Afternoon tea has become such a ritual in Hong Kong that it can often get a bit too predictable. Ditch your usual tea spot for something a little different with our pick of the newest extravagant afternoon teas to try this fall, which all pack in an extra wow factor.
Fragrance D’amour at Woobar
Engage all your senses with Woobar’s Fragrance D’Amour Afternoon T Set inspired by iconic fragrances from Balmain, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin and Montblanc. Highlights include decadent jasmine blackcurrant chocolate cones, mini lychee rose puffs, raspberry mandarin cupcakes and a chocolate banana tonka lollipop.
What’s more? Woobar has also created four cocktails to represent each brand for an additional HK$120 each. We can’t wait to try “The Gentleman” (a grapefruit-garnished Martell VSOP cognac) based on Montblanc’s Emblem perfume and their Lanvin Me L’eau “The Dreamer” (a flowery mix of violet leaf syrup, gin, lemon juice and maraschino liqueur).
From now until the end of October, this special offering will be available as an Afternoon T buffet on weekends (HK$248 per person plus ten percent service charge) and an Afternoon T set on weekdays (HK$398 plus ten percent service charge for two).
Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2889, www.woobarhongkong.com
Cocktail pairing high tea at The Envoy
Colonial-style cocktail bar The Envoy has just launched a literary-themed afternoon tea (Price TBC) to pair with a selection of new bespoke tea cocktails. The tea features classics such as scones, foie gras, mango mousse and more contemporary offerings such as Hong Kong-style scampi toast.
Our favourite cocktail pairing included the spicy “Merchants” rum concoction with the rose-buttercream pistachio and almond financiers.
The afternoon tea set comes in a variety of different packages according to your tipple of choice — Dilmah tea, cocktails or champagne and is available from 3pm to 6pm every Sunday for the month of September and every Saturday and Sunday from October onwards.
The Envoy Hong Kong, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2169 3311, www.theenvoy.hk
“Perfect pink and purple” afternoon tea at MO Bar
Culinary director Richard Ekkebus has specially collaborated with triple world champion jam maker Francis Miot to create a unique Violet & Blueberry jam exclusive to Mandarin Oriental Landmark. Almost too beautiful to eat, the afternoon tea features some of the freshest autumnal berries alongside fresh violet, rose and lavender flavours and is served with free flowing cold-infused hibiscus and blackcurrent JING tea.
If that wasn’t tempting enough, part of the proceeds from each tea set will be donated to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation so you can indulge and contribute to a good cause at the same time.
Available throughout September and October, the afternoon tea is priced at HK$278 plus ten percent service charge with the optional glass of Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin pink champagne for an additional HK$120.
MO Bar, G/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0077, www.mandarinoriental.com