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Best afternoon tea in Hong Kong?

FruitsGalore Dec 10, 2012 01:49 PM

I'll be arriving in HK later this week, and will be staying for a week. While I'm there, I'd love to have afternoon tea at one of the hotels (or wherever is best). Does anyone have any favourites?


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  1. Charles Yu RE: FruitsGalore Dec 10, 2012 08:23 PM

    Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton....Just take your pick!! Everyone has its own selling point. History, modern, views...etc. Can't go wrong with any of them. Its like buying a car BMW, Mercedes or Audi.....??!!

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      klyeoh RE: FruitsGalore Dec 10, 2012 09:36 PM

      The one at the Peninsula is the definitive one. It's to HK what the Author's Lounge at the Oriental is to Bangkok, or the Tiffin Room at the Raffles is to Singapore :-)

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        Uncle Yabai RE: klyeoh Dec 10, 2012 11:33 PM

        Sure, if you like having tea (in an admittedly ornate) train station. For power tea, the Clipper Lounge at the Mandarin is the place. Light on the backpacking gawker tourists (mostly locals), and the food and service are better.

        The Author's Lounge and the Tiffin Room are both in a different category altogether.

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          klyeoh RE: Uncle Yabai Dec 10, 2012 11:55 PM

          Admittedly, Clipper Lounge has a quieter, nicer ambience and, the last time I was there, the food was good (pics below).

          But Peninsula has got an illustrious history behind it, so much depends on what the OP is looking for.

      2. PhilD RE: FruitsGalore Dec 11, 2012 02:24 AM

        Agree with Yabbi Peninsula is not great, big queues and not at all private as you are in view of the queue. Lots of better options. For quality Robuchon?

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          Charles Yu RE: PhilD Dec 11, 2012 09:24 AM

          Oops! Forget about Robuchon! Great pastries!! If one have a sweet tooth! A bit too cramp though!

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          FruitsGalore RE: FruitsGalore Dec 11, 2012 09:23 PM

          Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I guess I'm looking for a place with good food, a nice view, and a nice ambience (listed in order of importance, but I'm sure there are places that have all 3). Not sure how I feel about the Peninsula and the long lineups though...

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            YSL RE: FruitsGalore Dec 13, 2012 02:36 AM

            The Peninsula is lovely in terms of having the string quartet accompanying you as you have your afternoon tea, but you're right in that the long queues are a put-off, plus the fact that it's not the best cream tea out there.

            Somebody recommended the Intercontinental to us and not only was there no queue, but the cream tea was delicious and we had a fabulous view. Would definitely recommend going there.

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