After hearing all the raves about Bristol Lounge power tea, we couldnt wait for them to reopen after renovations. When I called to get the information about the power tea, they told me that they are no longer serving it, but still offered high tea in the afternoon and dessert buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. The dessert buffet sounded like the next best thing since power tea -- we decided to try it. The atmosphere was lovely. The service was excellent. Live jazz band added a nice touch. If only the food was good.
There was no lack of variety: fruit and chocolate tarts, crepes, chocolate cakes, ice-creams, bread and rice puddings, crème brulees all made an appearance on the beautiful dessert table. But for the most part, they looked better than they tasted. The raspberry tart was too dense and dry; the icing on the chocolate cake was artificially sweet as if it came from Shaws; the crepes were tasteless except for the super sweet sauce. Rice pudding was the highlight of the night. It came in little cups with caramel sauce on the bottom and fruit on top. The rice was a bit mushy, but had a really nice vanilla flavor. The chocolate coconut tarts and bread pudding were two other desserts that werent cloyingly sweet and were quite edible.
I cant complain about the price. I understand that we were paying $25/person (before drinks and tax) for the atmosphere, not the food. I didnt expect mind blowing desserts, but I expected them to at least taste good. Unfortunately, not a single one was worth its calories.