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Woobar x M.A.C Glittery Flare afternoon tea set
Photograph: Courtesy W Hotel

Best afternoon teas in Hong Kong right now

Where to indulge in the best afternoon tea menus that go beyond a nice cuppa tea

By Fontaine Cheng
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As the temperature cools in Hong Kong, we can see a new batch of autumn menus and afternoon teas cropping up to celebrate the season. From more beauty collaborations that go beyond tea and cake to themed afternoon tea bites and some rather extravagant sets to indulge in, ahead are the city’s newest afternoon tea sets to try right now. So, go on, treat yourself!

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Best new Hong Kong afternoon tea sets

Journey to Venus afternoon tea
Journey to Venus afternoon tea
Photograph: Courtesy Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Journey to Venus afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Restaurants Central

Known for their exquisite craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind pieces, Luxury jeweller K.S. Sze & Sons has been at the Mandarin Oriental since the hotel first opened back in 1963. Today they are partnering with the hotel to offer an afternoon tea at Clipper Lounge that celebrates planetary sciences (thanks to the father’s passion) called Journey to Venus. Upon ordering the afternoon tea set, guests will also receive a $2,000 cash voucher to redeem at their boutique within the month, as well as sandwiches, fresh scones and an assortment of delicate bites including galaxy opera cake, venus milk ganache with mandarin orange, meteor rock with black sesame and pistachio, and a silver macaron with chestnut and vanilla.

When: Until November 30, 2020

Time: Mon to Fri 2.30-6pm; Sat and PH 4.15-6pm; Sun 3.30-6pm

How much: $1,288 for two including two glasses of Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial or Impérial Rosé NV.

Rose-matic Strawberry afternoon tea
Rose-matic Strawberry afternoon tea
Photograph: Courtesy Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel

Rose-matic Strawberry afternoon tea at Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Wan Chai

A sweet blushing pink afternoon tea has launched for autumn at Mirage Bar & Restaurant in the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel. Filled with fruity and floral delights, the new afternoon tea offers items such as a rose strawberry tart, rose-infused jelly with white wine, balsamic-glazed strawberries with cheese, and a steak tartare topped with a rose crème fraiche. 

When: Until December 13, 2020

Time: Daily 3-5.30pm

How much: $488 for two

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Woobar x M.A.C Glittery Flare afternoon tea set
Woobar x M.A.C Glittery Flare afternoon tea set
Photograph: Courtesy W Hotel

Woobar x M.A.C Glittery Flare afternoon tea

Bars and pubs West Kowloon

Collaborating in the name of afternoon tea, M.A.C has joined Woobar for the first time at the W Hotel in Hong Kong for a sparkling tea set to light up the season. Based on their Frosted Firework Holiday makeup collection, guests can sample sweet and savoury items including an apple ravioli with pumpkin seeds, seafood trio of crab meat with mango, smoked salmon roulade with melon and cream cheese, and lobster crispbread with crab roe, along with a champagne-strawberry kiss, lavender frosting cake, Valrhona Caraibe 66 percent dark chocolate mousse, and a pink guava crunch. Drinks can also be added to the tea set with options such as the Berry Crush mocktail (+$85) or Tangy-tini cocktail (+$95) made with calvados, tequila, and cherry heering. Upon purchase of the afternoon tea set, you’ll also receive a 30-minute make-up service in M.A.C Elements store, complimentary gift wrapping for the holidays, and two hero product samples.  

When: Until December 31, 2020

Time: Mon to Fri first-round 2-4pm and second-round 4-6pm; Sat to Sun and PH first-round 12-2pm, second-round 2-4pm, third round 4-6pm

How much: $498 for two on weekdays or $638 for two on weekends and public holidays; price for both includes two glasses of sparkling wine

Las Perlas afternoon tea at La Rambla
Las Perlas afternoon tea at La Rambla
Photograph: Courtesy La Rambla

Las Perlas afternoon tea at La Rambla

Restaurants Spanish Central

Launching Las Perlas (The Pearls) afternoon tea this autumn, popular Spanish restaurant La Rambla is offering two different decadent sets filled with caviar-infused bites or seafood delights by Kaviari. Choose between the extravagant set inclusive of 30g of Baeri Caviar, or go for the salmon roe or ikura. Other highlights include a smoked salmon bao, patatas, savoury churros, traditional blinis with cream cheese and chives, Brac de Gitano (Swiss roll) made with chocolate and whipped cream, and strawberry tart with Catalan cream, amongst other items. Included drinks include a selection of freshly brewed loose-leaf teas or coffee. The options to upgrade to pours of Champagne can choose from Dom Perignon 2010 ($400/glass, $2,010/bottle), Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2006 ($3,200/bottle only), and Krug Grande Cuvee ($2,600/bottle). Supplemental caviar can also be added (Baeri Caviar $500/50g;  Caviar Kristal $1,000/100g; $640/30g).

When: Until further notice

Time: Daily 3-5pm

How much: $480 Ikura set for two; $800 Caviar set for two

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Monsoon’s Southeast Asian inspired afternoon tea set
Monsoon’s Southeast Asian inspired afternoon tea set
Photograph: Courtesy Monsoon

Monsoon’s Southeast Asian inspired afternoon tea

Restaurants Contemporary Asian West Kowloon

Focused on Southeast Asian cuisine, Monsoons’s new afternoon tea set is filled with all the vibrant street-food flavours, textures, and traditions of this region. Expect a spread of items such as softshell crab rice paper rolls, caramelised pork belly, lemongrass chicken baos, spicy beef ribs, passionfruit cheesecake, pandan custard cream puffs and much more. Guests who order the afternoon tea will receive a choice of two tea beverages, or they can opt to amp it up with a mocktail or cocktail including a Let's Sling Singapore, Betel Gin and Tonic, a glass of sparkling wine, house spirit or a draught beer for an additional $38. 

When: Until further notice

Time: Daily 3-5.30pm

How much: $248 for two including a choice of two beverages

Love in a Winter Garden afternoon tea
Love in a Winter Garden afternoon tea
Photograph: Courtesy Kerry Hotel

Love in a Winter Garden afternoon tea at Kerry Hotel

Hotels Hung Hom

Another beauty brand and afternoon tea collaboration sees Kerry Hotel and Atelier Cologne join hands for Love in a Winter Garden afternoon tea set. Inspired by their Joie de Vivre collection, which is centred on zesty citrus fruits, the afternoon tea features items influenced by Orange Sanguine, Love Osmanthus, Oolong Inifini and Clementine California scents. Highlights from the menu include a snow crab and lobster cocktail, Jerusalem artichoke veloute, Brie de Meaux and black truffle croque monsieur, and a roast duck pancetta and chestnut en croute.

When: November 16 until December 31, 2020

Time: Mon to Fri 2.30–5.30pm; Sat to Sun and PH 2–6pm

How much: $688 for two 

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