Sparrow opened a tea room this past December and it is pretty exciting!
To try Cardinal, I had to go with my sister who loves tea rooms and tested most of the ones available in Montreal including Le Maître Chocolatier (sadly closed now), Rhubarbe and Birks Café.
The tea room is located on the second and third (who knew there was one!) floors of Sparrow with direct stairs from the restaurant or through its own entrance on the street. The room itself is quite impressive and warm.
If you are used to going for tea in the afternoon, you might find the experience a bit different. There are no reservations required and you sit wherever you want as you would in a coffee shop. There is also no service at the tables except for when receiving what you ordered.
It was a bit a bit annoying to have to read the menu on a very high wall and having to remember everything (we were hungry!) but I got over it once I saw the prices and selection.
I think it’s great that we get to order exactly what we want compared to paying a fixed price for items that you might not like that much.
We ordered: Two teas - one rooibos and one genmaicha Two sandwiches - one cucumber and one eggs One blueberry scone One lemon bar One shortbread
Everything was delicious and so generous that I had to ask for a doggy bag to take the lemon bar to go. It cost me about $35 for everything. My favorite item was the cucumber sandwich that I’ve been craving since then!
Le Cardinal is open on weekends [Friday to Sunday] from 11am to 7pm and it is cash only.