wanting to try high tea for a while and now I can say I’ve had the experience. However, next time I’ll try to go when I don’t have any time constraints. It takes quite a while and it’s not something you would want to rush through anyways.