When we sat my husband and I were offered a choice of five teas ranging from white to green to three kinds of black. We both opted for the recommended green and hazelnut black. Our oversized pots arrived ready to be poured. The tea was perfectly steeped and tasted better with each cup. Garfunkel is not the place to go if you're in a rush. It's best enjoyed when you have at least 90 minutes to relax and savory each sip and each bite. All the trays that go with the tea are the same. Our tray consisted of four savory bits each (dijon egg salad, curry chicken salad tart, scallion and mushroom cream cheese topped with cucumber and smoked salmon over horseradish cream. The sweets included a tender slightly sweetened scone, a blueberry danish, a fresh-baked brown sugar cookie and a deeply rich chocolate pudding. As is tradition you also receive homemade clotted cream and jam for your scone. Everything tasted fresh and homemade, some items I enjoyed more than others but it was well thought through and went perfectly with the tea. I left feeling satisfied but not over indulgent. It was really what I expected when having afternoon tea. It's not quite a lunch but more than a snack. The price was high at $29 per person but compared to other afternoon tea spots in the city it was fair.
Garfunkel's certainly is an experience. It wasn't cheap but at the same time it's not something you would do every weekend. I think experiences can come in all price ranges. It's about going beyond your normal routine and finding new ways to enrich your life. My plans for future experiences include seeing more local theater, taking a few art classes and even visiting some of my local breweries. To save money on some weekends all it takes is a nice drive a few hours from home to get a change of scenery. Discovery is not just about places and things but about self discovery. It's easy to get suck in a rut and get bored with the same old thing. Reinventing your weekend to include one new thing should be on everyone's to-do list. Not just as a resolution in the new year but as a way of life just like eating healthy and getting your exercise.