This article was originally published at Maastricht Region: to Live.
A new(ish) restaurant has joined the small, but entertaining mix of places that offer high tea in Maastricht. Located on Helmstraat 2a near Markt square, Taart offers high tea, or just cake, in a sunny, semi-casual atmosphere. Dan and I made our visit last Sunday with the help of discount vouchers from Socialdeals.nl.
Of the places I’ve eaten high tea in Maastricht, I think Taart has my favorite atmosphere. The bakery has a large seating area filled with old-fashioned furniture (tables, chairs, and even a couch) in bright rooms with prettily decorated cakes everywhere. Tea is served in slightly mismatched china tea cups and pots, and the all the small Victorian and English details make it relaxing and fun. While the dining is casual, the environment makes you feel like dressing up a bit and treating yourself. The staff was very attentive during our high tea visit; even cajoling/tempting us into staying longer with an extra slice of creamy cake.
There are two types of high tea on offer at Taart. The one we experienced was the regular high tea service (20 euros/person, minimum 2 people). The service started with a glass of Prosecco and a pot of fresh Earl Grey tea accompanied by two slices of quiche. These were followed by three tiers of sandwiches and sweets and the promise of a refill for both the tower and the tea if we desired. We found the sandwiches rather plain (cheese and vege), but the sweets were delicious. The small cream puffs in particular were extremely fresh and wonderful. Although the amount of food was less than comparable high teas in Maastricht, we were still full by the time we were offered a dessert; our choice of a slice of cream pie, strawberry shortcake, and a fresh fruit cake.
For those who want an even more decedent tea service, Taart also offers a Royal High Tea which includes better sandwiches and more sweets (for 25 euros/person, 2 people minimum). We found the regular service to be plenty, but might consider the Royal one in the future to get access to the smoke salmon sandwiches.
Taart is near the Markt square but perhaps a little off the beaten path for the average tourist. They are open four days a week from approximately 10 am to 6 pm. Anyone can walk in for a sampling of their fresh sweets, but you’ll need to make a reservation for high tea. Learn more on their website.