If you like the work of Madeline l'Engle, Mary Norton, and C.S. Lewis, you will love the Cauley Square Tea Room. The outside dining area has tall hedges shaped like old school aristocrats, top hat and all. Plus, the wrought iron table, the gravel floor, and the garden, make it seem as if you stepped out of Miami and were grabbing a leisurely lunch in some hidden, undiscovered nook somewhere. Inside the restaurant is just as good -- you feel as if you could be inside a Georges Seurat painting. There are old things everywhere, and this includes the patrons. The Tea Room is mostly a gathering place for those in their mature years, but this adds to its charm. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful -- just what you'd expect at an English tea. Food is a bit pricey, considering what it is and the sizes of portions, but you're really paying more for atmosphere. The French onion soup ($6.95) is one of the most ordered menu items, and consists of a rich, hearty broth, with lots of onions, lots of cheese, and a small amount of bread. The finger sandwich combination, finger sandwiches and ambrosia ($11.95), comes with a pineapple, marshmallow/sour cream mix and a few finger sandwiches, such as cream cheese and sliced olives, ham salad, and egg salad. Although the sandwiches are really quite delightful, the serving isn't even enough to satisfy one person. Cauley Square is a beautiful and magical place -- more for the ambiance than the food.
I brought my girlfriend here, as I remembered it as quaint with good food and service. It's still quaint, but that's all that's the same.
We had a simple order; coffee, tea and ambrosia. The teapot contained lukewarm water. As my girlfriend later said "how can you mess up hot water?". By not heating it sufficiently. The coffee was also lukewarm, frankly just this side of cold.
My girlfriend takes her tea with milk. Our server said they didn't have any. Really? A restaurant that had NO milk? I find that hard to believe.
The ambrosia was "marshmallow soup", again in the words of my girlfriend. At close to $11, you'd think they'd at least make an effort.
I don't know what happened to this place, but save your money. There are so many better places in Miami that deserve your business. The food is unacceptable, the prices are out of line for such poor quality, and the service was lackluster at best.
What a shame. It was once a very nice place.
To many, a trek to Cauley Square in Redland is akin to a journey back in time. It is after all an intact historic village in a modernized world.Originally a pioneer village camp, fueled solely by the ... More »
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