Yes, another report on another place along Biscayne Blvd. around 79th Street. I can no longer remember which of these is the "new hip restaurant row" anymore. Anyhoo ...
For months I've been driving by a little building just north of 79th St. on Biscayne called Pineapple Blossom Tea Room. Looked somewhere between charming and dingy (the whole Biscayne Blvd. resurgence seems to run out of steam a bit as soon as you get north of 79th), but it was just little Miss F and I for lunch yesterday, so it seemed the right time to try.
It is indeed a quaint little place, with maybe a half dozen small tables, and lots of books and tchatzkes lining the ledges beneath the windows. And it is indeed a real tea room, with a few different options for tea service, about 20 different teas to choose from, as well as a surprisingly lengthy list of wrap and salad options as well as various sweets and the like a la carte.
Little Miss F did a tea service with an Egyptian Chamomile herbal tea, while I had a tarragon chicken wrap and a pineapple-mint iced tea. The tea came in a cute cottage-shaped teapot (they have a collection of curious teapots, another table had what I believe was a penguin), with a pretty china teacup and saucer, along with a three-tiered tray loaded with several little goodies - little tea sandwiches (curried chicken w/ mango chutney, cucumber), tiny lemon curd tarts, almond tarts, fluffy madeleines, shortbread cookies, and a couple little scones (served w/ clotted cream and apricot jam). The curried chicken sandwiches and lemon tarts in particular got Miss F's seal of approval, though it was all good. The scones were a little crispy for my taste (though I'm picky because I have a savant-like ability to make good scones despite not being capable of any other form of baking).
The tarragon chicken wrap was also quite good - nice chicken, a creamy tarragon-flecked dressing, some goat cheese, crunchy candied pecans, some nice mesclun greens, all in a generously sized wrap. The pineapple-mint iced tea was very nice too.
It doesn't look like much from the outside (or, really, from the inside either), but I thought this was a perfectly charming little place and that the food was really quite good. I can't tell you much about the quality of the teas, other than that the selection was quite broad and interesting. Note also that the menu was much longer than what is reflected on the website (had to have been about 15-20 wraps to choose from and roughly a half-dozen salads).
One additional small side-note ->
I have no particular desire to dive into the Great Cupcake War of 2008
but we got cupcakes from nearby Sweetcakes for Miss F's birthday party and they were a BIG hit. Flavor was great, cake was moist, decorations were beautiful. We did basic chocolate and vanilla for the party but I sampled a chai latte cupcake while we were there, it was good also but I thought it could have been more fully flavored.
Pineapple Blossom Tea Room
8214 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
8425 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL