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September 25, 2015

Top 5 Autumn Afternoon Teas

Traditional high tea is so last year. These themed indulgences up the ante to keep cake connoisseurs on their toes! Scones and finger sandwiches are getting the royal treatment with gourmand ingredients and pretty hues, all topped off with exotic libations. Tea, anyone?

LADURÉE AFTERNOON TEA BY LANGHAM
The Langham, Hong Kong 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2375 1133
How delightful: Famed Parisian patisserie Ladurée and The Langham Hong Kong have joined forces for a tea party worth talking about at the lovely Palm Court. Available until 31 December 2015 – lucky for us!
Worth the indulgence: The recently revealed new Langham exclusive macaron flavour, Ginger Flower, but of course. Delicate and dainty, we dare you to try stopping at just one!
What makes it top tier: For macaron lovers, it simply doesn’t get better. But don’t stop there – Executive Chef Pedro’s royal blueberry mousse with Ladurée crystallised violets is just as scrumptious.

SEASONS BY OLIVER E. – NEW AFTERNOON TEA MENU
Shop 308, 3/F, Phase 2, Lee Garden, 2-38 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2505 6228
How delightful: Francophiles will be in their element with these Michelin-starred treats
Worth the indulgence: Savouries are the star here – save room for the king crab brioche, smoked salmon and lobster jelly.
What makes it top tier: Extra brownie points for the beautiful setting. Savour the tasty morsels against the backdrop of the Green House or gorgeous Garden Terrace.

THE PENINSULA IN PINK CLASSIC AFTERNOON TEA
The Lobby, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2920 2888
How delightful: Treat yourself for a good cause! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Peninsula in Pink initiative to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Worth the indulgence: Chef Ludovic Douteau’s Opera in Pink cake uses local lychees and raspberries, and  rose petal cream for an extra touch of pink.
What makes it top tier: A glass of rosé Champagne ups the glam factor.

“RUSSIAN ROYALE” W HONG KONG X KUSMI TEA AFTERNOON T
6/F, The W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, +852 3717 2889
How delightful: Sick of scones and clotted cream? This ‘Afternoon T’ shakes things up with vodka, Russian king crab and white caviar cupcakes!
Worth the indulgence: Traditional Russian fare is revamped with innovative creations like the Russian doll cookie encasing a luscious white chocolate ladyfinger, and the ponchiki doughnut lollypop.
What makes it top tier: Snag a window seat for a glimpse of the gorgeous view as you sip on an array of delicious Kusmi Teas.

Dessert x Cocktail Pairings @ BRICK LANE 
Citic Tower, 1 Tim Mei Ave, Admiralty, +852 2363 2500
How delightful: Finally, afternoon tea for grown-ups! If tea’s a tad tame, why not pair desserts with delicious cocktails? A match made in heaven.
Worth the indulgence: We couldn’t see past the sizzling s’mores in a pan, roasted marshmallow, melted chocolate, and biscuit, washed down with a Honey Suckle cocktail, comprised of Pampero Rum 1938, orange bitters, orange juice and honey.
What makes it top tier: Their signature sweets are paired with creations by mixologist Paul Chan who qualified for the final round of the Diageo World Class Hong Kong competition, where the world’s best bartenders invent tantalising tipples.



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