Angela's Bistro 51 (4 reviews)
elegant setting and fabulous food made this an afternoon we will do again, soon.
I've frequented many a tea room and found this experience to be a bit lacking. There was no loose tea served, only bagged tea. The plates and dishes were China. The restaurant was a bit noisy so it was a little hard to feel the usual quiet and relaxation that an afternoon tea experience offers. The scones were offered to us as we were in the middle of eating from our 3-tier tray which we found a bit distracting. We did not receive much attention from our wait-staff nor any description of the food we were served. An 18% gratuity charge was included although we did not feel that this was a fair tip considering the overall experience. I recommend this place if it is your first time attending afternoon tea, otherwise you will be disappointed.
Elegant from start to finish, Angela's Bistro provides a refined tea experience with superior cuisine. The warmth of the hardwood floors creates a quiet atmosphere that is enhanced by the striking painting hung on every wall, reminiscent of dining in an art gallery. Upon sitting down, diners are presented with a selection of bag teas from which to choose. A pretty china pot of hot water is provided for the table to refresh your cup. Additions of a loose leaf tea, or a tea pot for each person (so you could steep your bag in the pot rather than in the cup) would be welcome. The food is as elegant as the surroundings and as unusual as some of the art pieces. The sandwich, desert, and dip courses are served on a tiered tray while scones are brought in a basket to the table during the service. The sandwich courses included a wonderful chicken salad sandwich dipped in fresh herbs and an open-faced cucumber sandwich. The scones were very tasty as were the deserts. The dips were the most noteworthy portion of the meal, an unusual and delicious addition that included a cheddar/cherry dip paired with crackers, lightly steamed asparagus paired with a mustard dip, and strawberries paired with a sweet cream. Service was impeccable - the server was very efficient and friendly. We never had to ask for refills on the hot water and the dishes seemed to whisk themselves away when we weren't looking.