If the British left one thing behind when they vacated Hong Kong, it was their love of a high tea experience – and The Peninsula Hotel offers the best. A service only offered to guests, the coveted reservation is a seen-and-be-seen experience – on where guests of the hotel and the city’s well-connected come together to sip on rare Yunnan varieties and nibble on delicious finger food.
As a guest of the hotel recently, I was able to indulge in the high tea I’ve heard about for years – and it lived-up to the hype. The well-heeled guests all sat at tables and on sofas, around beautifully dressed tables prepared for the experience. A tea menu was offered and the varieties were endless.
I poured over (pun intended) Chinese greens, Japanese senchas, darjeelings and more. I finally settled on a Darjeeling from India and waited in patience for the experience to begin. Soon after, a parade of tarts, sandwiches, scones and clotted cream began to arrive.
My favorite was the smoked salmon sandwich paired with the elegant and smooth taste of the Darjeeling tea. But, I can’t deny my love of everything sweet as well. If you can get a reservation here, do it – you’ll love every moment.