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High tea @ Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

I have read many raving reviews about the High Tea @ Peninsula Hotel. It is on the list of things to do whilst in Hong Kong, and has been recommended by many people. Unfortunately, I was seriously disappointed! I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was all about. I admit, the lobby is absolutely gorgeous, and very European. The atmosphere and service were fabulous and if the food was slightly better, I would have totally and utterly enjoyed it!

I came here with my neighbour A, we got there early, at 1.30pm and were first in line! I remember coming here previously with Hubby and came around 2.30pm on a Sunday and the line were horrendous, and left!! So after being in line for about 10 – 15 mins, we were cordially escorted to our table. The ambience was great, the string quartet playing in the back ground, I can see why it’s a great place to have high tea with friends and / or families!

So the three-tiered stand is placed before us, consisting of a mixture of savoury and sweets.

First tier, raisin scones and a little pastry wafer. The raisin scone weren’t as moist as I have liked, it was more biscuit like than anything else. Eaten with a dollop of clotted cream and jam, it was surprisingly delicious, if only it was moist. The little pastry wafer were nice but nothing to rave about.

The second tier, savoury sandwiches and other savoury pastries. The cucumber sandwiches were a little bland and boring, the tuna and mayonnaise sandwich was nice but nothing to rave about. I enjoyed the salmon sandwich, however, it was tiny, and only ONE was given. The mini quiche was delish, however the other pastry was incredibly sour and both A and I did not enjoy it. My favourite would probably have to be the quiche and the salmon sandwich.

The top tier, sweet goodness. From left to write, starting with the coffee macaroon, 3 layered mouse cake, egg tart, pistachio macaroon, banana cake with chocolate, another egg tart and in the centre, chocolate with lemon and pineapple. I didn’t have any of the macaroons as I am not a huge fan so gave them to A to eat. A thought they were incredibly sweet and couldn’t even finish one! The egg tart was creamy, however, I still prefer the Macanese tart! My favourite was the banana cake with chocolate, the banana cake was incredibly moist and absolutely delicious!

Last but not least, these little cute espresso cups which was coffee panna cotta with a scoop of coffee sorbet. This was deliciously sweet, however, too sweet for my liking!

So from all the delights (or non delights) above, I only liked the salmon sandwich, the mini quiche, the banana cake with chocolate and the coffee panna cotta with coffee sorbet. Otherwise, everything else was just ordinary.

A and I enjoyed the atmosphere and the ambience, however, the food was a disappointment. We were both so SO unsatisfied and unimpressed with the food. I still do prefer the high tea at Joel Robuchon (read review here), the serving are  a little small but it was far more delicious and appetizing ! It might have been our batch, but we were truly and utterly disappointed.

GA’s rating: 5 / 10

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2920 2888

  1. August 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

    have u tried the tea buffet in the le meridien?? it is very nice, unlimited and not too sweet. even cyberport is a bit far away, it is worth a try – around 190 $ only and if I remember correctly 30 % off with HSBC credit card…

    • August 12, 2010 at 8:32 am

      hi there
      thanks for dropping by!
      i have heard that the tea buffet there is quite good, so will definitely give it ago soon. the peninsula was just such a disappointment 😦
      thanks, will definitely give it ago!

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