Cover We’ve compiled a list of the best new afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong this September 2021 (Photo: Courtesy of Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong)

Featuring Instagrammable desserts, dainty savoury light bites and freshly baked scones, these are the best new afternoon teas to try in Hong Kong this season

Is there any better way to spend an afternoon in Hong Kong than with a decadent tea set? We think not. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of the best new tea menus across the city for you to enjoy some delicious finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and fabulous brews.

From Mandarin Oriental’s exclusive collaboration with beauty brand Shiseido, to Aqua Luna’s unique tea experience at sea, we’ve rounded up the most tempting afternoon tea sets to indulge in this season... now the question is, choosing which one to feast on first.  

See also: September 2021: Where To Drink in Hong Kong

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The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

What: Afternoon teas don’t get much fancier than the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong’s latest collaboration with luxury Italian footwear brand, Gianvito Rossi. Served at Café 103 with spectacular city views to boot, the new menu is designed to pay homage to the brand’s Italian roots and traditional craftsmanship. Inspired by Gianvito Rossi’s Fall/Winter 2021-22 collection, sous-chef Jacky Lo and pastry chef Hugo Li have worked together to create a delectable selection of treats infused with quintessential ingredients in Italian cuisine, including cheeses, tomatoes and more.

Presented on an elegant three-tiered stand, the set offers savoury delights such as the semi-dried pomodori formaggio sphere with lemon gel featuring parmesan cheese, cream cheese and ricotta cheese; and marinated octopus and capsicum tartlet. On the sweet side, guests will enjoy lemon ricotta cheesecake, beetroot tiramisu, coconut yellow peach cake, as well as plain and figs scones with jam and clotted cream. Guests ordering the set will be eligible to redeem a shopping voucher at Gianvito Rossi’s boutique at Harbour City, while stock lasts.

Price: HK$438 per person and HK$718 for two persons 

When: The set is available from now till November 30, 2021.

Where: Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong; +852 2263 2270 
 

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Conrad Hong Kong

What: In welcoming the arrival of cooler weather, Conrad Hong Kong has launched a new tea menu featuring a medley of sweet and savoury treats that are made with the freshest ingredients to excite your taste buds.

Presented in an exquisite wooden box, the tea set is meticulously crafted by the hotel’s new pastry chef David Zaragoza, which offers delicacies featuring classic seasonal flavours while paying homage to the chef’s roots in Spain. Highlights of the menu include the Spanish truffle burnt cheesecake, candied chestnut with choux and vanilla cremeux, bite-sized sandwiches, as well as charcoal toast with truffle egg salad and Parma ham.

For drinks, guests can choose between two special concoctions that are inspired by autumn’s flavours and aromas, including the cold brew Osmanthus oolong tea with lemon honey, and apple yuzu fizz featuring fresh apple juice, yuzu puree and soda water.

Price: HK$348 per person; HK$588 for two persons

When: The set is available from now till November and will be served on weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and on weekends from 3:30 to 5:30 pm during the period of October 1 to 13. From October 14 to November 21, the set will be available on weekdays from 3:00 to 5:30 pm, and on weekends in two seatings from 2:00 to 3:30 pm and 4:00 to 5:30 pm. 

Where: Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, +852 2822 8891

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G Room

What: G Room, the newest addition to K11 Musea’s diverse dining lineup, is launching a new menu to tickle your teatime fancy this season, which comes with a wide selection of savoury and sweet treats inspired by the vibrant flavours of Spain cuisine.

The set begins with savoury bites including premium Siberian sturgeon caviar, a 36-month Iberico ham platter, followed by fried baby jack mackerel with deep-fried crab claw and zucchini, as well as Spanish shrimp toast with marinated mini chicken drumsticks. A variety of desserts, such as the black truffle cheesecake with chestnut, puff pastry with fresh fruits, and lemon custard cake will also be offered to satisfy your sweet tooth. Add HK$38 for a glass of the restaurant’s signature red or white Sangria for a truly indulgent meal.

Price: HK$298 per person, minimum two people

When: The set is available daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Where: G Room, Shop 504, 5/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +853 2332 6662; gaiagroup.com.hk/g-room-bar-lounge  

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Kerry Hotel

What: Another tempting menu to put on your food radar, Kerry Hotel has collaborated with the iconic French brand Bonne Maman to create tea set featuring a flavourful spread of treats inspired by the brand’s popular jams. Guests can sample savouries such as the creamy duck rillettes and foie gras brioche, crispy white onion tart, as well as seared yellowfin tuna pan bagnat, alongside sweet morsels including chestnut cake and apple and pear éclair cake. Don’t forget to save room for the freshly baked scones, which are served with Bonne Maman jams and homemade clotted cream by the hotel.

Guests who share a photo of their experience will also enjoy a cup of complimentary refreshing blueberry foam yuzu cold brew tea.

Price: HK$608 per set for two persons

When: The set is available from now till October 31, 2021, which is served on weekdays from 2:30 to 5:30pm, and on weekends and public holidays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

Where: Lobby Lounge, Level 1, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2252 5237

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Aqua Luna

What: Fancy a breezy dining experience at sea surrounded by beautiful city and ocean views? Aqua Luna’s Afternoon Tea Cruise is welcoming guests to board the traditional Chinese junk boat and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea whilst cruising Hong Kong’s spectacular harbour. Treats on offer is a mix of classic dim sum and Western desserts, including black truffle shrimp dumpling, black garlic siu mai pork dumpling, egg tart, burrata cheesecake, lemon tartlet, to name just a few. And of course, there will be scones served with clotted cream and jam to round off your experience.

Price: HK$399 per person; HK$100 per kid

When: Ongoing

Discover more at aqualuna.com 

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Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

What: Mandarin Oriental is partnering with prestigious Japanese beauty brand Shiseido to offer a new tea set that’s sure to delight food and beauty lovers. Taking inspiration from the key ingredient, Enmei herb that featured in the brand’s Legendary Enmei Serum Set, the menu showcases a beautiful spread of bite-sized treats meticulously crafted by executive pastry chef Christophe Sapy.

In addition to savoury finger sandwiches, guests will also be able to select and enjoy two desserts from the menu, including the Enmei herb-infused 70% chocolate cake, black sesame and yuzu tart, matcha, pistachio and lime madeleine, as well as the famous 1963 Mandarin cheesecake. Japanese desserts including green tea cappuccino and mochi with shiso leaf are also offered, accompanied by the hotel’s signature plain and raisin scones with rose petal jam and clotted cream.

Price: HK$736 for two persons

When: The set is available throughout September, which is served on weekdays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm; on Saturdays and public holidays in two seatings from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:15 to 6:00 pm, as well as on Sundays from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.

Where: Clipper Lounge, M/F Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4007; mandarinoriental.com

Café Causette, M/F Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 285 4005; mandarinoriental.com

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Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

What: Kowloon Shangri-La's new collaboration with Korean skincare brand su:m 37˚—the pioneer of naturally-fermented cosmetics in the country, is sure to create a buzz amongst the city’s beauty lovers. Looking both pretty and delicious, the set, which is presented on a floral golden birdcage, is designed to celebrate the beauty philosophy of su:m37˚, offering an enticing range of savoury and sweet bites prepared with fermented ingredients to delight your taste buds and nourish your skin.

Highlights of the menu include creamy prawn tartare with lemongrass on toasted French bread, roasted duck with honey and cinnamon, and buckwheat blini with coriander pesto and salmon roe. There are also mini sweets including vegan chocolate mousse with passionfruit confit and bitter chocolate streusel, baked cheese tart with yuzu curd and honey glazed blueberries. All guests will receive a complimentary LosecSumma Elixir Deluxe Set from su:m37˚ which includes a selection of product samples.

Price: HK$608 per set for two persons

When: The set is available from now till October 31, 2021, which is served daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Where: Lobby Lounge, Lobby Level, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2733 8988 

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The Murray, Hong Kong

What: Known for its elegant and airy setting, Garden Lounge at The Murray is offering a refreshing afternoon tea to whet your appetite this season. Perfect for tea lovers that can be enjoyed al fresco or on a pet-friendly terrace, the menu spotlights premium single-origin teas from JING. A selection of sweet and savoury treats has been thoughtfully created to complement the unique flavour profiles of the three selected teas, including the invigorating lemongrass and ginger tea, the fragrant Ceylon and rose tea, as well as the uplifting earl grey tea.

Guests can look forward to a wide array of savouries and sweets, including the crab meat sandwich, avocado shrimp tart, baby abalone puff pastry, watermelon-feta cheese sandwich, chocolate blueberry opera, lemon bergamot cookies, and many more.

Price: HK$728 for two persons

When: The set is available throughout the month, which is served daily in two seatings from 2:45 to 4:15 pm and 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  

Where: Garden Lounge, Lobby Level, The Murray, Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com/the-murray

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Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel

What: Chocoholics will be delighted to see Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel’s new afternoon tea menu. Aside from a mouthwatering selection of finger sandwiches featuring fillings such as cage-free egg mayonnaise and watercress; English cucumber, cream cheese dill and chives; free-range roast chicken and tarragon mayonnaise, the set also comes with chocolate-infused sweets including dark chocolate tart, ruby chocolate profiterole roll, as well as jasmine tea and white chocolate mousse to satisfy your sweet tooth. Lastly, handmade scones will also be served with artisan jam and clotted cream. 

Price: HK$488 for two persons

When: The set is available from 3:00 to 5:00 pm daily, with two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Where: Lobby Lounge, G/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2535 0023 

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Four Seasons Hong Kong

What: Head to Gallery at Four Seasons Hong Kong to get a taste of five-star luxury and indulge in a scrumptious tea set, all against the restaurant’s elegant furnishings. Highlights of the classic tea menu include savoury treats such as slow-cooked Atlantic salmon rillettes with salmon roe and spinach purée, baked barbecued pork bun and chicken and pine nut puff. Guests will also enjoy desserts including yuzu and matcha tea cake, aged Calvados and green apple mouse, as well as champagne and hazelnut chocolate truffle wrapped in edible gold. Freshly baked osmanthus scones with clotted cream and makrut lime and mango jam will be served as well. For drinks, coffee lovers would be please to hear that the Gallery has a range of Omotesando Koffee brews on offer. 

Price: HK$338 per person (weekday); HK$368 per person (weekend)

When: Ongoing

Where: Gallery, Lobby Floor, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8882; fourseasons.com