Quebec City: An Elegant Tea at the Frontenac

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac6

If there’s one iconic site in Québec City, it’s Le Château Frontenac, the luxury hotel perched smack dab in the middle of Old Town. And where there’s a hotel that elegant, there’s a good chance one of my favorite things will follow: afternoon tea, of course!

Upon arrival at the Frontenac, we made our way to the tea room, which overlooks the city’s main square. With light streaming in and a great view of the visitors and street performers on the bustling square below, it was a lovely spot for a tea.

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac2

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac1

Out came our tea and tea tray, loaded down with all the traditional favorites. The tasty, warm scones came with Devonshire cream, marmalade, and jam:

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac11

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac5

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac8

The savory bites included several tea standbys, but many with a twist: a cucumber sandwich with pickle mousse and crunchy radishes, a cream pie with a slice of smoked salmon, a salty tart with shrimp, yellow beets, and turmeric mousse, a smoked ham with sprouts and green pepper brie, and – my favorite – a fun blue cheese lollipop with caramelized macadamia nuts:

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac4

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac10

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac9

For sweets, the selection was vast: a miniature Battenberg cake (my favorite!), a sugar pie with crispy meringue, a pistachio and raspberry Financier, a dark chocolate dome atop a vanilla pear compote, a verrine with cranberry mousse, strawberry syrup, and tonka beans, and a maple butter cookie (how Canadian!):

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac7

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac13

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac3

Quebec - Afternoon Tea at the Frontenac12

It wasn’t the most creative tea I’ve been to, but everything was done so well: flavorful sandwiches, beautiful sweet treats, and a very elegant setting in which to enjoy it all. Overall, it was a lovely and pleasant afternoon in Québec!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s