BIFTECK (Joie-de-Vivre – Printemps Afternoon Tea)
Though we’re still in the depths of winter, spring is in the air with BIFTECK’s new afternoon tea set by Executive Chef Ken Kwok. Unlike other afternoon teas around town, this French-Japanese set veers towards the savoury side of the spectrum, which is music to our umami-loving ears. Inside the chic wooden box, you’ll find delights like beef tartare crispy potato mille-feuille, slow-cooked Italian octopus tempura with ikura, mini spicy salmon onigiri, crabmeat and sweetcorn espuma and more. Sesame-miso scones plus a trio of sweets (sweet potato and mochi tart, raspberry macaron and mandarin orange mousse) complete this inventive set.
Where: 23/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai
When: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (3:30–5:30pm)
How much: HK$488 for 2
Cordis, Hong Kong (Shiny Violet Afternoon Tea by Alibi x LANEIGE)
To welcome the new year, Cordis, Hong Kong has launched a tempting afternoon tea set at Alibi in partnership with Korean beauty brand LANEIGE, in celebration of the debut of the Perfect Renew 3X Signature Serum. The innovative sweets and savouries on the menu run the gamut from Canadian lobster croquette and forest mushroom savoury macaron to fig-yoghurt panna cotta and mousse cake flavoured with purple potato and matcha.
Where: 5/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok
When: 9 January–28 February 2023 (daily 3–5:30pm)
How much: HK$498 for 2 (includes 2 Golden Citrus mocktails)
Bonus: each guest will receive a complimentary LANEIGE Perfect Renew 3X gift set (valued at HK$520), while supplies last.
Gateway Hotel, Hong Kong (Pink FONtastic Afternoon Tea by Three on Canton)
Three on Canton at Gateway Hotel presents this pink-hued afternoon tea set where the star of the show has got to be the pink chocolate fondue, served with marshmallows, melon, strawberries and cheesecake pieces for dipping. Salmon on toast, stewed beef with dark chocolate, apricot cream cheese and ham tortilla wrap, strawberry panna cotta, pink fruit tart and orange chocolate cake are amongst the 11 bite-sized treats featured. The experience can also be enjoyed at Be on Canton’s outside terrace.
Where: 3/F, Gateway Hotel, Hong Kong, Harbour City, 13 Canton Road, TST
When: 28 December 2022–28 February 2023 (daily 3–5pm)
How much: HK$388 for 1 or HK$568 for 2
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong (Secret Garden Tea Party by The Farmhouse x belif)
Held at the hotel’s charming, harbour-facing all-day-dining eatery The Farmhouse, Hyatt Centric’s afternoon tea launch is a good ‘un. The experience, in collaboration with Korean herbal skincare brand belif, kicks off with a glass of bubbly on arrival and showcases unlimited ice cream in a rainbow of flavours, plus made-to-order crêpes Suzette, croffles and crêpe cones. There’s also a very generous selection of sweet and savoury bites presented to each table – salmon tartine, merguez and Brie de Meaux AOP on the savoury side and cassis cheesecake, raspberry financier, chocolate madeleine and a dynamite praline choux for the sweet-toothed.
Where: 2/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point
When: 8 January–28 March 2023 (weekends, public holidays and Valentine’s Day 3:30–5pm)
How much: HK$688 for 2 (includes 1 glass of G.H. Mumm champagne per diner)
Bonus: the set comes with two complimentary seven-piece belif gift sets featuring the brand’s hero products (valued at HK$285).
Kowloon Shangri-La (Blooming Elegance Afternoon Tea by Lobby Lounge x HABA)
Kowloon Shangri-La’s latest collab is with Japanese additive-free skincare brand HABA. The culinary team have come up with eight creative sweets and savouries made with extracts of lavender and white peony to match HABA’s natural ingredients. These bites include the likes of sous-vide abalone with winter ginger and lavender, serrano ham, rocket and pesto in mini lavender bagel, lavender-yuzu macaron and sakura-strawberry cheese tart. Freshly baked cherry blossom with winter melon scones and a seasonal fruit platter are also yours for the eating.
Where: Lobby, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, TST East
When: 2 January–28 February 2023 (daily 3–6pm)
How much: HK$658 for 2. This tea set is also available for takeaway (excluding the fruit platter and beverages).
Bonus: for every afternoon tea set for two, two redemption vouchers and letters for a complimentary HABA gift set and treatment (valued up to HK$2,220) are included, while supplies last.
Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel (Taste of Italy Afternoon Tea by Cucina)
Cucina, located at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, presents an afternoon tea set incorporating authentic Italian ingredients. The 11 delicate morsels designed by Chef de Cuisine Andrea Delzanno include bruschetta with tomato, avocado and red onion, duck-liver terrine with mango jelly, mini tart of mushroom and leek with truffle mascarpone, lavender panna cotta, camomile madeleine and matcha macaron, with this final sweet trio incorporating plants that are both mood boosters and stress relievers. Cucina’s tea set comes with a choice of two drinks; non-alcoholic options include the signature Marco Polo Earl Grape Iced Tea and aromatic mocktails Lucille and Destiny, while Prosecco and Prosecco-based Bellini and Aperol spritz cocktails are also available.
Where: 6/F, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST
When: ongoing (weekdays 3–5:30pm; weekends and public holidays 3:30–5:30pm)
How much: HK$538 for 2
Moxie x Matchali Afternoon Tea
Health-conscious, plant-based Moxie adds to its green repertoire with a limited-time afternoon tea in partnership with Matchali, Hong Kong’s first matcha-dedicated tea shop. It includes three of Chef Michael Smith’s signature savoury bites alongside four sweet creations – all dairy free – crafted using Matchali’s ceremonial-grade matcha and artisanal hojicha powder. A choice of Matchali’s matcha and hojicha bevvies are also part of the tea menu, from matcha latte for the purist to an innovative yuzu-matcha lemonade.
Where: Shop 203, 2/F, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central
When: 9 January–9 March 2023 (daily 3–5pm)
How much: HK$458 for 2
Paper Moon (Waterfront Afternoon Tea Indulgence)
This afternoon tea by the harbour at Paper Moon sounds like a great way to beat any winter blues. The set starts off with a sumptuous mini seafood tower featuring Irish oysters, grilled lobster tail and sturgeon caviar with sour cream and blinis. Then it’s on to the elegant three-tiered stand of Italian-inspired bites including focaccia with avocado and hard-boiled egg, Parma ham with melon, brioche with corned beef and semi-dried tomato, raspberry Chantilly cream tart with chocolate chips, salted caramel panna cotta and triple chocolate mousse cake. Each set comes with two drinks, which can be enjoyed in the form of coffee, tea, juices, mocktails and even selected cocktails.
Where: Shop OTE 301, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST
When: ongoing (daily 3:30–5pm)
How much: HK$698 for 2; HK$358 for each extra guest; +HK$199 for 2 for 1.5-hour free-flow package (includes Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Brut NV champagne, Prosecco, house wine and beer)
The Royal Garden (Winter Switzerland Afternoon Tea by J’s Bar Bistro x Victorinox)
The Royal Garden’s classy lounge, J’s Bar Bistro, has joined hands with Swiss brand Victorinox for an afternoon tea set themed around the flavours of Switzerland. Cheese fondue is a highlight on the savoury side, while raspberry white chocolate dome, tonka bean madeleine and citrus soufflé delight on the sweet side. Traditional scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam are complemented by the hotel’s signature palmiers, served with coffee, Dammann Frères tea or two glasses of the eatery’s red-hued Perfume Moment mocktail, made with hibiscus, raspberry purée and rose syrup.
Where: 2/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, TST East
When: until 31 January 2023 (Tuesday–Sunday 3–5:30pm)
How much: HK$628 for 2
Bonus: each tea set includes a Victorinox winter gift set consisting of a cotton hammam towel, bottle of fragrance and cash voucher (HK$1,500 value).
For reservations: book online for a 12% discount
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers (Blossom of Rose Afternoon Tea by Sky Lounge x CANVAS)
Australian skincare brand CANVAS is the partner for this afternoon tea experience at the Sheraton’s Sky Lounge, focusing on the organic aromatherapy specialist’s popular Rose Otto series. The hero ingredient of rose, along with the complementary flavours of seasonal flowers and fruits, are used to craft the sweet and savoury treats, from rose choux and guava-strawberry cake to a baguette sarnie of pork rillettes accented with dried fruits.
Where: 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, TST
When: 1 February–31 March 2023 (Wednesday–Sunday 2:30–6pm)
How much: HK$338 for 1 or HK$676 for 2 (inclusive of 1 glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne per diner)
Bonus: a redemption card for a complimentary CANVAS Rose Otto moisturising set (valued at HK$405) comes with each set.
The Upper House (Salisterra x Hole Foods Afternoon Tea)
Executive Chef Cary Docherty and the Salisterra team at The Upper House have joined forces with Hole Foods, a local bakery specialising in handcrafted doughnuts in global flavours, for this home-grown afternoon tea featuring Hole Foods’ exclusive strawberry and cream doughnut made with locally grown, handpicked strawberries from New Territories complemented by Chef Docherty’s oyster pi’ boy, a fusion of Hong Kong’s iconic pineapple bun and a Louisiana-style po’ boy made with battered oyster. Additional East-meets-West goodies such as typhoon shelter crab on toast, jambon et beurre made with Chinese sausage, peanut opera cake, strawberry eclair and mandarin bavarois with almond sponge await.
In addition, Hole Foods is popping up at the hotel’s new space on the sixth floor for a limited time, showcasing both their signature doughnuts as well as exclusive specials, open daily from 12–6pm.
Where: 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 11 January–19 March 2023 (daily 3–5pm)
How much: HK$680 for 2 Monday–Thursday; HK$718 for 2 Friday–Sunday and public holidays
For reservations: phone 3968 1106 or book online
W Hong Kong (Old HK Afternoon Tea by WOOBAR)
At W Hong Kong, WOOBAR’s new afternoon tea is a tribute to the local flavours that are disappearing with time. The nostalgic treats from yesteryear include satay chicken sandwich, salted beef mini bun with truffle egg, BBQ black pork sandwich bun, lotus-paste cake with almond and cashew, red bean cupcake with osmanthus, HK-style egg waffle and several more old-time local specialities.
Where: 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
When: 5 January–2 March 2023 (daily 3–6pm – except 22 January–5 February)
How much: HK$768 for 2