The latest tea: Where to go for afternoon tea in Hong Kong right now
29 Aug 2019
Pinkies up, everyone! With autumn approaching, there’s perhaps 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.
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La Rambla by Catalunya
Direct from Spain to ifc mall, Executive Chef Ferran Tadeo puts a twist on tapas and croquetas with the restaurant’s first-ever Spanish Afternoon Tea Set ($480 for two, plus 10%), available daily from 3 to 5 pm and featuring freshly brewed, loose-leaf tea from Plantation by teakha and sweet and savoury delights (aka the best of both worlds). Feast on the signature Avocado Lobster (lobster salad wrapped in fresh avocado) and jamon croquetas filled with creamy béchamel whilst overlooking Hong Kong’s priceless skyline view.
Get festive at The Murray’s charming Garden Lounge with the Strawberry Fiesta Afternoon Tea ($640 for two), available until 30 September. Enjoy every mouthful of a wide array of seductive strawberry treats served on a golden tea stand that resembles the hotel’s iconic arches. The tea tower, created by pastry chef Tom Wan, includes green tea strawberry cake filled with cream and fresh fruit slices, and white peach and strawberry mousse cake, chef’s personal favourite. Other dishes in the mix include the Murray lobster roll and strawberry gazpacho.
Celebrate #HomeKong at Cafe Kool with the new Tasting Hong Kong Afternoon Tea Set ($298 per adult, plus 10%; $188 per child, plus 10%) available until 30 November. The menu includes all your favourites, like fish balls with homemade curry sauce, shrimp spring rolls and different-flavoured egg waffles. Perfect for family and friends visiting over the next couple of months, there’s perhaps no cooler way to get to know Hong Kong-style cuisine.
Excuse our French but this is one heck of a way to spend your afternoon. InterContinental Hong Kong’s executive chef Maxime Luvara and executive pastry chef Christian Gonthier have crafted an afternoon tea set inspired by the “fruit of the vine” in partnership with French skincare specialists Caudalie, known for its grape-oriented products. From the delectable treats down to the tea stand, no detail has gone unnoticed Available until 15 October, the set ($688 for two) features delicious bites made from various products from the vine such as red grapes, red wine and grape leaves such as the blue crab and Kaluga caviar with grape leaf and red wine reduction and red grape savarin with vanilla whipped cream.
Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, +852 2313 2323; https://hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
Mango Tree Elements
Out with the old, in with the new! The much-loved Hong Kong outlet of famous Thai restaurant Mango Tree is serving brand-new dishes in brand-new surrounds. For your afternoon delight, choose between the Savoury ($238) afternoon tea set featuring dishes like deep-fried chicken wings stuffed with sticky rice and char-grilled river prawn, or the Sweet ($138), with treats like sticky rice with mango, and sago pudding. Or have the best of both worlds by combining both sets ($328), because why not, tbh.
Mango Tree Elements, 2032, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2668 4884; www.mangotree.com.hk
Sheraton Hong Kong
Stop and smell the roses: Sheraton Hong Kong has partnered with organic aromatherapy brand CANVAS for the all-new Rosy Garden Afternoon Tea ($338 per person) which includes delicate and delectable desserts, available until the end of September. It doesn’t have to be Wednesday for you to indulge in this pink summer canvas, featuring delicious bites inspired by CANVAS products such as the coconut panna cotta with strawberry lime confit and feta cheese toast topped with pomegranate. Tea timers can also take home a complimentary Rose Otto Intense Hydration Care Set (an autumn/winter must-have!).
Sheraton Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong + 852 2369 1111; www.sheratonhongkonghotel.com
Ready, set, detox! Club @28, one of our favourite poolside hangouts, has teamed up with skincare royalty SOFINA for the Summer Beauty Afternoon Tea Set ($448 for two on weekdays; $478 for two on weekends and public holidays), inspired by flavours and culinary mastery from different parts of the world. Available until 30 September, the set features sweet and savoury bites filled with antioxidants like the chamomile panna cotta with bird’s nest and seared scallop with butter squash papadum. You won’t walk away empty-handed though, with each guest receiving a set of three skincare and sunscreen products and a SOFINA cash coupon valued at $450 to keep you glowing all summer long.