When you think of high tea, what words does it conjure up? I think of elegance and relaxation. Evidently, so do many other people in the city. High tea is alive and well, especially at the Sofitel Hotel. You will definitely need to make a reservation because it fills up quickly.
High tea is served in the Sofitel’s Chez Colette restaurant. It has a modern flare, but you are surrounded by French decor. When the restaurant is full, and it was this day, it can get a bit loud, but the whole experience is worth it.
We started out with a glass of bubbly, followed by a choice of nine different teas. I chose the Toffee, which is a black tea with a blend of natural vanilla and cocoa. Eric chose the Rooibos Pretoria, which had hints of wild cherry. Our good friend, Randee, who joined us, chose the Montagne Bleue, which is a black tea with honey, lavender, blueberry, strawberry and rhubarb. All the teas were delicious, but we agreed that Randee’s choice was our favorite.
High tea is always served with a selection of scones, tea sandwiches and desserts. The seasonal scones were delicious. They weren’t dry at all. On the contrary, they were moist and very flavorful. The tea sandwiches were peanut butter, jelly, and goat cheese on brioche, ham, pear, honey on pretzel bread, smoked salmon and cucumber on pumpernickel, and eggs and pickles on rye. The pastries consisted of a Queen Victoria roulade, hibiscus and white chocolate serine, macaroons, and a sticky toffee pudding tartlet. Everything was fantastic. I can’t say which was my favorite because everything was so good.
I have to thank my future in-laws because they paid in advance for the high tea as a birthday gift to me. Our wonderful server, hearing that our tea today was to celebrate my birthday, brought out chocolate covered strawberries, a candle, and “happy birthday” written in chocolate on a plate. I can’t thank my soon to be in-laws enough for the wonderful gift. I also want to thank the fantastic staff at the Sofitel for the incredibly nice gesture.
This was our first time experiencing high tea at the Sofitel. I can see why it is so popular, and reservations fill up fast. The service, attention to detail, food, and tea were all spot on. It was a wonderful afternoon, and I can’t wait to go back again. High tea is a great way to relax and unwind for a few hours. If you have never tried a high tea before, I highly recommend it. Lose yourself in the moment, dress up, and have fun.