“Enjoy luxury afternoon tea in this elegant rendezvous at The Peninsula Hotel, HK (香港半岛酒店)”
Hi! Even though it has been more than 3 months since I came back from Hong Kong trip, I have not blogged anything about it yet, except that some photos were taken and posted up instantly on my FB Fan Club.
If you are going to visit Hong Kong soon, you may check out my suggestions on some good eating places I have posted a year ago, and do stay tune for more! And for now, I have this post to start with..
First of all, I would like to talk about the eating places I have visited on the first day we touched down. Yes, this. An elegant afternoon tea rendezvous for rich “tai tai” (rich Mrs.), often seen and mentioned in the Hong Kong TVB shows. It made me very curious to find out more. So, here we come!
To our surprise, there was a very long queue even at the hour of 5pm! What? 5pm for tea? No joke. The hotel attendant/ security personnel told us that it’s a common scene even during the weekdays. No reservation allowed, you just have to walk in and… queue. (But… I wondered if this applicable to those wealthy ‘tai tai’ and celebrities? Do thy also have to join the queue like everyone? The TVB series didn’t show this part though.. laugh..).
To beat the queue, you may arrive 30 minutes before they open.. This way, you may be the first few to be seated once they open for tea at 2pm. Otherwise, come after 5.30pm with no queuing needed most of the time, you will still be able to catch a 1.5 hour afternoon tea grandeur before they end the high tea session at 7pm.
Anyway, peak hour for high tea is 3pm. Since it was almost 5pm upon arrival, we waited merely 30 minutes before getting a table for 2. We ordered the popular set afternoon tea, The Peninsula’s Classic Afternoon Tea, found on the top of their menu. Price? 1 pax @ HK$268 (about S$50/ USD35) and 2 pax @ HK$398 (S$80/ USD55).
This set menu serves an extensive selection of sweet treats and carbo which you may find too stodgy or just too much to be taken as afternoon tea, but please, don’t try ordering just 1 set to share, order according to number of guests. You have a choice of leaving the unfinished portion, or simply order from their ala carte menu (smile).
While waiting for our food to be served, we noticed their classical arches and elegant interior design of the hotel. It’s worth appreciating. Also, don’t forget to take a good look on their well-known pure silverware and cutlery they are using to serve you.
Talking about the quality and taste of the food? Most of the snacks, e.g. bread, sandwiches, cookies, puff, tarts, cakes, scones (served with jam and soft butter), and etc, were good, especially the cucumber sandwiches which have been specially emphasized by Mr. Cai Lan (蔡澜先生), the well-known HK/ Singaporean food critic, in his recent food show, Chua San’s Feast (蔡澜品味). This cucumber sandwiches looked deceptively common, but in fact, it was great. I like the crunch in the cucumber slices and the cottony softness of the bread. Yum….
They would then serve a caramel mousse dessert in mini silver cup and silver teaspoon for each guest, later.
Well, we couldn’t finish all the food in the end, but indeed enjoy the ambiance, their service and the food as well as my favourite coffee, hot skinny latte, with very pleasant experience. :)
Afternoon Tea serving hours: From 2pm till 7pm daily.
Dress code before 7pm: Smart Casual dressing with no rubber flip flop or beach sandal.
Remarks: Photo is allowed.