With a deal coupon, Mr. and I enjoyed a nice afternoon tea at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Honestly, if not for the coupon, I would never consider trekking all the way to the airport just to eat.
Our deal included two glasses of sparkling wine, which was a decent, dry bubbly. Of course, the focus is still on our pots of tea. What’s different from the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, is that this is a more modern take of afternoon tea. Check out the fancy tea press below. This tea pot also seems to hold more tea than the traditional pot. We ordered the Berry Berry and Cascade Peppermint, and between the two I would recommend Cascade Peppermint. It was very fragrant and of course, minty; it’s quite light and refreshing so it would go well with the pastries and sandwiches that you’re about to indulge in.
Our three-tier tower included the following. Now keep in mind that this was during the festive season and because they’re keeping things seasonal, what you get will be different depending on the time of year.
- Freshly baked cranberry & lemon scones, Devonshire cream – These never fail! This is the 3rd Fairmont property that I have visited for afternoon tea and their scones are always fluffy and buttery. This time I ate them with their signature Devonshire cream and the cream added extra richness to the scones. I still think the scones are filling but I enjoyed them a lot.
- Smoked salmon on rye with cucumber & fresh horseradish – I’m a fan of smoked salmon sandwiches but I found the rye bread to be a bit too dry. The filling was good, though.
- Roast turkey with cranberry chutney & maple mayo – This was a nice “turkey sandwich”. The sweetness from the cranberry chutney and maple mayo paired quite well with the roasted turkey. I wouldn’t mind if the baguette were slightly toasted.
- Egg salad croissant – A staple of afternoon tea menu, there was a generous amount of egg salad and I do like it with croissant. Regular white bread would’ve worked too.
- FVA honey ham & cheddar – Despite their own house made honey ham, this was a rather ordinary ham & cheese sandwich.
- Chocolate & orange shortbread – It had the right crumbly texture but I tasted more of the chocolate than orange.
- Eggnog cheesecake – I don’t really like eggnog so it’s probably my least favourite of the plate. It had a strong eggnog flavour.
- Pumpkin tart – The filling had a nice creamy texture, and prominent pumpkin and cinnamon flavours.
- House made ginger snaps – This was pretty good for a crunchy ginger snap, although personally I prefer chewy gingerbread cookies.
As you can tell, this particular dessert plate wasn’t my cup of tea (pun intended lol!). The four items were all good, but I’m just not a fan of these flavours (eggnog, pumpkin, ginger, etc.). I tend to gravitate towards fruity or chocolaty desserts.
Overall, the quality of food wasn’t as good as Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. For some reason, this was also not as filling. Either the portions are smaller, or I’ve got a bigger appetite now with lots of training eating out (haha!). Regardless, the amount of food served at afternoon tea is sufficient for a lunch date with your lover, family or friends.
The hotel actually looks very nice inside and decor is consistent with other Fairmont properties. You would never guess that it’s at the airport. With a 50% saving through the deal coupon, it was definitely worthwhile for another afternoon tea experience. Please consider your transportation option when you dine at Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Parking could be pricey (unless it’s included in your deal) and your skytrain tickets will be more expensive with the extra $5 AddFare (prepaid fares are exempted).
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