The One With Tea At Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hotel – View To Pay For

I will be the first to admit that I am no expert when it comes to pastries and desserts. Some knowledge about cupcakes and how it differs from muffins would be the furthest my gastronomical knowledge in this area would go.

So please excuse me for the lack of names for the stuff you’ll see in this post, but then again you probably won’t need to know anyway.

Despite my best intention, I am still unsure about the differences between high tea and afternoon tea. I would stick to describing this as afternoon tea set to keep true to its menu. We were told that the Lobby Lounge at Hotel InterContinental was strictly walk in only, usually with a 30-min waiting time if you arrive anytime after the 2 p.m. when the afternoon tea started to be served.

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel

A word about the lounge. Despite the slightly warmer temperature, the lounge has a lovely ambiance. The waiters bustled around us without being overly intrusive, and the sweeping view of Hong Kong (Janice sums it up well with a footnote to her post) was the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of leisurely tea. I was particularly charmed by the live band, consisting of a cello, a violin, a piano and a flue, playing not classical but easy listening pop.

It was sublime.

And now to the food. It was certainly pretty and I was excited like a child would when faced with three tiers of food!

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel

The savoury items were reasonable. I like the egg sandwiches and tuna mini burgers. The finger-thingy wrapped with parma ham with a stick of asparagus was certainly interesting too.

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel

Okay, I could not get myself too enthusiastic with these savoury items, because the accompaning the desserts were substandard. I don’t mean that it was bad, but I certainly wished it was better than it actually was. But with some of the cake slices “leaking water”, some lemon-y cream thingy being overly sour, the clotted cream tasted more like unsweetened vanilla than anything else, it was hard to keep my enthusiasm up. Though I ate my halves of everything, it was sufficient to say I do feel that my calorie quota was a tad wasted on these.

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel

The coffee was rather thick too (you are free to ask for refill) but I kinda like it that way. There were these two sides served along with the tea set. The waiter told us what this was, but I wasn’t listening. It tasted like strawberry yogurt; with its tangy, sour taste, it was a refreshing pick-me-up.

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel

The best part of the tea set? The scone. I don’t know how you like yours, but I like mine slightly crispy on the outside, moist and fluffy on the inside, with its buttery smell wafting temptingly all the time, all warm and inviting. These scones scored on all fronts. I brought some home.

Afternoon Tea at Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hotel

Verdict? The tea set didn’t live up to expectation, but the view was one to kill (and pay) for. Well, the quest for the perfect afternoon tea can be an eternal adventure.

Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hotel
18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon
2721 1211

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