Finally have a chance to try Peninsula HK's afternoon-tea, haven't been here for tea in ages!
The building is as prestige as always. Situated in a prime location facing the Victoria Harbour, you get a great view of the Hong Kong side from the second floor and beyond. This hotel is considered sort of a landmark and a that's why tons of people from around the world come visit every year just to check it out. Another famous attraction of the hotel is its famous 3-tier English-style afternoon tea at the lobby lounge. Hundreds of people queue up, sometimes up to an hour, for a table just to try out the afternoon tea. I heard that they sometimes have to serve more than a thousand covers a day... just for afternoon tea!
We were lucky to get a sit near the window, getting a bit of the late afternoon sunlight. Love the winter decoration that's around the lobby!
Besides the impeccable service and facilities a hotel provides, I believe what separates a great 5-star hotel from the rest is what extra unique touches and services they give to the guest to make their stay a more comfortable and an unforgettable one. A simple example would be the different cute designs found on the corner of every napkin.
Enough said about the hotel, now for the 3-tier afternoon tea that we have been waiting for!
The 3-tiers were arranged in the usual fashion: pastry-sandwiches-scone. The items definitely look different and better than I had them long ago.
Butter cookie, truffle, toffee nut tart, macaron, roll cake and pound cake in the pastry layer, all strategically arranged to look nice while being logistically-friendly.
The sandwiches look good, standard finger sandwiches with a potion of quiche.
Scones were different than the ones I have eaten last time - the ones before had a fluted edges while these are round. Well, not matter the look, will have to taste to to tell for sure if they were good or not!
What I believe was a pot of panna cotta with berry sauce and crumble was served in the middle of our meal. Maybe it was a pre-dessert? Not sure. Well, it was not bad, nice texture and was vanilla flavour.
I think certain items could have been done better, like the scones which I am very particular about. The perfect scone would be buttery, crumbly yet light and fluffy, and most importantly, still warm when it reaches the table. Maybe it is the style of the chef, the scone in my opinion had a texture similar to bread, like brioche. They were definitely freshly baked that day, but unfortunately they were not warm.
At the end of it all, everyone one was satisfied and well fed. The afternoon spent being pampered at the Peninula was definitely a great idea to take your mind off things.. even if it is just for a short few hours!