Highest Hong Kong Tea – Ritz Carlton (HKG)
High Tea is an institution in Hong Kong!
If you frequent one of the many luxury hotels in the city – each afternoon, they roll out a regal feast of finger sandwiches, scones, sweets and fine teas. It's a grand and ceremonial art form in this former British colony.
Most tourists indulge in the offerings at the Peninsula hotel. However, if you’re looking for gasp-worthy views and a unique experience – head straight for the "lobby bar" at the Ritz Carlton. Located on the 103rd floor, the vistas (and teas) are spectacular!
Here’s a review of my heavenly experience there:
Getting a table at the top tea spots in Hong Kong is nearly as competitive as an Olympic decathlon. You have to prepare well in advance to secure a winner table.
Luckily, the Ritz Carlton reserves spots over email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I was able to secure a window seat approximately two months prior to my visit.
There are two places for tea at the Ritz – make sure you pick Café 103 as the views, offering and service are better.
I went with my old friend Norm Yip – a premier photographer in the city. We met in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton on the 103rd floor (only in Hong Kong would a lobby be that high!)
My jaw dropped when the hostess escorted us to our table. The view was out of this world.
I could not believe how high up we were. I don’t think helicopters are even allowed to fly that high! Our table was pressed up right next to the window overlooking the stunning skyline of Hong Kong Island.
The selection of teas was exhaustive (and sure to please any "teo-phile"): numerous green teas, black teas, red teas, blue teas, white teas, herbal teas, matured teas – and iced teas! I am not making that up. My head was spinning and I decided to go for the Moroccan Mint Tea – which was delicious!
The first treats to arrive at the table were the scones with clotted cream and ‘homemade’ jam, prepared to perfection, and melted in my mouth as I sipped my new favourite tea – Moroccan Mint!
Next, the ‘main course’ rolled out – a caloric skyscraper of sweet and savoury treats. I momentarily panicked I might go into diabetic shock, but the server assured me 911 was on speed dial, and could quickly reach the 103rd floor!
Now brace yourselves, savoury delicacies included: smoked salmon on lemon dill cheese puffs, squid ink burgers with pork rillettes and pistachio, flax-seed cheese croissants with truffle egg salad, and of course (!!!) baked chicken porcini vol-au-vent… I immediately knew I wouldn't need to eat until the following day.
After powering through the savoury selection – I turned my attention to the sweet layers of the tower – all show-stopping tarts, decorated with such flare that even Maria Antoinette would gasp!
These included: chestnut choux, mango ginger tarts, coconut passion, and raspberry mille-feuille topped with gold leaf!
Reeling after all of that, I had to loosen my belt buckle. (I swear I put on 20 pounds.) And I immediately cancelled my helicopter transfer to Hong Kong Island as I knew there was no way it was going to take off safely!
What an extraordinary experience!
I loved every second of High Tea at the Ritz Carlton. The cuisine and views were both heavenly.
Take it from me, there are few experiences on this planet like High Tea at the Hong Kong Ritz Carlton!