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Tea @ Intrigue Cafe, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston

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Tea @ Intrigue Cafe, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston

Limster | Jan 15, 2006 02:17 AM

An amiable rose congou (sp?), well-rounded, a warm hint of rose flavour that subsided quite quickly, little left on a subsequent infusion.

The mint tea is exceptionally strong.

On the whole a pleasant and diverse selection of teas, all satisfying but nothing of exceptional quality, especially in contrast some of the less common oolongs I had at a teahouse in SF last week.

Devonshire clotted cream was a bit on the light side, rich definitely, but also an airy quality; I would have preferred a denser and more weighty accompaniement to the fairly ordinary scones. Additional cream vehicles include 2 pieces of cakey breads: lemon poppyseed, pumpkin and raisin. Also a cinnamon roll and cookies.

Open sandwiches on fairly dry breads include: a nice smoked salmon with a dab of creme fraiche and a tiny pinch of ordinary caviar, very likely domestic; pipped egg; chicken salad with a bacony tone and caramelized onions or shallots; a pretty slice of cucumber, almost like a petal.

Little slices of tarts, our favourite was the lemon, with a lovely velvetty texture.

Nothing extraordinary, but nothing horrible either. $17 (pre-tax/tip) was very reasonable for the setting, quality and amount of food.

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