|Truffled egg sandwiches!!!!!!|
Allow me to explain why our tray of savouries in this three-tiered afternoon tea consisted of nothing but truffled egg sandwiches. This was an afternoon tea taken on an epic day of vegetarian bingeing. My vegetarian friend was visiting for a brief weekend and I wanted to take her somewhere with an awesome view. Once we sat down at the Lobby Lounge, I told the server that one of us was vegetarian, so if they could make enough savouries for her then it would be great. (She's lacto-ovo, not vegan, so desserts were not an issue - phew). Instead of enough vegetarian savouries for her alone, they made the whole thing vegetarian. Now, I'm not complaining that I got too much truffle, but it would have been nice to be able to try their other savouries! (But is this "nice" better than truffle-"nice"? I wonder.)
|Jams & cream|
Another reason why we came here is because I heard the InterContinental just welcomed a new pastry chef with a pretty impressive CV (I've forgotten exactly but it was probably Hermé, Ducasse and friends). I can't say my socks were fully knocked off - but they may have slipped down a little.
I don't know the names of all the cakes I had, in fact, I don't know a single name. So I'll just try my best to describe what I had.
The above was the absolute best of the lot. Essentially a chocolate cake, with mousse, a little sponge and a ganache/glaze over the top, but the highlight was the little sliver of tart, fragrant marmalade. Wowza.
I kept thinking this was a mini Banoffi pie, but was told by HK Epicurus that it was in fact a vanilla tart. Perfect pastry, nice marshmallowy interior.
|Berry cheese cake|
|Passionfruit and mango tart|
Rose panna cotta? Lots of something that was like rosewater syrup , overall a bit too much of the same texture, but I usually like this sort of pudding-like consistency. Again I attribute my lack of interest to just being way too full from the sandwiches!
Overall a decent tea, I would have loved to try more savouries, but then again, it's probably a bit crazy to complain about having too much truffle. The patisserie was promising, and while traditionally pastries tend to have lots of cream, it would have been nice to see a bit of fruit. Ha, what a Chinese remark! The rose pudding was really the only thing that made me go "huh?", overall I think it's on par with Hong Kong's top hotel teas (which by the way, does not include the Peninsula - Tom sums it up in his post). With a view like theirs, they could have easily given up on the food and started serving crap, but they didn't, so thank you InterCon for serving good food with what I think is one of the world's most spectacular views*.
** In HK, there's a running joke - or maybe not so much of a joke - that people who live on Hong Kong Island refuse to cross the harbour to the "dark side". Ironically, the best view of Hong Kong Island can only be seen from the dark side.
InterContinental Lobby Lounge
InterContinental Hong Kong
18 Salisbury Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2721 1211
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