Long before we became coffee addicts, tea was our first love.
Tea is what we reach for on a rainy day or when an afternoon pick-up is in order. Add treats of the savory and sweet ilk and we are in food and beverage heaven. Thankfully PECHE PATISSERIE has rolled out an afternoon tea service that beautifully meets all your tea needs. Link to all our Peche tea pictures.
With an invite in hand from Chef Khalil Ali, we headed to PECHE a few weeks ago to sample the afternoon tea along with Corey from Learning Patience.
The tea menu features Coconut, Vanilla, Pomegranate, Chamomile and High Mountain Green Tea. Coconut was our choice, a black tea infused with the flavour of coconut, yielding a nutty and a touch of creaminess without any milk being added to the tea. Updated April 2017 – Afternoon Tea Menu Link
Tea selection in order, we moved on to PECHE’S savory hors’ d’oeuvres — Egg & Alfalfa (a perfectly boiled egg, creme fraiche, chive and alfalfa sprouts); Smoked Salmon (salmon on whole wheat & spelt bread with mache spread); and the Chevre & Bell Pepper (goat & cream cheese blend on a mini croissant topped with toasted almonds).
These almost bit-sized savories rose to the tea occasion and perhaps in a nod to the importance of mindful eating, the smaller portions force you to slow down and really focus on the food between sips of tea.
With a touch of sweetness, a diminutive citrus cream scone, croissant and pain aux chocolat marked the transition between savory and delightfully sweet. Condiments were also on hand for the scones and viennoiserie — Tahitian Vanilla Bean Mascapone, French Butter and a Jasmine & Strawberry Confiture.
Now we had reached the delightfully sweet end of afternoon tea at PECHE PATISSERIE. Well known for its beautiful desserts, the glacé (glazed) and au sec (dry) petit fours did not disappoint.
The glace petit fours on offer were the Pave du Roy, which we’ve enjoyed many times at PECHE, and the Baba au 1919 Rhum. How could anyone not love a rum-soaked cake dressed with a fresh housemade passion fruit creme and strawberries?
Very small bites were the strategy here as we didn’t want this most special mini-cake to end.
We also tried the au sec petit fours (Langue de Chat, Coconut Dacquoise and the Profiteroles), but it was the Baba au Rhum that stole our heart and will surely steal yours too.
Updated April 2017: PECHE’s Afternoon Tea is $165 + VAT & Service Charge and is now offered Thursdays (2pm-5pm) & Sunday (2:30pm-5pm). Reservations are required for tea service. Link to Peche Patisserie’s Afternoon Tea Menu.