Hello :) I have news to announce ~ my stay in HK has been extended! So posts may become a little more regular for the next week or so because I’m staying here for another 2 weeks. In a nutshell, Mr Bao’s grandma had recently passed away :( so he had to come back to HK… and since I was already here… Win Win suggested that maybe I can stay to support him before we fly back together.
As you all know I’ve been going on a dessert rampage :) but I’ve realised that it’s also a High Tea marathon hehe because its one of the easiest ways to try lots of desserts at once and I’m also able to keep my friends happy who can’t just eat sweet food lol Let’s go to the Lobby Lounge at the Intercontinental Hotel today :D
Intercontinental Hotel has one of the best views of the Victoria Harbour :) however, because of air pollution and constant fog… it’s hard to get a good clear view >_< but still it was really nice to be able to chat with a girlfriend and have some tea and cake ~
I was actually supposed to have high tea here the weekend before, but when we got here at 2pm, they said the afternoon tea set didn’t start until 3:30pm…but I was sure I checked online that it said they open at 2pm, so instead of waiting we went to Coco Patisserie ~ So this time…I made sure I double checked online and also called that on weekdays the high tea starts at 2:30pm. They suggested that we get there at around 2pm because it was always ‘full’. So we got there at 2pm and even though the Lobby Lounge was empty and we were asked to wait outside and come back at 2:3opm. That kind of bothers me… because I think they should have allowed us to sit down and not make us wait for no apparent reason.
They have 3 types of afternoon tea sets – Champagne, Intercontinental and The Red Box. Kaylee and I both agreed that the Chinese infused Red Box high tea was too weird for our liking and neither of us wanted to drink so we settled for the Intercontinental Tea Set.
I think the high tea at The Westin in Melbourne uses the same 3-tier stand :) I still haven’t had the chance to try their high tea hehe ~ it’s on my wish list this year. This was a very traditional high tea set, with savoury pastries and buns on the bottom layer, desserts in the middle, assorted jams on the top and the scones were served separately.
We also ordered English breakfast tea :) I know there’s other types of teas that’s wonderful but I still think the plain old English breakfast is the best for high tea!
As per usual, we were both ravenous and started with the savouries first :) There was two of each hehe starting from the left there’s a mini bun with eggs and herbs, then a extremely miniature bagel so damn cute! Little pastrami bun and last but not least a ham and cheese pastry ~ we enjoyed the savouries, however, I didn’t like the first mini bun with eggs and herbs, I’m not sure what cream they used…but it had a really strange after taste :(
I think another reason why I like high tea is because of the scones :) I totally heart scones ~ particularly liked how they were served it in a little basket and wrapped in a towel to keep them nice and warm ~ they weren’t just plain and raisons scones. The one with the little one dots on the right is a lemon one. I didn’t try it but Kaylee seemed to really like it :D
They were all irregular in size…lol this one looks like a deformed mushroom!
It was so fat at the bottom hahha couldn’t help but take a photo :) I was a little worried that they were going to taste very good ~ but they taste better than they look. Pretty well made, however, they were a little dense and not as fluffy as I would have liked, think I prefer Gregoire’s scones more :)
The strawberry jam and clotted cream weren’t spectacular, but I really liked the Earl Grey Jelly :) I never thought I would because I’m not really an Earl Grey kind of girl lol but I really liked this jelly and thought it matched the scones ~
Oops think I forgot to take a close up of the desserts :P Sorry I don’t like how they only have one piece of every cake LOL I think it would have been more generous if they gave us two pieces of each ~ starting from the left it’s a vanilla and lemon eclair with a little piece of pineapple, I didn’t mind it and thought the choux pastry was made very well. Then we’ve got an apple and coconut tart, quite nice and really liked the stewed apple on top. Then its the chocolate layer cake with raspberry/strawberry mousse, it was slightly bitter I think because of the dark chocolate ~ my favourite would have to be the lemon cheesecake :) It wasn’t that rich or dense but really light. The last one on the right is a raspberry sponge cake with a raspberry compote in between ~ It reminded me of a lamington hehe
It was a lovely surprise when a waiter came over and popped down two chocolate panna cotta and said that it was complimentary with the afternoon tea set ~ I don’t usually like panna cotta but this was so smooth and creamy!
I’ve heard that you’re can order a la carte desserts ~ so I couldn’t help but order the lemon tart :)
It was a relatively small and thin tart but perfect for us, because we were pretty full by then :D
Unfortunately, I didn’t really like this lemon tart, the lemon filling tasted really artificial to me and wasn’t tangy enough. The taste reminded me of the lemon flavoured Sugus lolly ~ this a famous Asian lollies that I’m sure most of us in Asia have seen or received a box as a gift :P
Source: Google Images
I also bought a piece of mille feuille to takeaway for Win Win and before I could even take a photo she had dug in and it was just too ugly to take a picture after that :P I tried it too and was impressed, the pastry was so flaky and the custard was just delish!
Overall, I enjoyed the afternoon tea set at Intercontinental and would recommend you coming for the amazing harbour view :) However, service wasn’t great for a five-star hotel and unless you like the lolly flavour maybe stay away from the lemon tart :P
Lobby level, InterContinental Hong Kong,
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
PH: 2721 1211