tea for three at the peninsula
Every guidebook will tell you to head The Peninsula Hotel for high tea. You can thank the British for this tradition. Tea for two will set you back HKD388 (divide by 7 for the USD equivalent). We ordered that plus a slice of chocolate cake which was more like chocolate mousse. For max satisfaction stick with the tea service.
Everyone gets their own little tea pot complete with little handle cover so you don’t burn your delicate fingers. I opted for peach tea (they have something like a dozen ones to choose from). Yum.
The top tier of the service comes with banana bread, a truffle, a piece of white chocolate, and 3 pieces of cake topped with white chocolate decorations. In the foreground is a layered strawberry mousse cake and behind it is (my favorite) lemon cheesecake which was very lemon-y (think meyer lemons). The third was a berry cheesecake (not remarkable but pretty to look at).
The second tier was the savoury stuff including a flaky pastry filled with pate, a pizza tasting quiche, and an assortment of finger sandwiches (our fave of this tier). They had the traditional cucumber (boring), smoked salmon (okay), and ham and dill (YUM).
On the bottom tier were the requiste scones (raisin ones) that came with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam. They also came with a few vanilla wafers which was a nice touch. The meal also came with a green tea tiramisu which was not coffee tasting but not really green tea tasting either.
If you ever find yourself in Hong Kong try to make it to the Peninsula for high tea. Not only is the food good but the place is old school swanky. The staff is chill and we stayed and people watched for over 2 hours. High tea is served from 2pm to 7pm daily in the Lobby. Other menu items are also available. If you’re taking the MTR, get of at Tsim Sha Tui and head towards the Hong Kong Cultural Center (the hotel faces it directly).
The Lobby @ The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong: Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong