You can never go wrong with a traditional English-style afternoon tea set, but if you’re looking for this type of meal with a fun twist, we suggest checking out Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 West Georgia Street).
Known for its modern and entertaining take on tea sets—which have included themes like Canada 150, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Old World Carnival, and Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale in the past—it’s newest installment is the Game On afternoon tea and Game Night tipsy tea.
As you step inside the dimly-lit private dining room at the back of the restaurant, you’ll notice that its walls are lined with vintage-style décor such as a box of well-loved Monopoly and an ancient-looking game of Clue.
Guests start off by selecting one of Fairmont’s new Lot 35 teas, which includes a creamy earl grey or Japanese green tea. If you are opting for the evening tipsy tea, you can choose one of its four tea-infused cocktails like the Miss Scarlett (Tanqueray Ten Gin, Rosebud Tea simple syrup, lemon juice, raspberry jam, egg whites).
While you wait for your food to arrive, you can choose to play some board games on offer—Snakes & Ladders, Game of Life, and Operation are some classic favourites in its large selection of games. Each table also has custom trivia cards (adult and kids version), so you can quiz yourself and exercise your brain.
Indulge in its freshly made chocolate chip and apple cinnamon scones, which are paired with clotted cream and berry compote.
Be prepared to bring extra lighting for photographs, because you will want to take a picture of the sweet and savoury bites that are served on a bookshelf tier.
Some of the featured culinary items include the Game of L.I.F.E. sandwich (Italian sausage, fig mostarda, Emmental Iberico ham), Go Fish niçoise sandwich (ahi tuna, shrimp, olives, poached eggs), and Chess-nut tart (canided chestnut, duck confit, duck prosciutto, wild berry).
The sweets resemble playing pieces in board games, which are charming and photogenic. Try the Raspberry Heart shortbread card (raspberry-filled shortbread and icing sugar) and the Double Domino lemon tart (vanilla bean short dough and lemon curd).
A children’s tea is offered, complete with kid-friendly tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. The restaurant can also cater to those who have dietary restrictions, and can modify its tea sets to accommodate those who are gluten-free, vegetarian, and/or vegan.
The Game On afternoon tea ($59 per person, $29.50 for children 12 years and under, plus taxes and gratuity) runs through November 26, 2017. The Game Night tipsy tea ($75 per person, plus taxes and gratuity) is available to guests 19 years and above, and runs through November 17, 2017.
Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online.