Food + Beverage
A hotel restaurant on Hong Kong Island will launch an afternoon tea set menu with both savoury and sweet bites, with many of the sweet bites made with Venchi chocolate from Italy, which plans to open a shop in an adjoining mall.
Feast at East Hong Kong, a business hotel on Hong Kong Island, will serve a “Buono Buonissimo” afternoon tea from 5 April to 29 May 2016.
There seems to be a competition in Hong Kong between Hotel Chefs, who are frequently launching innovative new afternoon tea sets to put bums on dining room seats between lunch and dinner.
Hardly a week goes by in which I don’t get a press release announcing the latest offering at one of Hong Kong’s top hotel restaurants: chocolate, sushi, strawberries – the list goes on.
About the only things that I haven’t noticed on any of the afternoon tea set menus are cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam!
David Parkin, Executive Chef at East Hong Kong, a business hotel on Hong Kong Island, and his team have developed Buono Buonissimo, an afternoon tea set menu, which combines savoury and sweet bites.
The menu was inspired by Venchi, a premium Italian chocolatier dating back to 1878. “Buono Buonissimo” is Italian for “very delicious”.
The savoury half of the set menu includes seared tuna, lobster Caesar, smoked salmon, and parma ham.
Sweets are made with Venchi’s 75% Extra Dark Chocolate, Primifrutti Soft Fruit Candies, Cuba Rhum, and Granella Nougatine.
I was among several travel writers and food critics invited to sample the afternoon tea set menu, which will be launched next week.
We were also offered a goodie bag of Venchi’s chocolates to take home. The organizers thoughtfully let us make your own selection.
Afternoon Tea Hong Kong
- Seared Tuna Loin, Parmesan Hazelnut Sable baked with natural EAST urban garden pesto;
- Lobster Caesar Salad;
- Tea Smoked Salmon Toasted Brioche with Pickled Cucumber and Avocado Butter and Parma Ham;
- Emmenthal and Truffle Panini.
- Cuba Rhum Brûlée;
- Layered Citrus Gelee;
- Dark Chocolate Mousse;
- Piedmont Hazelnut Cupcake.
Tea or coffee.
I quite enjoyed the afternoon tea set menu. There was excellent balance between the savoury and sweet bites.
I also liked the presentation: the bites were attractively arranged in a large wooden box, which was opened and laid out on the table.
If I had to name just one bite, it would have to be the seared tuna. But I also liked the tea smoked salmon, lobster Caesar, dark chocolate mousse, and Piedmont hazelnut cupcake.
The price for two for Monday through Friday is HK$288, which I think is reasonable. I think a glass of white wine or champagne would go well with the savoury bites.
The price for two goes up to HK$388 on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays.
All Day Dining
Feast (Food by East) is one of two food and beverage outlets at East Hong Kong.
An all-day café, it serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. The menu focuses on pan-Asian and Western dishes.
The hotel’s other food and beverage outlet, Sugar has an indoor lounge and an outdoor rooftop deck, with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.
The menu features signature cocktails and an international selection of tapas served on sharing platters. A DJ spins mellow discs.
Venichi opened its first shop in Hong Kong in 2011. There are currently outlets in Central and Wanchai on Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowoon Peninsula.
A Venchi a pop-up store will be set up at the entrance to Feast. A permanent shop will open at the end of May 2016 in the CityPlaza, Taikoo Shing, shopping mall, which adjoins the hotel.
Feast, East Hong Kong, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong. Telephone: (852) 3968 3777.