Whether you’re feeling like a classic scone with the Mandarin Oriental’s signature rose petal jam, or a dim sum inspired tea set at Above and Beyond, we’re sure you and your gal pals will have your weekends booked for months to come if you take a look at this list. There are so many afternoon tea options in Hong Kong, so we’ve rounded up just a couple of our favourite, both classic and modern. Get ready to par-tea!
CLASSIC AFTERNOON TEA
Café Gray Deluxe, The Upper House
We’re huge fans of Michelin star chef Gray Kunz over here at Sassy and we’ve frequented Café Gray Deluxe ourselves a number of times; each experience leaving us ironically sated but desperate for more. Located in the utterly swank Upper House in Pacific Place, you can enjoy Gray Kunz’s fresh take on European classics while basking in the beauty of their unbeatable view of Victoria Harbour way up on the 49th floor. Featuring adorable nibbles like mini white chocolate muffins and light savouries such as smoked salmon on pumpernickel, this afternoon tea is a great way to reconnect with an old gal pal while getting your foodie fix! See our review of their limited edition Cle de Peu set here!
High tea is served at 3.30-5.30 every day at Café Gray Deluxe, priced at $225 per single set and $385 for two. Café Gray, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, 3968 1106, www.cafegrayhk.com
The Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental
Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental’s Clipper Lounge is one of Hong Kong’s most indulgent traditions, with a decadent high tea set that only seems to get better as the years go on. If you’re familiar with the hotel, you’ll know and love the Clipper Lounge’s soft, romantic atmosphere and wonderful service (as to be expected of one of Hong Kong’s leading hotels). The menu’s certainly something to rave about as well; just the mere thought of their grilled cheese and truffle sandwiches and scones with rose petal jam have us desperate to take a half day at the office in time for a sneaky gourmet snack. See our review of the Clipper Lounge’s classic menu here.
Afternoon tea sets are priced at $278 for one person and $488 for two. Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, 2825 4007, www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong
Feast (Food by EAST), EAST Hotel
How do you feel about all-you-can-eat afternoon tea? We feel very, very strongly about the idea and that’s why Feast’s semi-buffet afternoon tea set is kind of a godsend. They’re not looking to reinvent the wheel here and honestly, we don’t really want them to. Indulge in a couple (or several) fluffy finger sandwiches and get in line at their crepe and waffle stations for a sweet treat; they even offer a selection of healthy mixed juices if you decide to switch up your regular pot of tea. Keep an eye out for their concept high teas as well, we’re sure there’s something looming on the horizon. See our review of Feast’s afternoon tea collaboration with Aesop here and read more about their recent collaboration with Cath Kidston here.
Served only on weekends and public holidays, $195 per person. Feast (Food by EAST), 1/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Island East, Hong Kong, 3968 3777, www.east-hongkong.com
The Lounge, Four Seasons
If you have a bit of trouble with food allergies or you’re just on a demanding diet, the wonderful kitchen staff at the Four Seasons’ Lounge are more than willing to help create a classic afternoon tea catered around your dietary requirements. We actually sent a Sassy Girl over who’s been combing Hong Kong for gluten-free options and after a quick call to inform The Lounge, they had a special high tea set ready for her in no time! With all-time classics like raisin scones alongside more ambitious (and delectable) spins like their devastatingly adorable mini foie gras burgers and green apple pies, your taste buds will be zinging for days on end. See Jaime’s full review here!
Costs $450 for two people, served 3-5:30 every day. The Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8820, www.fourseasons.com/hongkong
The Lounge & Bar, Ritz Carlton
We’re spoiled rotten in Hong Kong when it comes to innovative modern cuisine, but it’s very easy to be jaded by the flood of ambitious dishes. There are times where all you want is something timeless and simple and The Lounge & Bar’s long-running traditional afternoon tea set is sure to hit the spot. Located below O-Zone Bar in the ICC with a view to put most helicopter rides to shame, go ahead and munch away on finger sandwiches and a cosy pot of tea – sometimes all you really need is a classic.
Afternoon tea is served Monday-Thursday between 3-6pm at $348 for one person, $568 for two. Friday to Sunday afternoon tea sets are served between 2-4pm and 4:30-6:30pm, priced at $368 for one person and $598 for two. The Lounge & Bar, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2263 2263, www.ritzcarlton.com
MO Bar, Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Now we know we’ve featured the Mandarin Oriental’s timeless and tasted afternoon tea set, but we’ve got to mention their sister hotel’s slightly more modern take just across the road. There’s no getting rid of some classics (and who’d want to anyway) like the MO Bar’s leek and comté mini quiches, but we love the sound of their Asian fusion coconut mousse with mango and passion fruit jelly dessert as well! You can even upgrade your set with a selection of their classic club sandwiches or a decadent baked mixed berries cheesecake. With a selection of teas and the option for a glass of bubbly, make the weekend your best one with MO Bar’s high tea. Tip: Keep an eye out for their limited edition high tea sets! See Sassy’s review of MO Bar’s Apivita inspired afternoon tea set!
Priced at $248 per person Monday-Friday, $288 each on weekends. MO Bar, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2132 0188, www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark
MODERN HIGH TEA
Above and Beyond, Hotel Icon
This beautiful Chinese restaurant’s name perfectly captures the way we feel about their tea set! Putting a spin on traditional afternoon tea with their Asian high tea sets, you can expect salty and sweet dim sum parcels and naturally a wide range of Asian teas. The innovation doesn’t stop there however with bold gourmet creations like fried pears stuffed with barbecued goose and pickled ginger and beverages such as jasmine tea hot chocolate, and we know from experience that Above and Beyond’s creations go down a treat. Located in the magnificent Hotel Icon with a stunning view of Victoria Harbour, dine in their effortlessly elegant restaurant and indulge in our local fare. See our review of one of their previous afternoon tea sets here.
Available only on weekends and public holidays between 3-5:30pm only. Above and Beyond’s dim sum tea set is priced at $588 for two people, with an option to upgrade to a champagne afternoon tea for $78. Above and Beyond, Level 28, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3400 1318
Café 103, Ritz Carlton
This one’s a bit of a boozy one ladies; the high tea minded folks over at Café 103 have teamed up with the team from French orange-liqueur Grand Marnier to create a limited edition ‘Autour de Grand Marnier’ tea set. Naturally, every morsel will be infused with Grand Marnier’s signature citrus accents and these innovative pastries are a great way to kick-start the autumn. Unfortunately this offer only lasts until the end of September, so be one of the exclusive few in the know and try it out! If you’re not feeling a hit of vitamin C, try out their incredible Godiva chocolate tea set from October onwards – we’ve tried it before and, well, there’s a reason we can’t stop raving about it. See our full review of Café 103’s chocolate contrast tea set here.
Served daily between 3:30-6pm; weekdays priced at $328 for one person and $548 for two, whereas weekend and public holidays cost $348 for one and $568 for two. Café 103, Ritz Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2263 2263, www.ritzcarlton.com
Coco Café Patisserie, The Mira
Why not put a spin on traditional afternoon tea with Coco Café Patisserie’s Asian fusion high tea menu? Available from 3-6pm every day at a reasonable price for two, the gourmets tucked away in the kitchen have worked tirelessly to reinvent the classic – luckily for us, it all sounds scrumptious. Whether you’re tucking into their charcoal bamboo cranberry scones (with a generous helping of their watermelon-orange jam) or sipping on lychee rose tea, their selection is just ambitious enough for the casual afternoon tea lover wanting a cultural deviation on a classic English staple. You can even shake things up a little with a bit of bubbly – let’s face it, you always deserve it.
High tea is served at Coco Café Patisserie between 3-6pm every day at $208 for a single person set and $368 for two. Champagne is an additional $120 per person. Coco Café Patisserie, The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2315 5888, www.themirahotel.com
Finds, The Luxe Manor
We’ve wandered over to Hong Kong’s first Scandinavian restaurant for their innovative afternoon tea set before, but we’ve heard a little rumour that they’ve switched up their menu since then. By all accounts, they’ve remained true to their goal of developing the traditional European high tea with a creative kick – trading out sandwiches for other savoury bites like morels and asparagus parcels while incorporating crowd favourites like summer berry cream cups. Their range of organic teas sound absolutely incredible, but if you’re feeling like something a little non-conventional, you can choose one of their virgin daiquiris instead.
Finds, 1/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2522 9318, www.finds.com.hk
LeSoleil, The Royal Garden Hotel
Hong Kong is a city absolutely full with innovative gourmet chefs – some great and some, well, a little less great. French-Vietnamese restaurant Le Soleil definitely belongs to the former and their Vietnamese high tea set is one that we’re dying to sink our teeth into. Trade in the scones and clotted cream for soft shell crab and crispy Saigon spring rolls and relax with a cup of sweet Vietnamese coffee; a day at Le Soleil will leave you wondering why we bother with tradition anyway.
Available on weekends and public holidays, priced at $328 for two persons. Le Soleil, 3/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2733 2033, www.rghk.com.hk
Lobster Bar and Grill, Island Shangri-La
There are literally no two fancier words you can put together than lobster and high tea. Naturally, it wouldn’t be long before someone fused them together and who better to do it than Island Shangri-La’s Lobster Bar and Grill? We’ve actually been before in our in-depth review here and we’re still raving about it: the memory of their Boston lobster and avocado finger sandwiches and oak-smoked salmon on lobster rye will forever be ingrained in our memories. This shellfish reimagining is unfortunately only available on weekends and public holidays, but well worth it if you can get a booking! And what day of decadence is complete without a glass of rosé champagne – you can opt to add a bottle of luxurious Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose for a special afternoon tea price. It’s sadly only going to be served at the Lobster Bar and Grill until the end of this year, but at least you know to get in on the crustacean creations before then.
Afternoon tea is served on weekends and public holidays between 3-5pm and priced at $458 for two people, with champagne high tea priced at $858. Lobster Bar and Grill, 6/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2820 8560, www.shangri-la.com/island
If you weren’t sold on SEVVA’s gorgeous harbour view location and their stunning high ceiling laced with florals, we’re sure their afternoon tea sets will win you over. Founded by Bonnae Gokson, SEVVA’s been the talk of the town and its simple approach to high quality food is fresh air in an industry saturated with over-complexity. Their signature tea set seems an absolute dream with staples like smoked salmon on toasted crumpets and more unexpected choices like a foie gras mousse with onion marmalade, but we adore that they’ve come up with We Love Vegetables high tea just for you vegetarian ladies out there! The vegetarian option sounds just as decadent as the signature tea set, featuring wild mushroom ragout and SEVVA’s specialty vegetable spring rolls, but did we mention that you also get the chance to tuck into one of Ms B’s Bakery’s famous caramel crunch cakes at the end of your meal? At a slightly steeper price than our other featured afternoon teas however, this is probably best reserved for special occasions and spontaneous indulgences. Go on, treat yourself.
High tea is served at Sevva on Monday to Friday between 2:30-5pm, as well as on Saturdays between 3-5:30pm. Both the vegetarian and signature tea set are priced at $720 for two people. SEVVA, Prince’s Building, 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 1388, www.sevva.hk
Woobar, W Hotel
The W Hotel is renowned for its fresh and modern take on, well, everything and the same goes for Woobar’s new afternoon T offering! Their new high tea set, appropriately named Fragrance D’Amour, is one of most cutting edge and surprisingly aromatic afternoon teas we’ve ever heard of. It’s a collaboration with perfumeries Lanvin, Balmain, Jimmy Choo and Montblanc, which makes it the natural choice for you more fashion forward ladies out there. Key ingredients in each perfume inspire each delectable morsel and (with typical W Hotel swank) the mixologists behind the bar have come up with cocktails that draw on their personalities. If you do decide to head over for a classy bite, don’t forget to take a short quiz on the tea set’s website! You’ll get a code for one free cocktail that you just need to flash your bartender and you don’t want to miss out on one of these. It only lasts until the end of October however, so get in on these fab bites before they’re gone (we promise they’ll taste as good as they smell)! Served Monday-Friday, 2:30-6pm at $398 (without service charge) for two.
The Afternoon T Buffet is served weekends and public holidays between 2-4 and 4:30-6:30pm, priced at $248 per adult (without service charge). Each T set comes with a free perfume sample. Woobar, 6/F, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2889, www.woobarhongkong.com
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