We went to afternoon tea at this sedate, and classy restaurant. The menu was extensive, with a club sandwich, canapés including (duck foie gras with chutney), scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, meringues, chocolates and Panna cotta desert in a glass. All was served at once on a long silver platter which was an invitation to linger and heighten the appetite with expectation of the next delicious morsel. While the individual portions are not large, taken together, there was plenty of food for a satisfying meal.
The choice of teas was just as exceptional. Individual, flavorful and of excellent quality. If you normally take tea with milk, try the teas 'nature'. They are so good that milk detracts from their delicacy.
We were cordially received and the service was prompt and professional without being pushy. I found that the service was a little confusing as we dealt with four waiters during our meal. (one for the order, one for the water, etc). However the service never lagged, and it was clear that this was a well trained crew.
While not inexpensive, I felt this was was fair value for the excellence and variety of the fare and the delightful locale, in one of the great institutions of Canada. Both menus and pricing are shown in the link.
One of the unexpected benefits is the visit to the store afterwards. For visitors, Birk's holds the same kind of presence in Canada as does Tiffany's in the US. Thus, a stroll through the spacious and calm showroom gives one the opportunity to see beautiful objects (watches, jewellery,glass, porcelain, leather goods, and the like) beautifully displayed. The sales staff are courteous and helpful, and one never feels pressured.
This is a great way to spend an afternoon in Montreal.
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