Thanks everyone :) it’s so wonderful to be back ~ I just hope I keep up with the posts, because I start work on Thursday…I’m actually quite nervous…it’ll be my very first 9am to 5pm full-time job… so to relax I’ve just been eating and baking as MUCH as I can :D and since coming back from HK, I’ve really missed the high teas there that’s why I wanted to take you back to HK and let’s go to Tiffin at the Grand Hyatt hotel YAY!
Just wanted to let you know it’s not just any high tea this one has an ‘unlimited ice-cream dessert station’. That means unlimited ice-cream, unlimited ice-cream cakes, waffles and waffle baskets!
Tiffin is pretty well-known for their dessert buffet and I celebrated my birthday here the year before with Mr Bao. It was funny because initially Mr Bao was going to have the ‘dessert buffet’ with me meaning only sweet goodies and nothing ‘savoury’. However, once we got there…Mr Bao felt so sick just looking at the desserts hahaha and immediately asked for an ‘upgrade’ to allow for full access to the buffet and not only limited to desserts. We really enjoyed the food, so when Joyce invited me to go check out the new high tea with the ice cream station I was really excited.
You have a few options, tea set for one or two, and with or without unlimited access to the ice cream station. Without even thinking about it we got the tea set for 2 :) Prices change depending on whether its a week day or if you go on the weekends, an afternoon tea set for one Monday-Friday is $218HKD ($27 AUD) and for two is $436HKD ($54 AUD), while Saturday-Sunday an a tea set for one is $238HKD ($29.50 AUD) and for two is $476HKD ($58.90 AUD) plus 10% service charge.
I was impressed by the multi layer stand that they used to serve our high tea ~ it wasn’t the typical 3 tier stand that you see at most hotels. Instead this was a very ‘high’ and ‘long’ with 5 layers, spread out like leaves on a tree :) so pretty hehe
We always start with the scones hehe they were slightly warm, and even though they were pretty good, but I found them to be a little dry and crumbly… Sigh a common issue I had with scones in HK :(
Moving on to the sandwiches, I really liked the filling especially the one with the caviar and the salmon one with cream cheese, but nothing too excited and once again the sandwiches were quite ‘dry’, I think it’s because most tea sets are pre made and left out uncovered, until customer’s order it.
On another leaf, there were two little savoury pastries, one on the left is a mini Quiche Lorraine and even though it was quite tasty, I didn’t like the pastry, it was a little too thick and dense. They were was two little pieces of bread and served with a little bowl of pate, Joyce didn’t really like it, while I thought it was quite flavoursome :D
Now to the sweets :) I was a little disappointed with the desserts that came with the tea set. It had a little piece of ‘Opera’ cake, I ve found that I don’t really like this type of cake, or maybe it’s just that I have been unlucky and have never had a good one. There was also another mango cake, once again another disappointment…no offence to Asian bakeries but it tasted like the sponge and mousse cakes from those bakeries. Which I don’t think is really acceptable in a five star hotel.
Then on another leaf they had a Raspberry Lamington with a macaron on top – not too bad, but the sponge cake felt a little too ‘moist’, the Eclair was quite nice and I liked how it was so tiny and last but not least a very mini Lemon Tart, which was alright but it wasn’t ‘tangy’ enough for our liking and once again the ‘pastry case’ wasn’t done very well.
They also had two little cannolis, a white chocolate one and dark chocolate one ~ they weren’t too bad, Joyce and I particularly liked the dark chocolate.nshe thought the white chocolate was too sweet, while I thought it was fine ~ actually a little impressed that you still taste the white chocolate in it.
Overall, not too impressed with the desserts that came with the tea set, so we couldn’t wait to raid the ice cream station. We started off with their homemade gelato first, they had someone stand behind the counter and all you had to do was tell them what you wanted ~ they had a couple of flavours to choose from – lemon, hazelnut, pistachio, mango, chocolate, green tea, blood orange, blueberry and vanilla.
They also had a range of condiments and goodies you could put on top yourself, like honeycomb, chocolate fudge, chocolate balls, and chocolate chips. It was heaven to me :D
You can put any condiments you’d like, but the lovely chef standing behind the counter will help you scoop it out and I loved how they also did a little plating too hehe made it so pretty before giving it to us :)
My friend Joyce waiting patiently, while the nice chef kindly scoops and plates our ice-cream :)
We liked the green tea because it had a strong ‘matcha’ flavour, however, in terms of the texture of the gelato, it wasn’t very smooth and I don’t know if this makes sense but a little too ‘airy’. Not the best gelato I ve had but taking it into consideration that they re not an expert at making gelato it’s already pretty good.
I really liked the hazelnut flavoured ice-cream because it reminded me of a Ferrero Rocher hehe ~ the honey comb is to DIE FOR though :) it was so crunchy, sweet and lovely! I wish I could buy a bag and eat on the way home ~
We were pretty full by now, but we still tried the other ‘ice-cream’ cakes they had in the other cabinet, we started off with a Baked Alaska and then a Tiramisu Ice-cream cake ~ I don’t remember the last time I had a Baked Alaska, but a few days before going to Tiffin, I watched a show where Jamie Oliver was making one so it made me want to try :) I didn’t really like the ice-cream in this one, I don’t know why the flavours just didn’t go… but I really liked the egg white coating and how it was blown-torched to create that effect ~ The tiramisu ice-cream cake wasn’t too bad either, however, we would have liked the coffee flavour to be stronger ~
In conclusion, I enjoyed the high tea here, there were areas for improvements such as the dryness of the scones, sandwiches and pastries, however, I did enjoy the unlimited ice-cream and the ice-cream cakes hehe so if you’re looking for another place for High Tea in HK, definitely give Tiffin a go, even if you just go for the ice-cream station :P
Tiffin Grand Hyatt Hotel
Mezzanine Floor, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong,
1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
PH: +852 2584 7722