A decadent affair for those who have the time to spare
High tea at The Peninsula is a truly decadent affair and not for those in a hurry (or with sore feet). An hour long wait in line for a table is standard as this place has been recommended by many tourist guide books and reviews. Whilst in line you can enjoy the ambience of the hotel lobby, with classical music playing live in the balconies above where eager visitors wait.
The afternoon tea set is available for both one person and multiple diners and is served in a gorgeous three tier stand. A wide selection of teas is available to accompany this set, including traditional Hong Kong style milk tea (strong English tea with just the right amount of milk), as well as more alternative choices such as Lychee black tea.
We started off with the raisin scones at the bottom of the three tier stand. Each person could have a share of two scones and there was plenty of strawberry jam and fresh cream to go around. The scones were definitely worth the wait and tasted fantastic.
We then moved on to the second tier, which had an assortment of savoury goodies. The winner here would be the roast beef sandwich, closely followed by the salmon cream cheese sandwiches. The other nidbits include the classic cucumber sandwich, potato pastry and a mini quiche with hints of salted egg (a Hong Kong twist).
We were quite full at this stage and the waiters surprised us with an additional treat, a raspberry vanilla panna cotta. Light and refreshing, this was the perfect palate cleanser for the final tier. The highest tier consisted of a variety of sweet surprises, including a strawberry marshmallow fluff with a chocolate base, cream with sponge and a cherry on top, poppyseed bread, lime jelly cream cake and assorted macaroons.
To top this all off the attentive staff offered us The Peninsula signature chocolate truffle at the end of the meal. What a sweet way to end our visit to this iconic place for high tea. No one leaves without feeling absolutely full and you can even take away unfinished food. The next time you are in Tsim Sha Tsui, have an empty stomach and time to spare, definitely try the famous high tea at The Peninsula.