Sorry for being away for so long but I was out of town for a couple days and when I returned home I didn’t really had the time to blog on anything because I had to take care of important things. Back to the topic du jour, last week I went to have tea time at one of the best tea rooms (in my humble opinion) in Montreal. I have heard of The Cardinal Tea room a couple years ago from friends and their reviews were mostly positive. So I added the place to my check list of the many food places to try in Montreal. And quite honestly it was a great experience. As a matter of fact, I put a big emphasis on the word experience.
The Cardinal Tea room is located on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, in the Mile End neighbourhood, and it’s a very traditional English tea room from the menu to the ambiance. The minute you set a foot inside the restaurant, you are immediately transported somewhere else. The atmosphere and especially the décor make you travel back to the early 20th century in England. At some point, I felt like a character in one of Agatha Christie’s books joining Miss Marple for tea time in order to resolve some murder plots. It was very special and exciting at the same time. I really felt like I was in another place or universe for the time I was there.
As for the staff, it was a very welcoming staff dressed in concordance with the décor. When we arrived, our waitress gently asked us if we wanted to stay inside or go outside on terrace. We stayed inside because we were totally conquered by the interior décor to be honest. Everything on the menu was enticing.
I went for a honey ginger Lemonade which was a good choice considering how high the temperature was outside. Definitely not a good weather for hot beverage like hot tea. However the only downside was that they don’t offer an assortment of sandwiches in their menu, like in other tea rooms. In other word, each sandwich is sold separately. So we ordered three types of sandwiches: Ham and English mustard, smoked trout, and cucumber and cream cheese. My favorite one out of the three types was definitely the cucumber and cream cheese sandwich. It was light and refreshing, perfect for hot days as far as I’m concerned. I think anyone who is vegetarian or vegan will enjoy this sandwich as well.
To appease my sweet tooth, because why not? I went for a slice of lemon drizzle loaf, which is basically a lemon pound cake, and a lemon square. Both deserts were affordable in my opinion in term of price and both tasted good. But I’m not a big fan of lemon squares in general so I preferred the lemon loaf.
To conclude, even though the food was good and affordable, to me the best part of The Cardinal tea room was the décor because sitting and hanging out in this ambiance really transported me to another era. And I was deeply impressed. I think it’s the perfect place for people like me who love spending time in cafés to write and work. It’s a calm and serene place where it’s possible to chill and focus. I’m definitely going back, so it’s a four star.
Disclaimer, no reservation is needed.
Definitely try their cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches if you decide one day to visit Cardinal tea room in Montreal. You will not be disappointed.