Matchachoco and I spent a pleasant afternoon tea and brunch at Ruelo Patisserie about a month ago (yes, this post is a little overdue). I initially told Matchachoco that I wasn’t thrilled about going to Ruelo because of their mixed reviews online, but after having a few bites of their selection for high tea, I just had to take back what I said.
Being my first high tea experience at a patisserie, I was really pleased with it and I enjoyed most of their selections. Matchachoco, who has been to a couple of high tea places before, thought that it wasn’t the best high tea she had nor was it the worst. Nevertheless, we generally both enjoyed our visit at Ruelo Patisserie. We had a great deal from an online offer, and it was amazing value for what we paid for and a fraction of the cost of high tea served at upscale downtown hotels.
For tea, we were given a wide range of options from the typical tea flavours to the unconventional ones like the chocolate spicy tea. Matchachoco had the Earl Grey Tea, while I had the strawberry green tea. The strawberry green tea had an overpowering strawberry aroma at first, but once I got to take a sip of the tea, I found that the strawberry flavour wasn’t as overpowering as its aroma; it had the right balance of strawberry and green tea flavour.
We were quite amused with the containers that were used serve the tea. We initially didn’t know how to use them and thought that we had to wait for most of the tea drippings to reach the bottom of the container before pouring the tea in our cups (that would’ve taken a long time!). We found out eventually that you had to press the button on top of the container to make the process faster. We felt a little silly for not knowing this new breakthrough in high tea technology 😛
The high tea selections included raisin scones served with Devon cream and Kusmi jam, pain au choclat, mini Atlantic smoked salmon sandwich on scone, Italian prosciutto wrapped grilled pepper, mini shrimp salad sandwich on crouton, tuna quiche, lemon cake, French macaron, crème brûlée, and mango almond pudding. Matchachoco commented that the servings were just enough for two people; it wasn’t overwhelming but it didn’t leave you short.
Ironically, I generally enjoyed the savoury selections more than the sweet selections. Of my top picks were the quiche, mini shrimp salad sandwich on crouton, and the French macarons. I liked the texture of their French macarons because they were on the slightly chewy side. Matchachoco also enjoyed the quiche and the French macarons. We think the purple macaron was cassis and the yellow macaron had a salty caramelized filling.
One of the major flaws we found, however, was that the crème brûlée was liquid at the bottom. I thought that the mango portion of the mango almond pudding was sweeter than what I was used to, and Matchachoco thought that smoked salmon on scone was just the wrong pairing.
In conclusion, this was Matchachoco’s grading of Ruelo (I’m gonna let her grade it since she seems to be the high tea expert here):
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