In this week’s ‘New Eats’, we explore the latest offerings in Hong Kong in the realm of that hallowed Hong Kong tradition — afternoon tea. Indulge in a midday pick-me-up with limited edition sweet treats by Dominique Ansel, a traditional tiered high tea affair at The Upper House, or with a newly launched tea bar concept at cocktail den Tell Camellia.
The Tea Room by Tell Camellia
What better way to celebrate International Tea Day on 21 May than to sip and savour all kinds of tea from across the globe? Head to SoHo drinking den Tell Camellia, which has recently switched up its single origin tea cocktail concept by adding a daytime tea salon. Sip from a selection of signature cold brews and zero- to low-ABV cocktails (from HK$45), with a range of unique teas to explore from pu’erh to ti-sane. The star of the show is none other than masala tea, made with a homemade spice tea blend, served alongside Indian biscuits for the ultimate traditional pairing. Other highlights include the ruby red Turkish Rize tea, as well as the chilled Uji matcha latte, perfect for the current summer weather, as well as varieties from Georgia, Australia, Nepal and more. Looking to ease into happy hour? Order one of the house specialties, a low ABV ‘T & Tonic’, which comes in seasonal flavours such as mango and strawberry or Italian almonds and truffle — with non-alcoholic variations available as well.
Tell Camellia, LG/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9821 5501
The Cronut at Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel
Award-winning patissier Dominique Ansel has just announced that his most successful creation yet — the Cronut — will be finally arriving on Hong Kong shores at Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel at Harbour City. Available from 22 May to 7 June only, it’s the first time the much-hyped pastry (a hybrid treat that marries the flaky butteriness of a croissant with the shape and decadence of a pillowy doughnut). Made fresh daily, there’ll also be a limited edition lychee and jasmine Cronut (HK$48) — filled with homemade lychee jam and an aromatic jasmine ganache — available daily during the period. To curb the craze, guests will only be able to purchase up to six cronuts each for takeaway or dine-in.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2613 8618
Café Gray Deluxe x Cookie DPT Afternoon Tea
If you, like us, have been caught up in this city’s cookie craze, then you won’t be a stranger to Cookie DPT’s current summer pop-up at The Upper House. Aside from shopping from its grab and go coffee and cookie bar on the sixth floor, you’ll want to head up to Café Gray Deluxe which is offering a limited time afternoon tea menu in collaboration with the cookie stalwarts. The decadent set features Cookie DPT’s new Earl ‘Gray’ Cookie, mini red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting, and the brand’s very first savoury creation, the Sabatino black truffle cheddar biscuit. Café Gray Deluxe also complements the offering with special items such as beef and black garlic choux, yuzu coconut gateaux and peach verrine. The afternoon tea set is available from 1 June to 31 July at HK$285 per person and HK$480 for two, paired with a choice of Jing tea or coffee. Book with the promotion code ‘TUHCookieDPT’ to get a special gift from Cookie DPT — while stocks last.
Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 1106