Spring is finally here, and with it comes a new array of afternoon teas to tempt our palates. From designer-brand collabs to floral confectionaries inspired by the fleeting cherry blossom season, we’ve picked out the five best themed afternoon teas this season to appeal to your taste buds (and your cameras). These exquisite delicacies are available for a limited time only, so make sure to get your bookings in fast.
Blooming Afternoon Tea at The Langham
When: Through 31 May
Price: HK$348 per person, HK$598 for two persons plus 10% surcharge
Skip lunch and come hungry to Palm Court’s Blooming Art Afternoon Tea — a substantial spread of sweet delights prepared by executive pastry chef Matthieu Godard. Start with the “pseudo” tomato patch with fillings of smoked salmon and cream cheese, chicken with Dijon mustard, and green pea hummus with sesame paste. Next work your way through the warm selection of raisin scones from the Palm Court bakery, served with Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam, and artisanal rose preserve.
Finish with the floral-themed desserts like the “Viola” – a bite-sized chocolate flower pot planted with Gianduja cream and viola flowers. If you can’t wait until evening for your bubbles, you can upgrade the experience with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne (HK$528 for one, HK$888 for two person). On afternoons and evenings, your repast will be accompanied by a live harp, piano or vocal performance.
MOSCHINO High T at W Hong Kong
When: Through 5 May
Price: Mon-Fri afternoon tea set is HK$418 for two; Weekends afternoon tea buffet is HK$330 per person
We usually associate WOOBAR with music events, guest DJs and after parties, so it was a pleasant surprise to find ourselves there in broad daylight to try their sweetest collab to date: a chic partnership with global fashion brand MOSCHINO. The month-long W Hong Kong x Moschino High T is equal parts stylish and saccharine, featuring cheeky and quirky treats inspired by some of MOSCHINO’s most iconic designs.
Think a MOSCHINO iPhone 7 case featuring their cult teddy bear made from chocolate biscuit, a white chocolate high heel, and a tote-shaped vanilla fondant cake. You’ll also need to save space for an array of savoury bites, clotted cream scones, and the ‘Pink Fresh’ strawberry jelly shot finale. Every guest takes home a MOSCHINO miniature Pink Fresh perfume, plus shopping discounts and entry to a lucky draw — if you can remember to scan the edible QR code on the cupcake before popping it in your mouth.
WOOBAR, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon Hong Kong, Hong, +852 3717 2889
Parisian Afternoon Tea Set x Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
When: Through 31 May
Price: Weekdays HK$608 for two persons; Weekends HK$628 for two persons
As if we needed another reason to visit InterContinental Hong Kong’s Lobby Lounge beyond the stunning sea views and soothing live jazz and soul performances, they drop a flavour bomb in the form of cacao. This spring, the Parisian Afternoon Tea Set is serving desserts using recipes from celebrated chef Alain Ducasse, who recently unveiled his new restaurant Rech by Alain Ducasse, adjacent to the Lobby Lounge. The tantalising sweets are all made from Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, available exclusively at the InterCon.
The spread is a chocolate lover’s dream, with chocolate brioche, warm scones and Parisian-style pastries, and artisanal chocolates made from cocoa roasted in Alain’s own factory. There are also more experimental items on offer, such as the decadent foie gras with chocolate — a surprising match made in heaven.
Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211
Sakura Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
When: Through 14 May
Price: Mon-Fri HK$378 for one, HK$638 for two persons; Weekends HK$398 for one, HK$658 for two persons
Marking the peak season of sakura (cherry blossom) blooms in Japan, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has welcomed guest pastry chef Hideaki Tanaka of The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo to whip up a number of pink-themed Japanese-inspired confectionaries for its Sakura Afternoon Tea. Situated on the 103rd floor of the tallest building in the city, the indulgent afternoon tea aims to mimic the experience of flower-viewing for eager Hong Kong foodies, accompanied by the stunning birds-eye view from Café 103. Dig into savoury bites such as flower-marinated radish roll with Zuwaigani crab and caviar; and sweet bites such as green tea strawberry cake, soy milk panna cotta with flower jelly, and a strawberry and red bean mousse. Japanese ingredients are used throughout, given the afternoon tea an elevated, artistic touch.
For those seeking a more classic menu with an equally stunning view, you can also head down to the 102nd floor where Michelin-starred Tosca is offering a bejewelled high tea menu in collaboration with renowned Italian jeweller Damiani (HK$428 per person, every Saturday through 13 May).
Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270
“Picnic in the Floral Garden” at Cordis
When: Through 30 June
Price: HK$418 for two, plus HK$388 for a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne; Limited to 10 sets daily, includes a complimentary Belif Herbal Moisturizing Deluxe Set (valued at $300 each)
Cordis, Hong Kong’s modern European restaurant and bar, Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social is serving up a “Picnic in the Floral Garden” themed afternoon tea this spring, in collaboration with Korean skincare expert Belif. Inspired by Belif’s use of natural ingredients and herbal formulas, Alibi has prepared a holistic spread of treats infused with various aromatic floral ingredients, from chamomile to rose hip.
The delightful arrangement comes packed in a traditional wicker hamper, and features a substantial spread of savoury items to start, including chamomile smoked salmon with baguette, king crab on nori puff pastry, mini crab cromesquis with saffron aioli, and prawns with sea urchin mayonnaise. To satisfy your sweet tooth, dig into freshly baked scones with homemade strawberry-rose hip jam, violet jelly with chamomile milk custard, and chocolate flower pots with elderflowers. Wash it all down with a special chamomile-tea mocktail created by Alibi’s resident mixologist, Leo Cheung, to coincide with the floral theme.
Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, 5/F, Langham Place, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3028