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Enjoy the colonial tradition of tea time accompanied by gourmet morsels and stunning views

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2014, 11:10pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2014, 11:10pm


FARE Western. AMBIENCE Comfortable, airy lounge with high ceilings, panoramic city and garden views, and music provided by a live classic trio during afternoon tea. WHO TO BRING Friends or family. COST HK$328 for one or HK$656 for two portions. TURN ONS Unlike other afternoon teas in town, Tiffin takes reservations, so there is no need to queue. Tea time starts at 3.30pm with a good variety of savoury and sweet treats on the five-tier silver tea stand. We especially enjoyed the potted foie gras on crisp bread, the bite-sized quiche, the mini burgers, the salmon and cream cheese bagel, the fresh strawberry tart, and the plain and raisin scones with home-made jam and clotted cream. There is also a good selection of homemade ice cream and sherbet from the ice cream station, which is unlimited – but we found ourselves too full to indulge much in this generous invitation. We also loved the live music, the comfortable armchairs and views, all conducive to a lazy, enjoyable afternoon with friends. TURN OFFS If you are seated next to the window on a sunny day, it can get a bit hot. DRINKS A wide variety of teas including earl grey, camomile and green leaf, English breakfast and peppermint, and coffee. Tracey Furniss


M/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
2584 7722




FARE Nordic, European. AMBIENCE In a cosy nook on the first floor, this restaurant has a homely ambience. Try to get a table by the windows and you can bask in the warm glow from the sun. COST HK$288 for two (Mon to Fri), HK$308 for two (Sat, Sun and public holidays) WHO TO BRING Friends or a significant other TURN ONS If you’re after a savoury afternoon tea, highlighting creatures of the sea, this will fit the bill. We enjoyed the black pepper smoked salmon – it was a little bite of heaven – and the arctic shrimp toast. Other savoury options include delectable creamed morels and asparagus pastries. On the sweet side, the highlight was the heart-shaped Swedish waffles and FINDS drizzles a hearty, strawberry dressing with vanilla panna cotta. TURN OFFS Over-attentive waiters tried to take away our plates before we were done. DRINKS You can opt for a floral-flavoured ice tea to accompany the tea set. Flavours include sakura, jasmine and lavender. Joanne Lam


1/F The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2522 9318




FARE Taiwanese. AMBIENCE Décor is modern and casual. COST HK$85 for each of the two afternoon tea sets, including drinks. WHO TO BRING Friends and family. TURN ONS Value for money, as each tea set allows customers to sample a variety of authentic Taiwanese rice or noodles, street food and drinks. The rice/noodle option can also work as a late lunch. We recommend the three-cup chicken mochi balls, a deep-fried pastry coated with sesame seeds. The meat inside is flavoured with soya sauce, sesame oil and basil. The oyster pancake roll is another favourite. A popular street food from Tainan, the deep-fried oyster wrapped inside the crispy pancake is fresh and tasty. TURN OFFS The tiny freshwater shrimp in the cherry shrimp fried rice lacked flavour. DRINKS Each tea set comes with a Taiwanese drink (nine options) or soft drink. Most are bubble teas, a sweet drink with chewy pearls. We recommend the taro and sweet potato balls. Keith Chan


Shop 1028, Elements Mall, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
2807 2292




FARE Western. AMBIENCE Plush colonial surroundings with comfortable sofas, thick carpets and curtains. COST Tiffin Tea by Paul Lafayet is HK$308 per person and HK$518 for two, while The Duchess Afternoon Tea is HK$568 per person and HK$988 for two with a glass of Ruinart Rosé Brut NV. WHO TO BRING Friends, family and colleagues. TURN ONS The Palm Court is collaborating with fine French patisserie Paul Lafayet until next month. The Tiffin Tea by Paul Lafayet includes a creamy crème brûlée, chocolate caquelin - made from 71 per cent Venezuelan dark chocolate with a crunchy biscuit almond and hazelnut praline base - strawberry tart and a slow baked blueberry cheesecake. The sandwiches and savouries consist of slow cooked corn fed chicken and foie gras wrap; Scottish smoked salmon; cilantro crêpe roll with avocado; and black truffle butter with wagyu beef. And tea time is not complete without classic scones. TURN OFFS The portions of the pastries were small. DRINKS Coffee or tea, and pink Ruinart Rosé Brut NV Champagne. Mukul Munish



The Langham Hong Kong, 8, Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2132 7898




FARE Thai. AMBIENCE Plenty of room to relax, with great views of the harbour. COST From HK$298 to HK$468 for two. WHO TO BRING Friends or family. TURN ONS This refreshing take on traditional tea is full of Thai goodies. Choose from the Sweetie High Tea Set (with Western-style desserts), the Delight High Tea Set or the Deluxe High Tea Set (with more seafood). The deep-fried vegetarian spring rolls, green mango salad and pomelo salad with crab meat were delicious and fresh. We liked the wide range of sweets such as the mango jelly, young coconut jelly, Thai pandan layer cake and sticky rice with mango. TURN OFFS The cheesecakes were disappointing. DRINKS Fruity cocktails and mocktails, ginger and honey lemongrass tea, sea-coconut Thai floral tea and pearl barley pandan tea. Sparkling wine costs extra. Esther Ng


Shop 2032, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
2668 4884




FARE International. AMBIENCE The lobby at The Peninsula exudes colonial splendour, with its high ceilings and gilded columns. COST HK$338 for one, HK$598 for two and HK$160 extra per glass of Deutz Peninsula Brut Champagne. WHO TO BRING Friends and family. TURN ONS Everything about afternoon tea at The Peninsula is elegant, from the furnishings to the silver plates and live music. In keeping with the British theme, cucumber sandwiches are served along with salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, vol-au-vent and other savoury pastries, and freshly made raisin scones with organic strawberry preserve and Devonshire clotted cream, and a selection of sweet treats such as macarons and a delicious fruit cake. Tea time is from 2 to 6 pm, so you can easily while a way a whole afternoon here. The menu also offers à la carte options. TURN OFFS There are no reservations, and the wait can be more than an hour. DRINKS A wide selection of teas, coffee and Champagne. Tracey Furniss


The Lobby, G/F, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2696 6772




FARE Chinese, Asian, European. AMBIENCE Afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm in the lounge area with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city. A vertical garden on the inside wall makes it feel like an English garden conservatory. COST HK$680 for two. WHO TO BRING Friends or the significant other. TURN ONS An elegant three-tiered silver stand displays an array of small items. We enjoyed the savouries, such as the mini crab-cake burger, mini short-rib burger, vegetable spring rolls and my particular favourite, toasted crumpet with smoked salmon and chive cream cheese. Heaven! Restaurateur Bonnae Gokson is, however, known for her cakes, and there are several to try. Our favourites are the chocolate fudge cake with marmalade, the pineapple carrot cake and the original caramel crunch cake. A vegetarian tea set is also available. TURN OFFS There are no bookings, so you need to get there promptly to ensure a table. DRINKS The set offers coffee and a small selection of teas. Tracey Furniss


25/F, Prince’s Landmark, 10 Chater Road, Central
2537 1388




FARE Western. AMBIENCE Guests can choose between Captain’s Bar (Mon to Sat) or The Chinnery (Mon to Fri). We recommend going for the busier Captain’s Bar. COST The Power Snack set costs HK$238, while the Power Afternoon Tea costs HK$328. WHO TO BRING It’s quite possible for a few men to each enjoy the Power Snack set as a hearty afternoon bite. Sharing the Power Afternoon Tea, however, served on tiers, may be a touch too intimate for a group of lads. TURN ONS The Power Snack includes a mini pulled-pork burger, truffle croque monsieur, English pie and chocolate cigar. The Power Afternoon Tea includes Welsh rarebit, truffle croque monsieur, roast beef with mini Yorkshire pudding, pork pie, smoked salmon bagel, sweet treats and a chocolate cigar. The tea itself takes the form of beer or whisky. The chocolate cigar is also quite a delight to behold and lends itself to many enthusiastic mobile phone snaps. TURN OFFS The idea that these sets were “specifically designed with gentlemen in mind”. Women like whisky and pork pies too. DRINKS Both sets include a draught beer, with an optional upgrade to a 12-year Macallan whisky (HK$40 more). Jacqueline Tsang


5 Connaught Road, Central
2522 0111




FARE Western. AMBIENCE A cosy, palm-fringed setting with great sea views, comfortable seats and a bright atmosphere. COST HK$438 for two. WHO TO BRING On weekdays and weekends, the afternoon teas here are popular with families, couples and hotel guests. TURN ONS The setting of the Atrium Lobby Lounge makes you feel good with the space and great views of the swimming pool, greenery and the golden beach beyond the hotel boundaries. The high-tea menu tray consists of sweets including raisin and chocolate scones with jam and cream, followed by passion fruit cheesecake, mixed berry tart, green tea and red bean swiss roll, chocolate raspberry cake, strawberry mille-feuille and lemon macaron, while the savoury snacks consist of Parma ham-rolled black pepper brioche, ham and cheese layers, and Thai-style shrimp cake in cheese focaccia, all served with tea or coffee. TURN OFFS Although the selection of items was pleasant, nothing stood out as memorable. DRINKS Coffee or tea, iced or hot. Mukul Munish


Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel, 1 Castle Peak Road, New Territories
2452 8888