This specific type of dining is difficult to come across in the GTA, and even rarer to find a menu of that suits the taste buds of all members of one's party. Though a tad pricey at times, a "truly Victorian" experience serving up proper "English fare" in a serene environment with impeccable service is well-deserving of its proposed fees.
The Old Curiosity Tea Shop is located in an unobtrusive section of Main Street Markham, featuring a coppery brown brick exterior and olive-hued wooden frame.
Tropical Fruit Cocktail was refreshing and somewhat tart, with gentle notes of berries and citrus, while Kyoto Cherry Rose was a floral Oolong bearing hints of lemongrass. Both paired exceedingly well with the food items that arrived shortly after.
Although the ingredients were of high familiarity, the combinations formed were of exquisite innovation. Ham and Mustard paired well and wasn't particularly peppery; the flavours were further enhanced with a slight bit of graininess from the textured bread. The Hard-Boiled Egg Square was simplistic in nature, but presented in such a grand manner that it almost tasted unlike a common household breakfast item.
Celery and walnuts are another two that are unthinkable to combine: both exhibiting equally crunchy properties, they came together astoundingly well when finely diced and placed between two sweet slices of bread.
Not possessing the stomach capacity to finish the entire first course, we requested for some of the sandwiches to packed away in order to save room for the second round of edibles: a full-fledged selection of desserts and proper English scones.
As the weather was forgiving (windy, but still forgiving), I suggested taking a short trip to the end of the street and back.
"The Nutella latte!" came the reply. Thus a Nutella Latte with 1% milk and a single shot of espresso was ordered.
Had my order been a bit more spectacular, I may have considered making a second trip to Main Street Markham to try their gelato. However, my first visit was entirely average; I would probably only return if I happened to be in the area with nothing else to accomplish on my schedule.
And so concludes another munching adventure in Markham!