Header images courtesy of Café 103 at The Ritz-Carlton
Originally published by Catharina Cheung. Last updated by Enoch Ngan.
While finger foods and delectable pastries can be enjoyed any time of the day, there is something incredibly compelling about slowing down from the rush of a busy day to indulge in a proper afternoon tea. Laze away an afternoon with delectable food served in bite sizes, a pot of tea or coffee, and a cheeky tipple or several—here are the best afternoon tea menus to try in Hong Kong this season, for a limited time only.
Celebrate the start of autumn by making long-lasting memories with the people you love! Café 103 is offering a unique uni afternoon tea (starting from $448 per person) that will delight diners with a discerning palate. Get excited for the tuna tartare with fresh uni on blinis, fresh uni with Japanese sake jelly, and even a sweet uni cheesecake with tofu and lime. If you love what you taste, you can even purchase a box of Japanese Murasaki sea urchin (starting from $1,084) to take home! Available until 27 November.
Café 103, 103/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon
As the holiday season knocks at our doorstep, Hotel Icon has partnered with the well-renowned Belgian chocolatier Godiva to present an Elegance Trio afternoon tea (starting from $418 per person). Begin your meal with the belly-warming oyster chowder with deep-fried oysters and follow up with the main course, where the choice of grass-fed beef tenderloin, smoked turkey drumstick, and oven-baked barramundi awaits you. Finish off with chocolate desserts and unlimited ice cream! Available until further notice.
Green, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3400 1343
Nourish your soul with Madame Fù’s new RSF Ageless Delight afternoon tea (starting from $338 per person) which takes inspiration from Australian seasonal elements. In a new collaboration with Rare Skinfuel, the afternoon tea set promises a healthy selection of food that will hydrate your skin throughout the winter, such as avocado crab salad vol-au-vents, ricotta and fig on crackers with Australian honeycomb, and dark chocolate truffles with fresh pomegranate. Available until 30 November.
Madame Fù, 3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2114 2118
As autumn rolls around, the ever-popular Pitstop at Alva Hotel by Royal teams up with Eurobeauté to create the Nourishing Winter Blueberry afternoon tea ($688 for two people). With a savoury and sweet selection of blueberry delights, it’s no wonder this restaurant has been praised as a fan favourite for high tea for years.
Start your meal off with a smoked salmon rose that will awaken your taste buds. Other selections include a crispy escargot vol-au-vent, goose liver mousse tart, and a seafood spring roll with blueberry sauce. However, don’t fill up your stomach just yet; the stars of the show, the blueberry desserts, await at the end. Available until 31 December.
Pitstop, 1/F, Alva Hotel by Royal, 1 Yuen Hong Street, Sha Tin | (+852) 3653 1319
Salisterra at The Upper House has something for everyone this autumn. Joining hands with the award-winning chef Vicky Lau, the restaurant presents the Salisterra x Ān Soy afternoon tea (starting from $340 per person) to puts the spotlight on soy delicacies. Guests can look forward to Ān’s nature soy milk or black sesame soy milk alongside belly bao BLTs, 10-spice curried beef brisket puffs, Sichuan raspberry jam scones, milk tea custard bombolinis, and much more. Available until 13 November.
Salisterra, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Lobby Lounge at Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung continues the Venchi Chocolate Paradise afternoon tea ($348 for two people) collaboration with the master Italian chocolatier, using autumn ingredients to create Italian conversational bites. On the menu are the panzanella salad, burrata with roast mission figs, pistachio, and mint, as well as seared tuna with basil salsa and Piedmont hazelnuts. Available until 30 November.
Lobby Lounge, Sherton Hong Kong Tung Chung, 91 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung
The Macallan and The St Regis Hong Kong are coming together to present their take on the high tea experience. The Macallan-inspired afternoon tea ($478 per person) at The Drawing Room consists of green asparagus skewers, foie gras terrine, and whisky chocolate cake, and each dish includes The Macallan’s double cask 12-year-old single malt whisky to truly elevate the flavours. Available until 11 December.
The Drawing Room, 2/F, The St Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai
Since 1817, Cova has been perfecting its sweet treats and culinary gems. Its new afternoon tea set ($528 for two people) continues the tradition and features A3 Wagyu beef toasted sandwich, Caesar salad with shrimp, beet-cured salmon with caviar, and foie gras mousse in mini waffle cones. For sweet-toothed guests, exquisite bites include the classic tiramisu cups, mini fruit tarts, mini profiteroles, Cova chocolates, and scones with clotted cream and jam. Available until further notice.
In celebration of its first anniversary, French-Japanese steakhouse Bifteck and executive chef Ken Kwok are presenting the Joie de Vivre afternoon tea ($398 for two people) for guests to embark on an umami adventure, where dishes like the ikura and spot shrimp otokomae tofu panna cotta, pickled beets and carrot crispy roll, mini Wagyu taco, and cheese and sakura shrimp scone are featured. Available until 18 December.
Bifteck, 23/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 2246 8805
Relax in a beachfront hideaway in Ma Wan at Café Roma, a restaurant dedicated to being environmentally sustainable. Its recent partnership with BeeFlo Botanic promotes the importance of biodiversity and our planet’s ecosystem, so its honey Italian afternoon tea (starting from $168 per person) uses raw honey to pull together six delicious savoury and sweet canapés. Cafe Roma is also offering a $250 eco-tour for guests to learn more about pollinator animals and how to connect urbanities in nature.
Café Roma, L1, Shop 7 & 8, Beach Commercial Complex, Park Island, Ma Wan
Indulge in an all-new seasonal afternoon tea (starting from $318 per person) at JW Marriott in collaboration with Chantecaille, the luxurious French beauty brand. Start with a soothing osmanthus oolong bliss tea served with a three-tiered, treat-filled silver stand. Continue with adorable cat paw-shaped black sesame madeleines and grapefruit fromage blanc cakes, alongside a lobster salad with mango dressing, tiger prawn spring rolls, and seared scallops with lemon and cherry gel. Chantecaille also includes a complimentary special gift with your afternoon tea set, which includes Rose de Mai cream, face oil, fragrance, cleansing milk, and make-up remover. Available until 30 November.
The Lounge, JW Marriott, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2810 8366
Hue is teaming up with well-known UK brand Aromatherapy Associates to create the stunning Hue x Aromatherapy Associates afternoon tea ($680 for two people). It includes creative savoury and sweet delights of all types, combined with modern Australian cuisine of homemade plain scones and macadamia cranberry scones served with vanilla clotted cream and orange thyme marmalade. Included in the set is a complimentary bath and shower gift from Aromatherapy Associates worth $400. Available until 20 November.
Hue, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3500 5888
A full-time afternoon tea set (starting from $298 per person) is coming to Babacio, making it the perfect time to reserve a table at the restaurant to soak in the beautiful autumn weather. Expect a choice of mini pizza, dessert, and drink, with choices such as the tonno e cipolla pizza, the Margherita pizza, and more. Babacio also has a plump selection of sweet desserts, from mini cookies with salty caramel and candied pecan to scones with raisins, homemade strawberry jam, and Devon clotted double cream.
Babacio, 5/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2808 1961
Embark on a sparkling journey through the stars and discover an extraordinary hive at Alibi— Wine Dine Be Social at Cordis. Its Fly To The Stars champagne afternoon tea ($598 for two people) is limited to just 20 sets per day, so be sure to book ahead. Awaken your palate with hand-dived scallops, bergamot gel, and ikura, then follow it with a foie gras parfait, spiced orange fig purée, and lavash crisp and confit duck leg croquette with honey mustard with Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut champagne. Available until 31 December.
Alibi, Level 5, Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3552 3231
Aromatherapy Associates teams up with District 8 for the District 8 x Aromatherapy Associates seasonal afternoon tea (starting from $480 for two people) that includes an exclusive bath and shower oils gift set from Aromatherapy Associates worth $280. It also includes the finest European comfort flavours, with a creative selection of savoury and sweet desserts. Smoked salmon tart topped with salmon roe, guacamole, and cucumber and toasties filled with caramelised white onion, shaved aged Parmesan, and truffle are just some of the many choices on offer. Available until 20 November.
District 8, Shop 10, G/F, Greenwich Village, Waterfront Promenade, Alto Residences, 29 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O | (+852) 3500 5860
Conscious all-day dining restaurant Moxie is launching a new afternoon tea set ($358 for two people) filled with savoury dishes, sweet bites, and seasonal ingredients to welcome the autumn weather. Alongside classics like the Earl Grey scone with apricot jam, diners can look forward to a cheese and onion tart with pumpkin seed coleslaw, sesame prawn toast with sweet chilli dressing, and a panisse with fig, endive, and celery.
Moxie, Shop 203, 2/F Alexandra House, Landmark, Central
House of Orient is celebrating the unique revival of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage with two new afternoon tea experiences that feature traditional dim sum and premium teas. Its Touch of Surprise afternoon tea ($238 per person) explores the diversity of Cantonese dim sum, such as deep-fried stuffed crab shells with Chinese chives and shredded turnip puffs, while the Classic Flavours afternoon tea ($168 per person) features items like white peony pastry from Luoyang in Henan province, red bean pudding, and walnut pastry.
House of Orient, Shop C&D, 2/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen's Road Central, Central | (+852) 2123 9263