Founded by Robert Huang in 1990, the Rose House was conceptualised based on his great liking for roses, English afternoon tea, pottery and the art of the rose. A celebrated artist, Huang combined his love for roses and English-style afternoon tea to create a leisure space for busy professionals. Today, Rose House has strong footings locally and internationally.
After exploring Flushing, we wanted to find a nice cosy place to rest and keep out of the cold winds. Rose House at Queens Crossing Mall not only provides a cosy ambience but also nice food selection for people to enjoy. At 3pm, it was a great time for afternoon tea.
We were warmly greeted by the soothing rose fragrance in the cafe and the warm serving staff. The cosy ambience was enhanced by the English-style interiors and soothing rose fragrance.
The cafe was a popular joint for people to catch up with friends and family. There was high turnover of customers. We took time to enjoy the cosy ambience while eating the delicious cakes and sandwiches. We spent a total of USD52, including taxes and tips.
Rose House Tea Time (photo above), priced at USD32, was served with three tiers of assorted cakes and sandwiches.
Red House 18th Anniversary Tea (18周年纪念茶), priced at USD9, used top black tea as base and added rose and berries for the special taste. Tim Clifton, renowned tea master and Chief Taster of the London Tea Company, dedicated this rose tea to Rose House. I liked the subtle rose fragrance and citrus-like aftertaste. There was no need to add sugar or milk. It was best to drink it on its own. (Food rating: 3/5)
Top Tier (clockwise from left to right): House Cake, Panna Cotta, Chef's Daily Special Cake, and Cup Cake
The House Cake was rich in chocolate. It was a two-layered brownie with chocolate fudge at the top and brownie at the bottom. The top layer of chocolate fudge had an interesting texture. It was as if there were fibre like oat in the fudge. (Food rating: 3/5)
The Panna Cotta was an Italian dessert made by blending thick cream, egg white and honey. At Rose House, cocktail fruits were topped the cooked Italian cream. It was interesting and tasted nice. (Food rating: 3/5)
Chef's Daily Special Cake was a rich, multi-layered chocolate cake. A layer of chocolate cake alternate with a layer of chocolate fudge. However, the cake was a little dense. The cake still tasted delicious. (Food rating: 3/5)
The apricot-like or mango-like cup cake was served. We were not able to figure out the taste of the mousse. The cake was sweet and sour at the same time but nice in taste. (Food rating: 3/5)
Middle Tier: English Scone, Cream, Jam, Scottish Shortbread and Crème brûlée
The English Scone must be eaten when hot. We did not eat it until later. The scone hardened and its fragrance was lost. We did not try with the jam and cream as we did not finish the cold hard scone. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
The Scottish Shortbread tasted very much like the Danish cookies. They had nice buttery aroma with chocolate chips. Nice cookies. (Food rating: 3/5)
Crème brûlée was made from burnt cream. The rich custard has a nice sweetness which was enjoyable. (Food rating: 3/5)
Lower tier: English Sandwich and Fresh Salad.
The English Sandwich was made up of cheese, ham, tomato and butter. The sandwiches were simple, and yet delicious. However, remember to eat it quickly. The bread would turn dry and crumbly when exposed in the cold temperature. (Food rating: 3/5)
The Fresh Salad was crabmeat salad. The crab sticks were mixed with mayonnaise. (Food rating: 2.5/5)
Address: Queens Crossing Mall, 136-17 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, New York, NY 11354, United States
Price: $$, USD$$
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 3/5