Have you ever stepped into a restaurant and literally just fell in love? Well that’s how we felt when we stepped into Bottega Louie for the first time.
Location: Toronto, Canada
I’ve been to Nadège Patisserie a few times now (here and here) and it’s safe to say, I’m never disappointed. A big fan of macarons (and I mean BIG fan!), it only seemed fit to pick up my favourite treat for my special day. A box of assorted macarons was the game plan, but three cakes sitting by the window at the Rosedale location caught my eye and instantly changed my mind. While the Pur Noir (dark chocolate mousse with a flourless chocolate base) and La Mancha (a saffron crème brulée with a shortbread biscuit) were tempting choices, I was mesmerized by the patisserie’s signature cake: Marie Antoinette. Made up of vanilla panna cotta, a light mousse laced with clear maple syrup and its much-loved macaron biscuits as decorations, this cake just screams Nadège Patisserie, doesn’t it? Light and not too sweet, I could not ask for a more perfect birthday cake.
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Nadège Patisserie, Rosedale (click map here)
1099 Yonge St.
h: 9 AM to 7:30 PM (Tuesday to Saturday); 9 AM to 6 PM (Sunday); Closed Mondays
This post is so long overdue, but since Hong Kong is all I can think about for the past few days, I thought I would share one of my favourite places for afternoon tea with you.
We’ve been to our fair share of high tea locations in HK and we’re always on the hunt for more. From Peninsula’s famous afternoon tea experience in the historic lobby to Grand Hyatt’s all-you-can-eat ice-cream bar, the experiences have all been grand. However, this time we decided to move away from the hotel circuit and tried the upscale restaurant, Sevva.
Sevva, owned by Hong Kong style icon Bonnae Gokson, is a classy lounge/restaurant/bar housed within the corporate Prince Building in Central district. Known to be the watering hole for the stylish elite at night (this place boasts the best cocktails in town), it is also quite the popular scene for the white-collar crowd in the afternoon.
With the interior design and the menu inspired by the “cultural diversity of Hong Kong,” Sevva houses five sections, each pertaining its own dining experience. As we stepped out of the elevator, we were instantly in awe with the luxe meets chic atmosphere. The lounge’s ambience reminded me of an Alice and Wonderland tea party with colourful couches against a ribbon of windows on one side and a leafy green garden wall running on the opposite side. With ample of natural light shining in, it would have been nice to sit inside, but we requested to sit on the terrace instead, since it overlooks the Kowloon Peninsula and the Central district. As I sat there sipping my jasmine green tea, I can totally see why socialites flock here to relax and socialize.
The first sitting for afternoon tea starts at 2:30 PM. Being quite the trendy spot for high tea, I would recommend you to arrive 15-20 minutes earlier, since they don’t take reservations.
I was not allowed to take photos (I wish I could show you the interior design), but fortunately our server turned a blind eye as I discreetly snapped pictures of the glamorous three-tier afternoon set. Just scrolling through these photos, my mouth is already salivating (why do I do this to myself?). With juicy sliders, truffled scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and a tier filled with delectable cakes, I highly recommend you to skip lunch. You definitely don’t want to miss out on even one of these sweet and savoury treats.
As we carried our stomachs out of the restaurant, we couldn’t help but see what every one else ordered, because why not. While afternoon tea may seem like the heavier and pricier option (but totally worth it!), we saw many customers just opt for a slice of Ms.B’s famous cakes instead. Although the tea set gave us a tidbit of what her cakes tasted like, I vowed to make sure to head over to C’est La B, Ms. Gokson’s separate charming café-bar, to just try her sweet creations next time we’re in town.
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