I may have gotten addicted to high teas in Hamburg, but my very first ever experience of afternoon tea was in Montreal at the Gryphon d’Or tea room in 2012. I started this blog a year ago and so was quite impatient to review the Gryphon d’Or tea-time five years on, so here we go:
The Gryphon d’Or Tea Room Setting ★★★☆☆
I’ll say it straight away: the place itself does not look very glamorous. Nothing is reminiscent of a proper tea room, at least by English standards.
There are board games and the tables are big enough to play, which is pretty good!
The Tea & Beverage Selection ★★★★★
There are 12 teas to choose from and guests may try out several of these, as is usually the case in England (while most Canadian venues only allow for a single choice of tea). The flexibility and variety of the afternoon tea menu is among the Gryphon d’Or tea room’s strongest points and that’s how is differentiates itself from other high teas in Montreal.
The tea quality is excellent and each tea is prepared at the right temperature. I recommend the “Mango chai” to people who enjoy black aromatic teas. I found it most excellent.
There is also a service station from which all customers can help themselves with tea and coffee. It’s generous and highly appreciated!
The Savouries ★★★☆☆
The savouries are quite nice but also average: cucumber sandwiches, egg sandwiches and salmon blinis. The latter felt quite dry, as if something was missing (a drop of lemon perhaps?).
The quantities are generous and they whole taste good despite lacking in originality.
The Scones ★★★★★
Food wise, this is the best part of the Gryphon d’Or afternoon tea. The scones are brought separately so they are nice and warm, while so many tea rooms mistakenly bring them along with the savouries and the cakes. However, the scones were brought first, although most people would rather ask for them after they’re done with the savouries.
Another strong aspect is the choice of toppings: butter, sweet cream, marmalade, fudge, jam and lemon curd. The whisky, orange & peach marmalade is heavenly, as is the lemon curd. Conversely, the jam and the cream are a tad too sweet.
The Cakes & Sweets ★★★★☆
There is a good choice of afternoon tea sweets: Lemon cake, Shortcake, Pecan cake, Chocolate cake and a small Beer glass filled with cream & red fruits.
I especially loved the beer glass dessert as it tastes good and looks cute. The chocolate cake was too sweet and creamy for my taste though.
The Service ★★★★★
The service is perfect: both the waiters and the owner are lovely people.
It is possible to buy several products, such as the teas and homemade lemon curd (which much be ordered in advance).
Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★★★☆
The Gryphon d’Or tea room afternoon tea shines with its teas and scones. Only the savouries disappoint a bit.
It’s your best bet in Montreal if you wish to try out several teas and fancy some delicious scones!
+: The tea refills
+: The scones & toppings
+: The lovely team
+: Good value for money
-: The rather simple setting
-: The ordinary savouries
-: No wifi
Phone number: ++ 1 514 485-7377
Address: 5968 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 2L2