Dine Out 2014: The Teahouse

For my second dine out I went to the Teahouse at Stanley Park located at Ferguson Point. I believe it was built in 1938 and then they added an “observatory” section which is made out of glass so there would be a nice view all around. Unfortunately for us it was dark already and probably the foggiest night I’ve ever seen… so there was no view that stretched more than 5 metres ahead of me. The dine out menu was $28. I had also considered going to the Fish House which is also at Stanley park but their dine out menu is $38. However, the Teahouse does offer a $38 menu as well in the form of “upgrades”. So for your entree you can choose a sable fish or tenderloin instead.

The TeahouseWe were offered complimentary bread and butter. The bread was served warm and it was fairly standard.

The TeahouseThe Tuscan Salad with sherry vinaigrette, shallots and pumpkin seeds was a light appetizer and I liked the nutty flavour that the pumpkin seeds added.

The TeahouseThe Tomato Soup was served with goat cheese and I can’t comment much on this since I’ve hardly ever had tomato soup but I did like it.

The TeahouseWe also had the Stuffed Mushrooms with crab, shrimp and cream cheese. There was also an additional layer of cheese on top of the cream cheese. Now I have to say that I’m not a fan of mushrooms but I’ve heard a lot about stuffed mushrooms so I was willing to try them at least once! I mean I do eat mushrooms but I can’t say I like them. The crab and shrimp were pretty much lost in the warm cream cheese mixture. I wished that they had used larger mushrooms though. I mostly tasted the cream cheese so I did not mind eating these mushrooms. Also they seem incredibly easy to make yourself!

The Teahouse

The Slow Braised Lamb Shanks with roasted chickpeas was really tender! I don’t think it tasted gamey and the meat came off the bone really easily. Also the portion was quite large. The server explained that the lamb had come from New Zealand or something and was organic or specially raised…something like that.

The TeahouseThe Duck Confit with fig demi-glace. The skin of the duck was really crispy and the duck didn’t have that much fat. There was also a side of something like mashed potatoes but it was green… it was delicious though! There was also one piece of tomato which seemed kinda random. The fig demi-glace tasted really weird to me and I just didn’t like the flavour. I wish they had used something else instead. Or I just don’t like fig. There was also some broccolini but the ones I had at the Oakwood were much tastier. These were kinda bland but still alright. I think the duck confit I had at West Restaurant was better.

The TeahouseThe Raspberry Sorbet was full of raspberry flavour and not in a sour way. Well I like sour so it was fine to me!

The TeahouseThe Shortbread Lemon Bar with coconut macaroon and almond brittle was actually a tart. The macaroon was airy and filled with coconut. The tart had a layer of meringue and then lemon underneath. It also wasn’t too sour and I loved how there were two different textures going on. The tart part wasn’t that buttery though and it didn’t taste like shortbread to me. The almond brittle was crunchy!

I enjoyed my meal here but it didn’t blow me away. The service was very attentive though. The music was a bit loud though and it seemed more appropriate for a lounge. I’m sure it would be even better in the summer with a nice view of the water! I think the location and ambiance would make a return trip worthwhile.

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Faubourg Downtown: Luscious Lemon Tarts

Faubourg’s new location has just opened this week across the Art Gallery on Hornby St. I think their store fits perfectly into the downtown scene and they’ll do well against competitors like the infamous Thierry and also Bel Cafe. Both are within a two block radius. The new location is bright and inviting with a small patio and the interior is larger and more spacious than their Kerrisdale location. I can already see it as a great place to catch up with some friends over coffee and dessert. Since it had just opened, it was not very busy but there was a steady flow of traffic for sure.

Faubourg

I’ve only been to their Kerrisdale location once so I can’t really compare anything. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m going through a slight lemon phase! Slight may be an understatement though… Anyway, I decided to satisfy my cravings by ordering the Lemon Tart. Aesthetically speaking, I loved how the lemon curd was so perfectly round! haha The chocolate on top was semi-sweet I think but it was chocolate and it was good. The lemon curd was a delectable combination of tart but sweet. The texture was nice and creamy and underneath the lemon curd was a layer of something like meringue? It was white and a bit marshmallow-like with a mild flavour I can’t quite describe. The white particles on the outside were like rock sugar and gave the tart a little bit of crunchy sweetness. The tart itself was just buttery enough and didn’t fall apart easily. Indeed, this was one of the best lemon tarts I’ve ever tried. I still need to try the one from Thierry though!

I’m sure Faubourg will do very well at their new location and it will give dessert lovers downtown more variety as well. They also have a loyalty card program where if you buy 9 drinks, the 10th one is free. I’ll be back to indulge in more sweets soon!

EDIT: I went back and tried their Almond Croissant as well and it was probably the best I’ve ever had! Keep in mind I haven’t had that many before though… it was soft and a bit chewy on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. But it was not so flaky that it just falls apart and lands all over your clothes. The exterior of the croissant was decorated with almonds and icing sugar while the almond filling inside was just sweet enough but I think there could have been more almonds. Or more filling. Nonetheless I really liked it and it was better than I expected!

Faubourg Almond Croissant

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