The Best Afternoon Teas To Enjoy This New Year
With the turn of the decade, hotels and restaurants are thinking of new ways of challenging themselves in order to bring the best of culinary creativity to our city.
Whether you're jumping on the healthy bandwagon or looking to take a tour of various cities' symbolic dishes from the comfort of a plush couch, these are the afternoon teas to try in January:
1/4 “Fuel Your Body and Mind” Afternoon Tea at the W Hong Kong
Those looking to reset for the new year need to look no further than the W Hong Kong’s WOOBAR. With its new “Fuel Your Body and Mind” afternoon tea concept, the W Hotel encourages us to turn over a new leaf by taking the time to refuel our energy through healthy eating habits.
In a bold and pioneering move, the restaurant is the first to offer an afternoon tea with superfoods as the main focus. With healthy bites such as beetroot hummus with pomegranate, seared tuna rolled in crushed chickpeas, smoked salmon on rye, avocado chocolate brownies and coconut raspberry chia seed pudding, guests will leave feeling full but guilt-free.
The "Fuel Your Body and Mind" afternoon tea set for two is priced at HK$488 and is available from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm on weekdays (except public holidays).
The “Pump Up the Fuel” afternoon tea set for two is priced at HK$638 and is available from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The tea set includes everything from the standard afternoon tea set in addition to two glasses of sparkling wine.
Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3717 2889; w-hongkong.com
2/4 Intercontinental x Dyptique Paris Afternoon Tea
With this next collaboration, InterContinental Hong Kong is teaming up with dyptique paris for an exclusive afternoon tea set celebrating the launch of the French maison’s “Eau Capitale” and the limited-edition “Paris en Fleur” fragrances.
The Intercontinental chefs have played with scents and flavours in order to elevate guests’ senses and offer them a taste of Paris in the form of miniature dishes.
If savoury is what you’re after, a bite of foie gras with rhubarb and pistachio, a Parisian ham and comte tartelet with black truffle or even a lobster and cocktail sauce salad should do the trick. If you have more of a sweet tooth, indulge in a raspberry éclair, bergamot tea macaron or mandarin tartlet with meringue.
The set is priced at HK$688 for two persons, available from January 6 to February 29 2020, 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm on weekdays and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm on weekends and public holidays. Each set is complemented with two deluxe samples of dyptique’s eau de toilette/parfum as well as a gift card with an exclusive gift which guests can redeem upon presentation of the gift card at any of the dyptique stores in Hong Kong.
Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211; hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
3/4 Hotel Icon Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Afternoon Tea
Cheese lovers will see their wildest dreams come true with Hotel ICON's new afternoon tea. The boutique hotel is partnering up with famed Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory to bring you the most decadent afternoon tea made with the legendary Hokkaido milk and cream.
Gourmets will enjoy sweet treats such as the Hong Kong Exclusive Yuen Yeung Cookie, rice pudding with tropical mango and puff pastries made of camembert cookie dough before diving into savoury highlights such as crispy cheese and tomato dip as well as chicken teriyaki on toast. Top it all off with unlimited Signature Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Hokkaido Jersey Milk Soft Serve as well as Hotel ICON’s exclusive Yuen Yeung Soft Serve Ice Cream.
The set is priced at HK$328 per person and HK$598 for two people and is available from January 2 to February 29, 2020. The first seating is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and the second one is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
GREEN, G/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1300; hotel-icon.com
4/4 Statement x Ruinart
Design enthusiasts will be delighted to see contemporary British restaurant Statement in Tai Kwun blend heritage, architecture and food with its exclusive afternoon tea collaboration with Ruinart champagne.
As an ode to British heritage, Statement is offering traditional sweet and savoury delicacies presented on a metal spiral art piece created by world-acclaimed designer and architect Ron Arad. The art piece is a modern-day take on the iconic Ruinart champagne bottle and is of limited production worldwide.
On the savoury side, guests can enjoy roast beef and pickle sandwiches, cheese puffs and egg sandwiches with salmon roe. On the sweet side, miniature desserts such as cinnamon carrot cake, vanilla honey cream choux and raspberry lemon tart will be presented alongside homemade scones and jams, Cornish clotted cream and of course, English breakfast tea. For an additional touch of luxury, complete your afternoon tea with a glass of luxury Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne.
The set is priced at HK$228 per person or HK$388 with a glass of champagne and is available from 3:00pm to 5:00pm inside Statement’s historical dining room or on the verandah from November 28th on.
Statement, Police Headquarters, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2848 3000; statement.com.hk