Not to be outdone by brunch, afternoon tea is another Hong Kong tradition that gets continually refreshed and reinvented again and again as new themes, celebratory occasions and the increasingly popular fashion brand collaborations serve up plenty of inspiration for the city’s best pastry chefs. If nibbling on an array of gorgeously made, bite-sized treats and sipping on premium Champagne while donning your Sunday best sounds like your idea of a leisurely afternoon, you won’t want to miss these 5 new afternoon teas that are as mouthwateringly delicious as they are inventive and Instagrammable.
Mikimoto x InterContinental Hong Kong
When: 5 October–30 November
Price: HK$668 for two persons plus 10% service charge; complimentary glass of Champagne included on 6 October
Pearls seem to go hand-in-hand with long ladies’ luncheons and afternoon tea, which is why InterContinental Hong Kong has tapped renowned pearl jewellery brand Mikimoto for their latest afternoon tea brand collab. Taking inspiration from the elegant and feminine characteristics of Mikimoto’s exquisite pearls, Executive Chef Maxime Luvara and Executive Pastry Chef Christian Gonthier have put together a premium “Ocean Treasure” Afternoon Tea Set with sea-inspired elements to mirror the pearlescent jewels on showcase for Mikimoto’s 125th anniversary this year.
Nodding to Mikimoto’s Japanese heritage, the “Ocean Treasure” set features bite-sized savoury items such as eel and Japanese udon with teriyaki sauce, sake abalone and ginger, and caviar tartlet with crab and creamy clam sauce; meanwhile, pastry chef Gonthier infuses ingredients such as matcha, red bean and sake into exquisite tarts, cakes and panna cottas on the sweets side. Paired with sumptuous scones with Devonshire clotted cream and Fine Mariage Frères tea or coffee, InterCon’s afternoon tea is sure to be on the must-hit list for Hong Kong’s stylish set this autumn.
The “Ocean Treasure” afternoon tea set is available Monday–Friday from 2:30–6pm; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays from 1:30–6pm.
Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211
Think Pink Afternoon Tea at The Langham
When: 1 October–18 November
Price: HK$348 for one person and HK$598 for two persons, HK$528 for one person and HK$888 for two persons with Perrier-Jouët Rosé Champagne; prices subject to a 10% surcharge
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your dining dollar towards a great cause this month. Over at The Langham, Hong Kong, pink is the theme for a sumptuous new afternoon tea in support of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. As the official Pink Partner for the organisation, The Langham steps it up each year to raise awareness for the cause; this year, Palm Court is presenting the Think Pink Afternoon Tea, with HK$10 from each tea set donated towards the foundation.
The dreamy arrangement of pink treats have been carefully curated by Executive Pastry Chef David Puig: starting with the Pink Ribbon Macaron with white chocolate ganache, decorated with the symbolic pink ribbon; the Pink Sphere, a rose-infused lychee mousse with raspberry confit, dried rose petals and sable; and the Pink Garden, a baked pistachio cream tartlet with strawberry compote and crémeux. Savoury items also riff on the rosy theme, from pink Pacific prawns with crab roe in mini buns, to tomato bread topped with applewood-smoked salmon and Vienna bread with roasted beet root and goat cheese. Top it all off with a bubbly glass of Perrier-Jouët, N.V., Blason Rosé Champagne.
The Think Pink Afternoon Tea is available weekdays from 3–5:30pm, and on weekends and public holidays in two sittings, from 2:15–4:15pm and 4:30–6:30 pm.
Palm Court, Lobby Level, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898
British Afternoon Tea at Gough’s on Gough
When: Every Saturday
Price: HK$248 for one person or HK$488 for two persons, plus HK$138 for a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV or HK$168 for Louis Roederer Brut Rosé 2012
As much as all styles and manners of afternoon tea have proliferated across Hong Kong, the custom is at its heart a truly British one — an idea that Gough’s on Gough is bringing back in its new, quintessentially British afternoon tea. There could hardly be a more proper setting than Timothy Oulton’s stylish Gough Street digs for partaking in the classic British tradition, harking back to the 19th-century pastime of donning your Sunday best and indulging in a steaming pot of tea and finger food.
Hosted on Saturdays at Gough’s on Gough, the event remains a purely elegant affair, with a premium range of teas and coffees served in vintage floral-patterned china hand-sourced from the UK — accompanied by a sumptuous selection of sweet and savoury finger foods. Nibble on the poached chicken and tarragon, beef and whole grain mustard, and smoked Scottish salmon sandwiches; then follow it up with a selection of sweets, from buttery warm homemade raisin scones, to lemon and mascarpone mousse, chocolate and orange dome cake and carrot cake with butter cream.
Afternoon tea set available Saturdays only from 2:30–5pm.
Gough’s on Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2473 9066
Le Soleil x MISSHA
When: Through 28 October
Price: HK$408 for two persons; prices subject to 10% surcharge
This month, nourish your skin along with your appetite at Le Soleil, with the new MISSHA crossover afternoon tea available through the end of October. The popular Korean beauty brand is the inspiration for a light and vitamin-rich afternoon tea set featuring the key ingredient of natural honey, with all patrons receiving a gift pack with the newly launched Bee Pollen Renew Ampouler from MISSHA. With honey as the theme, guests can expect sweet and sticky finger food delights in the form of deep-fried chicken wings with honey, honey-glazed grilled pork neck, and French toast glazed with honey and butter on the savoury side; and homemade honeycomb paired with coconut ice cream and chiffon cake, creamy honey cheesecake and French chocolate and butterfly cookies on the sweet side. All tea sets include your choice of honey drinks such as honey lemongrass and ginger, honey pomelo and honey mandarin tea.
Afternoon tea set available daily from 3–5:30pm.
Le Soleil, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2733 2033
Pink Sensation Afternoon Tea at Hotel Icon
When: Through 30 November
Price: HK$288 per person, HK$546 for two persons; prices subject to 10% surcharge
TST’s Hotel Icon is once again embracing the pink theme for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, rallying women across Hong Kong to stand tall together in supporting and raising awareness for the cause. From now through 30 November, the lobby dining room GREEN will be transformed into a rosy pink wonderland for the #PinkSensationAfternoonTea, designed by Executive Pastry Chef, Danny Ho. Be sure to don shades of pink as you nibble on intricate sweet and savoury delicacies including taramasalata with caviar, pastrami Reuben sandwiches, shrimp salad on toast, vanilla strawberry rose panna cotta, chocolate-dipped strawberries and the highlight dish, swan-shaped raspberry coulis with rose choux. All those wearing the colour of the month will also receive a complimentary Pink Sensation drink to chase down all of the mouthwatering treats.
Afternoon tea set available daily in two sittings from 3–5pm and 5–7pm.
Hotel Icon, G/F, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1318