Vienna Cafe & Bistro Brings British High Tea to Western Broward
With laced-covered tables, draped flower garlands, commemorative plates of the royal family, and a life-sized flaming-red English telephone booth, Vienna Cafe & Bistro feels like a throwback to another era. One could envision sitting in front of the mock fireplace with an English grandmama and a hot cup of tea listening to stories about the war. Certainly not your typical South Florida eatery.
CandaceWest.com Saundra Guerra, co-owner of Vienna Cafe & Bistro.
The comfortable bistro serves an array of fare from all across the globe: traditional British roast beef with homemade Yorkshire pudding, French croque monsieur, Italian prosciutto caprese, and Maryland crab cakes.
The highlight of the Cooper City eatery, however, is the high tea service.
It's all about attention to detail here. Tables are set with fine bone china. On a recent visit, we were greeted by a full set embellished with contrasting roses set against a bright-green leafy background encircled by 22-karat-gold scalloped edges. Part of the Royal Albert Old Country Roses collection launched in 1962, it's just one of the authentic porcelain options available from the display in the back of the restaurant.
Several variations are offered, from afternoon tea with scones and Devonshire cream and a selection of finger sandwiches to royal tea, which swaps out the hot beverage for mimosas. My guest and I opted for the high tea.
For the beverage, our server gave us options: classic PG Tips (the most popular brand of tea in the U.K.) or a box of custom blends to sample.
After we chose the blends, she brings out what looks like an ancient medicine box of tea.
Clear glass vials topped with corks contain aromatic blends of loose leaf.
Hot cinnamon spice smells like Christmas. Imperial green: the Caribbean with notes of pineapple.
We go traditional with the Earl Grey, a citrusy and floral blend of black tea and bergamot.
Returning with our matching teapot and bags, she rattles off the starters. Diners get a choice of soup (ranging from autumnal butternut squash to classic French onion) or salad to start while staff prepares the tower. Several rotating soups are offered daily, as well as three set salads: house, caesar, and Sonoma. Known as rocket salad in the United Kingdom, the latter features spring mix, golden raisins, chopped walnuts, apples, and Gorgonzola with a homemade honey balsamic dressing.