Here’s our pick of the top spots to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea this springtime:
Dalloyau x Blumarine Afternoon Tea
In celebration of ultra-feminine Italian fashion house Blumarine's 40th anniversary, French patisserie extraordinaire Dalloyau has launched an elegant afternoon tea set in pretty springtime colours. Inspired by Blumarine’s lead designer Anna Molinari – whose nickname is Queen of the Roses – the set features elements from the luxury brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, with pastels, fruits and florals dominating. Sweet highlights include pistachio and raspberry choux and rose and citron macarons. A selection of delectable savouries, plus classic and orange-scented scones, are also included. Tea can be taken either at Dalloyau or upstairs at Café Épure.
Price: $536 for 2
Afternoon tea period: 3–6pm daily, until 11 June 2017
Dalloyau: Shop 3220, Level 3, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, TST, 3185 8330
Café Épure: Shop 403, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, TST, 3185 8331
FINDS x Iittala Finland 100 Afternoon Tea
We’re long-standing fans of Chef Jaakko Sorsa’s fine Nordic cuisine, and his afternoon tea sets are always memorable. The latest has been created in partnership with beautiful Finnish tableware brand Iittala in order to commemorate the centenary of Finland’s independence this year, with the set showcasing Iittala’s iconic Taika collection with its vibrant blue colour and signature owl design. The 10 teatime treats currently featured (they will change seasonally) are Finnish classics, from ice-cellar salmon with dill sauce and smoked trout roe toast to lingonberry tart and baked Lapland cheese with cloudberry sauce. We’re especially excited about the cinnamon custard rolls – how we love us some cinnabuns. Instead of tea, opt for a gourmet coffee creation (Finland tops the world coffee-consumption chart – surprised?) or hot chocolate made with 62% dark chocolate from Peru.
Price: $356 for 2
Afternoon tea period: 3–5:30pm (Monday–Friday) and 3:30–5:30pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays), ongoing
1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, TST, 2522 9318
WOOBAR x Moschino Afternoon Tea
A bit OTT, yes, but WOOBAR’s newly launched Moschino-inspired afternoon tea sounds like a whole lotta fun too. W Hong Kong Culinary Director Alain Allaire has created an assortment of sweet treats that pay homage to the cult Italian fashion house. This translates to an iPhone case biscuit featuring the iconic Moschino teddy, bite-sized high heels made out of white chocolate, Fresh Couture strawberry jelly shots, vanilla fondant sponge cake in the shape of the brand’s black-and-white shopping tote and oh-so-much more. Savoury bites, such as mini lobster rolls and smoked salmon crostini, and scones also make an appearance, but it’s all about the cool tea stand and glam sweets for us.
Price: $418 for 2 (to include Moschino mini perfume gifts to take home)
Afternoon tea period: 2:30–6pm (Monday–Friday), until 31 May 2017
6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 3717 2889, email@example.com
InterContinental Hong Kong x Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse Afternoon Tea
Along with the launch of the InterCon’s newest dining powerhouse, Rech by Alain Ducasse, comes this decadent afternoon tea set that is a chocoholic’s dream come true. It places the spotlight on desserts made using recipes that originate from Chef Ducasse’s restaurants in Paris, all made with Le Chocolate Alain Ducasse from the Parisian confectionary. InterContinental Hong Kong Executive Pastry Chef Cyril Dupuis, who formerly headed the pastry kitchen for all of Chef Ducasse’s Paris restaurants for 14 years, has crafted the Parisian pastries – such as the chocolate tart from Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, the chocolate mousse from Benoit Paris and the craquelin chocolate from the Jules Verne restaurant at the Eiffel Tower – using single-origin dark chocolate from countries including Peru, Ecuador and Madagascar. A quartet of mouth-watering savouries and scones with Earl Grey jam and homemade chocolate spread complete this luxurious afternoon tea experience.
Price: $608 for 2 (Monday–Friday) and $628 for 2 (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Afternoon tea period: 2:30–6pm (Monday–Friday) and 1:30–6pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays), until 31 May 2017
Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2313 2323 (no bookings accepted)
Café 103 x Sakura Afternoon Tea
What could be more evocative of spring than cherry blossoms, particularly in this part of the world? Guest pastry chef Hideaki Tanaka from The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo is headlining this pretty-as-a-picture sakura-themed afternoon tea affair, featuring the likes of sumptuous delights such as sakura-marinated radish roll with snow crab and caviar, green tea sakura strawberry cake, soy milk panna cotta with sakura jelly and sakura, strawberry and red bean mousse. You’ll have to be down with floral flavours to enjoy this one, but if you are, it’s a doozy, with views to match the fare.
Price: $378 for 1/$638 for 2 (Monday–Friday) and $398 for 1/$658 for 2 (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Afternoon tea period: 3:30–5:30pm daily, until 14 May 2017 (act fast!)
103/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2270, firstname.lastname@example.org