High tea never fails to please any girl. In fact, any high tea in Hong Kong never fails to please, full stop. Having tried several in different hotels (and at the beautiful Repulse Bay Verandah), S. and I decided to try out The Upper House, a new hotel in the Pacific Place complex in Admiralty, Hong Kong. High tea was served on the 49th level, with a beautiful view of the harbour. An extra bonus was that we were handed vouchers for a free gift pack from clé de peau beauté, to be collected from the new Harvey Nichols down in the Pacific Place mall!
High tea for two (HK$420 – approx AU$50) included a selection of either coffee or tea. The three-tiered high tea included:
Black currant scones, served with Devonshire clotted cream, raspberry jam and honey
Savoury: Mini pastrami reuben sandwich, smoked salmon on pumpernickel with salmon caviar and crème fraîche, egg salad sandwich with chili and avocado, poached shrimp cucumber and mango roll, short rib curry puff
Sweet: Blueberry macaron with elderflower ganache, osmanthus tea flavoured sable brenton (basically a tea-flavour cookie), lemon quark cheesecake with an almond biscuit, black cherry-milk chocolate tart, rose and strawberry swiss roll (tasting more of rose than strawberry), blood orange finger print cookies, passion fruit pate de fruit (a small jelly cube coated in sugar)
Although some of these flavours may seem rather adventurous for a high tea, the combination of tastes were well constructed. All the savoury items were perfect, and of the sweet ones only the tea-flavoured sable brenton and the rose and strawberry roll were slightly surprising, different and not too pleasant.
Café Grey Deluxe
Level 49, The Upper House
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway,