The Best New Afternoon Teas To Try In Hong Kong This Spring 2021
The beginning of a new season can only mean one thing: our favourite five-star hotels and restaurants will be pulling out all the stops to tempt our taste buds with some delicious culinary offerings. And now that Easter is fast approaching with a five-day long weekend falling on 2-6 April, it gives us the perfect excuse to already start gathering our loved ones for an indulgent feast.
From free-flow brunches to family-style gourmet dinners, there’s plenty of exciting new collaborations and menus from the local dining scene to check out; but if you’re looking to enjoy a truly elegant dining experience, an afternoon tea ticks all the boxes. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best new afternoon teas to enjoy in Hong Kong this spring. Now the only question is, which one are you choosing to feast on first?
If indulging in an array of scrumptious teatime treats with panoramic views overlooking the harbour sounds like your idea of a leisurely afternoon, you won’t want to miss the new afternoon tea presented by The Commune at K11 ARTUS. The upscale restaurant is launching a special menu "Tea by the Harbour at The Commune" just in time for Easter, which showcases a nicely-balanced mix of savouries and pastries including Japanese pork belly bao bun, unagi teriyaki slider, fruit tart, pandan crème brulee—and of course, freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and fruit and tea infusion jam—that makes for a decadent dining experience. For drinks, guests can choose from a fine selection of teas, coffees and juices.
Price: HK$720 for two persons
When: The special Easter-themed menu is available from April 3 to 6, which is served daily from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. A regular tea menu will also be available from April 3 onwards.
Where: The Commune, 10/F, K11 ARTUS, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2107 3388; artus.com.hk
Four Seasons Hong Kong
Enjoy an elegant dining experience and indulge in a great variety of picture-perfect, Easter-themed tea treats at Four Seasons Hong Kong this season. Highlights on the menu include finger sandwiches, egg-shaped sugar cookies in pastel colours, moist carrot cake with cream cheese filling, as well as coconut cake with passionfruit and mango.
That’s not all, as guests will also be able to enjoy freshly-made waffles with berries, hot cross buns, lemon verbena ice cream sandwich, and many more dainty desserts at the live cooking station during the afternoon tea session—all served in the luxury, comfortable surrounds of The Lounge.
Price: HK$488 per person
When: The set is available from April 2 to 6, which is served in two sittings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 4:15 to 6:15 pm. It's available for takeaway as well.
Where: The Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3196 8708; fourseasons.com
Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
Luxury hotel Island Shangri-La has launched a special menu to celebrate the arrival of spring, which showcases a beautiful spread of teatime treats featuring fresh seasonal ingredients that are perfect for the warmer weather.
Guests can anticipate savoury nibbles such as lobster wheat bread roll with cream cheese, foie gras melba toast with dry fruits, heirloom cherry tomato with mozzarella cheese and pesto, as well as roast beef rémoulade and spring cress. On the sweet side, guests will enjoy pistachio and cherry crunch, strawberry sakura tea mousse, green apple yuzu curd, and more. The tea is complete with freshly baked plain and raisin scones, accompanied by clotted cream and jam.
Price: HK$338 per person and HK$558 for two
When: The set is available from now till April 30, which is served on weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and on weekends and public holidays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.
Where: Lobby Lounge, 6/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Phase 2, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3838; shangri-la.com/islandshangrila
See also: The Best Hong Kong Staycations To Book For Easter 2021
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Fancy a luxurious afternoon tea experience complete with stunning harbour views and Insta-worthy treats? Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is the ideal place to be. This season, the hotel is joining hands with renowned Italian fine jewellery brand Pomellato to launch a special tea menu, which features a wide selection of teatime treats for diners to experience a taste of Italian flavours made with the finest ingredients.
In addition to their much-loved scones, the set offers tempting savoury bites and sweets such as smoked salmon cannoli with lemon curd and mascarpone mousse, olives and rosemary bread with aged capocollo and pesto mayonnaise and calamansi cornmeal cookies—which are all served on a beautiful swing-shaped stand that pays homage to the jewellery brand’s impeccable craftsmanship.
Price: HK$418 for one and HK$698 for two (except April 2-6); HK$428 for one and HK$728 for two (April 2-6)
When: The set is available from April 1 to May 31, which is served daily from 3:15 to 5:15 pm.
Where: Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com
W Hong Kong
Afternoon tea stalwart Woobar at W Hong Kong has collaborated with Plantin Kaviari—importers of fine French produce—to launch a decadent tea set filled with a wide range of truffle-themed treats to whet your appetite this season.
Curated by executive chef Rafael Gil and French pastry chef Baptiste Villefranque, the new menu features a medley of sweet and savoury treats made with premium black truffle products offered by Plantin Kaviari, including scallop rillettes, deconstructed egg sandwich with fresh truffle, cheese and mushroom arancini with truffle sauce, truffle honey panna cotta with blackberry, and black forest tart, to name just a few.
Price: HK$538 for two; HK$688 for two with two glasses of sparkling wine
When: The set is available from now till May 31. It is served on weekdays in two sittings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm; and on weekends in two sittings from 2:15 to 4:15 pm and 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Where: Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2222; marriott.com
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Kerry Hotel is joining hands with renowned chocolate maker Valrhona to satisfy your chocolate cravings with a hearty afternoon tea menu, offering an enticing range of delicacies infused with chocolates that’s certain to excite the most discerning palates.
Aside from exquisite sweets such as almond mousse, passion fruit crémeux and raspberry mousse and lychee diplomat cake, the set also includes savouries such as crab and yuzu mini doughnut, Rougié foie gras with Sichuan pepper and strawberry, as well as Sicilian red prawn ceviche with passion fruit. Freshly baked scones including traditional and lemon candied and yuzu flavours will be offered as well. Don’t forget to post a photo of your set on Instagram to enjoy a complimentary pu’er chocolate drink, too!
Price: HK$638 for two; HK668 for two on weekends and public holidays
When: The set is available from now till April 30.
Where: Lobby Lounge, Level 1, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2252 5237; kerryhotel.com
Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon x Parfumerie Trésor
Treat yourself to a luxurious, scent-led dining experience with Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon’s elegant afternoon tea partnership with niche perfume boutique Parfumerie Trésor. Designed to take guests on a fragrant culinary journey and offer them a taste of France in the form of miniature dishes, the menu features a selection of savouries such as king crab burger with spicy mayonnaise, celeriac cromesqui with black truffle and quiche lorraine, as well as six exquisite desserts created by the restaurant’s pastry chef, Lionel Bodros.
Inspired by the key ingredients from six different perfumes exclusively from Parfumerie Trésor, the sweets are best enjoyed from light to stronger flavours, where guests are invited to spray and smell the paired perfumes while trying the relative dessert item. Guests will also receive perfume samples and be able to participate in a workshop to create their own perfume-scented hand sanitiser afterwards.
Price: HK$598 for two persons
When: The set is available from April 1 to May 16. It is served on weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and on weekends and public holidays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.
Where: Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon, Shop 315, 316 & 334, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2166 9088; robuchon.hk/le-salon-de-the-landmark
St. Regis Hong Kong
Get a taste of five-star luxury, top-notch hospitality and an array of premium teatime delights at St. Regis Hong Kong. In celebration of Easter and springtime, the hotel is giving their famous afternoon tea menu a festive update.
Served from a dim sum-inspired trolley, you’ll find a wide selection of gourmet sandwiches and homemade pastries such as maple butter tart, matcha Baumkuchen, deluxe brownies, and of course, premium scones served with jam, clotted cream and whipped butter. Four new Easter-themed dessert creations, including Spring Carrot (white chocolate camembert ganache, orange, carrot sponge); Easter Nest (caramel milk chocolate mousse and caramel brownie); mango confit with coconut and mango mousse; as well as rhubarb mascarpone verrine will be available for diners to enjoy.
Price: HK$418 per person and HK$748 for two
When: The set is available from April 2 to 6, which is served daily from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
Where: The Drawing Room, 2/F, The St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chan, Hong Kong; +852 2138 6800; marriott.com
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
You can always count on Tiffin at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong for excellent afternoon teas and its spring edition is no exception. Their new seasonal menu will delight your eyes as much as your tastebuds, and includes a selection of savoury bites such as roast beef and cucumber sandwich with horseradish cream, egg mayonnaise and bacon soft roll, puff pastry with foie gras mousse, and much more. Those with a sweet tooth will be satisfied with indulgent desserts such as jasmine tea almond cake with peach jelly, rose profiterole with lychee gel and raspberry, chocolate truffle and scones. Guests will be also treated to unlimited homemade ice cream, freshly prepared waffles, and fruits from the live dessert station.
In celebration of Easter, the hotel has collaborated with local artist Norman Tsoi (@hkurbanwarrior) to curate a new takeaway set featuring unique festive packaging—the Tiffin Easter Takeaway Afternoon Tea—for guests to enjoy their signature pastries and special holiday-themed delicacies from the comfort of their homes. Another equally impressive option is the seasonal Tiffin Floral Takeaway Afternoon Tea, and you can view both menus here.
Price: HK$298 per person on weekdays and HK$328 per person on weekends and public holidays (dine-in menu); HK$498 for two (Tiffin Easter Takeaway Afternoon Tea); HK$438 for two (Tiffin Floral Takeaway Afternoon Tea)
When: The Tiffin Easter Takeaway Afternoon Tea is available from March 27 to April 6, 12:00 to 5:00pm daily. The Tiffin Floral Takeaway Afternoon menu is available from now till March 26, 12:00 to 5:00pm daily.
Where: Tiffin, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong,+ 852 2584 7722; grandhyatthongkong.com
Here's another tempting chocolate-themed afternoon tea menu that deserves a spot on your food radar. This season, Hotel ICON has teamed up with Lindt to present a decadent set that’s bound to leave any chocolate lover happy and satisfied. The set includes savoury bites such as spiced chicken dark chocolate ragout vol-au-vent, chocolate foie gras and chestnut chocolate bruschetta with bacon bits. On the sweet side, you’ll find a wide range of delectable Easter-themed desserts including mango pudding, roasted hazelnut chocolate tart, rabbit coconut milk, and Lindt chocolate eggs, to name just a few. The best part? You’ll also be able to enjoy unlimited Lindt soft-serve ice cream during the session!
Price: HK$388 per person and HK$688 for two
When: The set is available from now till May 16, which is served daily in two sittings from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. It's also available for takeaway.
Where: Green, G/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1300; hotel-icon.com
Cordis Hong Kong
If you love afternoon teas and Cantonese delicacies, Michelin-starred Ming Court’s new menu is sure to please. Known for its consistently well-executed fare served in a polished setting, the high-end Chinese restaurant is offering a special tea set to celebrate the arrival of the new season, which features a selection of signature dishes including chicken consommé with matsutake and bamboo pith, barbecued honey pork loin, deep-fried Hokkaido scallop with prawn and fresh pear, chilled jellyfish with celery and water chestnut, as well as chilled cordyceps flower with enoki. Guests can also add HK$180 for two glasses of Taittinger Brut or Reserve champagne to elevate their dining experience.
Price: HK$188 for two persons
When: The set is available from now till June 30, served daily from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.
Where: Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3330; cordishotels.com
Madame Fù’s new afternoon tea is sure to create a buzz amongst the beauty lovers in the city. A collaboration with prestigious Korean beauty brand Sulwhasoo, the set, which will be served against the backdrop of the restaurant’s beautiful furnishings, includes an enticing range of savouries and sweets made with fine ingredients inspired by the brand’s bestsellers.
Guests will enjoy sweet treats such as Korean yuzu choux, strawberry cream cheesecake, Bailey and chocolate tiramisu cup, freshly baked plain and raisin and cranberry scones, as well as equally delicious savouries including foie gras terrine crostini with Jeju mandarin coulis, Busan squid ink seafood vol-au-vent and kimchi cheese cracker. Guests ordering the tea set will also receive a complimentary sample of Sulwhasoo’s hero product, Rescue Ampoule.
Price: HK$338 for one and HK$550 for two
When: The set is available from April 1 to 30, which is served daily from 2:30 to 5:00 pm.
Where: Madame Fù, 3rd Floor, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, No. 10 Hollywood Road, Central District, Hong Kong, +852 2114 2118; madamefu.com.hk