We stopped in Bread & Cie this past weekend to get some bread and pastries since we had just eaten lunch nearby. While I was paying for my purchases, DH excitedly pointed out that Bread & Cie was offering afternoon French metro tea. DH loves afternoon tea ever since we went to Europe during our honeymoon.
Since we had a fairly open afternoon, we decided to check out the tea service.
Tea is $15.95 per person, which I thought was quite reasonable and cheaper than most places in San Diego. You don’t need to make reservations in advance; simply request the tea service at the counter when you order. Because of the casual nature, not everyone in your group needs to order it either. We both ended up getting it, but you can easily just order tea service for one and other people in your group can get other things.
There was a long list of teas to choose from. After you select your tea, you pick a table and soon things start coming out.
The tea service includes scones and jam, finger sandwiches and pastries.
Top tier: black currant scones with clotted cream and blueberry jam
The mini scones were delicious and not too dry.
Second tier: cucumber walnut & watercress, parmesan crusted grilled fontina, smoked salmon & dill, goat cheese & thyme peppered jam
I really enjoyed all the sandwiches that were provided, especially the smoked salmon and the grilled cheese.
Third tier: mini chocolate ganache cupcake, mint chocolate and hazelnut macarons, cream puff, lemon bar
Bread & Cie makes such wonderful pastries, so of course these were good.
What I really enjoyed about the tea here was the food quality and the price. It’s quite a bit cheaper than most afternoon tea places in San Diego and I really loved everything on the plates, whereas when I visited Shakespeare, I had been a little disappointed with some of the items.
On the other hand, the tea service here is quite casual and you don’t have that charming experience of Shakespeare, with the fancy pots and tea sets, the sugar cubes, an area reserved specifically for tea service.
Overall, we had a good time here. Our tower of treats attracted quite a bit of attention from neighboring customers and we saw a few others order it after seeing ours. While this may not might work if you want the full-on tea experience, it’s a good casual one with really good tea food.
Bread & Cie
350 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103