Tea while it’s timely

The way things are going, restaurants might be forced to close soon. So while dining in is still an option, why not enjoy one of these summer-themed afternoon tea sets.

The Summer Meadow afternoon tea set (HK$698) at The Lounge & Bar at the Ritz-Carlton in West Kowloon, available until September 13, is inspired by summer blooms.

Its foie gras sandwich is irresistible. Usually paired with port wine or sauternes, Summer Meadow’s foie gras complements a St Germain elderflower liqueur for a refreshing twist.

A thin layer of raspberry jam brings a subtle sweetness that perfectly matches the foie gras and the earthy taste of mushroom duxelles.

The coconut passion fruit verrine houses complex textures and summer fruit flavors in one cup, including smooth coconut panna cotta, moist almond cake and refreshing passion fruit mousse. The verrine is then topped off by a jelly made from an elderflower liqueur.

A cocktail or two is always the perfect remedy for the heat.

Summer Meadow (HK$95), which has a base of St Germain elderflower liqueur and Ungava gin, has a pretty purple hue from the butterfly pea-infused white vermouth.

Another elderflower liqueur cocktail, Berries Elixir (HK$95) also contains sake, lemon juice and strawberry puree, with champagne to give it a tingly finish.

The Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai celebrates Tiffin’s return with a new afternoon tea set (HK$656) from Wednesday to Sunday which makes use of in-season fruits.

Colorful sweet delicacies include chef Smita Grosse’s signature lemon cake with a twist of infused lemon tea, an elderflower summer berry cheesecake, a peach confit with jasmine tea, whipped ganache and a mango oolong tea tart.

Chef de cuisine Andre Grosse presents a selection of savory bites, such as the prawn and lobster choux with saffron cream, grilled corn tart with manchego cheese and homemade foie gras terrine with apricot brioche.

Meanwhile, Madame Fu at Tai Kwun in Central has collaborated with Guerlain to offer a Summer Bee afternoon tea set (HK$530), celebrating the French beauty brand’s famed Abeille Royale skin-care range and Aqua Allegoria fragrances.

The menu captures the essence of the products, featuring different fresh fruit ingredients with fragrant honey.

Highlights include avocado and pomegranate profiteroles, chicken waldorf and pear finger sandwiches and candied ginger scones with lychee and rose jam. A matcha and mint roll paired with white wine jelly and mascarpone honeycomb ends the set on a sweet note.

Summer Bee’s cocktail or mocktail creations are designed to complement the high-tea treats using the same flavors throughout the range. The sour notes of the Grapefruit Passion mocktail are the perfect palate cleanser between each tier of the high-tea set.

Available from Tuesday to Sunday until July 31, the tea set is served in the Pink Room, the Fu bar, or outside on the veranda overlooking Tai Kwun’s parade ground. Diners will be eligible to redeem a complimentary beauty kit, valued at HK$380.

Prefer to stay outdoors as much as you can? Head to the Kerry Hotel’s al fresco Lobby Lounge, which has launched a picnic-inspired afternoon tea set (HK$628), available until August 30.

In tandem with the “rooted in nature” concept, organic and locally grown produce takes center stage. Ingredients used include local mushrooms, sustainable Boston lobster, organic white asparagus and wild strawberry, all presented in a gourmet picnic basket.

Diners can enjoy a complimentary mocktail, Summer Pink or Summer Green, infused with rose or cucumber, when they share their afternoon-tea experience on their social media.

(This article was published at The Standard on July 24, 2020: Weekend Glitz: Tea while it’s timely )

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