Part "tea salon," part cafe, and part tea retail boutique, UTM is located in downtown Vancouver at Georgia St. and Burrard St. You can go there just to grab a casual tea and some macarons, or to enjoy a full afternoon tea service, like we were doing that afternoon.
Joining me were Jayne, Britta and Whitney, and the four of us unanimously decided to order UTM's special summer service - the Pink Flamingo. Sounds amazing already right? It was:
Next came our Pink Flamingo Cosmopolitan signature cocktails (which 3 out of the 4 of us ordered as alcohol-free mocktails instead). This was really lovely and tasted like a coconutty-sherbet, slightly-fizzy, holiday punch. It was even garnished with a small dried rose bud.
Partway through our drinks we were brought out our pots of tea. Each of our tea services came with an $8 credit towards a pot of any of their teas. There were SO many incredible-sounding teas to choose from. I debated between some minty or jasmine or fruity options before deciding on a whim to go with their Caramel black tea. SUCH A GOOD DECISION. It instantly made the air smell delicious when the pot of it was set before me on the table. I finished the entire pot, which lasted me throughout the rest of the 2-hour service.
Hanging out with other bloggers makes a mandatory food photoshoot seem completely normal, by the way. I like that.
|. check out britta's huge camera on the left .|
. jayne is instagramming at the top of the pic and whitney is IGing from the right .
Savory dishes on the menu for us included:
- miso-maple glazed sable fish in butter lettuce (this was my FAVORITE!)
- “Dignitary’s Tea” chicken cone (a sophisticated chicken salad in a sesame waffle cone)
- wasabi and smoked salmon with ponzu jelly (salmon folded onto a piece of brown bread with a jelly)
- “Tokyo-Singapore Tea” seared tuna tataki (like a mini-wrap of seared tuna and cabbage)
Sweet items on our menu:
- a TWG Tea “Bain de Roses” macaron (this was my first macaron ever, I'm pretty sure)
- “Pink Flamingo” panna cotta (topped with a raspberry and a blackberry)
- “Pink Flamingo” petit éclair - the daintiest little eclair I've ever seen
|. as seen on my own IG .|
As mentioned above, the sable fish in butter lettuce was my favorite. I love butter lettuce (Dave has referred to it as "the Cadillac of lettuces"), and the crispy strips that topped the fish added such a nice crunch. The rosey macaron was so unusual, in that it's sort of strange to eat something that tastes so floral, but ultimately I liked it!
On top of the drinks, tea, and food being so enjoyable, the company was fabulous as well. Whitney, Britta and Jayne are all very nice, interesting, and easy-to-talk-to ladies. (Ladies? Girls? Women? I never know what term to use to refer to a group of females in their 20s/30s. Help me.) I'm glad we got together over something so classy ;)
Oh and speaking of classy, I did don a dress for the occasion and had fun picking out some accessories to go with it:
|. blurry selfie! .|
|. lacy dress .|
|. banglez n frecklez .|
Have you been out to "high tea" anywhere in your town?
What's your favorite type of tea to drink?