Eats: Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La (Chinese Afternoon Tea)

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If you’re familiar with downtown Vancouver, you’ve probably noticed the 62-storey  building located just off of Robson Street – aka the tallest building in Vancouver.  For those who aren’t, that tall glass building is the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver.  It’s elegant ambiance is enhanced by a restaurant (Market by Jean-Georges) and  Xi Shi Lounge, located in the lobby.

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Xi Shi Lounge is popular for its afternoon tea and evening cocktails.  However, of all the times I’ve been to the Shangri-La or the Market, I’ve never seen the lounge this busy.  As a part of dine-out Vancouver, Xi Sha is hosting Chinese Afternoon Tea.  For $38, dinners are treated a choice of tea as well as selection of savoury items and pastries.  The tea service includes loose-leaf tea or you can opt for premium Chinese blossoming tea for an additional $5 per person. (Or treat yourself to some sparkling wine Blue Mountain Brut should you so choose for $11 or a glass of champagne for $29.)

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