This is why Vanitea is the best Ottawa Tea House and Brunch Spot
Tea is such a satisfying drink. It is one of those beverages that has a soothing affect, medicinal purpose, or simply a morning drink to get the day started. Hind knew this. She knew that Ottawa residents and visitors would seek an incredible tea salon for just that – a cuppa tea unlike any other. She knew that starting a swanky and stylish Ottawa tea house would be just what the city needed to bring that satisfying brew to the area. And with this notion, opened the gorgeous tea salon and brunch spot – Vanitea.
The Best Ottawa Tea House…
Upon arrival you are whisked away into a whimsical abyss of French inspired decor, floral hints, creativity, and ultimate foodie sublimity. Feast your eyes firstly on the floral chandeliers above the tables, the murals within the dining room, and the black chesterfield-style backrest at the centre table for four. Allow your inner stylish self take in the surroundings. I did and it totally blew my mind. Hind, the owner of this Ottawa tea house made her salon a welcoming and artistically appealing spot to share a pot of tea, sweets made from scratch, boozy brunches, and beautiful memories.
So Vanitea offers not only an incredible selection of tea, but also a vast menu of other options including mimosas, juices, and a variety of espresso beverages including cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites, macchiatos, brewed coffee, hot chocolate, and more. Not only are their crafted drinks exceptional, but also beautifully adorned with edible flower petals depending on the drink you order. For the lattes, each comes with dainty heart in the foam art created with dried roses. For the flat white, a small pinch of dried corn petals adds that special something to the presentation.
I loved the way Vanitea serves its tea – with pride. A true tea sommelier and connoisseur demonstrates expertise in tea varieties and fusions of flavour. They present blends and flavours in a unique and elegant manner, creating unmatched pairings. Vanitea did just that in a big way.
Upon ordering tea, your server will bring you the lit box containing all the different teas available. A selection curated and chosen from a company whose name and values derive from Sloane in London England, you can only imagine the quality and high standards of such a delightful collection for customers.
The box come lit with each tea in a container for customers to smell and take in the fragrant aroma. All flavours are clearly listed on the box and available to brew and enjoy. The highlight? Upon choosing your tea, the bag will be brought with a full pot to brew accompanied by a steeping timer! This to me was uber cool as I had never seen such sophistication in brewing the perfect pot of tea. Your server will explain the optimal brewing time for your chosen blend and leave you to create your satisfying drink at the table. Cool isn’t it!?
The Amazing Brunch
So not only is Vanitea an Ottawa tea house, but also an incredible brunch spot! If you’re feeling peckish, you have come to the right place. You can order everything from sweet and savoury options, along with classic egg dishes, and, my favourite – the brunch sampler. Here is what we thought of our brunch choices and why you need to try them!
The Royal Benedict Arnold…
Oh my…you have not seen anything like the Royal Benedict Arnold! Traditional poached eggs are served with hollandaise and with a tower of English muffins…on the side, enjoy the fresh and crispy garlic home fries. Indulgent, decadent, and one of the most delicious benedicts I have ever eaten…NO. JOKE.
A Little Less Indulgent
If you would like something a little smaller, but loaded with flavour and sublimity, try this little gem of an entree! Enjoy sausages, eggs made to order, and a trio of veggies for the ultimate in brunchy goodness. For a smidgen of additional flavour, hot sauce is available, or sauce if so desire.
And Now for the Brunch Sampler…
I LOVE afternoon tea. You know, that British meal complete with a pot of tea, a tiered dish, and a variety of scones and fancies? That’s the one. Well, this fantastic Ottawa tea house put a brunchy spin on the traditional afternoon tea.
First on the top tier, enjoy a deliciously hearty serving of banana bread French Toast accompanied by pure maple syrup, vanilla ice cream, and a hint of white chocolate ganache…holy cow. This dish melts in your mouth as you savour the bananas mixed with the maple syrup soaking into the crispy edged bread. A truly superb beginning to the sampler. If you want only this sweet breakfast, it is also available outside the sampler.
The next tier of the sampler brings to your palate two scones complete sweet and savoury preserves. No tea presentation would be complete without the world famous British scones and those baked fresh at Vanitea above and beyond our expectations.
And lastly on the bottom tier you had the ultimate in savoury brunchy fare. Enjoy a small serving of eggs benedict, a mason jar of garlic home fries, and a slice of the delicious and classic avocado toast. Both bursting with flavour, you cannot help but escape to a foodie trance enjoying every bite of pure savoury bliss. Avocado toast has truly become a thing in the past few years and Vanitea’s version is one of the best ever created, warranting its spot on the Ottawa foodie map.
Vanitea I must reiterate is the best Ottawa tea house in the city. Not only were we blown away by the food and atmosphere, but also the recognition of guests’ special occasions. We happened to be visiting around my husband’s birthday and this didn’t go unnoticed. Hind and her team brought my hubby an unbelievable lychee and raspberry mimosa and jasmine sorbet topped with an edible violet. Truly a delightful and special treat, hubby felt incredibly honoured to have his birthday celebrated with such a unique and unmatched gastronomic masterpiece.
I have travelled to Ottawa on several occasions and can affirm the importance of stopping in to Vanitea to enjoy a deliciously indulgent and flavourful brunch with your family, friends, or as a date with your favourite person. I cannot stress enough how the ambiance and decor complement the offerings and menu. You truly feel like royalty and that the Vanitea management value you as the customer. Your experience will not only be top notch from a culinary perspective, but your artsy side will be tickled pink from the moment you step through the entry way. Hind is a fantastic owner who takes pride in her tea salon and it shows with her impeccable service and attention to detail. I mean, even the washrooms have flawless elegant murals! And the tableware….just check out the forks. I think they are my favourite element to the point where I actually am considering a set for my kitchen…Thanks Hind!
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