Tea and temptations

Weekend Glitz | Katie Hung 6 Jul 2018

W Hong Kong's new afternoon tea at Woobar is inspired by a line of black and white clothing from Japanese fashion brand Evisu.

Beyond Colors afternoon tea is a culinary take on the 2018 Evisukuro "Untitled" collection - which adopts black and white as its main theme. The concept of creating dainty tea-time bites in black and white was challenging, said the hotel's culinary chef, Robert Nilsson.

"You don't often see food that's naturally black in color, although there are a few in white. So it was a challenge as we had to add black and white elements into most of the dishes. We used charcoal powder to make the buns black, as well as black and white sesame seeds, truffles, cauliflower, caviar and asparagus."

The black mini burger is Nilsson's star of the show. The concept was to offer a light burger served cold. In a nod to the fashion house's roots, the burger is given a Japanese touch with beef tataki.

Also on the menu is a cold soup - cauliflower shooter - a rarity among tea menus. While the strong aroma of black truffles complements the creamy cauliflower blend, its presentation in an elegant Japanese sake glass is simply stunning.

Sweet treats include scones, fluffy charcoal choux buns filled with smooth pistachio cream, salted caramel lollipops, black sesame and mango cones, and Strawberry Richer mousse cake.

The set is HK$438 for two on weekdays and includes a gift voucher for an Evisu black cardholder redeemable from its Elements store. It is available until late this month.

Meanwhile, girls will love the new weekday afternoon tea set in pink - priced at HK$498 for two and HK$298 for one - at the Kowloon Shangri-La.

Start off with cranberry scones and dehydrated strawberries with a home-made jam containing raspberries, sakura and champagne and follow it up with champagne and lychee jelly. Savory temptations include smoked salmon on blini with salmon roe, crunchy baby radish with butter and pink peppercorn, and a lobster salad and beet bread sandwich.

You can upgrade your tea set - at HK$798 for two - and enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot rose, yellowfin tuna tartare brioche, goat cheese tortilla wafers, plus a watermelon and rose petal shooter.

Hotels are just made for sitting back and relaxing with friends in the afternoon, and InterContinental Hong Kong's Joie de Vivre set offers that in partnership with APM Monaco. The specially designed tea is the first for the jewelry brand worldwide.

Inspired by the flavors of summertime in Monaco, the set has plenty of seafood - such as smoked mozzarella cheese with sea scallop and kaluga caviar, and prawn and ratatouille tart - as well as seasonal fruit, including a cute mini red berry pizza.

Available until August 14, the set is HK$668 for two, inclusive of two gift cards for an APM Monaco summer tote valued at HK$600.

Elsewhere, Japanese restaurant Shikigiku at the IFC Mall is offering a Summer Delight tea set (HK$498 for two) at weekends until September 2.

Spend a languid afternoon enjoying the views of Victoria Harbour while enjoying sushi made from seasonal ingredients as well as titbits like sea urchin bean curd and simmered baigai. Other savory treats include chicken rolls with crab sticks and simmered eggplant and seasonal vegetables.

Featuring fresh in-season ingredients, the delectable array of colorful desserts includes Yubari melon jelly, sweet-and-sour Hyuganatsu yuzu tarts, rich Kyoto matcha mochi, Japanese cheesecake and Hokkaido vanilla monaka ice-cream.

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