Faubourg – 2156 West 41st Ave
On a sunny Sunday in November, I made my way to Faubourg through the streets of beautiful Kerrisdale. I really like Kerrisdale with its streets made out of red bricks and the old-fashioned poles with the street names. Kerrisdale is well-known for its tea shops. In my humble opinion, Secret Garden, Faubourg and Adonia are three of the most well-known tea shops in Vancouver and they are all located in Kerrisdale. On this particular morning, I was making my way to one of them, Faubourg, and while I had to go around a fire truck to get there (the camera shop two doors down Faubourg had a fire), it was worth it.
At first glance, people don’t realize that Faubourg has a tea shop the back. You have to go through the bakery to get there, but I don’t mind as I get to look at all the colorful macaroons and the appetizing cakes so that by the time I get to my table, I am starving and very eager to start the high tea. I went there for a mini-club event organized by Finer things in Life, a sub-club of the UBC Food Society. 19 of us showed up that day, so needless to say, we took the whole cafe. I like how we were separated from the bakery because it can get noisy with customers coming and going. This way, noise is contain in the bakery and we got to enjoy our high tea in the peace and quiet of the tea shop.
When everyone got there, we were served our tea. I ordered the Marco Polo which is their fruity tea. I have never been a big tea fan, but I had to admit I liked this one. It was sweet and very enjoyable. The trays of desserts also followed and it was delicious. The staff at Faubourg were nice enough to accommodate the fact that I was a pescatarian and gave me three smoked salmon croissant instead of the chicken and the beef sandwiches. I was lucky because everyone admitted that the smoked salmon croissant was the best and I got three of them instead of one. 🙂
The desserts and the scones were also very nice. The scone came with the traditional cream and a mini jar of raspberry jam. The jam was made by Bonne Maman, the French brand of jam and it always brings back good memories of the time I spent in France. The scone was fluffy and with the cream, just succulent. The desserts were delicious too. We got a raspberry mousse, a chocolate opera, a lemon tart, a earl Grey lavender macaroon, a dessert that looked like cream inside a chocolate cup and a cream-puff looking dessert with no cream inside. The desserts were all beautiful and delicious. My favorite was the scone but I was pleasantly surprised by the macaroon since I could actually taste the lavender in it.
The service was fast and efficient. I discovered that our server was from Barcelona, so we are basically neighbors. Yeah to Europeans in Canada!!! 🙂 I paid 32$ including taxes and tip. It was a bit pricy on a student budget, but it’s normal for high tea. I also need to treat myself before I say bye to my social life when exams start.
In conclusion, I will definitely try Faubourg again. Now that I have had their high tea, I think I will go to the bakery next time.