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Originally published by Catharina Cheung. Last updated by Annette Chan.
Although dinner service restrictions have blessedly been lifted and we no longer have to resort to daytime dining for all our socialising needs, there’s still something incredibly compelling about having afternoon tea. Laze away an afternoon with delectable food served in bite sizes, tea or coffee, and a cheeky tipple or several—here are the best afternoon tea menus to try in Hong Kong this season, for a limited time only!
Fill your feed with picture-perfect plates at The Langham’s Leica Legend afternoon tea (starting from $398 per person) featuring dishes inspired by the prestigious camera brand’s history. Feast on artistic sweets adorned with the Leica logo like Grand Cru chocolate ganache cake, fresh red berry profiteroles, and a Leica Museum Wetzlar black forest trifle—named after the city where the brand was founded—and savoury bites like crab quiche, roasted beef roulade, and homemade foie gras with figs.
Wash all this down with the premium loose-leaf teas included in the standard set, or upgrade to the deluxe menu ($588 per person) to enjoy a glass of Taittinger Champagne. With the purchase of this afternoon tea set, guests can register for a photography class with a Leica Akademie lecturer for $300. Available until 31 May.
Palm Court, Lobby, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2132 7898
Still prefer dining within the germ-free safety of your own four walls? No problem, simply order The Mandarin Cake Shop’s new afternoon tea takeaway set ($898 for two persons) for a touch of elegance at home. Lift the cover of the iconic “top hat” box to reveal a four-tier tower housing treats such as the 1963 Mandarin cheesecake, hazelnut crunchy milk chocolate mousse cake, matcha éclairs, madeleines, Portuguese egg tarts, and a range of sandwiches. Of course, there are also scones with Devon clotted cream and the Mandarin Oriental’s signature rose petal jam. Available in-store and online for pick-up or delivery.
The Mandarin Cake Shop, M/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 2825 4008
Give your afternoon tea a distinctly Hong Kong spin with the new A Taste of Hong Kong menu from Holt’s Café. Presented as an elevated take on cha chaan teng culture, the menu includes fancified classics like spam & egg instant noodles ($120 with Ibérico luncheon meat and a Japanese egg, as well as a black truffle egg sandwich ($90), baked tomato Iberico pork chop rice ($220), and Hong Kong-style French toast ($90).
Available from Mondays to Saturdays from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm, the dishes are available à la carte or in a tea set ($238 per person) which includes barbecued pork rice, a pineapple bun with butter, and yuenyeung.
Holt’s Café, 2/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8732
Got eyes bigger than your belly? Opt for a more minimalist afternoon tea with Kiki Noodle Bar’s aptly named Light & Delight tea set ($48) of Taiwanese night market snacks. Choose one out of the six available options, which include Taiwanese popcorn chicken with black truffle aioli, a snack platter of sliced sausage and chicken wings with lemongrass sauce, and more filling options like their mini dan dan noodle or rice with crispy chicken fillet.
All afternoon tea sets come with your choice of two flavoured teas—winter melon or peach oolong—but customers who order the tea set through Klook can upgrade their bevvie to any of Kiki’s special tea drinks for free. Available from 3 to 6 pm on weekdays.
Get your fill of fruity fare at The Astor’s new summer fruits weekend afternoon tea ($248 per person), which features all manner of cuisines from Thai to Cajun and Australian—all unified under the theme of tropical flavours. The tea, which is presented in a buffet format, allows diners to dig into as much five-spice rum-glazed ham and roast pineapple, Cajun-spiced barbecue chicken with mango and mint salsa, Thai pineapple fried rice, and citrus jelly mousse cake as they want.
Enjoy seasonal drinks like the summer virgin Mary made with ripe Italian tomatoes and virgin mango mojitos, or round out your meal with a scoop or two of fruity ice cream. Available until 31 July.
The Astor, B1, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan | (+852) 2710 1901
Alva Hotel’s PitStop pairs juicy, in-season figs with buttery French foie gras to create the Fig & Duck Liver afternoon tea set ($598 for two persons). Tuck into foie gras-filled savouries like French duck liver mousse puff and deep-fried smoked duck breast roll stuffed with foie gras before enjoying the fig-infused sweets—we particularly like the sound of the fig Grand Marnier crème brûlée and the mini fig Danish pastry.
Diners can also add on a lemon ginger soda or lemon ginger mint tea for $38 per glass or opt for takeaway ($698), which comes with a bottle of sparkling wine. Available until 30 June.
PitStop, 1/F, Alva Hotel by Royal, 1 Yuen Hong Street, Sha Tin | (+852) 3653 1319
Gradini is collaborating with homegrown luxury embroidery brand La Broderie to create a butterfly-themed afternoon tea (starting from $298) named “The Dream,” after the brand’s brooch collection of the same name. Savoury bites include duck rillettes sandwiches, foie gras mousse in mini cones, parma ham with truffle honey, and more, while sweets include dainty desserts such as Moscato jelly with mixed berry foam, macarons, and fruit tarts.
Of course, there will also be scones with clotted cream and jam served, as well as tea, coffee, and iced teas. Guests will also receive a voucher to redeem a pure wool scarf from La Broderie (valued at $1,150) upon purchase of any item from the brand’s butterfly brooches! Available until 16 July.
Gradini Ristorante E Bar Italiano, L/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2308 3088
Kerry Hotel has partnered with Japanese skincare brand Fancl to create the Brightening afternoon tea (starting from $598 for two people) featuring health- and skin-boosting ingredients. In homage to the brand’s origins, the savoury dishes include nori-marinated salmon, black tiger prawn tempura, roasted chicken & baby artichoke, and other Japanese-influenced dishes.
In keeping with the nutrition-forward and light menu, the desserts include almond & apricot choux, pistachio lemon verbena macarons, and fresh scones. Each set comes with two bottles of Fancl’s White Advance drink and two vouchers to redeem a travel set of Fancl’s sunscreen. Available until 30 June.
Lobby Lounge, 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom | (+852) 2252 5237
The Lobby Lounge at the Kowloon Shangri-La has partnered with body and homecare brand Sabon to create a tea- and fruit-infused menu of spring treats to create their Blissful Green afternoon tea ($598 for two persons). Stand-outs from their menu include the Maine lobster & celery brioche, jasmine tea cream with raspberry hibiscus jelly, lemon Breton with citrus jelly & orange blossom mousse, and scones.
It includes a cup of tea or coffee per person, but you can enjoy a glass of Veuve Cliquot Brut NV ($88) if you’re in the mood for fizz, too. Every guest will receive a complimentary gift set of Sabon products (worth $160) and a redemption voucher for a hand treatment while stocks last. Available throughout the week until 30 June.
Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2733 8988
In a collaboration with Somersby, Three on Canton is launching their Love You “Som” More afternoon tea (starting from $388), which features bites infused with Somersby sparkling rosé. Look out for exclusives, such as the strawberry vanilla tart with rosé jam which includes fresh rose petals, the homemade berries compote with rosé gelee, and the citrus fruit yoghurt with rosé foam, as well as savouries like saffron scallop with cauliflower dip, and smoked salmon & peeled cherry tomato with buffalo ball.
Visit the special Somersby outdoor garden, and be presented with two complimentary bottles of Somersby sparkling rosé and wine glasses to take home. Available until 30 June.
Three on Canton, 3/F, Gateway Hotel, 13 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2113 7828
Foodies who prefer Chinese cuisine to Western should visit 10 Shanghai for a different kind of afternoon tea with their Classic Huaiyang afternoon tea set ($338 for two persons). Served in large bamboo steamers, dig into perennial favourites such as marinated rosy jellyfish head with aged vinegar, Shanghai-style sweet & sour baby back ribs, smoked soft-boiled eggs with black truffle pearls, the restaurant’s signature crispy smoked baby squab, abalone & ham pastry, and xiao long bao.
In case the bites aren’t filling enough, the set also includes either stewed Shanghainese noodles with chicken or Shanghainese noodles with pickled cabbage, sliced bamboo shoots & shredded pork in superior broth. Available from 2.30 pm to 6 pm daily.
10 Shanghai, Shop 101, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2338 5500
Though it’s not quite Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the afternoon tea ($688) at Tiffany Blue Box Café is a glamorous affair in and of itself. Enjoy Tiffany blue desserts like the mini- and regular-sized Blue Box cake—a jasmine mousse cake and a vanilla chiffon cake, respectively—as well as a Tiffany bird’s nest made of kataifi pastry with little caramel “robin’s eggs.”
Delicate bites like foie gras crème brûlée, lobster rolls, and queen crab rolls add a touch of savouriness to proceedings, while pastries like bacon & cheddar cheese scones and brown butter madeleine and hojicha madeleine round out the lavish affair.
The Tiffany Blue Box Café, Shop 7 & 8, 2/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2362 9828
Plant-powered restaurant Miss Lee is here to encourage green eating resolutions with their “Vegan Par-Tea” afternoon tea set ($138 per person, with a minimum order for two diners required), which blends quintessential British tea time choices with the kind of creative Chinese dishes the restaurant is known for.
Served in an elegant bamboo cage, this set features eight vegan bites, including hawthorn & black sesame scones, tapioca crackers served with balsamic vinegar pearls, and some of their most popular dishes, such as the Smashing Pumpkin pumpkin cakes and the Rolling Stones rice noodle rolls with XO sauce.
Miss Lee, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2881 1811
An Nam’s Indochine afternoon tea ($238 for two persons) offers a regional variation not often found with this meal. Savouries include five of the restaurant’s classics such as garlic & butter chicken wings and char-grilled jumbo river prawns, while the dessert selection also contains five dishes, including sago pandan pudding and purple sticky rice. Two more noodle options—Vietnamese beef rice noodle soup or crabmeat vermicelli in tomato soup—will ensure that you finish the meal fully sated.
An Nam, Shop L1–20, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong | (+852) 2866 2803
Mango Tree brings a mix of old and new flavours in their Thai afternoon tea in a basket ($238 for two persons). Find Thai savoury favourites like pork neck fillet skewer with sticky rice, mini fish cake burger, and pomelo salad with whitebait, as well as four sweets which include Thai tea & Thai coffee pudding. Inclusive of two drinks, this tea set is available in the Tai Koo and Yuen Long branches.
Mango Tree Kitchen, locations across Hong Kong
Monsoon collates Southeast Asia’s best street foods into one vibrant afternoon tea set ($248 for two persons). Expect to find delights such as soft-shell crab rice paper rolls, lemongrass chicken bao, Dengdeng Belado spicy beef ribs, and seared scallop with green nahm jihm sauce. Of course, there are also sweet pastries and a variety of fine tea blends, with a 90-minute free-flow alcohol package available to be added on for $168 per person. Available daily from 3 pm to 5.30 pm.
Monsoon, Shop 1045, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2511 0100
If you’re after a twist to the traditional cakes and scones that dominate the afternoon tea scene, then check out The Place at Cordis, who have launched a new Japanese & Korean afternoon tea buffet ($338 for adults; $248 for children and seniors). Expect to find snack favourites such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki, carbonara tteokbokki, and kimchi fried chicken, as well as stations for live robatayaki, Kanto oden, and more.
Desserts feature delights like strawberry Basque cheesecake, strawberry mille-feuille, and dorayaki with Korean strawberry compote. Each guest can also enjoy a complimentary glass of strawberry sparkling wine, strawberry chocolate milk, or Korean honey yuzu tea on top of the normal non-alcoholic free-flow!
The Place, 4/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3552 3028