From authentic Chinese sweet soups to Michelin-calibre French desserts, the range and variety of sweets in Hong Kong are surprisingly large for such a small city. With such an impressive selection, it isn’t hard to satisfy your sweet tooth, but it is hard to sift through all the options to find the best of the best. Therein lies the beauty of the dessert buffet – everything you could want at your fingertips in one place. If you are a sugar lover, try one of these dessert buffets this summer, and indulge to your heart’s delight. By Angel Hong
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6 dessert buffets to try in Hong Kong now
Located at The Peak, Mina House offers all-day dinning menus and a spread of creative desserts. Speaking of which, one of the selling points of the restaurant is its two-hour dessert buffet. For only $158 (or $98 if you purchase any main course from the menu), you can enjoy more than 15 types of desserts, including tiramisu shooters, slices of green tea shiso layer cake, mini calamansi tarts and more. Did we mention the breathtaking scenery of Hong Kong?
Available everyday (11am-5.30pm); adult $158, child $108.
Harbour Plaza Metropolis often launches promotional menus featuring seasonal treats at a cheap price. With durian now in season, the hotel’s Promenade Restaurant is presenting a durian, chocolate and chestnut afternoon tea buffet, offering a variety of signature durian desserts. For example, durian cheese pizza, mascarpone cheese pandan durian 3D cake and hojicha panna cotta with durian puree. Plus, chocolate and chestnut treats like ruby chocolate chestnut dome cake, dark chocolate truffle cake and hazelnut milk chocolate mousse. Fancy!
Available every Saturday and Sunday (3.30pm-5.30pm) until August 31; adult $308, child $188.
All summer long, buffet restaurant La Scala in Mong Kok’s Royal Plaza Hotel is featuring mangoes from around the region. In August, the restaurant is using the sweet, fragrant Philippine mango to create an array of savoury treats and desserts, including crispy mango-flavoured brown rice toast with condensed milk, coconut pudding with fragrant mango and mango black sesame roll cake –all of which are served in rotation according to the supply of mango species.
Available every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday (3.15pm–5.15pm) until September 1; adult $265, child $185.
Coffee roaster and gelato shop Holly Brown wants you to test the limits of your stomach lining with this chill all-you-can-eat gelato deal. The offer is only available at the Central branch. Simply order a main dish from the a la carte menu during the evening, and then add $38 to enjoy 26 flavours of gelato that normally cost $68 each. If you are an ice cream addict, don’t pass this up.
Available Monday to Friday (6pm-9.30pm), Saturday (12pm–9.30pm) and Sunday (12pm–9pm) until August 31. For adults, order a main dish plus $38; children under three are free.
If you’re looking for an island escape this summer but can’t getaway, the ‘Taste of Okinawa’ afternoon tea buffet at 2+2 café at Royal Park Hotel might be your next best option. Aside from serving fresh seafood, sashimi and sushi, the buffet also boasts a sweet collection of Okinawan desserts, including sweet potato tarts, sea salt caramel chocolate tarts and pineapple cakes, as well as several flavours of Mövenpick ice cream.
Available every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday (3.15pm-5pm) until September 1; adult $268, child $148.
Love Mövenpick ice cream? Head to Hotel Icon's lobby restaurant Green, which has teamed up with Mövenpick on an afternoon tea seat that offers endless scoops of Mövenpick’s latest flavours, including Cookies & Caramel, Black Forest Cake and Lemon Pie. There’s also a wide range of sweet treats beyond ice cream, including traditional British and chocolate scones.
Available Monday to Friday (3.30pm–5.30pm), Saturday, Sunday and public holidays (3pm–5pm and 5pm–7pm) until August 31; $308 per person or $568 for two.