Secret Garden Tea Company- Lovely Scones and Sandwiches, Not So Great Desserts

Secret Garden Tea Company is located in Kerrisdale and is
probably one of the most popular high tea places in Vancouver. People always
look at me weird when I say I have never been here, so on one particular occasion,
I came here with a bunch of foodie friends for some high tea.


The atmosphere is very quaint and country like. It feels
quite cozy, but at the same time, the wooden chairs weren’t the most
comfortable to sit on. I suggest thicker cushions, haha, but now I’m just being
picky. 😛

Most of us chose the Demi
High Tea ($12.95)
because we all had lunch and were not very hungry. The Demi
High Tea comes with
two miniature
sweets, two miniature sandwiches, a miniature scone, raspberry jam, Devon
cream, and one of their Secret Garden Teas.
Rae and I both ordered the Creamy Earl Grey so we were given a
bigger pot of tea in a cute teapot cozy.

The Creamy Earl Grey is Secret Garden’s best seller and has
accents of Bergamot & Vanilla. I thought it was quite good, but it didn’t taste very special to me. But given that I’m no expert on tea, don’t take my word for it.

I like the Creamy Earl Grey tea better with cream and sugar.
😀

My friend was hungry so he ordered the Daily Special Panini and it came with a
garden salad. The Panini had bacon, turkey, Brie, avocado, and a few other ingredients
I can’t quite remember. He liked it a lot and I believe he was satisfied with
the meal.

This is the Home-Style
Mac’N Cheese ($11.95)
and it consists of “pasta shells in a creamy béchamel
sauce, with onion, aged cheedar and parmesan cheese”. This also comes with a
side salad (and a cute flower decoration!). I didn’t try any of this and he
didn’t have anything else to say but “it’s good” so I won’t comment on this
dish.

We were given an apricot scone
and two miniature sandwiches.

This had Dijon mustard and black forest ham inside. The bread was a bit dense for me but the flavours worked really well together.

I really liked this miniature
croissant
stuffed with turkey, greens, and cranberry sauce. The exterior
was perfectly crispy and flaky (as you can see in the photograph), and it wasn’t
oily to the touch.

The sugar crusted apricot scones were very delicious. I have
had better scones elsewhere but this comes pretty close. The sugar on top did
not cause the scone to be too sweet which was a nice surprise!

I didn’t try any of the raspberry jam because I was
absolutely in love with the Devon cream. I tried to put as much Devon cream as
I could onto each bite of scone because it was that delicious! So fresh, so
light, so creamy… can’t get any better than that.

On to the sweet desserts! The lemon tart was alright and not very interesting. The crust was too
thick and hard in my opinion as it caused me to break the whole tart into
pieces when trying to fork a bite.

The Raspberry bar
was too sweet and it didn’t taste very fresh to me. It would have been nice to
also get some fresh chunks of raspberry inside the bar instead of on top as a
garnish.

Just by looking at the Coconut
Dream Bar (right)
I knew it would be very sweet. I just wasn’t expecting a
mouth full of sugar when I bit into it though. It was so intensely sweet that I had to
almost spit it out. I didn’t try the
Pecan
tart.
🙁

On the left is a chocolate soft cookie with chocolate cream
on top. I forgot the exact name of this dessert but it was good. Very rich and
chocolately indeed. I actually don’t even recall trying the dessert on the
right because it didn’t look very appealing to me.

I also did not try the cream
puff
but I think everyone else who had a bit thought it was alright.

The chocolate brownie
was also very rich and dense, much like the chocolate cookie.

Overall, the savoury sandwiches were pretty good, but the
miniature desserts fell short. Some of the desserts were way too sweet, and
some were a little boring (sorry!). In the future, I will probably still choose
Meloty (post here) in Richmond or Fairmont Vancouver over Secret Garden for high tea.

Based on these reasons:
  • prices are not cheap (regular high tea is about $26)
  • the sweet desserts were average at most
  • with the abundance of high tea places in the Lower Mainland, this does not top my list


Service Rating: 4.5/5
Food Rating: 2.5/5
Price: $$-$$$ ($10-$30)

Overall Rating: 3/5

Happy Eating!

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5 thoughts on “Secret Garden Tea Company- Lovely Scones and Sandwiches, Not So Great Desserts

  • December 19, 2011 at 6:11 am
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    You went for Christmas high tea as well! I just went to Fleuri yesterday (haven't posted yet) and it was great. I went to Secret Garden for Christmas high tea last year and wasn't very impressed. It was $10 extra for the holiday season. The sandwiches were crudely made and the desserts were terrible…

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  • December 19, 2011 at 6:13 am
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    Btw I saw you at Metro today (I think… I'm horrible with faces… seriously.) I think it was you though because you were the only Asian girl there!

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  • December 19, 2011 at 7:32 am
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    Yeah I definitely don't think secret garden is as great as it is hyped up to be but it's decent I guess? Haha

    And omgosh you did?? You saw me at the Nintendo lounge or walking around? I was working today do I bet it was me! Lol u should've came say hi! Haha

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  • December 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm
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    I saw you wearing a red mario hat xD
    You seemed busy showing stuff to people, plus I wasn't 100% sure it was you (which is ridiculous since I spent 6 hours with you, but that's how bad I am with recognizing people).

    And oops, now everyone reading your blog can go stalk you at Metro haha!

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  • December 20, 2011 at 9:11 am
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    Ahahah yup that would definitely be me in the red mario hat!

    and Oh no, my cover has been blown! 😛

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