There is something deliciously romantic about Afternoon Tea at the Shangri-La Toronto. Lunch is lovely, dinner is divine. But Afternoon Tea is a leisurely break from routine, filled with delicious, pretty things to eat, sublime service and an opportunity to savour perfectly brewed Darjeeling, Russian Caravan, Lapsang Souchong or other exotics. A glass of Champagne perhaps? The pianist plays just loud enough to create a mood, yet quietly enough to whisper private conversations. The Lunar New Year is upon us. It’s the year of the Wood Dragon. And Shangri La Hotel is celebrating! There is no place else you would rather be than the beautifully appointed lobby of the Shangri-La.
For this occasion, servers take us back to a time of tranquility and appreciation for beauty right from the start as they begin to set an array of delectables before us. Signature treats include the Mandarin, an almond tart with blood orange compote, and the delightful Jasmine Mango creation of mango gelée, jasmine tea sable and strawberry glaze. And there are more savoury delights to come: Duck Confit Taro Puff with slow cooked duck leg, foie gras, taro root and orange; and Beef Bao Bun, with wagyu beef, slow-cooked for 36 hours, with napa slaw, nashi pear, chili, and scallion emulsion, perfectly complimented by my favourite, Scallion and Toasted Sesame Scones with pineapple and passion fruit hame, to name a few. Then, a third change of mood, Lemon Madeleine with yuzu curd, and an out-of-this-world Coconut Pandan of pandan ganache in a coconut macaron. (See full afternoon tea menu here.)
Lunar New Year Cocktails
Embrace the day, and be adventurous with exquisite Lunar New Year Cocktails. Immerse yourself in the festivities and enjoy the signature cocktail Floating Dragon, a carefully crafted concoction that embodies the spirit of joy, prosperity, and good fortune. (See full cocktail menu here.) Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Valentine’s Rendezvous at Bosk
Valentine’s Day could not come at a better time of the year. It’s cold outside on February 14th, but the comfortable, welcoming ambience at Bosk, and attention to the small details inherent in creating a special evening for guests, makes it a favourite for this special occasion. (See full Valentine’s Dinner menu here.)
With romance in mind, the kitchen has outdone itself and curated a three-course culinary journey, each course a love-note to the senses, utilizing the finest ingredients. Guests can enjoy a menu that is ‘Rooted in Nature’, a refined symphony of Northern Italian flavours, meticulously crafted to pay homage to the dedication of local Canadian farmers and purveyors. Live music compliments the scene. The seductive menu of caviar cones and foie gras crostini, beet and ricotta pasta crowns with vermouth butter sauce and walnut crumble, and slow-cooked wagyu short rib with celeriac purée, leek and potato hay and red wine jus, will leave you swooning.
Adam Waxman is an award winning travel journalist focusing on food, wine and well being. As well as an actor in film, television and formerly, the Stratford Festival, he is the Publisher of DINE and Destinations magazine.