Iconic Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is a mainstay in many of Hong Kong’s cafés and restaurants probably due to its British roots. Hong Kong used to be a British colony and afternoon tea is quintessentially a British tradition. The legendary afternoon tea at The Peninsuala Hotel started as early as 1928, when the hotel began operations. I have heard so much about the Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Hong Kong that I told myself that I had to try it.
The mammoth queues that form at the lobby every Sunday is a testament to its popularity. In fact, I had to queue for an hour before I managed to get a seat. Walking into The Peninsula Hotel is akin to stepping into a different world, a world of luxury, sophistication and opulence. Be dazzled by posh cars such as Porsches, Ferraris and Rolls Royces lining the hotels’ grand entrance and captivate your senses with the resplendent window displays showcasing the latest collections from Hermès, Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton.
Enjoying my orange chamomile blossom tea
Elegant architecture, glittering chandeliers, plush armchairs, soothing classical tunes by the live band create the perfect setting for a tête-à-tête with good friends. Despite the pretty setting and the rave interviews, I must say that the main draw of the Afternoon Tea is the old-school colonial charm and the majestic ambience.
The 3-tier Afternoon Tea set
The 3-tier Afternoon Tea set consists of savoury bites and dainty confections. It was nothing out of the ordinary. The top tier consists of sweet treats such as malibu tart, green apple tart, coffee cup and peach and ginger. Honestly, I found the tarts a little too sweet for my liking.
The second tier consists of onion tart, cucumber sandwich and tuna sandwich. I like the savoury creations more. The onion tart was pretty good while the other two tasted pretty average.
The main highlight of the Afternoon Tea set is the scone which tasted heavenly with strawberry jam and clotted cream. When paired with orange chamomile blossom tea, it was simply wonderful.
Price is on the high side at HKD$368 for one person and HKD $658 for two diners. The Afternoon Tea is from 2pm to 6pm at The Lobby at The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. The hotel does not accept reservations. It is recommended that you start queuing at 1.30pm to avoid waiting for too long to get a seat. For more information, please visit here.