Vancouver: Rose House Cafe
When I recently flew into Vancouver a few weeks ago, Afternoon tea was high on my priority list after my first experience back in June. When my friend picked me up and asked where my first foodie stop must be - I found the Rose House for us to visit!
Welcome to Rose House
Founded by Robert Huang, a Taiwanese Artist and entrepreneur. He established Rose House, and opened the first English Style tea house in Taiwan in 1990. Now 24 years later, it has now grown to 50 stores worldwide! Vancouver's Rose House was opened in August 2013 and is the one and only in Canada so far!
"Little Prince said: "The Stars are beautiful, because of a flower that cannot be seen." This flower is the Rose; and Robert has been searching for it his whole life. "
When you step into Rose House, it is easy to tell what held his love; From the big golden rose art piece in the window display, the beautiful delicate tea sets, the array of quality tins of different teas from around the world, fresh flowers and many more stunning art pieces placed all around the house... it is a bit of a 'Rose' heaven.
The house held touches of cozy elegance and had a royal Victorian era feel to the place. I immediately fell in love when I was hugged by the lovely aroma of an abundant amount of fresh roses, natural light and big comfy chairs for seating.
From checking out many menus around the city, I found the pricing of the Rose House being very reasonable for their Afternoon tea sets. The menu was full of mouthwatering visuals and really helped with the picking.
With being so hungry, it was hard to not wanting to just order everything!
The first item we decided on was to try out their Prince William's afternoon tea set ($28.95). It came with 5 savory sandwiches; 1 mini Rose House Scone with Rose Jam and Devon Cream; Quiche; Pastry; and 5 mini desserts. We paired the set with the Rose Afternoon tea ($7.95).
And as a side, we also ordered a Puff Pastry Soup, mushroom chowder ($8.25) with chicken.
The rose scone was to die for! The rose jam with devon cream was my absolute favourite!
Along with their pineapple panna cotta and rose lychee dessert!
For our last part of dessert asides from our tea set, we tried their popular Rose infused Cheesecake and Waffles ($11.75) ! I've never seen waffles made so perfectly. It was light and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside paired with a slice of fluffy rose infused cheese cake... it was so yummy. I've never thought I'd generously spread a big slab of cheesecake all over my waffles before. Added with the fresh whip cream, this is an absolute must order if you like cheesecake, waffles or both! (Despite this dessert looking super sweet, it was a major plus that it really wasn't!)
As a little souvenir, I purchased a small jar of rose infused jam. Majority of the menu had 'rose infused' - something. So if you love roses, the smell, the taste or idea, this place is absolutely for you. One thing I forgot to try was their pink rose infused water, I'm making note to try that next time I'm back!
Bon appetite, belle!