I enjoy the laidback atmosphere and soothing vibes emitted from within. I become giddy at the sight of food offerings bearing intense visual appeal. I revel in their high-comfort, Wi-Fi-enabled environment.
However, some days demand a wider span of dietary options, as well as a small hideaway setting for intimate, prolonged conversations to take place between close friends. This is where tea rooms come into play.
The Tea Room at Robinson-Bray House is one of the exceedingly few tea rooms of its kind in Mississauga. Tucked away in the heart of Streetsville, the location utilizes one and a half rooms for dining (the other half is allocated for kitschy tea-themed merchandise and their own varieties of loose leaf teas) from the once-residential complex.
"Reservations recommended" had read their website, but I had been too preoccupied the day before to phone in. Thankfully, their reservation-only period had ceased a few days prior, and we were permitted to choose our desired dining coordinates upon entering.
Majority of the tables were allotted for small groups consisting of no more than four people, while two to three were specifically arranged to seat up to six customers. I personally found the high number of tables to overwhelm the size of the room: with winter coats and medium-sized crossbodies in tow, I could only hope that I would not be invading the space of other customers, and vice versa.
Her timing was impeccable, as she re-emerged at our table as soon as we had each agreed to order the Robinson-Bray Afternoon Tea Set. With the outstanding array of tea names presented before us, it took us another few minutes to decide upon our pot of choice. After hearing the waitress's recommendations, we ultimately selected Oolong Ginger Lemon and Buckingham Palace.
Oolong blends are unarguably my preferred tea type (The Skinny and Vanilla Orchid are both great brewed solo or enjoyed with milk and sugar!), and Oolong Ginger Lemon really enhanced the flavours to unfathomably new heights. Bursting with exuberant citrus scents yet grounded with classic Oolong, the tea was the most fragrant blend my olfactory senses have ever had the opportunity to engage contact with. The additional touch of ginger also added a subtly spicy kick and did wonders for soothing a sore throat.
A brief description of each item was provided to us as we snapped away at the beauty of the piece. The two identical sets included finger sandwiches (egg salad, cucumber and cream cheese, and chicken-apricot-cranberry), cranberry and orange scones, and a dessert tier of rectangular German chocolate cake segments, vanilla cupcakes, and shortbread cookies.
Already delectable on their own, the scones also paired fantastically with the Devon cream and jam that had been provided; the result was an even further indulgent product.
Throughout the meal, our tea pots were slowly depleted of their contents, and, as if she had heard my inner voice cry out at the thought of being dehydrated, our waitress instantly made an appearance to refill both with hot water.
It is also essential to note that I did not witness the usage of a single piece of tableware that was chipped, scratched, or bearing signs of mild deterioration. This was a good indication of the high level of attention to detail was paid to ensure that the overall customer experience would be satisfactory.