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Holiday Afternoon Tea Service + After 5 Sneak Peek at The Urban Tea Merchant

DH Vancouver Staff Dec 12, 2013 7:57 am

The holiday spirit has arrived at The Urban Tea Merchant and there are two new features to make your Christmas food outings even merrier! Feast your eyes on the Holiday Afternoon Tea Service, and the new “After 5” menu.

The Holiday Afternoon Tea Service has three tiers of edibles of quality that will satisfy your taste buds; from savoury food to desserts.

holiday tea service urban tea merchant

As The Urban Tea Merchant is known for its luxury teas, the food is all tea-infused so it remains unique.The savoury portion of the menu includes:

  • “Kukicha” braised beef
  • “Lapsang Souchong” chicken cone
  • “1837 Black Tea” marinated beets, goat gouda
  • “Race Day” tuna tartare, quail eggs
  • “Magic Flute” roast turkey breast, fig jam
  • smoked salmon ribbon with ponzu jelly

The colorful presentation of the savouries shows that there is a high level of detail that is put into each creation. My personal favourite was the tuna tartare, as it tasted fresh with delicious olive oil at the bottom of the spoon.

urban tea merchant holiday tea service savouries

“1837 Black Tea” marinated beets, goat gouda


magic flute roast turkey breast

“Magic Flute” roast turkey breast, fig jam


“Kukicha” braised beef

“Kukicha” braised beef


Race Day tuna tartare quail eggs

“Race Day” tuna tartare, quail eggs

Before launching into dessert; fresh baked scones and chocolate dipped Matcha Madeleines filled our appetites.

urban tea merchant scone


chocolate green tea madeleine

The dessert selection for the Holiday Tea service still stirs my memory. I highly recommend trying the “Miraculous Mandarin” salted caramel pudding first if you are getting full. It is neither too sweet nor too salty; the perfect taste of “salted caramel.” The layers of flavoured are evened out nicely,  and there is a dash of black salt on top.

The other sweet selections include:

  • “Red Christmas & Spice Route” fruit paté
  • “Magic Christmas” butter cookie
  • “Camelot” pumpkin tart
  • TWG Tea macarons and fresh fruit

urban tea merchant holiday tea service sweets

As usual, The Urban Tea Merchant comes out with seasonal teas to go along with the holiday, along with gift sets as well. This holiday’s featured tea is the “Magic Christmas Tea.” This blend of theine-free red tea is a great company while sitting at home or at gatherings during the holidays.

urban tea merchant magic christmas tree

Additionally, The Urban Tea Merchant dishes out an “After 5” menu, for those who would like to enjoy light appetizers after a long, busy day. There’s nothing like sitting down, indulging in light bites, and sipping a cup of tea. One of the items that is part of the menu is the Seafood Trio.

The Seafood trio includes smoked salmon mousse, tuna tartare, and lobster medallions. To go along with them is an assortment of crisps. The different types of crisps changes the flavour slightly with each seafood.

urban tea merchant after 5 menu seafood trio

Left to Right: Smoked Salmon Mousse, Lobster Medallions, Tuna Tartare


urban tea merchant lobster medallions


The Holiday Tea Service lasts until Christmas time!

1070 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Phone: 604-899-1098

Daily: 10 a.m – 7 p.m (Open until 9pm on Thursday- Saturday during holidays.)


Twitter: @urban_tea

DH Vancouver Staff
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