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Best new afternoon teas to try this summer
Date Published : 31 Aug 2017

Tons of new afternoon tea sets are popping up here and there. Let us guide you through the best ones this summer. Also, we really like scones. 


“The history of Whoo” Afternoon Tea @Lobby Lounge
Totally wommable: Ginseng chicken rolls, the foie gras confit and goji berry chutney on crispy bread, the whoo macarons with mango, pear and earl grey cream. 
BUT DOES IT HAVE SCONES? Yes. Plain and raisin scones served with Devonshire clotted cream, earl grey tea and raspberry jam. 
This tea set is a crossover between InterContinental Hong Kong and The History of Whoo, a Korean skincare brand focusing on the timeless anti-aging beauty know-how of the Korean royal court. “The History of Whoo” Bichup Royal Anti-aging sample kit will be included with the tea set. Lobby Level, 18 Salisbury Rd, Kowloon, 2313 2323; hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com


DALLOYAU x FANCL MCO Afternoon Tea @DALLOYAU Café & Café ÉPURE
Totally wommable: “Choux rose couronne” choux pastry filled with whipped cream and rose, “Cake damier”  raspberry and almond cake with dark chocolate ganache, black truffle lobster petit sandwich. 
BUT DOES IT HAVE SCONES? Yes. Traditional scones of plain and orange. 
A crossover between FANCL and DALLOYAU, this tea set was inspired by FANCL’s award-winning cleansing oil and the pink tiara edition of MCO that uses centuries old French recipes to maximize flavour. Guests will receive one complimentary mild cleansing oil 5-day travel set. Shop 3220, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3185 8330; dalloyau.hk & Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Ctr, Harbour City, 5 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3185 8338; epure.hk


Guilt-Free Afternoon Tea @The Cakery
Totally wommable: truffle chouquettes with Italian truffle cream cheese mousse, lobster crepes, bite-size cupcakes, lemon tarts
BUT DOES IT HAVE SCONES?  Yes. Gluten-free scones with clotted cream and homemade jam. ( strawberry raspberry basil jam wow). 
With a focus on superfoods and with a selection of gluten-free, refined sugar-free, low-sugar and vegan options, The Cakery’s new guiltless afternoon tea is perfect for those on the cut. Shop 124, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 2816 1838; thecakery.com


“The Brown Wonders” Afternoon Fea @SP Flower & Tea Room
Totally wommable: Earl grey rose cake, tea and almond tart with berries, roasted organic chicken with kimchi petite burger.
BUT DOES IT HAVE SCONES? Nope. 
A crossover between Emphasis Jewellery and SP Flower & Tea Room, this simple and elegant tea set celebrates the colour palette of the new Japanese Label Kashikey Brown Diamond. Guests receive an HKD500 Emphasis Jewellery discount coupon. Shop G64-66, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2789 3339; sp-boutique.com

Artisanal Cha Chaan Afternoon Tea @COBO HOUSE x 2am:dessertbar
Totally wommable: Open-face duck calligraphy mantou, sweet and salty popcorn lollipop,  salted egg choux with pork floss and raspberry powder.
BUT DOES IT HAVE SCONES? Yes, plain scones with cream and housemade jam. 
A design by two-time winner of “Asia’s Best Pastry Chef’ Janice Wong, this fun afternoon tea set is inspired by the homely neighbourhood of Shek Tong Tsui. The tea set incorporates classic HK-style Cha Chaan flavours (pork-floss! mantou!) with traditional afternoon tea favourites. 8/12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, 2656 3088; cobohouse.com

Ocean & Forest Afternoon Tea @Mirage Bar & Restaurant
Totally wommable: Tahiti vanilla mousse in vanilla rock with berries on a buttery sable breton, sweet and sour cherry confit with white chocolate mousse, galician octopus with boiled potatoes, piggy bao with roasted pork belly and sriracha mayo. 
BUT DOES IT HAVE SCONES? Yes. Housemade plain scones and chocolate scones, they come with clotted cream, raspberry jam and orange marmalade. 
Inspired by the oceans and the forest, the sweet flavours are all forest-themed, while the savouries are all ocean-themed. This afternoon tea introduces the new pastry chef Roger Fok and his wondrous creations. 1/F, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, 2802 8888; fb.com/MirageAtRenaissance


Absolut Vodka Afternoon Tea @Conrad Lobby Lounge 
Totally wommable: Absolut apeach cosmopolitan éclair, char-grilled chicken focaccia with honey and citrus, mojito tart. 
BUT DOES IT HAVE SCONES? Nope, but it has vodka. 
A crossover with Absolut Vodka, this high tea incorporates a little bit of vodka in every single morsel. With a focus on softening the strong impression of vodka to the Hong Kong crowd, this high tea focuses on feminine, flowery and sweet tea morsels with an Absolut kick. Our WOM videographer Carl tried this afternoon set, and while he found that the vodka taste was a little too weak for his taste he admits that he might have just “been there to get lit”. Regardless of the vodka strength, the “flavours were on point” he said. Lobby Lounge, Conrad Hotel, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2822 8891; conraddining.com
 

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