The setting for Christmas holidays this year was Macao and Hong Kong. It was exciting, beautiful in many places, both hectic and tranquil, new and familiar, strongly Portugal influenced in Macao and tasty, of course. I’ll post my tips and best do’s soon. Now it’s time for a tea tip.
An English style afternoon tea was something I wanted to include in our travel program. Many hotels offer an afternoon tea in Hong Kong. We desired a savory experience in a beautiful setting, for a sensible price. We went for the Hullet House and its restaurant The Parlour (1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, HK).
The milieu of this boutique hotel is pleasant and tranquil. The building with its white arcs and pillars is colonial in its style and the space exudes historical vibes. We sat on the terrace overlooking the hotel garden. We got to see glimpses of a wedding photo shoot of a newlywed couple and the garden view in the soft afternoon light.
The tea menu included a selection of sweet and salty delicacies: finger sandwiches, scones served with whipped cream and jam, small cakes and biscuits. And a pot of tea: the jasmin was rather good. The cost of the set for two was 418 HKD (excluding the two glasses of prosecco). Note that a service charge of ten percent will be added to the price, like in many places in HK. You can find more expensive tea’s as well, but that shouldn’t come as a surpise when in Hong Kong. The hotel advices to make a reservation beforehand.
The old Hong Kong Afternoon tea (found on the hotel’s website), including local delicacies, sticky rice dumplings, wife cakes (?) and egg tarts, sounded interesting but was not available during our visit. The tea and the treats were tasty and it was a delicious experience. The scones could have been a bit fluffier and maybe there could have been something sour in the selection as well to give it a little edge but all in all the combo worked.
What else? The terrace is wide enough if you come with a stroller. Next to where we sat there was a wedding planning office: all in all the amount of wedding stores and wedding related services was very high both in HK and Macao.
I can recommend the tea experience for one afternoon’s program of the trip, for example between the days of hiking to the peak (the best climb ever) and to the mountain with the Tian Tan Buddha on the Lantau Island.