Most of the afternoon teas below are on for only a limited time, so get those booking fingers ready:
• Dalloyau x Roger Vivier
Legendary French patisserie Dalloyau, whose history dates back to the reign of King Louis XIV and the court of Versailles, has teamed up with high-end French shoe designer Roger Vivier, offering an afternoon tea that will literally knock your socks off. Both Dalloyau and Roger Vivier have created icons in the worlds of pastry and fashion – Dalloyau the opera cake and Roger Vivier the stiletto heel – so we can’t think of a more top-class pairing. The Fall Collection Afternoon Tea fashionably incorporates design elements from Roger Vivier’s Fall-Winter 2016 collection such as XXL Houndstooth, Frills and Rose ‘n’ Roll. The sweet bites include Dalloyau’s famous Truffle Opéra pastry (this time emblazoned with an ‘RV’ badge), La Rose Framboise (raspberry mousse shortbread), Gianduja Rocher (hazelnut praline cake) and matcha panna cotta. On the savoury side, indulge in lobster black truffle and smoked salmon sandwiches and foie gras gingerbread.
Price: $536 for two
Afternoon tea period: 3–6pm (daily), from now until 10 October 2016
Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, TST, 3185 8330
• INA by Inagiku x Etude House
This is one honey (ha) of a collaboration between stylish yet affordable Japanese restaurant INA by Inagiku and Korean cosmetics brand Etude House. Featuring honey-flavoured sweet and savoury treats – from grilled honey chicken wings and pan-fried foie gras with honey toast to honey-glazed Japanese sweet potatoes and honey-lemon layer cake – each Honey Afternoon Tea set also includes a complimentary gift box of Etude House’s Honey Cera skincare collection. To complete this buzz-worthy experience, you can upgrade for a mere $15 per person to include a glass of iced lemon-sorbet orange juice with honey or hot honey-lemon ginger tea with your set. Thanks, honey.
Price: $256 for two
Afternoon tea period: 2:30–4:30pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays), from now until 30 October 2016
2/F, Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Kowloon, 2623 2300
• AMMO x Moët & Chandon
Another perfect afternoon tea pairing comes with AMMO’s Ice Impérial Champagne Afternoon Tea Set. This jewel box of a Mediterranean restaurant has joined forces with the world’s glitziest champagne house – Moët & Chandon – to create a beautiful three-tiered set that incorporates limited-edition Ice Impérial champagne, the first champagne in the world to be enjoyed on the rocks. Each set includes a glass of Moët Ice Impérial served over ice, as well as sweet and savoury items including foie gras terrine with champagne jelly, poached shrimp with caviar and champagne cream, peaches poached in champagne with yoghurt and champagne-based cupcakes topped with Valrhona chocolate icing. To amp up the bubbly factor, additional glasses of champagne may be ordered at $180 a pop or $850 per bottle.
Price: $489 for two
Afternoon tea period: 3–5pm (daily), from now until 30 September 2016
Lower Level, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, 2537 9888
• Thai-inspired afternoon tea at Mango Tree, Elements
You can mix and match with this modern Thai restaurant’s Thai Refresh Afternoon Tea offerings. Your choices range from a savoury snack platter of classic Thai bites (think beef satay, deep-fried shrimp cake and chicken in pandan leaf) to an inexplicably (at least to us) all-pink dessert platter with the likes of strawberry layer cake, raspberry jam cake and pink coconut jelly. Each platter – or go all out and opt for both – comes with either a shaved ice (we like the sound of the mango sticky rice flavour) or a frozen smoothie.
Price: $98 per person for 1 shaved ice/frozen smoothie + either platter or $128 per person for 1 shaved ice/frozen smoothie + both platters
Afternoon tea period: 3–5:30pm (daily), ongoing
Shop 2032, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, TST, 2668 4884
• Tosca x Bulgari
Get your bling on with Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Tosca's collaboration with another Italian star – this time in the world of jewellery – Bulgari. Inspired by the jewellery designer's 2016 Diva's Dream collection, which showcases Bulgari's array of signature gemstones, Tosca's limited-edition afternoon tea set is the work of Spanish pastry chef Rafael Charquero, formerly of Michelin-starred Il Ristorante Luca Fantin in Tokyo's Bulgari Hotel. Chef Charquero has created a menu that's a feast for the eyes as well as the palate with a series of sweet and savoury jewel-toned delights, from the mother-of-pearl-inspired Madre Perla (scallop carpaccio in a vanilla apple broth), to the vibrant pistachio and raspberry Green Cake, evoking images of emeralds and rubies, to the sapphire-esque Blue Entremets, a cake flavoured with tea, jasmine and Caraibe chocolate.
Price: $390 for one or $750 for two
Afternoon tea period: 3:30–5:30pm (Saturdays only), from 24 September until 29 October 2016
Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, TST, 2263 2270