We do love our afternoon tea outings here at Foodie, so here’s our pick of the top spots to indulge this autumn, from traditional tea and scones to Southeast Asian sweets and savouries:
• Pierre Hermé Paris Hommage afternoon tea at Café 103: the eclair may be HK's sweet treat du jour, but it seems HK’s love affair with the macaron is here to stay. Café 103’s newest afternoon tea offering showcases Pierre Hermé’s Hommage collection, inspired by the autumnal macaron flavours of chestnut and pear. The Ritz-Carlton Executive Pastry Chef Richard Long is joined by Pierre Hermé Paris’ Executive Pastry Chef Takuro Osawa from Japan in creating six exquisite pastries from the Hommage collection, to include the aforementioned macarons. Our pick of the bunch is the Mont-Blanc Hommage, a confection crafted with shortbread pastry, pear-almond cream, meringue, pear compote, chestnut Chantilly cream and pear-flavoured chestnut vermicelli. A selection of savoury sandwiches is also included with each set.
Price: $398 per set
Afternoon tea period: 3:30–5:30pm, from now until 30 November 2016
103/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2263 2270, firstname.lastname@example.org
• PINK Inspired afternoon tea at Conrad Macao: if you’re heading to Macau this month, make a booking here for a spot of tea in support of Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Pink Revolution, an annual initiative to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. A portion of the proceeds from each tea set will be donated to the Fund. Conrad Macao Executive Chef Emmanuel Souliere and Executive Pastry Chef Stephane Blanchard have created pink-hued sweet and savoury bites, from smoked salmon sarnies with radish, to raspberry tarts with rose coconut cream and lychee jelly, to – and here’s where it gets good for us – cranberry and Early Grey tea scones. Signature TWG Teas are available for sipping. Afternoon tea-goers will also receive a voucher to redeem a box of tea-infused macarons at any TWG Tea boutique located at Shoppes at Four Seasons, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian or Shoppes at Parisian.
Price: two options – 1) MOP 268 per set (a choice of TWG Tea, coffee or two cocktails/mocktails, with MOP25 donated to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund) or 2) MOP 298 per set (a choice of TWG Tea, coffee or two cocktails/mocktails, with MOP 50 donated to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, plus a limited-edition Conrad PINK leopard bear or duck)
Afternoon tea period: 3–6pm, from now until 31 October 2016
The Lounge, Lobby, Conrad Macao, Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, +853 8113 8970
• Back to Nature x Jurlique afternoon tea at Hotel ICON: this hotel’s light and airy lobby restaurant, GREEN – boasting Asia’s largest vertical garden – has collaborated with natural Australian skincare brand Jurlique to offer a tea spotlighting the cosmetics specialist’s new series of aromatherapy mists and essential oils. Some of the fresh and fragrant savoury treats include gazpacho and rice crackers with coconut pork dip, while on the sweet side, rosemary apricot panna cotta and blueberry lemon cheese tart will get you salivating. Head to any Jurlique counter or shop after your tea, along with your dining receipt, to be gifted with a travel-size Rosewater Balancing Mist.
Price: $218 per person/$398 for two (Monday–Thursday) or $238 per person/$458 for two (Friday–Sunday and public holidays)
Afternoon tea period: 3–5:30pm, from now until 30 November 2016
GREEN, Lobby, Hotel ICON, 7 Science Museum Road, TST East, 3400 1300
• Classic afternoon tea at Michelin-starred ON Dining: one of Foodie’s favourite chefs, Philippe Orrico, has recently launched an afternoon tea that’s got our mouths watering and fondly reminiscing about our afternoon tea experiences back in the UK. Expect the likes of homemade scones with Devonshire (the key word here!) clotted cream and strawberry jam, salmon blinis, mini croque-monsieurs with truffle sauce – these little guys are extremely addictive – hazelnut puff pastry, Sokoto chocolate cake and mango sorbet.
Price: $208 per person/$398 for two; pair with a glass of Nicolas Deneux Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Champagne ($128) to take your tea experience to the next level
Afternoon tea period: 3–5pm, daily, ongoing
29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, 2174 8100
• Hello Saigon afternoon tea at WOOBAR: East meets West with Woobar’s Southeast Asian-inspired afternoon tea, available as a set on weekdays or a loaded-up buffet on weekends and public holidays. Chicken, pomelo, foie gras and sesame baskets, papaya rice rolls and Vietnamese baguettes are some of the savouries on the menu. To sate your sweet tooth, dig in to treats such as pandan custard fruit tart, lemongrass chocolate cake and passion fruit banana cake. Each set/buffet order includes a choice of Vietnamese-style coffee or Thai milk tea.
Price: $418 for two (afternoon tea set, Monday–Friday, except public holidays) or $268 per person (afternoon tea buffet, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Afternoon tea period: 2:30–6pm (Monday–Friday, except public holidays) and 2–4pm or 4:30–6:30pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays), ongoing
6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 3717 2889, email@example.com