Hong Kongers love their afternoon teas… and here at Sassy we can’t deny our love for them either! That’s why I was keen to try the Mandarin Oriental’s new take on this classic tradition, at their renowned after-work watering hole, The Chinnery. Known for its private club vibes, The Chinnery is a secluded area decked out in dark wood furnishings and leather. You almost feel like you’re stepping back in time, and it feels like the perfect private place to come and unwind with a whiskey!
The ‘Power’ Afternoon tea here has been created with the setting in mind, and it certainly beefs up (literally!) our typical conceptions of dainty and delicate afternoon treats. The regular dishes you can have at The Chinnery consist of hearty, traditional English classics, such as “Fish & Chips” and “Bangers & Mash”, and this comforting cuisine follows through into the tea.
Serving up bite-sized Yorkshire puddings with horseradish and beef, mini croque-monsieur’s with black truffle shavings, Welsh rarebit, pork pie and a smoked salmon bagel for savouries, this is one afternoon tea that won’t leave you hungry! The croque-monsieur with truffle has to be the standout… a sumptuous treat that will leave you wanting more. It was fun to have indulgent alternatives to the standard cucumber sandwich, and I was already feeling full up before the sweets!
For those with a sweet tooth, the Power Afternoon tea doesn’t disappoint. The luxuriously chocolate brownie is just what you need as a naughty little treat – and the mini apple pie was the perfect combination of flavours with the sliver of vanilla ice cream on top. The theatrical element to the desserts was topped off by the chocolate ‘cigars’. Served on a chocolate ashtray, these rich, dark chocolate cigars look like the real deal, and even come with chocolate ‘ash’ too!
With beer on offer instead of the usual tea, this is the perfect place to come if you’re looking for an afternoon tea with a bit more substance. Kick off your Rugby Sevens week with a touch of class!
The Power Snack costs $238 per person (including a mini pulled-pork burger, a truffle croque-monsieur, an English pie and chocolate cigar); The Power Afternoon Tea is $328 per person (including mini roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, pork pie, smoked salmon bagel, welsh rarebit, truffle croque-monsieur, apple pie, chocolate brownie and a chocolate cigar). Upgrade your beer to a 12-year Macallan whisky for an additional $40.
The Chinnery 1/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
2825 4009 www.mandarinoriental.com/…