This was from way back in the winter when I went for my xiaolongbao marathon and discovered the transcendence that was Sincere's hongshaorou. But as I was writing about tea at the InterContinental Hong Kong, I suddenly remembered this failure of an afternoon tea at Jasmine Lounge, on the ground level of the Fairmont Peace Hotel.
Decent enough service, but the food was plain bad (aside from maybe the scones and some of the savouries). Not cheap either. Why bother when you have so much else waiting to be eaten and explored.
|I don't know what mess you're stuck in, but cheers, big ears|
It's all a bit sad, because The Peace Hotel was known for its Shanghai deco-glam decadence, a place supposedly filled with beautiful people, drinks and food. A destination of some people's dreams. The reopening by Fairmont was passable on the decor front, but seriously guys, food should not be like this at a five-star "international" chain. (Oh, and they wouldn't allow pictures of the decent looking lobby). This is probably as good as a five-star China chain. If they served Mao this he may have ordered the hotel's entire staff to be executed. He'd burn the place down for blatant displays of bourgeoiserie anyway.
I leave you with an out-focused photo of my scone, ironically the only thing that was passable.
While checking the website for the address, I noticed that they call this a "Classic High Tea". How many times do Asians need to be told that an afternoon tea is different from a high tea? Urgh.
Fairmont Peace Hotel
30 Nanjing Road East
+86 21 6138 6886
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