Located in the Hotel Wedgewood and Spa, this spot boasts dark cherry wood, fragrant flowers, rich fabric and classic works of art to create the feel of subtle European fine dining.
I adore afternoon tea, the fancy tea where you are usually served a very pretty tower loaded with tiny sandwiches, scones and Devon cream, and teensy pastries and cakes. It is a leisurely, convivial experience accompanied by pots and pots of tea, very conducive to lively conversation. I consider myself something of an expert on the genre and try new afternoon teas everywhere I travel.
The dining room is lovely here, and the front section by the windows and fireplace has the perfect afternoon tea ambience: poofy couches, low tables and comfortable wing chairs. It is a tad crowded, but in a nice way, and I enjoyed the buzz of the other happy diners.
How I wish I had enjoyed the food more! The teeny sandwiches had been left out uncovered and were dried out. All were lean on fillings, by which I mean had not enough filling, and the shrimp sandwiches were a tiny bit "off". I can think of no good excuse for not getting egg salad or cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches right. Evidently the Wedgewood staff can.
The scones and baked goods, alas, were not perfectly fresh. I suspect they had been frozen and thawed, and some of them had a distinctly day old, tired taste. If you are going to use frozen dessert cakes, you must pay careful attention to your selection...some work fairly well this way, most do not. It would be better to buy them fresh from, say, Safeway.
The hallmark of a good afternoon tea, I have learned, is the Devon Cream. Or perhaps I mean the prime indicator of the commitment of the house to the pleasure of the diner is measured by how much Devon Cream is served. We had afternoon tea for five ladies. We were served one microscopic ramekin of Devon Cream. Every afternoon tea devotee KNOWS: if you order it by yourself, alone, you get an entire ramekin to yourself (generally 1 or 2 tablespoons of Devon Cream). A surprising number of the places I have had afternoon tea in think that no matter how many diners order the tea, only one ramekin of Devon Cream per table will be served. This is mean, shabby and reflect badly on the house. I can tell you from experience, this creates unhappiness and conflict amongst the diners: we all look forward to that Devon Cream!
Service was good, although more refills of pots and milk jugs were needed. The teas were weak and tasteless. This is a common failing, oddly. Afternoon teas are usually served with mediocre tea. Special Teas in Victoria is so close by...why not use their superior blends?
All in all a nice try by the Wedgewood but definitely a miss. There are much better afternoon teas to be had in the Greater Vancouver area.
I didn't expect to come to such a nice place and order a pizza, but I'm glad I did! I love the ambiance; the after-work crowd winding down with a nice cocktail. They have a great wine selection and the most amazing pizza in the lounge. I will definitely be back to this relaxing, luxurious spot.
My friend and I ate here yesterday and it was a good solid dining experience. The food was good, but not outstanding. The service was very attentive and considering it was Dine Out, that was even more impressive. I had the smoked salmon starter, which was good, but my friend's chicken liver was delicious and I hate liver. For the entree, I had duck confit and it was very salty. The server checked with the chef and apparently it's supposed to be salty. Personally, I found it too salty to eat and it tasted like it was brined in salt so even the meat was salty. I mentioned this to the server who was happy to exchange it for the beef, which was good. The beef was sliced and done medium rare. The only downside was that it was a bit chewy and had a bit of gristle. For dessert, we both had the apple caramel cheesecake, which was really good. Overall, it was a solid dine out experience, but the entrees could have been better.
The food tasted great. I ordered the immensley over priced giant scallops. I was so disappointed with my waiter for suggesting that wine with my scallops. But he got points for very tentative service. The room was beautiful... but i felt underaged in there.
The Bacchus experience is probably a hit or miss. For me that $180 wasn't worth it for 2 people.
this place is def for an older group 40s+. went there for a bday dinner with my family. the food is good but definitely very pricey for what it is. about 35-45 for an entree? the ambience is nice and sophisticated. a lot of older people who look like they just got off of work in their suits and ties. the decor is quite old school. they use oldschool flowered china. i probably wouldn't go back unless it was for a special occasion and with my parents.
Service was great, no long wait between appy/maincourse/dessert, people were polite and attentive. I was pretty impressed before the food arrived.
I had Salmon Ravioli as appy, the sauce was pretty good, but the raviolis were not hot enough.. they're more like a bit over luke warm.
For main, i had the corn-fed chicken breast. chicken was not super tender nor juicy, it was just ok. Nothing too special about this dish.
Dessert was disappointing.. i shouldn't choose Apricot Tart.. maybe it's not the texture i expected.
I might return and check out the lounge and have a drink there but I don't think I'll be back to try their regular dinner menu