Last week, Kelly, Kelsey, Shannon and I went to high tea at Ambrosia Euro American Patisserie in Barrington, Illinois (710 West Northwest Highway). It was so much fun! A lot of sugar was consumed, but we managed to get through it!
Ambrosia is a large place with little seating. When you walk inside, you are greeted by a display of bakery items. Some of them are to pretty to even contemplate eating! Next to that is the display of bakery items. Different types and flavors of tea are displayed throughout the store. You can watch the magic happening through a large glass window overlooking the work area. There’s even a nice set of steps for the little curious customers.
With high tea you got to select from a variety of drinks. The first “course” was from a selection of bakery items. We ate some pretzel bread, apple/vanilla croissants, assorted muffins, and banana bread. The second course consisted of bakery items. We had cake, truffles, tarts.
My absolute favorite thing was the chocolate/raspberry cake. Seriously, I’ve fantasized about it since we went! I also really liked the pretzel bread, even though I expected not to. I always think pretzel bread just sounds dry…but this wasn’t dry at all. The pretzel flavor is mild.
I enjoyed the zucchini/carrot muffin. It was so moist, and it actually had large pieces of shredded carrot visible!
Ambrosia is a busy place. Moms were stopping in with young children for a coffee and a treat. Other moms were bringing in their children for an after-school snack. Lots of the other customers were groups of people settling in on a rainy day to enjoy a nice time with friends.