I spent $95 on a beauty-themed high tea complete with edible makeup, and it was worth every penny
I tried the W Toronto's High Beau-Tea experience, a beauty-inspired take on traditional high tea.
The menu had sweet and savory bites shaped like makeup and designed to look like beauty products.
It felt like an Instagrammable, modern, chic way to indulge in high tea with a creative twist
Recently, I tried the perfect brunch for beauty lovers.
Served at Living Room, a funky space inside of The W Toronto hotel, the High Beau-Tea is a beauty-themed high-tea experience that pays homage to Canada's royal roots and Toronto's glitzy spirit.
The experience costs $95 Canadian dollars, about $69, per person, and is available Friday through Sunday with two seatings per day.
Here's what it was like on my recent visit.
My brunch was served in a tiered black box that's typically used to store makeup
The server opened it up to reveal an impressive array of treats, like edible strawberry lipsticks, ruby-fudge "handbags," and other high-tea classics with a beauty-inspired twist.
The food felt like playful, creative, and modern twists on elegant classics. I thought it was almost too pretty to actually eat.
Our meal was served with tea and we could choose from a range of options, like cream of Earl Grey and jasmine. We could also pay extra to add prosecco or cocktails to our brunch.
I thought the menu had a nice balance of sweets and savory selections, from rose-and-lychee-infused almond macarons to savory pastries.
Overall, I was pretty impressed by the food and experience
My favorite goodies on the sweet side were the strawberry-infused chocolate lipstick and the berry jam.
I thought the best savory treats were the smoked-sturgeon cannelloni, which had a hearty flavor but was perfectly bite-sized, and the clotted "night" cream, which was a great addition to the scones.
I'd also recommend booking online ahead of time to secure your spot. Limited walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but the Living Room got pretty busy during the middle of the day while I was there.
The hotel also offers themed packages during traditional holidays, so I'd definitely want to get brunch again during a different time of year.
If I lived closer, I'd definitely be back again soon to enjoy another round of tea and treats.
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