Sonya’s is a gift shop and florist that has a selection of loose leaf teas at the back. I’m pretty sure that it’s a selection of Metropolitan Tea Company teas.
They come in 100g quantities, which is more than I am usually willing to buy when trying something new, but the service was very friendly and attentive, and I left with three samples to try.
Winnipeg doesn’t have any real tearooms left, so I was very excited to discover that there was one in Gimli.
We were up there taking care of some family affairs this weekend, so when we were done we went for tea as a reward.
On a beautiful Saturday at lunch time, the place was pretty packed, almost exclusively with women. The tea room is a combination of kitsch and old British charm. Lots of antique furniture covered with bone china tea cups, and fancy tea wares, lots of cottagey art. Lace table cloths and floral chair covers. The tables were set with mismatched fine china and tea was served in chunky teapots with bone china cups and collector spoons.
They have a good assortment of different teas. Mostly Metropolitan Tea Company choices, plus a couple of house blends. You get your tea leaves loose in the pot and they bring you a strainer to pour your cup. Not as much control over steep time as I would like but still nice.
Their menu is lovely. Lots of options from full lunch meals to scones to dainties and finger sandwiches to Icelandic specialties. We got the scones, a dainties and sandwiches tray and the Icelandic sampler, which was really fantastic.
Service was pretty good but could have been a bit more attentive.
Everything was reasonably priced. I think we spent about $20/person, and that was ordering lots.
They also have packets of their tea that you can take home, I think it was all $5/50g which is very reasonable.
I’m looking forward to going back.
This is my favourite local tea shop. Very reasonable prices, a huge selection and helpful staff. I really like that all their samples are accessible and can be smelled without asking for assistance.
They also have a really wonderful selection of tea pots and cups.
I think their minimum purchase is officially 50g, but there’s often staff who will let me pick up 25g, but it’s hit or miss for that.
The presentation of the store is lovely and the staff is always very friendly and enthusiastic, but often not very knowledgeable about the products. Some of the issues I’ve had include being told a product was discontinued when it wasn’t, being told that the flavour of one of the teas was naturally occuring in the tea leaves when it’s actually artificial flavour according to their website, and having zero useful suggestions for brewing a good cup of a couple of their expensive white teas, when following the directions wasn’t yielding anything worth drinking.
They have a large selection of teas, which are hit or miss, but some of my all time favourites come from here, so I’ll keep going back. I wish their minimum was 25g instead of 50g, which is usually more than I want if I’m trying something new.
I really enjoy coming here. The place is very cute and has great atmosphere.
The tea presentation is very nice, glass pots, double walled cups and a burner to keep your pot warm, which makes the $5+ price per pot seem more reasonable.
The food is excellent too. I quite enjoy the dessert waffles.