Hong Kong’s Best New Afternoon Teas
Café Gray Deluxe
Get a taste of legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg’s signature prints, colors, and florals in bite-sized culinary creations presented by Café Gray Deluxe at Hong Kong Serviced Apartments The Upper House. Kicking off the DVF Spring 2016 collection, the “Fortuna” afternoon tea is inspired by the first painting Diane bought for herself, which depicts Fortuna, the Roman goddess of fortune. Like the collection, expect to be inundated with bright colors and pretty pink prints, from the sea buckthorn berry macarons to strawberry-jasmine shortcake and mousse of crème de cassis imbued with DVF’s spring colors. Savory items sing of spring, from the asparagus-ricotta tartlet to the foie gras torchon and rhubarb brioche. Cap off the girly afternoon with a stop at DVF’s Pacific Place store to redeem an exclusive DVF gift. $310 per person, $560 for two, through May 15. Daily 3:30-5:30pm.
The Lounge & Bar
In celebration of Godiva’s 90th birthday this year, The Ritz-Carlton is calling all chocoholics to its stunning lounge on the 102nd floor of ICC for a magical afternoon tea that journeys through Godiva’s nine decades of chocolate-making. The Collection Anniversaire high tea features eight creations inspired by history, from the “Signature Lait” coffee ganache created for “Gone With the Wind” in 1939, to the milk chocolate caramel “Ecusson” with a lion to mark Godiva’s appointment to the Royal Court of Belgium in 1968. The final piece is a brand new flavor for the 2016 anniversary: the “Egérie Noir” with smooth raspberry ganache, rose petals, and Belgian dark chocolate. $428. Apr 18-Jun 19. Mon-Thu 3-6pm; Fri 2:15-6:30pm; Sat-Sun noon-6:30pm.
We didn’t know Korean afternoon tea could be a thing until modern Korean resto Jinjuu launched its concept earlier this year. Featuring mini versions of menu hits such as “Sae-woo” prawn cake pops and Yuja cured salmon on gem lettuce, Jinjuu’s afternoon tea puts a new spin on the English tradition. Guests can warm themselves over man do dumplings with a soy dipping sauce or feast on Korean fried chicken sliders, with crispy chicken thighs served with house mayo on a brioche bun. For a sweet ending, go for a chocolate hazelnut brownie spiced with gochugaru chili powder or a mango and passion fruit panna cotta, alongside a range of fine Korean teas. $300 for two. Mon-Sun 2:30-5:30pm.
Park Café at the Park Hotel Hong Kong celebrates all things mango with a new afternoon tea buffet and tea set, featuring countless applications of the tropical fruit of the season in both sweet and savory dishes. Dig into the succulent, sweet fruit in dishes such as Japanese seaweed salad with mango and smoked salmon, stir-fried garoupa filet with mango and garlic, or pita bread stuffed with shredded chicken and mango in the “Mango Fever” buffet. For a more refined experience, opt for the “Mango Fiesta” afternoon tea set featuring handcrafted mango pastries and finger foods such as smoked salmon, cucumber and mango sandwiches, mango chocolate mousse cake, mango macarons and mango mille-feuille. Afternoon tea buffets $168 Fri, $188 Sat-Sun; afternoon tea set $208 for two Mon-Thu, $268 Fri-Sun through July.
Tired of waiting in the queue to snag a seat at The Peninsula’s lobby lounge? Head to the Hyatt Regency, Sha Tin for a hotel high tea away from the crowds. Surrounded by the mountainous green terrain and serene backdrop of New Territories, guests can nosh on a selection of pastry chef Kelvin Lai’s inventive Chinese desserts. Not your average afternoon tea, the Asian-inspired sweets here include osmanthus flower jelly with wolfberries, chilled almond jelly with silver ear fungus, Jasmine milk tea ice cream, and Chinese wine chocolate ice cream. If you can still manage to move afterward, take a plunge in the pool and work off the calories with the Hyatt’s Swim and Dine package ($390 with $300 dining credit at the Pool Bar). $318, Sat-Sun 3:15-5pm.
They say that bird’s nest has nourishing properties for your skin, helping to boost collagen and maintain a youthful glow. It’s a prominent ingredient in skincare products, and now—it’s in your afternoon tea as well. Fine dining restaurant Ammo has teamed up with skincare brand Glycel for one of Hong Kong most exotic afternoon teas yet, highlighting the qualities of bird’s nest—and its versatility as an ingredient—in dishes such as spicy Vela chorizo on toast with bird’s nest, coconut bird’s nest panna cotta, and green tea cake roll with red beans and bird’s nest. If the thought of ingesting hardened bird saliva doesn’t quite do it for you, there are plenty of other sweet and savory bites to get your appetite going, from raisin scones with fig jam to braised short rib burgers and hamachi carpaccio with ponzu sauce and caviar. $368 for two includes a Glycel Hydro Firm Gift Pack, through Apr 30. Daily 3-5pm.
Author: Leslie Yeh