Salle de Thé (pronounced sal-de-TAY) Team Room @ 113 offers a pleasant atmosphere with numerous wines & cheeses, a variety of fine tea, homemade cheesecake, imported beer and more.
We went the other day to use a social shopping voucher I'd bought. I love going for Tea and thought this looked like a cute modern place with interesting menu options. However, we found it to be the most appalling rip-off we've encountered. couldn't really use it for tea since they don't open until 5 and NOWHERE on the website or door does it say so. The phone doesn't appear to ever be answered, even in business hours, and calls are not returned from the the anonymous extension on the answering system.
So fine, my husband and I went with the intention of having some wine maybe and charcuterie and dessert. The teas looked so enticing on the menu (and the wines not so) that we each (massive loose leaf tea fans) tried one and the waitress really sold us on the Special charcuterie and cheese tray. For $32 it was a tiered tea tray with a single layer of very pedestrian Costco-style serrano ham, prosciutto slivers and salami (more like a standard pepperoni or capicolla). Unimpressive but not bad. The top tier held a few hacked off, poorly presented bits of cheese, which were very common cheddar, white cheddar and pepper monterey jack. Not a chef's special selection as she suggested, and certainly not in the vein of Manchego, Brie and contents listed for other cheese plates. The bottom was occupied with 2 gerkins, a couple of pickled pearl onions, a thin sliver of quince jelly and two dabs of flavoured cream sauces/mayo. I wouldn't buy food of that quality for my own guests, let alone serve it as artisan fare. The contents of the tea were undistinguishable and too weak for the size of the individual pot, which at $7 was outrageous. Desserts were pre-made and sitting in a cooler, not enough to entice us to order up further disappointment. The wine list was uninspired and for a moderate quality BC wine they were asking $25/glass. As overpriced as this was, I've happily spent more at other Vancouver restaurants/wine bars for decent wine and cheese that was better value. Then we had the joy of discovering that they're cash only - also not noted on the door. The place is inexpensively and minimally outfitted with some taste but little quality in mainly white and glass, and it's real value as a business isn't apparent unless you're desperate to find somewhere quiet with your date for tea after midnight.