Is it afternoon tea or high tea?
The terms are often used interchangeably now, but they have different British origins.
Afternoon tea was offered mid-afternoon to fill the long wait between lunch and dinner and was traditionally served with scones with jam and cream, cakes and pastries.
High tea was originally served to royal gatherings on posh high-backed chairs, but it became a working-class replacement for dinner during the Industrial Revolution. It is more likely to be a variety of dishes such as cold meats, fish and salads as well as baked goods. High tea is served later in the day, more like a traditional evening meal.
In Hong Kong, afternoon tea is much more likely to be in the mid-afternoon, but the dishes served can be as adventurous as you are. Read more here.
Afternoon tea collaborations
Given its history, it’s no surprise that afternoon tea and tea parties as we know them have leaned towards a feminine audience. However, with nouveau twists to this traditional social ritual, establishments are attracting clientele across a spectrum of ages, genders and professions.
Afternoon tea was originally hosted in the grounds of Queen Victoria’s stately manors and castles – venues of luxurious grandeur in comparison to most of modern-day Hong Kong’s living spaces, which are customarily unadorned and very much lived in. Perhaps this is the reason that afternoon tea has become a service offered by luxury hotels worldwide. For afternoon tea to now be taken in bright and shining deluxe hotels seems the natural progression, from 19th-century manor houses to the equivalent modern-day socialising event.
After all, people love an excuse to put on their glad rags and meet up with friends, but the element of luxury is what makes afternoon tea that little bit more special – there are plenty of cafés for an average catch-up! What we have today is a very different creature, with a wide availability and variety of delicious afternoon teas that attract people looking for special experiences. It is, perhaps, the exclusivity of afternoon tea that makes it so attractive.
In the past decade, it has been increasingly popular to combine the typically high-class practice of afternoon tea with the glamour of designer brands. What do we mean by this? Many luxury hotels around Hong Kong (and, indeed, worldwide) have collaborated with multi-billion-dollar beauty, jewellery and fashion brands as well as pop-culture franchises to inspire their afternoon tea themes. With these collaborations, clientele can expect to live a lifestyle of luxury in both the social and material aspects – just like the creator of afternoon tea herself, the Duchess of Bedford!
Ongoing afternoon teas
Popinjays at The Murray, Hong Kong
The Murray’s rooftop eatery Popinjays gives afternoon tea a tropical makeover. Whilst enjoying views of Central, guests can nosh on savoury delectables the likes of organic egg and caviar blinis and marinated spider crab with pineapple salsa and popcorn as well as a selection of savoury muffins. For the sweet tooth, consider blueberry macarons with lavender cream, passion fruit and milk chocolate cake and warm scones served with homemade papaya and mango jam. There’s even an option for your scones to be flambéed tableside with Cointreau Blood Orange. If you’re not in the mood for a hot pot of tea, take your pick of speciality drinks such as Fruit Dove (+$85), a blend of rosebud, hibiscus and blackcurrant tea with soda, lemon and agave to liven up the palate.
Price: $688/2; +$988/2, to include 2 glasses of Billecart-Salmon or Charles Heidsieck champers: +$150/2
When: Tuesday–Sunday, 2:30–4:30pm
Rooftop, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141 8888, book online
Al-fresco dining overlooking picturesque Repulse Bay, The Verandah gives traditional afternoon tea a modern transformation. The Verandah chefs have created seasonal delights like a decadent truffle scrambled egg tartlet with crabmeat salad that’s in homage to the classic egg sandwich. Bayonne ham dust, Parmesan mousse, cucumber, tomato, red onion and mixed cereal bread roll replace the traditional ham sandwich. There are also caramel chocolate pillows, coconut marshmallow twists and matcha and hazelnut praline domes alongside cold-brewed fruit tea (+$78) for some five-star munching. Not to be missed are the restaurant’s two unique tea blends, which change regularly but could include flavours such as rose green tea and spicy caramel black tea.
Price: $308/1 or $588/2 on weekdays; $328/1 or $604/2 on weekends and public holidays
When: daily, 3–5:30pm
109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2292 2822, book online
Afternoon tea is given a local Hong Kong spin at COBO HOUSE with Chef Davin Kim’s Cha Chaan tea set, featuring four savoury snacks and eight desserts. Indulge in a pineapple bun filled with homemade butter blended with fresh uni, endive topped with galbi beef and homemade flatbread topped with ruby chocolate shavings, curiously named “cheese dirty roll”. The “burger and egg” is made of chocolate mousse with egg-shaped marshmallows, while the “sweet hot dog” is a sausage-shaped macaron drizzled with mango sauce. Also on the menu are the restaurant’s own branded artisanal chocolate bonbons and homemade plain and Earl Grey scones. Limited to just 10 sets per day, guests are offered a selection of environmentally friendly Løv tea and Costadoro coffee.
When: weekends and public holidays, 3–5:30pm
G/F and 1/F, 8–12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, 2656 3088, book online
Dim sum afternoon tea at SHÈ
SHÈ inside ifc mall’s Lane Crawford welcomes guests with an afternoon tea set full of Chinese flavours. Classic Chinese treats including har gow (shrimp dumplings) have been luxuriously redesigned, using beetroot-infused pink dumpling skin and prawns laced with champagne. Traditional steamed meatballs are given a decadent veneer with real truffle and three types of mushrooms mixed with Ibérico pork and bacon. On the sweet front, there’s a yin-yang-style sponge cake and buttery egg tart bites, just to name a few.
Price: $288/2 on weekdays; $328/2 on weekends and public holidays
When: daily, 3–5pm
Portion A of Shop 3025–3026 and 3031–3066, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2110 0153, book online
Le Soleil at The Royal Garden Hotel Hong Kong
Vietnamese restaurant Le Soleil at The Royal Garden presents a unique Vietnamese-French afternoon tea set. You might be thinking that’s a pretty big leap, but given that Vietnam was once a French colony, the two cuisines are actually intrinsically linked. Expect fusion delights like marinated Boston lobster with fruit salsa and romaine heart and lotus root and crabmeat salad. Vietnamese-inspired drink choices such as Vietnamese coffee and honey pomelo tea are included. And just take a gander at that Eiffel Tower tea stand!
When: daily, 3–5:30pm
3/F, The Royal Garden Hotel Hong Kong, 69 Mody Road, TST East, 2733 2033, book online
High Chai at VEDA
This vegetarian (and mostly gluten-free) afternoon tea at veggie restaurant extraordinaire VEDA is a real keeper; we hope more restaurants in HK follow suit with greener teatime offerings. It’s heavy on the savoury items – which we are particularly happy about – and includes delicious bites like mini avocado toast, shiitake mushroom tart and Brazilian cheese bread (pão de queijo). The Pukka teas and coffee selection make for fine accompaniments to these lighter, healthier delights. Watch our video.
Price: $220/1 or $408/2
When: daily, 3–5:30pm
Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 3755 3067, book online
Spanish-inspired afternoon tea at La Rambla
La Rambla has introduced the first Spanish afternoon tea set in town. Chef Ferran Tadeo’s tapas-style delights are paired with freshly brewed loose-leaf tea from local tea company Plantation by teakha. Teas include Red Jade with Bergamot Peel and Plantation Breakfast, an interpretation of traditional breakfast tea with the unique twist of fruity red jade. Bites include the eatery’s signature avocado lobster, ham croquettes and homemade churros with salted caramel.
Price: $480/2; +$110/glass of Agustí Torelló cava; $390/glass of Krug Grande Cuvée champagne
When: daily, 3–5pm
Shop 3071–73, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2661 1161, book online
The Lounge at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
JW Marriott’s The Lounge has unveiled a brand-spanking-new East-meets-West afternoon tea set. The new savouries include mango lobster salad with caviar, abalone tart, tiger prawn spring roll and cured Japanese Momotaro tomato with preserved plum sauce, while matcha tiramisu, red velvet cupcake, yuzu macaron and sakura Swiss roll delight on the sweet side. Scones with jam and clotted cream complemented by a cup of TWG Tea or Graffeo coffee complete the experience.
Price: $268/1 or $468/2 (weekdays); $288/1 or $488/2 (weekends and public holidays); +$100/glass of Moët & Chandon
When: daily, 3:30–6pm
Lobby, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2810 8366, book online
Jiangnan-inspired afternoon tea at Old Bailey
Swish yet serene Old Bailey once again places the spotlight on traditional Jiangnan cuisine with its new daily afternoon tea offering, presenting bite-sized portions of the eatery’s signature sweets ad savouries the likes of Nanjing salted duck, both classic and spicy xiao long bao, ma lan tou with pressed bean curd, soy milk pudding, jujube paste crispy crêpes and chocolate snowy glutinous rice balls. To take this Chinese afternoon tea to the next level, complement these delectable bites with a pot of one of seven single-origin Plantation by teakha teas sourced from small tea estates in China, Taiwan and even locally in the 852.
Price: $388/2 for regular coffee or tea; $468/2 to include speciality tea by Plantation by teakha; $688/2 to include 2 glasses of Perrier-Jouët bubbly
When: daily, 2–6pm
2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, 2877 8711, book online
Japanese cheese fondue afternoon tea buffet at Eaton HK’s The Astor
The Astor has launched a unique buffet-style Japanese-inspired afternoon tea where cheese fondue (either classic cheese or Japanese matsutake with porcini and black truffle) is the centrepiece alongside a variety of dippers including fish cakes, mochi, bread, salami and veggies. Classic Japanese izakaya dishes like okonomiyaki, yakisoba, skewers, sashimi rice bowls, soba and ramen are yours for the feasting, as are more modern creations such as ebi katsu burger, mentaiko pasta and beef and Suntory pie. Wait – there’s more! There’s also a live dessert station featuring made-to-order dorayaki and soufflé pancakes and, to wash it all down, bottomless red bean matcha milk, peach yoghurt drink, Japanese tea, fruit tea, soda and more. Wowsers!
When: weekends and public holidays, 3:15–5:15pm
B1/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, 2710 1901, book online
Ruinart afternoon tea at Statement
In association with esteemed champagne house Ruinart, elegant modern British restaurant Statement has launched its first afternoon tea , which we recommend enjoying out on the historic colonial-style veranda. Served on a stunning spiral metal art piece that pays homage to the Ruinart bottle, Statement’s afternoon tea treats are British classics with a modern flair – from celeriac tartelette with pickled vegetables and cauliflower purée and walnut and Lancashire cheese puff to vanilla and acacia honey cream choux and chocolate and orange slice. We’re most looking forward to trying the buttermilk Devon scones with lashings of homemade strawberry jam and authentic Cornish clotted cream. Pinkies at the ready!
Price: $288/1 or $388/1 to include glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
When: daily, 3–5pm
Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, 2848 3000, book online
Limited-time afternoon tea collaborations
PAPINEE x Alibi at Cordis, Hong Kong
Luxury toy brand PAPINEE – famous for its storytelling kits – has teamed up with Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social to present four chapters of the unique Voyages of Discovery afternoon tea. First up, from 15 October, we travel to Mexico City, with Chef de Cuisine James Oakley and Pastry Chef Roy Ma crafting adorably designed Mexican-inspired sweets and savouries including paella croquette with smoked mussel aioli, Impossible taco with plant-based meat, avocado purée, tomato and coriander salsa, caramel corn mousse cake, ginger key lime tart and homemade scones with hibiscus strawberry jam and clotted cream. In the coming months, we can look forward to the next three tea chapters: Christmas in London, New Year in New York and Tokyo with Sakura. Each guest will receive one precious PAPINEE mini toy with ornament per set.
Price: $555/2 (limited to 10 sets per day)
When: daily, 3–5:30pm, from 15 October 2019 for approximately 4 months
5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, 3552 3028, book online
GLYCEL x Club @28 at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay
Rejuvenating ingredients such as bird’s nest, caviar, tofu, honey and roselle are the focus of the Nourishing Bird’s Nest and Caviar afternoon tea at rooftop bar and lounge Club @28, where sweets and savouries such as bird’s nest Portuguese egg tart, soy milk panna cotta with lemon caviar, crayfish, caviar and cream cheese croissant and pâté with raspberry crisp and bird’s nest take centre stage. Each guest will walk away with five skincare products by Swiss brand GYCEL, a voucher for a 75-minute facial treatment and a $200 cash coupon for future purchases.
Price: $468/2 (weekdays); $498/2 (weekends and public holidays)
When: daily, 2:30–5pm, 21 October 2019–2 February 2020
28/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 3980 3300, book online
My Melody x VIVE Cake Boutique
If you’re a fan of Hello Kitty’s beloved bunny bestie, My Melody, from the Japanese Sanrio universe, you’ll be head over heels for this collaboration at VIVE, with the shop being temporarily transformed into a My Melody wonderland. The gorgeous My Melody Tea Party includes both sweets and savouries, but it’s the sweet treats in particular – from marshmallow pops, to lemon curd macarons, to apple tarts topped with My Melody butter cookies – that have our hearts aflutter.
Price: $240/1 or $480/2
When: Thursday–Sunday and public holidays, 2:30–6:30pm, 31 October 2019–31 January 2020
Shop 3, 1/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central (entrance at 50 Stanley Street), Central, 9602 2869
BRUNO x FINDS
Nordic restaurant FINDS has teamed up with Japanese kitchen appliance brand BRUNO for an East-meets-West afternoon tea that is centred on the BRUNO compact hot plate. Using the hot plate’s takoyaki plate, Chef Jaakko Sorsa has created seven savoury spheres inspired by the Japanese snack takoyaki including crispy smoked salmon mousse ball, fried tomato risotto ball with mozzarella cheese (otherwise known as arancini), Camembert and black olive choux and shrimp and spinach ball. On the sweet side, a DIY Moomin-themed pancake station – taking it back to Scandi – is complemented by a selection of homemade Nordic jams and classic toppings such as Nutella, PB and whipped cream.
Price: $208/1 (includes unlimited refills on selected beverages) or $238/1 (includes 2 glasses of sparkling wine) (weekdays); $250–280/1 (weekends and public holidays) – get a 15% discount by booking with promo code BRUNOxFINDS
When: daily, 3–6pm, 25 October–31 December 2019
1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, TST, 2522 9318, book online
Valmont x Conrad Hong Kong
Another premium Swiss skincare brand, Valmont, makes an afternoon tea appearance, this time at Conrad Hong Kong’s Lobby Lounge, where it’s been incorporated into the Swiss Alpine Rituals of Beauty set featuring delicacies that pay tribute to the cuisine of Switzerland. Highlights include air-dried beef bündnerfleisch with pumpkin mousse and mini braided zopf bread, homemade smoked garlic sausage on rösti, smoked trout sandwich with yoghurt and pesto, Matterhorn kirsch chocolate, Zuger rose torte and chestnut Mont Blanc. For pampering post-tea, guests will receive a voucher for a Valmont AWF5 skincare trial kit and skincare consultation service.
Price: $318/1 or $538/2
When: daily, 3–5:30pm, 19 October 2019–3 January 2020
Lobby, Conrad Hong Hong, Pacific Place, 88 Queenway, Admiralty, 2822 8891, book online
Darphin x Gradini at The Pottinger Hong Kong
Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano has taken inspiration from French beauty brand Darphin to craft this pretty afternoon tea set called Glamour in Bloom. The key ingredients of chamomile and hawthorn in Darphin’s bestselling product, INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum, have been utilised to create treats like chamomile honey panna cotta. The best bit? Guests will each receive a complimentary deluxe Darphin gift set, while stocks last.
When: daily, 3–5:30pm, 1 December 2019–29 February 2020
Lobby, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 72 Queen’s Road Central (entrance at 21 Stanley Street), Central, 2308 3088, email@example.com
Festive afternoon teas
Christmas in London at Palm Court, The Langham
The Langham’s Palm Court takes Christmas luxury to the max with its afternoon tea presented in a three-tiered white leather box. The exquisitely crafted sweet bites – from the Red Santa’s Hat of raspberry chocolate, strawberry jelly and marshmallow to the Golden Reindeer Gianduiotto of gianduja mousse, Sachertorte and chocolate sable – are all Christmas themed, while the savouries such as lobster tartelette with cauliflower purée and yuzu gel and duck foie gras dome on brioche are equally as extravagant. Executive Pastry Chef David Puig has also upped the ante with a selection of festive hot drinks (we’ll take both the Grinch Hot Chocolate and Salted Caramel Fa La La La Latte, thank you very much) and five versions of yule log.
The Langham itself has been beautifully decorated for the holidays with the “Christmas in London” theme, with plenty of Instagrammable spots around the hotel for festive photo taking (we love the London phone box in signature Langham pink and the seating area decked out to look like a cosy living room, with crackling fireplace to boot). Guests are invited to join The Langham’s social media contest by uploading festive photos taken in the hotel on their Instagram page with the hashtags #LanghamChristmas and #LovingLangham throughout December. The winner of the most Christmassy photo will receive the grand prize of a three-night stay at The Langham, London, the legendary luxury flagship of the brand.
Price: $398/1 or $688/2; +$100/1 for 2-hour free-flow Prosecco and mulled wine; $450/1 on New Year’s Eve to include free-flow Prosecco, house wine and special drinks
When: daily (weekdays, 3–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays, 2:15–4:15pm or 4:30–6:30pm), 1 December 2019–1 January 2020; New Year’s Eve, 9pm–midnight
Lobby, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, TST, 2132 7898, book online
German Christmas at Café 103, The Ritz-Carlton
Award-winning pastry chef Andrea Schirmaier-Huber brings a taste of Christmas in Germany to Café 103 at The Ritz-Carlton. The renowned chef comes from three generations of a family of confectioners in Munich and has starred in a series of TV cooking shows in her birth nation. She was the first woman to be awarded the coveted title of World Champion Confectioner in 1999 in Montreal. Guests can find the traditional Kletzen tart made with dried prunes, roasted apple and cassis pumpernickel on the festive menu.
Price: 1–20 December 2019 – $428/1 or $698/2; 21 December–1 January 2020 – $498/1
When: daily, 3:30–5:30pm, 1 December 2019–1 January 2020; live stations starting from 21 December
103/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2270, book online
Shanghai Tang x Mandarin Oriental
Available at the hotel’s Café Causette and Clipper Lounge, the Mandarin Oriental’s 2019 festive tea offering gives back, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association. The exquisite range of delights crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Sapy is embellished with iconic elements from the Shanghai Tang brand. And don’t forget about the best scones in town!
Price: 1–21, 23, 26–31 December 2019, 2–3 January 2020 – $388/1 on weekdays or $428/1 on weekends and public holidays; 22, 24–25 December 2019, 1 January 2020 – $488/1
When: daily (Café Causette – 3–6pm; Clipper Lounge – weekdays, 2:30–6pm; Saturdays and public holidays, 2–4pm or 4:15–6pm; Sundays, 3:30–6pm), 1 December 2019–3 January 2020
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2522 0111, firstname.lastname@example.org
Festive afternoon tea at Café Gray Deluxe, The Upper House
If a holiday-themed afternoon tea with to-die-for views is what you’re after, Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House would make a fine choice indeed. ’Tis the season for the likes of pistachio petit gateaux, grape and lime verrine, raspberry chocolate dome, goat’s cheese lollipop with quince, lobster and smoked salmon roll and golden raisin scones with homemade jams and preserves.
Price: $310/1 or $560/2
When: daily, 3:30–5:30pm, 2 December 2019–1 January 2020
49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968 1106, book online
Neal’s Yard Remedies x Madame Fù
This may seem like an odd pairing, but it really works. UK-based organic skincare company Neal’s Yard Remedies has teamed up with glam modern Chinese restaurant Madame Fù for a festive afternoon tea featuring natural ingredients inspired by the ethos of Neal’s Yard – in particular, the brand’s new frankincense range, whose spicy, earthy, citrusy scent screams Christmas. A complimentary frankincense skincare trial kit and frankincense travel-size sample can be redeemed later on.
Price: $260/1 or $450/2
When: daily, 2:30–4:30pm, 1–31 December 2019
3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, 2114 2118, book online
Baileys x The French Window
It’s not Christmas without a sneaky shot of Baileys added to our coffee, and The French Window has capitalised on this holiday indulgence with its Baileys afternoon tea set, with each sweet treat infused with the popular Irish cream liqueur. This translates to creations like Baileys panna cotta, Baileys lollipop and Baileys caramel apple gingerbread tart. To top up your buzz, add on one (or more) of four festive Baileys cocktails.
Price: $598/2; +50 to upgrade to Baileys cocktail
When: weekends and public holidays, 3–5:30pm, 7 December 2019–23 February 2020
Shop 3101, 3/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2393 3812, book online
Two festive afternoon teas at The Murray
Join the flamboyant festive rooftop afternoon tea at The Murray’s Popinjays. Or the Garden Lounge is serving its signature Christmas afternoon tea, featuring sweet and savoury bites and a dessert trolley filled with Christmas treats.
Price: Popinjays – $728/2; Garden Lounge – $688/2
When: daily, 2:30–4:30pm or 4:45–6:45pm, 1 December 2019–5 January 2020
The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141 8888, email@example.com
Voyages of Discovery: Christmas in London at Alibi, Cordis, Hong Kong
Head to Cordis hotel’s Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social restaurant for the Voyages of Discovery: Christmas in London afternoon tea with international storytelling company PAPINEE. You’ll join Henry Strix the Owl on his journey to London to celebrate the festive season. Enjoy an array of British sweet and savoury treats, from duck confit croquette and roasted chestnut and bacon quiche to white peach Earl Grey tea trifle and scones with clotted cream and fig jam, along with two glasses of Spiced Romance mocktail. Each guest will get to take home a mini Henry Strix the Owl with monogram ornament.
When: daily, 3–5pm, 1–31 December 2019
5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, 3552 3028, book online
Santa Paws Village–themed tea at CAFÉ LANDMARK
More than any other festive attraction each year, we look forward to LANDMARK’s whimsical display. This year, the vintage Santa Paws Village is the theme, and over at CAFÉ LANDMARK, guests can marvel at the festive township (where snow falls every 30 minutes) while enjoying an equally charming afternoon tea set, presented in a Santa Paws and village characters stand.
When: daily, 3–5pm, 3 December 2019–1 January 2020
Shop 107–108, 1/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2526 4200
Festive afternoon tea at Artisan Lounge
K11 MUSEA’s Artisan Lounge, which made its debut earlier this year offering all-day afternoon tea, is presenting a Christmas-themed afternoon tea set that’s brimming with festive goodies including pistachio tuna, foie gras toast, turkey sphere, Santa macarons and canelés. Or if you really want to gild the Christmas lily, opt for the beyond decadent MUSEA afternoon tea featuring Amur beluga caviar, Wagyu wrapped in gold foil, rock lobster, abalone and Belgian ruby chocolate.
Price: $728/2 for festive afternoon tea; $1,688/1 for MUSEA afternoon tea
When: daily, 10am–10pm, 1–31 December 2019
Shop 008–08A, G/F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2601 3428
Berry Merry Shiny Shimmery afternoon tea at WOOBAR, W Hong Kong
Add a touch of berry magic to your build-up to Christmas with WOOBAR’s Berry Merry Shiny Shimmery afternoon tea set. Beautifully presented on elevated marble-topped boxes, the afternoon tea is themed around berries, with a little added sparkle and shades of red and pink making for a very pretty festive feast. Delicious savoury items such as a pulled turkey salad on French herb toast topped with cranberry sauce and strawberry and basil salad with goat’s cheese sitting on an edible spoon are very satisfying. And the sweets are just as delicious – the champagne chocolate ganache lollipop and strawberry millefeuille are our top picks.
Price: weekdays – $488/2; weekends and public holidays – $638/2 (includes 2 glasses of sparkling wine + free-flow dessert buffet)
When: daily (weekdays, 3–5pm; weekends and public holidays, 2–5:30pm); 1 November–31 December 2019
6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, 3717 2889, firstname.lastname@example.org
Festive afternoon tea at Tiffany Blue Box Cafe
Blue Box’s iconic afternoon tea has been upgraded for the holidays with new bites including a gorgeous ginger ornament made with ginger ganache and candied ginger and champagne apply jelly topped with gold leaf. Or what about decadent savouries like caviar tartlet and cherry-shaped foie gras terrine? The tea set also includes a celebratory drink – either a glass of Riesling or signature Tiffany Blue cocktail.
When: daily, 2–6:30pm, 20 December 2019–1 January 2020
Shop 207–208, Lobby, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, TST, 2362 9828, book online
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