Intercontinental Lobby Lounge X Shanghai Tang Afternoon Tea Set

The Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental is teaming up with Shanghai Tang this summer to present a stunning afternoon tea set. We tried it and here's what we thought.

18 Jul 2017 — By Catherine Stewart / Food / Restaurants / Reviews / Taste
close up of shanghai Tang afternoon tea set at InterContinental

This summer the Intercontinental Hong Kong’s famous Lobby Lounge is teaming with Shanghai Tang to offer this afternoon tea set presented in a stunning Shanghai Tang lacquered box, showcasing seasonal items and Asian inspired ingredients.

afternoon tea set at Lobby Lounge Intercontinental

InterContinental Hong Kong X Shanghai Tang Afternoon Tea Set

There’s certainly plenty to choose from in this luxurious tea set, beginning with four attractively presented savoury items, including deliciously creamy Smoked Salmon Rilettes with Brioche and crunchy Asparagus Wrapped in Serano Ham.

There is a panoramic harbour view at the Lobby Lounge

I’m happy to report that the afternoon tea essentials, scones with clotted cream and jam, were excellent. But the real star of the show were these three stunning pastries, showcased in a Shanghai Tang lacquered box.

desserts at Shanghai Tang afternoon tea set

Close Up of the Pastries

Pictured from left to right, Pandan Puff Pastry, Taro/Mango Opera Cake and Raspberry/Pistachio Short Bread. Taro and pandan are not usually my go-to dessert ingredients (I’m more of a chocolate girl!), but I could easily have eaten another helping of all of these and the presentation with those jewel-like colours was stunning.

Alongside the pastries we were served Black Rice Glutinous Pudding, Coconut, Ginkgo & Goji (Wolfberries), which I have to admit was not to my taste. However I loved the Praline/Chocolate Mousse, Passion Fruit – Banana Sauce, Roasted Hazelnuts which was rich and chocolatey but balanced with sharpness from the fruit.

This is a very attractive afternoon tea set, served in a chic surroundings with a really fabulous harbour view. In fact this tea set is so Instagram-worthy that it has its own hashtag #ichkshanghaitangteatime for an Instagram contest to win  a set of Jacky Tsai Print Pyjamas from Shanghai Tang (valued at HK$4,980). And afternoon tea diners also receive a 10% off voucher for the Shanghai Tang store at the InterContinental.

The Verdict

This is one of the pricier afternoon tea sets available,  but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge because the quality of food both in flavour and presentation is top notch and the setting takes it to the next level.

When:     Until 17 September 2017. Weekdays 2.30pm to 6.00pm, weekends and public holidays 1.30pm to 6.00pm
Cost:       Weekdays (Except Public Holidays) $608 for 2 persons, Weekends & Public Holidays $628 for 2 persons
Where:   InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Book:      Lobby Lounge does not accept reservations, for information 2721 1211

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