This tea was delightful, and we swear we can still smell the lovely floral scents that greeted us at the Palm Court. Cochine Saigon’s botanical fragrances are the inspiration for the delicious morsels in this tea, and we loved the heavenly hand cream that we could take home with us too. After reaching a satiated point from nibbling on gorgeous cakes like “La Rose”, a cherry mousse-filled Pavlova shaped like a rose, and the tangy and sweet “Girl with the Tuberose”, flaky pastry with a wild fig and lemon compote filling, we enveloped our hands with the flowery aromas of white jasmine and gardenia. The Vietnamese-themed tea set also features savouries like mini banh mi brioche, and slow-cooked organic chicken roulade on pesto bread.
Every purchase of an afternoon tea set for two from Friday to Sunday comes with an exclusive Cochine gift set (while supplies last). Guests who order the tea set for two between March 1 to May 1 can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 hotel dining voucher and a four-wick Cochine scented candle.
When: March 1 to May 13 weekdays from 3.00pm – 5.30pm; weekends and public holidays from 2.15pm – 4.15pm (first sitting) and 4.30 pm – 6.30pm (second sitting)
Cost: $348 for one; $598 for two
Where: 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Book: 2132 7898 or [email protected]
The creative desserts at COCO are always a draw, and when we heard this afternoon tea had a matcha theme, we made it to TST in record time. The Mira’s Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Gaucher has designed a stunning showcase of matcha sweet treats using premium matcha from Uji in Kyoto. Highlights were the Uji matcha white chocolate, coconut and raspberry tart, a decadent Uji matcha cheesecake with an Oreo cookie base, and a first for us – matcha, cranberry and white chocolate scones. Along with a refreshing spring tea collection of blueberry and pomegranate or green tea with jasmine, the fragrant yuzu and matcha mocktail goes down a treat with the savoury spread including fruity Israeli couscous with diced poached shrimp, or sardine avocado on grilled bread.
When: March 1 to April 1 daily from 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Cost: $428 for two; add $120 for a glass of Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne
Where: G/F Lobby, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 2315 5566 or [email protected]
Inspired by sakura (cherry blossoms) and hanami (flower viewing), and paired with the Lobby Lounge’s panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, this afternoon tea makes for a pretty afternoon all around. A beautiful and equally delicious array of French pastries are adorned with delicate spring hues of pink and yellow: orange and passion fruit sakura cake, strawberry fresh fruit cream cake, chestnut sakura green tea cake, and more. Not to worry tea lovers, there’s also plain and raisin scones and keeping in theme, they’re served with sakura petal jam, plus there’s savoury delights like shrimp tartar with yuzu and sakura crispy shrimp, smoked pastrami with Japanese cheese, and miso cauliflower with caviar. Complete it with Mariage Frères tea or special spring floral drinks, including fruity and flowery mocktails and cocktails. Instagram fiends take note: snap a photo of the tea set with the hashtag #ICHKTSET and get 50% off spring floral drinks.
When: March 1 to April 30 weekdays from 2.30pm – 6.00pm; weekends and public holidays from 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Cost: $668 for two; add $125 for Imperial Sakura mocktail; add $165 for spring floral cocktails
Where: Lobby level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon
Book: 2313 2323 or [email protected]
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.