This is a late post, but I just had to share my experience at this adorable tea house. Nestled just on the edge of Yaletown, Patisserie Fur Elise is a cozy tea house and pastry shop specializing in French pastries. The first thing you'll notice about this place is its location as it is situated in an authentic Victorian heritage house! The decor inside the shop is made to match with beautiful wallpapered walls, chandeliers and pink everywhere. I could wax on about the interiors, but onto the more important things: the food.
First, you select your tea for the afternoon from Fur Elise's extensive menu. I chose the house special Honey Scented tea which is specially imported from Taiwan. This tea had a very subtle flavour and aroma. It reminded me of a mild chrysanthemum tea, but with a slightly sweet edge, which was highlighted nicely with the addition of sugar. I could drink pots of this all day.
|I love the adorable strainer holder! It would be perfect for holding small jewelry|
The savoury and sweet portions of the service come on a two-tiered tray. For the savouries, there was:
- Prosciutto, brie and fresh basil croissant-wich
- Cucumber dill sandwiches
- Asparagus and mushroom quiche
- Scones with almond streusel
The quiche and scones were the highlight here for me. The scones were thick, buttery and freshly baked. I wasn't a fan of the cucumber sandwich as it's just filler for me and I find cucumber too watery a flavour. The only reason why I didn't rank the croissant higher was because it was so flaky it messed up my lipstick #bloggerproblems
For the sweets, there was:
- Mango and strawberry macarons
- Strawberry mousse
- Honey madeleines
- Dark chocolate and pecan tarts
To be honest, there is another mousse type thing on here, but I cannot find the proper description for it! The menu for tea service seems to vary slightly, but it's definitely not the green tea mousse with red beans that seems common to others' experiences (fyi, I've tried it before and it's delish!). Usually the savouries are my favourite part of high tea and I like looking at the desserts more than eating them, but these were weren't half bad. As most of the other girls weren't that into pecans, I ate 2 of the tarts and forgoed the macarons. Apparently the macarons were quite good, but so was the tart which was rich in chocolate and nutty flavour. The madeleines were kinda like a lighter shortbread and the strawberry mousse had a very light, silky taste.
For the entire 2 hour service, it cost $30 plus tax and tip, which is quite economical compared to other tea services with a comparable amount of food. I found the ambiance stellar, service was also pretty good, except that they were slow to bring the bill, and the food tasty.
I hope you will try this place out next time you are having a girl's lunch!