Afternoon Tea at the St. James Hotel
We had no plans to have high tea on this trip but a group of the conference spouses suggested it and since I had never experience high tea, why not?! Let me tell you, this was a wonderful experience! To start off, the St. James Hotel (or in Francais, Hotel Le St-James) is a five star hotel. So, immediately upon entering the hotel, you feel the richness in the decor of a classy establishment. We thought our reservations were at 2:30pm but turned out to be at 3pm. So, we waited in this beautifully decorated side room. After being seated in the XO le restaurant, we were presented with a wide range of teas to select from. Two menus of afternoon tea to select from. One for Canadian$30 per person or Canadian$45 per person. We opted the $30 tea which was more than enough. Since there were quite a few of us, the staff provided a tea sampling to go with each course being served otherwise you would just select one tea with the menu you have chosen. The first course was the mini-sandwiches. Second course was scones. Lastly, the petit fours. We seems to all agree the Bourbon Red tea was the best, flavored with Bourbon vanilla. The portions of food appear rather skimpy but amazingly enough, you will get filled up. Our experience lasted for about 2 hours but probably because everyone was very chatty. I highly recommend you indulge in this experience!
Located at 355 St Jacques Street, Montréal (Québec) H2Y1N9