Market Tea Room for delectable lunch or High Tea

Restaurants | | May 25, 2009 at 17:44

Tea Rooms have sprung up across the country and seem to be holding their own in the recession.  They play to the ladies who enjoy civilized touches like tablecloths, cozy ambience, cups of freshly brewed tea and, of course, irresistible desserts.

The Market Tea Room at Antiques at the Market, with its High Tea of fresh scones, devonshire cream and assorted finger sandwiches is a charming retreat from typical Las Vegas.  But don’t think that this is a place for the delicate only; the sandwich and soup choices are hearty enough to satisfy any appetite.

Open Mon-Sat, the Tea Room is tucked at the front corner of the antique mall on Eastern just south of Sunset with access from the mall or directly from the parking lot.

Owner and chef, Carolyn Geiger, moves between kitchen and tea room with bowls of soups, plates of house-specialty sandwiches and elegant 3-tiered serving dishes overflowing with sweet and savory delicacies – all created in house. Gregory helps serve with a broad smile and an eagerness to please that makes you feel immediately at home.

The vegetable soup, with finely chopped ingredients was utterly superb.  With an imaginative combination of spices and herbs, Carolyn used fennel to introduce the delicate flavor of asparagus but let cayenne kick in on the back end for a delightful play on the taste buds.  The balance was just right – soothing and exotic with just a hint of picante.

The chicken salad sandwich on rich grain bread with cranberries and walnuts is a perenniel favorite.  If you’re in the mood for something more “fresh” to the palette, try the veggie sandwich with avocado, cucumber and dill cream cheese.

Hot teas of various types are always served, but the iced tea selection is perfect for Vegas summer months.  If tea isn’t your thing, you can dive into an old-fashioned root beer float.

Please leave room for dessert, or at minimum, one of Carolyn’s scones served with authentic devonshire cream and fruit preserves.  I tasted the best while living in St. Ives, and can say with complete confidence that you will not be disappointed.

Chef/owner Carolyn has a way of retaining authenticity while adding that special touch that makes her cuisine entirely her own.  No weird and strange concoctions for the sake of originality at Market Tea Room – just wholesome, hand-crafted delicious food made with a true love of the art of cooking to please.

This is a delightful spot for little girls in frilly dresses to experience a much-revered British tradition of High Tea that seems almost fairy-tale like in its charm.  Although there is a special appeal for the gentle sex, the diverse menu choices and excellence in quality draw a mixed clientele of all ages and both genders.  We shared the Tearoom on Saturday with a large family celebrating Grandma’s 84th birthday – I want to take my mom too!

Example Pricing:

$6.50  Hearty sandwiches with homemade breads and choice of side
$5.00  Market Fresh Salad
$5.75  Half sandwich and cup of homemade soup
$3.50  Bowl of homemade soup
$14.95-$18.95  High Teas
$7.95  Dessert Tea with assortment of sweets

Everything on the menu is made from scratch.
Reservations recommended for High Tea with larger parties.

Location:  6665 So. Eastern Ave
(Eastern & Sunset at Antiques at the Market)
Phone:     702-362-4832
Open for lunch Mondays – Saturdays.  Closed Sundays.

p.s. Chef Carolyn is working on a cookbook which promises to reveal some delectable secrets.