Janice Marta went to Paris eight years ago, and fell in love with French pastries. Once home, she found herself frustrated she couldn’t find the same in Richmond, and decided to make them for herself. This began years of a self-taught pastry education that’s now resulted in the creation of L’Opera Patisserie on Minoru Boulevard. She and her mother, Mei, opened the business just months ago, and have slowly but surely begun to build an adoring clientele.
The shop’s interior is grand enough to match its name – it’s like being inside an opulent box seat at the Paris Opera House.
It’s wallpapered in a rich, red and gold brocade, with vintage-looking chandeliers and sconces.
Each day, they make all their products (including puff pastry) from scratch, and along with croissants offer a number of desserts and petite, colourful, French macarons. Take note, gluten-free eaters!
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, they’re now offering High Tea every day, though still require tea reservations to be made 48 hours in advance.
The tea menu changes regularly, but always includes a pot of tea, sandwich, pastry, macaron of your choice, and four other sweets. The tea pot comes on a cast iron stand with a tea light below to keep it warm.
Goodies arrive on a lovely, two-tiered silver tea stand, with the sweets tucked in around the bottom and the savouries on top.
Note the lovely little details.
Sandwiches are carefully wrapped in parchment and sealed with “L’Opera” stickers
Dark-chocolate covered strawberries arrive in a finely spun caramelized candy basket.
High Tea at L’Opera is $25 a person and according to reports is well worth every penney!
Cash and cards accepted
Vegetarian and gluten-free options available
Reservations for High Tea must be made 48 hours in advance