Anyone for Tea?

A must for visitors and a perfect way to while away an afternoon with friends, no wonder afternoon tea is a Hong Kong institution. These are some of the best afternoon teas in town.

13 Jun 2018 — By Nancy Matos / Food / Restaurants / Taste
afternoon tea scones

Fancy a cup of tea? How about some dainty nibbles to go along with it? But do it in style, in luxury surrounds with string music, on outdoor terraces with dazzling skyline views or in a casual setting by the sea with the kids. We’ve been sipping some of the finest teas and indulging in scones with clotted cream to bring you our take of the best afternoon tea offerings in the city. Some of these high teas do have a dress code, but there’s no need to break out the white gloves or fancy hats – unless you really want to.

To make it easier for you, we’ve listed these afternoon teas in descending price order.

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Best Afternoon Tea with Views

Café 103 at The Ritz-CarltonSEVVANobu at InterContinentalLobby Lounge at InterContinentalCafé Gray Deluxe at The Upper HouseAbove & Beyond at Hotel Icon and Tai O Heritage Hotel, The Murray Hong Kong, Heritage Parlour at Hullett House

Best for Champagne Afternoon Tea

The Lobby at The Peninsula, Nobu at InterContinentalLobby Lounge at InterContinentalClipper Lounge at Mandarin OrientalThe Lounge at Four Seasons, The Murray Hong KongCafé Gray Deluxe at The Upper House, Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour (okay gin, not champagne, but still fun!) and Urban Park (sparkling wine)

Best AfternoonTea for Out-of-Town Visitors

Café 103 at The Ritz-CarltonThe Lobby at The PeninsulaLobby Lounge at InterContinentalThe Verandah at The Repulse Bay and Tai O Heritage Hotel

Quirky & Instagrammable High Teas

 SEVVA,Palm Court at The Langham,  Nobu at InterContinental, Lobby Lounge at InterContinentalDr. Fern’s Gin Parlour,  Sugar at EASTLobby Lounge at Gold Coast Hotel (for their family tea), Above & Beyond at Hotel IconCOCO at The MiraFINDS and Urban Park

Best Luxury Afternoon Teas (priced above $250 per person)

Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Hong Kong

Rosy Love afternoon tea at Lobby Lounge

This summer the Intercontinental Hong Kong’s famous Lobby Lounge is teaming with premium bath, body and home care brand SABON to offer the ‘Rosy Love’ afternoon tea set (until June 3, 2018). A rose-themed menu (rose cheese pudding with blossom orange flower whipped cream, pink rose petal cream and raspberry Napoleon, French duck foie gras with rose jam and gold chocolate ball) will tempt your taste buds, and the gifts of green rose shower oil (30ml) and green rose body lotion (30ml) will send you off smelling like a rose. The panoramic harbour views and chic interiors are an absolutely perfect setting for indulging in this beautiful and delicious tea outing. And we’re happy to report that freshly baked scones served with Devonshire clotted cream are still very much on the menu!

When:     Weekdays 2.30pm to 6.00pm, weekends and public holidays 1.30 to 6.00

Cost:       $468 for one; $688 for two
Where:   InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Book:      Lobby Lounge does not accept reservations, for information 2721 1211

Café 103 at The Ritz-Carlton

cafe 103

Cafe 103 at The Ritz Carlton

This is where you take your mum to impress her – unless she’s afraid of heights. If that’s the case, sit away from the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views from the 103rd floor. Mind you, you’ll both be focused on the exquisite treats served on a wooden mini bookshelf of sorts at Café 103’s well-known chocolate-themed afternoon tea. Look out for their seasonal tea menus, too.

When:     Daily from 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Cost:       $408 for one; $668 for two

Where:   103/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West

Book:     2263 2270 or [email protected]

The Lobby at The Peninsula

Classic afternoon tea in The Lobby at The Peninsula

Classic afternoon tea in The Lobby at The Peninsula

Much like dim sum at Maxim’s City Hall, high tea at The Peninsula is a long standing Hong Kong tradition. You don’t quite need to wear your Sunday best (dress code is smart casual), but the confines of The Lobby are truly elegant, with opulent ceilings and gilded columns surrounding you as The Lobby Strings play in the background. The food selection is classic British, with freshly-baked scones and Devonshire clotted cream, finger sandwiches and assorted savoury pastries. The Lobby is also a fantastic setting for brunch.

When:     Daily from 2.00pm to 6.00pm (first-come, first-served basis)

Cost:       $388 for one; $688 for two; add $220 for a glass of Deutz Peninsula Brut Champagne

Where:  Ground Floor, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book:     2696 6772 or [email protected]

Lobby Lounge at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Fruity Summer set at Marco Polo

Fruity Summer afternoon tea set at Marco Polo

The casual Lobby Lounge at the Marco Polo hotel in Harbour City is the setting for this afternoon tea,  a good bet when you don’t want anything fussy and need to rest your feet after a mad shopping run. Refreshing Ronnefeldt tea or freshly brewed coffee comes with a choice of eight kinds of sugar, as if the three-tiered platter of petit fours and assorted desserts wasn’t sweet enough.

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm

Cost:       $368 for one; $488 for two

Where:   Lobby level, No. 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book:      2113 3919 or [email protected]

SEVVA

afternoon tea at SEVVA

Afternoon tea at SEVVA

Definitely one of the higher-priced ones, but ooh is it decadent. Your sugar cravings will be fulfilled with delectable double chocolate-dipped strawberries with candy sprinkles and lollipop rainbow cake, while toasted crumpet with smoked salmon and chive cream cheese, or foie gras mousse and onion marmalade on a waffle with satisfy your savoury side. There are more delicacies to spoil you displayed on charming three-tiered stands, offered indoors in their stylish surroundings or on the rooftop deck for some fabulous views of the skyline.

When:      Monday to Friday 2.30pm to 5.00pm; Saturday 3.00pm to 5.30pm; closed Sunday

Cost:        $720 for two

Where:    25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central

Book:       2537 1388 (info only – no reservations)

Palm Court at The Langham

Wedgwood Afternoon Tea

Wedgwood Afternoon Tea at Palm Court

The London location of The Langham is where it all started  – it’s considered the birthplace of afternoon tea, celebrating the tradition since 1865. Palm Court carries on the custom in Hong Kong with their afternoon teas set to the accompaniment of a live harpist and pianist for a truly elegant and relaxing afternoon. The ‘Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood’ has an elaborate tea selection that features the rarest and most luxurious oolong, ‘Master Xu’s Da Hong Pao’ (it’ll cost you an additional $150) to pair with warm plain and raisin scones straight from the Palm Court bakery. For a little extra, upgrade to the deluxe tea set that comes with a glass of Perrier-Jouët NV Brut Champagne or Blason Rosé Champagne, and a sudachi (Japanese green citrus fruit) ganache macaron lollipop for a special treat.

When:     Monday to Friday 3.00pm to 5.30pm; weekends and public holidays 2.15pm to 4.15pm (first seating); 4.30pm to 6.30pm (second seating)

Cost:      $348 for one; $598 for two; deluxe afternoon tea $528 for one; $858 for two

Where:  8 Peking Road, The Langham, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book:    2132 7898 or [email protected]

Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental

Afternoon tea at The Clipper Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental

Afternoon tea at the Clipper Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental

A favourite with many a local, the Clipper Lounge delivers the ‘Annoushka Royal Tea’, a beautiful high tea experience complete with their famous rose petal jam. Spread it on soft plain or raisin scones with the customary clotted cream, and then move on to the many little sandwiches and cakes offered. Their seasonal themed teas are also a delight, celebrating Christmas, New Year’s and Easter.

When:     Monday to Friday 2.30pm to 6.00pm; Saturday and public holidays 2.00pm to 4.00pm (first seating); 4.15pm to 6.00pm (second seating); Sunday 3.30pm to 6.00pm

Cost:       Monday to Friday – $298 per person; $478 per person including one glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut or Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rosé Champagne; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays – $318 per person; $498 per person including one glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut or Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rosé Champagne.

Where:   5 Connaught Road, Mandarin Oriental, Central

Book:      2825 4007 or [email protected]

Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon

Afternoon Tea at Le Salon de The

Afternoon Tea at Le Salon de Thé

If tea is in the name, you know it’s a safe bet, as is the fact that Joël Robuchon’s signature can be seen across Hong Kong on various dining establishments, including the three Michelin-starred L’Atelier. His Le Salon de Thé has everything you fancy when it comes to fine teas and French pastries, plus pillowy macarons. All three locations get pretty busy, especially on weekends and holidays, so best arrive nice and early.

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 6.00pm; starts at 2.00pm at Landmark location weekends and public holidays

Cost:       $298 for one; $558 for two

Where:   Landmark Atrium – shop 315 & 334, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; ifc mall – shop 2045A, podium level 2, 8 Finance Street, Central; Elements – shop 1020B, level 1, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon

Book:      Landmark Atrium – 2166 9088; ifc mall – 2234 7422; Elements – 2351 6678

 

Tiffin at Grand Hyatt

Afternoon Tea Set at Tiffin

Afternoon Tea at Tiffin

Tiffin is back with a new, sleek look and a re-designed afternoon tea, now served on bespoke plateware inspired and named after Princess Diana. The elegant cups and saucers, with a pretty gold design, accompany a luxurious-looking three-tiered stand filled with sweet and savoury delicacies of the French variety (canelés, éclairs, sables and verrines). If a triple layer of treats isn’t enough for you, then you’ll love the fact that there’s also live dessert stations and an ice-cream counter.

When: Daily from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Cost: $596 for two (Monday to Friday); $656 for two (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)

Where: Mezzanine, Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

Book: 2588 1234 or [email protected]

Tea Saloon By Anotherfineday

Teacup from AnotherFineDay's Tea Saloon

Ooh, is it pretty in here. When you enter, you’ll probably say to yourself, ‘I’m going to take my mum here for Mother’s Day next year!’. It’s that kind of place – warm, intimate and aesthetically-pleasing – that is, if soft pink and purple hues, flowery tea pots, and furniture that would be at home at the Château de Versailles is your thing.  The afternoon tea set changes seasonally, but each one is whimsical and artsy, served on vintage-style floral plates with menus for ‘Ladies’ and ‘Gentlemen’. Expect cute cupcakes, savoury lollipops, pastel-hued macarons, and flaky tarts in rotating themed sets. There’s also a large selection of tea, including nine varieties based on The Enneagram of Personality, so you can find the cup to best fit your style.

When: Tuesday to Friday 12.00pm to 7.00pm; Saturday and Sunday 11.00am to 7.00pm; closed Mondays

Cost: $298 for one; $528 for two

Where: 80-82 Peel Street, Mid- Levels

Book: 2525 8257 or [email protected]

The Murray, Hong Kong, A Niccolo Hotel

Murray Hong Kong Afternoon Tea at Garden Lounge

Afternoon Tea at Murray Hong Kong’s Garden Lounge

Just when you think they couldn’t squeeze in another hotel in the city, The Murray – full name The Murray, Hong Kong, A Niccolo Hotel – comes along, bringing a new afternoon tea on the scene too. ‘The Murray’s Signature Afternoon Tea’ has the usual savoury and sweet light bites, including unique scones baked with cranberry, rosemary and black pepper, cardamom and apricot, sultana and fennel seeds, or plain for unadventurous tastes. Featuring the hotel’s hand-picked selection of Champagnes and wines, and a curated offering of speciality teas by Jing, sip and nibble away in the bright and modern Garden Lounge while checking out St John’s Cathedral and Central’s skyscrapers through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

When: Daily from 2.30pm to 6.00pm

Cost: $295 per person

Where: Garden Lounge, UG/F, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central

Book: 3141 8888 or [email protected]

Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House

afternoon tea at Cafe Gray

Café Gray Deluxe’s afternoon tea

Another one on the list for sipping tea high above the city, Café Gray Deluxe’s afternoon tea provides lovely Victoria Harbour scenery as the backdrop. You will not leave hungry as their sweets and savouries are among the bigger we’ve seen, but still small enough for dainty nibbling. The velvety raspberry-balsamico macarons are divine.

When:     Daily from 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Cost:      $295 for one; $425 for two; add $150 for mini Champagne Lanson Brut or rosé

Where:  49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway

Book:     3968 1106 or [email protected]

The Verandah at The Repulse Bay

The Verandah

The Verandah at The Repulse Bay

Step back into colonial-era Hong Kong with the afternoon tea setting at The Verandah, complete with ornate ceilings and bay windows that bring in lots of natural light. While the scones and sandwiches are average, the sea views are marvellous, and the Repulse Bay location makes it feel like you’re on a mini holiday.

When:     Wednesday to Saturday 3.00pm to 5.30pm; Sunday and public holidays 3.30pm to 5.30pm; closed Monday and Tuesday

Cost:      $288 for one weekdays;  $308 for one weekends and public holidays

Where:  109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay

Book:     2292 2822 or [email protected]

The Lounge at Four Seasons

The Four Seasons Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea in The Lounge at The Four Seasons

A spacious, chic setting, comfortable seating and fine attention to detail make The Lounge’s afternoon tea one of our favourites, not to mention the traditional fare of cucumber sandwiches, scones with delicious homemade jams and an invigorating array of green, black and herbal loose leaf teas. Throw in a glass of Champagne and we’ll be sitting here for hours. An a la carte option is also available when simply cake or scones are desired.

When:      Daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm

Cost:       $285 for one; $540 for two (weekdays); $305 for one; $585 for two (weekends); add $215 for a glass of Bollinger Special Cuvée Champagne; add $135 for tea cocktail selection; a la carte $140 scones with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade jams or  $145 for cake of the day

Where:   Lobby level, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central

Book:      3196 8820 or [email protected]

Cucina at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Cucina Amedei Afternoon Tea Set with salted caramel chocolate - ‘Chococina’ Amedei

Cucina Amedei Afternoon Tea Set

Cucina’s ‘Amadei Italian Afternoon Tea Set’ is made with the rich Italian chocolate from Tuscany, so you’re in for a heavenly feast of petite sweet and savoury goodies. Fluffy éclairs filled with Amedei chocolate mousse will catch your eye on the tastefully presented wooden and slate tray, and the parma ham and melon will serve as a good palate cleanser after you’ve had the salted caramel chocolate ‘Chococina’, a sinful tall cup of frothy pleasure, with a whipped chocolate cream crown.

When: Daily 3.00pm to 5.30pm

Cost: $568 for two

Where: Level 6, No. 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book: 2113 0808 or [email protected]

Seasons

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Afternoon Tea Set at Seasons

While afternoon tea is commonly associated with the British, Seasons takes you across the Channel to France with their Parisian-themed afternoon tea set. Sweets like Paris-Brest (choux pastry with a fluffy praline cream), madeleines and matcha green tea macarons, along with savouries including the famous French sandwich, Croque Monsieur, their version made with prawns and spiced béchamel,  are served in a special Seasons wooden box.  Seasons have a charming outdoor terrace too.

When:     Monday to Friday 3.00pm to 5.00pm; weekends and public holidays 3.30pm to 5.00pm

Cost:       $280 for one; $540 for two (weekdays), $298 for one, $568 for two (weekends)

Where:   Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay

Book:      2505 6228 or [email protected]

La Scala at Royal Plaza Hotel

La Scala Japanese Apple Tea

La Scala Japanese Apple and Swallow’s Nest tea buffet

Known for their generous buffets, La Scala also does afternoon tea the buffet way, and until July 2, 2018 they’re offering a ‘Japanese Apple and Swallow’s Nest’ tea buffet. Delicate cakes, tarts and other tiny desserts made with Orin and Fuji apples from Japan are highlighted with swallow’s nest delicacies. The spacious restaurant and large buffet area make for a welcoming afternoon tea with the kids, who can gleefully pick and choose for only $185.

When: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 3.15pm to 5.15pm

Cost: $265 per adult; $185 per child

Where: Level 2, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon

Book: 2622 6154 or [email protected]

Nobu at InterContinental

T-Set at Nobu

T-Set at Nobu

Umami and a different kind of sweet are on the menu at Nobu’s Japanese afternoon tea. Their ‘Simply T-Set’ comes with a choice of Rishouen teas from Japan, coffee or matcha drinks, while the ‘Fizzy T-Set’ comes with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne. Umami bites like lobster crispy rice are countered with the sweeter strawberry sukara monaka, plus many more presented in stylish wooden boxes and trays.

When:     Weekends from 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Cost:       $528 for two; $868 for two with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne

Where:   2/F, 18 Salisbury Road, InterContinental, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book:     2313 2323 or [email protected]

GREEN at Hotel Icon

Loom Loom Afternoon Tea at Above & Beyond

Loom Loop Afternoon Tea Set at Above & Beyond

Enjoy a ‘Splendid Summer Afternoon Tea’ (until June 30, 2018) with fruit-filled cakes and pastries created in conjunction with renowned French pastry chef Jean-François Arnaud, and something we bet you haven’t tried before – durian ice cream. Yes, you can have an unlimited amount of ice cream made with the smelly fruit, done in house by Hotel Icon’s pastry chef Danny Ho. Have some cool homemade lemonade, fruity mocktails or cocktails, or something sparkling: this afternoon tea has free flow Champagne, not just one glass! And of course, there’s hot tea, with 17 kinds to choose from.

When:      Daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm

Cost:        $258 for one; $488 for two; add $38 for cocktails; add $48 for cocktails; add $78 for free flow Saint Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut; add $298 for free flow G.H. Mum Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne

Where:    Lobby, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon

Book:      3400 1318 or [email protected]

Best Afternoon Teas for Below $250 Per Person

Maison ES

Maison ES Love is Red Afternoon Tea Set

Maison ES Love is Red French Afternoon Tea Set

It feels like you’re having tea in someone’s posh living room when indulging at Maison ES, with vintage décor and antiques throughout. The ‘Love is Red’ French afternoon tea is just as attractive, especially the gorgeous red concoctions chef Esther Sham has whipped up – the rose and mint macarons are almost too good-looking to eat. The gummies goodie bag is an unusually sweet surprise at an afternoon tea, with juicy cranberry, guava and pink grapefruit-flavoured gummy candy. Savouries come in the form of spicy prawn cocktail-filled cherry tomato, chilled sakura udon with shredded chicken and Sichuan sesame dressing, and more rosy tastes.

When: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Cost: $250 for one; $488 for two

Where: No. 1A, Star Street, Wan Chai

Book: 2521 8011 or [email protected]

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour

Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea spread from Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour

Yes, this is branded as a gin parlour, but don’t be fooled as this very cool speakeasy in The Landmark has one of the most unique afternoon teas going. Their Nordic Afternoon Tea is inspired by the Swedish tradition of fika or time set aside to have tea or coffee accompanied by pastries in a highly social setting. The tea celebrates the idea of ‘pause and reset.’ and is a reflection of Dr. Fern’s love for Scandinavian storybooks growing up. While conventional afternoon tea menus serve scones, Dr. Fern’s keeps it Nordic with elegant corvettes and bon bons. Dr. Fern and his team of ‘doctors’ have foraged for the freshest available ingredients to create an experience you will definitely want to try.

When:     Daily from 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Cost:       $498 for two; add $50 for gin and tonic

Where:   Shop B31A, First basement floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Book:      2111 9449 or [email protected]

Lobby Lounge at Gold Coast Hotel

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Gold Coast Hotel

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Gold Coast Hotel

Billed as Hong Kong’s only resort hotel, a visit to the Gold Coast Hotel nestled away in the New Territories is kind of like a mini-holiday for locals. Make it a relaxing escape with an afternoon treating yourself to yummy treats, tea and cocktails. The Lobby Lounge does some delightful themed afternoon tea sets, and they often keep the kids in mind, so keep an eye out for special family-priced sets that come served in a pirate’s treasure chest or set in an enchanted garden.

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 6.00pm

Cost:       $480 for two

Where:   1 Castle Peak Road, Lobby level, Gold Coast

Book:      2452 8338 or [email protected]

Lion Rock at Royal Plaza Hotel

Lion Rock

Lion Rock

We like to pop in here for a laid back afternoon tea after a jaunt to the nearby flower market. It’s not one of the fancier ones, so no need to worry about the dress code, and the food selection is decent. Tea sets change with the season, often with an Asian twist like the ‘FiesTHAI Afternoon Tea’ with Thai sweet and savoury morsels (until July 31, 2018). Get a table by the window for a view of its namesake attraction, the mighty Lion Rock.

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 6.00pm

Cost:       $468 for two

Where:   3/F, Royal Plaza Hotel, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon

Book:     2622 6167 or [email protected]

Heritage Parlour at Hullett House

Afternoon Tea at Heritage Parlour

Afternoon Tea at Heritage Parlour

Come here on a nice day so you can enjoy your tea on the outdoor balcony seated in Chinoiserie-inspired chairs overlooking the historic Time Ball Tower. The ‘Parlour Deluxe Afternoon Tea Set’ offers a local spin on the English institution, featuring sticky rice dumplings, bacon tarts, spring rolls, sweet mango pudding and assorted Chinese pastries.

When: Monday to Friday from 2.30pm to 6:00pm; weekends and public holidays 3.00pm to 6.00pm

Cost: $438 for two

Where: Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book: 3988 0101 or [email protected]

COCO at The Mira

Exotic Islands Summer Afternoon Tea @ COCO at The Mira

Exotic Islands Summer Afternoon Tea @ COCO at The Mira

The tea sets change monthly at COCO, a chic cafe and patisserie that doles out beautiful desserts, breads and a sinful signature hot chocolate. They don’t skimp when it comes to their themed afternoon tea, which comes served on a tiered stand resembling a Hermès handbag. Top points for presentation and creativity, and with the rotating afternoon tea of the month, you get something unique with each visit.

When:     Monday to Friday, and Sunday from 3.00pm to 6.00pm

Cost:       $428 for two

Where:   G/F, The Mira, 118-130 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book:      2315 5566 or [email protected]

Alibi at Cordis, Hong Kong

Treasures from the Deep Afternoon Tea Set at Alibi - Wine Dine Be Social

Well, this is fun. An afternoon tea presented in a treasure chest! Until July 31, 2018, Chef de cuisine James Oakley is serving a tea set inspired by the beauty of the ocean: smoked cod rillettes with ice plant on squid ink tapioca ‘coral’, ‘pearl’ white chocolate and white peach mousse, ‘ruby’ strawberry and hibiscus bavarois, and more.

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm

Cost:       $598 for two; add $298 for a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne

Where:   Level 5, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

Book:      3552 3388 or

The Continental

Afternoon Tea at the Continental

Afternoon Tea at The Continental

A very spacious location for afternoon tea, with roomy green leather booths to slide into for a simple afternoon tea, no themes or elaborate concoctions. But Executive Chef Rene Michelena delivers with tasty European fare like mozzarella bruschetta with kale pesto, and mini crab quiche with spicy aioli. Pastry Chef  Vincent Tam bakes up traditional scones served with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream, and a not- too-sweet but pleasing green tea and mango cupcake. There’s more delectables on the requisite tiered stand, along with Illy coffee and Jing tea, all of which can also be taken outdoors on the terrace.

When: Saturday and Sunday from 2.30pm to 5.00pm

Cost: $380 for two

Where: Unit 406, L4 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway

Book:  2704 5211 or [email protected]

AMMO

Afternoon Tea at AMMO

Afternoon Tea at AMMO

AMMO, an anagram for Asia, Modern, Museum and Original, is one of the most eclectic places you’ll ever sip your tea in. Housed in a former 19th century explosives compound, its revamped interiors are truly stunning, with copper and industrial metal features, a nod to the site’s military past. AMMO has collaborated with cosmetic brand Chantecalle Beauté for the ‘Rose de Mai’ afternoon tea set, until June 30, 2018. Indulge in an exquisite selection of gourmet savories, plus pink and rose sweets and pastries, then head home with a complimentary Chantecalle Deluxe Gift Set, worth up to $1,875 (while stocks last). 

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Cost:       $398 for two

Where:   Asia Society HK Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Book:      2537 9888, [email protected] or

Le Soleil at The Royal Garden Hotel

Afternoon Tea at Le Soleil

Afternoon Tea at Le Soleil

Pretend you’re in another part of Asia for an afternoon with the ‘The Scent of Tea Afternoon Tea Set’ by Le Soleil and Or Tea?, offering an array of Vietnamese snacks and teas by the premium tea brand with the quirky packaging. The set includes iced teas for a nice change, along with traditional hot cups, refreshing lychee tea jelly for dessert, and a complimentary Or Tea? gift pack. Enjoy it all on the hotel’s third floor mezzanine level, which happens to offer a peaceful view of the atrium’s greenery and water setting. Not quite Saigon, but with the taste of Vietnamese iced coffee on your lips (also offered) you can fake it.

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Cost:       $368 for two

Where:   3/F, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon

Book:      2733 2033 or [email protected]

FINDS

Afternoon tea set at FINDS

Afternoon Tea Set at FINDS

FINDS (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden) holds claim to being one of the first Nordic restaurants in the entire Pearl River Delta region, and they like to indulge in a bit of afternoon tea too. Here it’s with a Scandinavian twist, with the help of Isak, a newly launched Swedish homeware brand in Hong Kong. The ‘Midnight Sun’ afternoon tea set serves Executive Chef Jaakko Sorsa’s culinary creations on tableware from the ‘Midnattssol’ collection designed by Isak. Fluffy Nordic pancakes with vanilla sauce and raspberry crumble, beetroot-marinated, cold-smoked salmon on toast with mustard and dill sauce, Västerbotten cheese tart, and other Nordic delights can be taken in an environment of sleek furniture and contemporary decor that our Northern friends are famous for.

When:     Monday to Friday 3.00pm to 5.30pm; weekends 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Cost:       $356 for two; $98 for kids menu; add $40 for a glass of sparkling wine or peach mimosa

Where:   1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book:      2522 9318 or

Urban Park

butterfly afternoon tea at Urban Park

Butterfly afternoon tea set at Urban Park

This one gets our vote for best presentation. Sweets and savouries like fresh fruit tartlets and petite prawn cocktails come to you in a sweet two-tiered birdcage adorned with flowers in Urban Park’s ‘Butterfly Blossom Afternoon Tea’ set. To top it all off, you get to take it all on their gorgeous outdoor terrace. Tea is courtesy of Comptoir Français du Thé.

When:      Monday to Friday 3.00pm to 5.30 pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 3.00pm to 5.30pm (Central branch only)

Cost:        $299 for two; add $50 per person for a glass of sparkling wine

Where:   4/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book:     2751 1999, or

 

Where:   2/F, Shop 3-5, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

Book:     3708 8083, or

An Nam

An Nam Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at An Nam

An Nam has two locations, for those on either side of the water, each is handsomely decorated with chinoiserie elements, Vietnamese-style window lattices and dark wood furniture with turquoise accents. Add to this beautiful Indochine paintings by famous Vietnamese artist Bui Huu Hung, and Vietnamese silk lanterns, and you’ll be indulging in a most lovely tea. The price isn’t too shabby (although the Causeway Bay location charges a wee bit more) for a nice spread of authentic Vietnamese flavours such as shrimp rice paper rolls, Saigon shrimp toast, and seafood pomelo salad. To sweeten things up, coffee panna cotta and caramel custard can be paired with a pick of two drinks, like a ‘Lychee Smash’ for something to cool down with or some Vietnamese drip coffee to perk up.

When: Daily from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Cost: $298 for two (Causeway Bay); $248 (Kowloon Tong); add $15 for alcoholic drink upgrade

Where: 4/F, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay; Shop L1-20, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Book: 2787 3922 or [email protected] (Causeway Bay); 2866 2803 or [email protected] (Kowloon Tong)

Feast at EAST

Casual and affordable, afternoon tea at Feast (food by EAST, get it?) makes sure you leave stuffed with an assortment of sandwiches, soups, salads, cakes and desserts. Enticing sharing boards lavished with warm paninis, pickles, yam fries and other salty nibbles also come in sweet form, with fresh fruit, macarons, and gooey chocolately  cookies. Afterwards, pop up to the rooftop deck at Sugar for a prime lookout point of the city, loosen your belt and let out a contented sigh.

When: Monday to Friday 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Cost: $268 for two

Where: 1/F, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, EAST hotel, Taikoo Shing

Book: 3968 3777 or [email protected]

Mango Tree

Afternoon Tea at Mango Tree

Afternoon Tea at Mango Tree

Not your average afternoon tea, as Mango Tree infuses Thai essence like lemongrass, coconut and unsurprisingly, mangoes, into their afternoon tea set for two. The Elements-based restaurant in Kowloon has a mix of savoury seafood (pomelo salad with crab meat), pork (steamed sago dumpling with minced pork), beef (grilled US beef salad) and chicken satay, with sweets like pumpkin pudding and sticky rice with mango. Refreshments include cocktails and alcohol-free versions with fresh watermelon, pineapple or lychee juice, and soothing Thai teas. Choose to have just sweet or savoury, both, or go the a la carte route.

When: Daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm

Cost: $298 for two (savoury and sweet); $228 for two (savoury); $128 for two (sweet); a la carte from $68

Where:  Shop 2032, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Book: 2668 4884 or enquiry[email protected]

Café bord de Mer & Lounge at Auberge Discovery Bay

afternoon tea at The Auberge, Discovery Bay

Afternoon tea at The Auberge, Discovery Bay

A good option for Discovery Bay locals and especially those with children, as the outdoor terrace provides a big, quiet space for the little ones to run around while you sit back with your warm cuppa. The offerings of scones with jam and savouries aren’t too exciting, but the panoramic views over the South China Sea and spacious setting will draw you in.

When:     Daily from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Cost:       $268 for two

Where:   88 Siena Avenue, Auberge Discovery Bay, Discovery Bay

Book:     2295 8288 or [email protected]

The Envoy at The Pottinger

Afternoon tea set at The Envoy

Afternoon tea at The Envoy

The Envoy take tea seriously, using it in many of their wonderful cocktails, so it’s no surprise they would have a rich selection at tea time. Flavours like rose and French vanilla, blueberry and pomegranate, and good old Earl Grey from the Dilmah range go nicely with items from the ‘Colonial Two-Tier’ set. Earl Grey smoked salmon tart, herbal tea deviled egg, and elderflower vegetable roll round off the savories, and for sweets there’s chiffon pandas cake, seasonal mousse and traditional English scones.

When:     Monday to Friday 3.00pm to  5.30pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Cost:       $228 for two; add $38 for a pandan latte

Where:   3/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Book:     2169 3311 or

Tai O Heritage Hotel

Tea Set at Tai O Heritage Hotel

Afternoon Tea Set at Tai O Heritage Hotel

Bet you didn’t know about this little gem. Step away from the towering hotels in the city and head to the Tai O fishing village in Lantau for a secluded afternoon tea. The Tai O Heritage Hotel goes back to 1902, when it served as a police station to guard the shore.  Enjoy a marvellous view of the South China Sea and the tranquil fishing village at the Tai O Lookout, the hotel’s glass-roofed restaurant, while sampling mini steamed rice dumplings, crispy chicken wings and minced pork rolls with shrimp paste, plus sweet fruit tarts, salty lemon cookies and a locally known confection, the Mountain Begonia cheesecake.

When:      Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Cost:        $218 for two

Where:   Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island

Book:     2985 8383 or  [email protected]

 

Please note – many of these venues update their afternoon tea offerings regularly to feature seasonal specials or special promotions in conjunction with other brands, so check their websites or give them a call to get the latest menu.

 

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Nancy Matos is a lifestyle and culture writer from Vancouver, Canada currently based in Hong Kong and London, who takes her tea with honey and lots of cake.



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