The latest tea: Where to go for afternoon tea in Hong Kong right now
02 Sep 2020
Pinkies up, everyone! With autumn approaching, there’s perhaps a no better way to welcome the season ahead than with a relaxed afternoon sipping (and spilling) some tea. Here’s where to go for the best afternoon tea in Hong Kong right now.
Ed. Note: The article was originally published on 29 August 2019 and updated on 2 September 2020.
In partnership with French beauty brand L’Occitane, all-day diner Prompt Bistro of urban oasis Le Méridien Cyberport is taking guests on a culinary journey to the South of France. From now until the end of September, sample pastries and savouries inspired by the très chic and always-sunny region of Provence. The L’Occitane x Le Méridien Cyberport Afternoon Tea set (HK$398 for two persons) includes two cups of illy coffee or selected tea (plus HK$100 for 2 glasses of Girolamo Luxardo with Fresh Lime, Peach Snaps and Champagne, or wine) and not-to-be-missed treats such as the Smoked Duck Breast and Spicy Raspberry Chutney, Prawn Berries-Ceviche Cocktail, Raspberry Chocolate Tarts and two scoops of Bourbon Vanilla Gelato, to name a few. Guests also get to come home with L'Occitane discount vouchers and product samples!
Prompt Bistro, 4/F, Le Méridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong, +852 2980 7788; https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hkgmd-le-meridien-cyberport/
Cat’s out of the bag! Or in this case, a Birdie Paradise cage. Experience Tea Elegance (HK$328 per person; HK$528 for two persons) at its finest at Kowloon Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge. Taking inspiration from the holistic and impressive range of Shangri-La Teas, the hotel’s executive pastry chef Jonathan Gallet curates a spread not only good for our taste buds but the health as well! Until Wednesday, 30 September, sample delights from a cage such as Cannele Bordelaise, Chocolate Sable Breton with Jasmine Tea Cream, Duck Foie Gras with Earl Grey Tea Jam, Shrimp Tartare with Jasmine Tea and more. Top it off with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut, NV Champagne (plus HK$128) because why not, tbh.
Lobby Lounge, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, +852 2721 2111; https://www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kowloonshangrila/
Make the most out of what’s left of summer at The Murray. Available until Sunday 13 September, the Botanical Afternoon Tea (HK$678 for two persons) at Garden Lounge features a refreshing and uplifting variety of sweets and savouries themed around edible flowers, herbs and spices. Highlights include the Botanical Gin-Cured Salmon glazed with elderflower jelly, the Hibiscus-Scented Watermelon with feta cheese and tomato powder, and the highly-indulgent Cassis Tarragon Devil’s Food Cake. Served with handpicked JING Tea, this makes the perfect afternoon delight.
Garden Lounge, UG/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong SAR, +852 3141 8921; www.niccolohotels.com
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
To mark the launch of Shiseido’s Future Solution Legendary Enmei Ultimate Renewing Cream, luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has partnered with the premium beauty brand. Available from now until 30 September, the month-long and Japanese-themed Shiseido Future Solution Afternoon Tea (HK$368 per person) presents an assortment of sweets and pastries like the Enmei Herb-infused Mango and Passion Fruit Macaron, Matcha and Raspberry Madeleine, 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake and freshly-baked scones paired with their signature rose petal jam and Devon clotted cream, by Executive Pastry Chef Christoph Sapy. Not leaving empty-handed, guests will receive a complimentary voucher to a Future Solution Ultimate Longevity Skincare Set valued at HK$950.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central; https://www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/luxury-hotel
Welcoming autumn with a bang is Hung Hom mainstay Kerry Hotel thanks to their Alain Milliat “Fruity Imagination” Afternoon Tea Set (HK$628 for two persons plus 10 per cent service charge). Diners are welcome to dig into the sophisticated spread of Alain-Milliat-infused pastries and savouries on top of a table-side service featuring freshly-baked scones and three Alain Milliat jams of their choosing. If you’re feeling a little frisky, top it off with an Alain Milliat mocktail instead. This fragrant delight is available at the Lobby Lounge from now until Sunday, 29 November.
Lobby Lounge, Level 1, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon,+852 2252 5237; https://www.shangri-la.com/en/hongkong/kerry/
Café Gray Deluxe
Third time’s a charm: Luxury hotel Upper House Hong Kong has once again partnered with Plantation by teakha just in time for autumn. Experience the best of both worlds as the fragrant Afternoon Tea set (HK$285 per person; HK$480 for two persons) presents two savoury and two sweet creations that are infused with teas from the homegrown brand. Available from 7 September until 30 November, tuck into delights such as the robust Red Jade Bergamot tea-infused milk chocolate chantilly with toasty hazelnuts and the signature scones with candied ginger also gets a transformation with candied ginger. Also included is a choice of tea featuring Masala Chai, Keemun Rose and Apple Blossom Verbena from Plantation by teakha.
Café Gray Deluxe, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place 88, Queensway, Admiralty, +852 2918 1838; https://www.upperhouse.com
Uptop Bistro and Bar
Putting a unique spin on the traditional afternoon tea is Uptop Bistro and Bar of the stylish TST spot Popway Hotel. Presented in camping trays, mini barbecue grills and travelling mugs, the Urban Glamping Afternoon Tea Set (prices start from HK$368 for two persons) features a wide assortment of sweet treats desserts and revamped camping savouries. Highlights include the photogenic Strawberry Chocolate Fondue, Prosciutto-wrapped Bread Stick, Grilled Pineapple and the Baked Japanese Mini Sweet Potato. Appropriately located on the hotel’s Sky Deck, the specially-built tent makes the perfect setting (and photo-op!)
Uptop Bistro and Bar,19/F, Popway Hotel, 117 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2117 3526; https://popsiblehotels.com/en/popwayhotelhk