It’s not before time that Calgary started to appreciate tea and tea culture, and it’s finally here! Brasserie Kensington offers afternoon tea on weekends from 2:15 to 4:30 pm (do be sure to reserve) and it’s a treat! Our dainties came on tiered cake plates – on the lower level were ham and cream cheese pinwheels, salmon gravlax, duck rillette sandwiches (without crusts of course!), mushroom duxelle profiteroles, and super-creamy deviled eggs. The middle level has all your cream tea components – house-made preserves, clotted cream and scones, and on the top deck are sugar biscuits, cake, gelee, mousse and more! And it’s all washed down with a refillable good cuppa. Feel genteel, and catch up with a friend in the afternoon while enjoying real afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea, $35 at Brasserie Kensington
1131 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, 403-457-4148, @The_BrassKens
Brand new on 17th Avenue SW is Lounge Eighteen, named after Amendment XVIII of the United States Constitution, declaring the production, transport, and sales of liquor illegal exactly 97 years ago. I sampled some of Chef Daniel Leschyshyn’s tasty appetizers, great for sharing and nibbling with your cocktail or mulled wine. My favourites were the very moreish Roasted Eggplant Dip with naan, mint and yogurt, Daikon Fries with yuzu gel & togarashi aioli, and a medley of vegetables – candied golden beets, pickled carrots, edamame, and charred fennel, that comes with a dollop of smoked pepper jelly – check it out!
Lounge Eighteen, 1005 17 Avenue SW, @loungeeighteen