Hi everyone! I had a hard time decided which post to post today but I decided to do the afternoon tea at The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to take a shot of the exterior. The hotel is really easy to get to as long as you reach Tsim Tsia Tsu station, there are huge signs stating where each tourist attraction is. I just did one final today and have another one next week which means more studying for me but after that Im free!……to do Christmas shopping hahaha which is actually more tedious than it sounds =P But I’ll try to make it fun!
FYI you can NOT make a reservation for tea here and get there early! I mean early! I got there about 15mins before the “official” time which is 2pm and there was already a nice big line up! As for attire, I think business casual or smart casual is alright. Don’t wear anything that is too revealing or sporty. So no short shorts, flip flops etc. There is a sign that states the dress code but I’m not too sure how reinforced it is.
Oh and my Bf went to Europe for a week! Gosh, it was such a last minute trip with his friends but I’m sooooo jelly!!! I rolled around and pouted like a baby! Europe! I want to go to! He said if we don’t go to Egypt in the spring we can always go to Europe, fat chance that’s happening! (Actually that seems more realistic since the tension and revolts haven’t gone down in Egypt T_T) I told him to get me some Laudrees macrons for me as I think Paris is his last stop (soooo jelly writing this right now!) =D
I tried to wear something that was more “formal” but still comfy for me to be in for the rest of the day.
~ decor ~
The decorations were beautiful. I kept staring at the ceiling which was completely lined with gold wooden motifs. I never got a chance to ask if it was all hand made or not.
A close up.
~ the menu ~
The tea list was a bit of a disappointing. I guess it’s just like any other tea place but I was expecting more choices of teas here.
~ interior ~
I took this photo to try and show you guys what the inside looked like LOL It felt a little awkward to just lift the camera up and shot =P
~ chilled jasmine ~
I think my tea was either chilled jasmine or early grey, the day was soooo hot there was no way I could have drank hot tea! I was also very disappointed that the tableware here was made of plastic! I mean the handles of the knife, fork, spoon were all plastic! Is it really that expensive to get some real table ware with metal handles?
~ the three tiers ~
Our three tiers!
~ the savory ~
The savory tier was alright. Nothing really too impressive, the bread with the ham tasted like bread with ham and that weird looking piece…I don’t even remember what it tasted like -.-
~ the scones ~
I felt like the scones looked really weird like some sort of bun LOL But Bf really liked the scones! I thought they were not too bad but not the best either and when I have pastries like these I tend to only eat the top half (this also applies to muffins a lot too, I swear the top half tastes so good!)
There was also devonshire cream (clotted cream) and strawberry/raspberry jam. I felt like the cream really like taste even though it was nice and airy.
~ the sweets ~
On the left is some fruit cake….like the ones from Christmas except it only had orange peels in it -.- The chocolate piece was alright and I remember really enjoying the citrus piece! =D
They handed one of these to every customer. Some jelly thing on top of marshmallow like mousse, yum!
~ the surprise ~
After you asked for the cheque they actually give you macrons to top off your meal! I’m not sure if it’s only customers who order afternoon tea that get it or any customer but I thought it was a sweet gesture and a great surprise!
All in all, the experience of tea here was really for the atmosphere. The food is nothing to rave about, it was nice having it once in this hotel, but I probably won’t be coming for a second time. Would I recommend this? If you’re someone that likes having tea at new places then yes. Depending on where you live, you might not be able to have tea at this type of place, in my home city the Fairmont is the closet thing and it doesn’t even compare to the grandeur of the lobby at the Peninsula.
Till next time!
P.s I’m still having problems commenting on lots of peoples blogs! >< Im not ignoring you but I just can't comment! This is only happening on the blogs which have the comment box at the bottom of their page. I'm having no problem commenting on blogs where the comment page pops up in another window OR it is the full page style. You can easily change your comment settings in the comment section of settings on your dashboard!
Unless otherwise stated, I always reply comments after I put up a new post! So if you don’t get a reply from me in a about a day or two after a new post, Im not ignoring your comment! >< It's also really frustrating when I was to leave a comment to appreciate the blogger but I just can't T_T