So when in Rome do as the Romans do. But what if the Romans are doing Greek things?
Such is the case with High Tea and Hong Kong. This most civilized of British traditions is performed at the Pennisula hotel in Hong Kong. So popular is the tradition that I spent nearly two hours in line for a seat in the Lobby where Tea is served from 2:00PM to 6:00PM.
This is clearly a function designed for tourists, but I think some locals enjoy this tradition too. I had not eaten lunch so Iwas very hungry. As I waited, a string quartet playing Disney theme songs which provided some entertainment during the long wait in line. When I did finally get a table I ordered Tea service for one, but also decided to order some of the other specialties on the menu.
First to come out out was the Iced Chocolate. It came out with a small chocolate cake. It was good, but in retrospect, I would have passed on this $10USD treat as it was fairly ordinary.
The spring rolls with three dipping sauces were very tasty and were worth the additional $10USD price of admission, however, I had clearly ordered too much as by the time I finished off a few of the spring rolls it was clear that I was not going to be able to finish all the tea treats.
I ordered the Pennisula’s own blend of “afternoon tea” and managed to drink the whole pot.
As for the tower of treats, this was an extremely complete sampling of finger sandwiches, petit fours, and scones with jam and clotted cream. Everything was delicious although to be completely honest the scones were not the type I was expecting. The pennisula serves scones that are more like brioche than the dry crustier variety I am used to. Despite the high cost (Expect over $40 USD per person) I thoroughly enjoyed my expensive afternoon snack. The staff will also kindly wrap up any leftovers in a very nice to-go bag which will advertise your good taste.
Definitely recommend you give this place a try while visiting Hong Kong.