The Best Afternoon Teas In Hong Kong, Summer 2020 Edition
Colourful cakes, sandwiches and Instagrammable desserts are all waiting to be eaten
While social distancing measures continue to affect when and where we can eat, when it comes to enjoying good food, diners have found ways to adapt to the city's most recent evening dine-in bans. Delivery breakfasts, desserts, and pre-batched bottled cocktails are now the norm, and you can always count on afternoon tea as a way to support Hong Kong’s food and beverage industry—several hotels have resumed dine-in afternoon tea sessions and are also offering takeaway tea sets for anyone craving cakes, scones, and tea at home.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Tiffin’s signature afternoon tea is now available for takeaway. The afternoon tea box offers a taste of the Grand Hyatt’s popular teatime items, including freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and miniature cakes and desserts crafted by pastry chef Smita Grosse and her team. Grosse’s tea set for two features savouries such as prawn and lobster choux pastry with saffron cream, and foie gras terrine with apricot and brioche. On the sweet side, Tiffin’s signature mango oolong tea tart and elderflower summer berry cheesecake are among the best cakes of summer. The afternoon tea set is complete with plain and Earl Grey-flavoured scones, served alongside lemon curd, apricot jam and clotted cream.
The Tiffin afternoon tea set is available daily from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm with two-day advanced reservations. The tea set for two is priced at HK$438 per set. For more information please check the Grand Hyatt gourmet delivery website.
Tiffin, Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2584 7722
Rosewood Hong Kong
Rosewood Hong Kong’s Butterfly Patisserie now offers its popular afternoon tea for takeaway, filled with sweet treats designed by executive pastry chef Holger Deh. Aside from the usual finger sandwiches and baked scones (served with clotted cream, strawberry jam and orange marmalade), the tea set includes four daily-rotating varieties of individual cakes from the patisserie. In addition, the set includes two pieces of the hotel cake shop’s popular Tahitian vanilla mille-feuille, where three layers of laminated butter pastry sandwich whipped vanilla cream.
The Rosewood Hong Kong afternoon tea set is available at HK$625 per set, which serves 2-3 people, and can be pre-ordered from the online shop with pick-up available from the hotel cake shop.
Butterfly Patisserie, G/F Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 3891 8732
During the evening dine-in ban, Arbor has extended its lunch service as well as launched a new six-course Nordic afternoon tea set, available daily from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. The menu includes treats from Finnish chef de cuisine Eric Raty, with a daily-rotating variety of miniature tarts, Yame matcha mochi macarons, and the restaurant’s popular madeleines (which are usually served as petit fours during dinner service).
Arbor’s Nordic afternoon tea menu is priced at HK$298 per person and requires advanced online reservations.
Arbor, 25/F, H Queens, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3185 8388
The Murray Hong Kong
Popinjays, The Murray’s rooftop bar and restaurant, is collaborating with local coffee roastery and lifestyle café NOC Coffee Co for a limited edition afternoon tea collaboration. The tea set highlights the coffee house’s cold brews and pour over coffees, which includes a single-origin Panama Ninety Plus Perci Gesha coffee. The afternoon experience is complete with miniature cakes such as bergamot and raspberry tarts, buttery shortbread, biscotti, and opera cakes.
The Popinjays and NOC Coffee Co afternoon tea set is available daily from 3:30pm to 5:30pm from now until September 30, 2020. The tea set is priced at HK$678 for two with online reservations required.
Popinjays, 26/F The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3141 8888
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason at K11 Musea now offers a home delivery service through Deliveroo, featuring made-to-order treats by 181 at Fortnum & Mason, the restaurant located within the iconic British store. Guests can anticipate a more traditional approach to the variety of tea treats on offer, which includes crustless finger sandwiches with fillings such as ham and mustard; smoked salmon with tartare sauce; cucumber and mint; egg mayonnaise with chives; and coronation chicken. The afternoon tea set is complete with both plain and fruit scones, paired with Fortnum & Mason’s selection of preserves and cakes, accompanied by the brand’s Royal Blend tea.
The afternoon tea set for two is priced at HK$1,176 for two persons. Alternatively guests can opt for a scones platter with strawberry jam and clotted cream, together with a half-bottle of Fortnum & Mason blanc de blancs champagne, for HK$458 per set.
181 by Fortnum & Mason, Shop 022, G/F K11 Atelier Victoria Dockside 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 3916 8181