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“Best high tea in HK at present- try to see beyond the reception staff”
Review of Sevva

Ranked #190 of 9,957 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Price range: $25 - $100
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Yes, this place is pretentious, yes, the reception staff are incredibly haughty but the service is actually very good once you are in , and the seating and surroundings very nice and it really has amazing views of Hong Kong right in the middle of the central district.
They do not take reservations for their 3pm high tea and you have to queue, but not a minute before 2:15pm! Perhaps this being HK, people actually accept this and there is an orderly queue for 45 minutes before they lead you to comfy seats inside the restaurant or outside on the terrace. Service staff are very courteous once you get past these hoity-toity girls at reception, but actually it's no worse than any trendy places anywhere in the world.
Once you are in your comfy seats, service is prompt and friendly and once does not feel rushed.
Now the actual food is really yummy. There is a good selection of savoury pieces as well as cake. Staff will come and refill your tea.
IMHO this is better than the Mandarin high tea ( unless you want scones and rosepetal jam -no other place does it better than the Mandarin). Otherwise Mandarin sandwiches and cakes are insipid in comparison. The Peninsula high tea is held in an echo-y foyer area and the food equally bland. The Four Seasons lounge high tea is pretty good, and they will go round with more cakes in addition to the platter one orders, but the seating area is cramped and noisy.
In summary, I go to high tea for the savouries and cakes and if the ambiance is good that's a bonus. Sevva beats everyone in town just now for the actual (high tea) food so I would be prepared to put up with the altitude which sadly is quite common for a lot of establishments in town these days.

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3  Thank yvonne06
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Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

It's a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon and decide to enjoy my first afternoon tea at Sevva! I've been to this place on various occasions to attend events in the evening!

Love the afternoon ambience! We prefer indoor seating as it's really hot in the balcony! View is spectacular and is in the heart of the city!

I'm particularly impressed by the whole wall of fresh green plants giving the space lots of positive energies!

As for food, tea set for two is good! Good mix of savories and sweets! It's HKD 580 for two including tea or coffee!

Surely a good choice on a fine day!

Thank bridgeways
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

HK is a city with countless venues to take in the breathtaking mountains, soaring sky scrapers and bustling harbor. Seeva with their mediocre terrace (a little boxed in, and nothing special by HK standards), has capitalized on showy-asians who are more interested in the exclusivity and look of the place, over the food quality and service.

When I arrived and said I had a reservation, the hostess immediately asked for my 3/4 empty water bottle to be checked in to the coat room. This set the scene for their terrible service. I refused to order any of their overpriced juices or unimaginative cocktails, and instead ordered sparkling water to share with my friends (they did not have tap water as an option). The couches are very comfortable to sit on, but not for a meal, we requested a table but since 1 additional friend turned up, they could not accommodate this. (There were empty tables for the duration we were there).

The girl who placed our order did not ask if we wanted any drinks, nor did she repeat our order for us to (important in Asia with the language barrier). So she missed the two sides we ordered. We shared a couple of salads, which were o.k. No one asked how our meal was, or if we would like a drink after our water was long gone. I had a feeling that since we ordered water, and shared some salads, that they were not interested in our custom.

They have an extensive dessert list so we all decided to try something; nothing special.

To end with a compliment, their bathrooms are well maintained and have a lovely grapefruit scent.

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1  Thank importerexporter
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Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We visited the rooftop balcony on a Friday evening and got there around 6pm. It was already very busy and we got one of the last tables.

Everything is expensive but we were there to enjoy the views. It's got a very buzzy atmosphere so a great place to start off your evening as the sun sets.

Would recommend that you add to your places to visit when in the City.

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1  Thank LuckyTim6691
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

For many years Sevva in Hong Kong has relied on the stunning views of the city and Victoria Harbour afforded from their roof-top location. Walking onto the balcony and taking in the cityscape, feeling like you could reach out and touch it, has been the hallmark of this venue. Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the magic ends.

Over the years, the service at Sevva has steadily declined. We arrived on a recent Saturday night at about 7:00 pm, in a group of six 30-something (and maybe a few a little more) year-old professionals out to celebrate a birthday. On arrival, we were shuffled past empty seating areas, towards an undersized table at the back, despite the venue being nearly empty. On asking if we could use one of these empty seats, the host advised that these were "reserved" and that the small table we were given was "the only thing they had" (again, the venue being nearly empty). When asked what time the seats were reserved for, we were told 8:30. When we asked if we could use the seats until then, we were greeted with a blunt "No." Five minutes later a couple were seated at the apparently "reserved from 8:30" seating area, which would comfortably seat eight or ten people.

Ordering drinks is a circus. One waiter told us that "he did not know how to order drinks." The next knew how to take an order, but was not at all familiar with the menu and could not answer any questions. Our first round came in dribs and drabs, taking around 15 minutes between the arrival of the first drink and the last, in an order of a half dozen drinks. On the second round, an order for a chablis was delivered as a champagne, one of the drinks forgotten and a glass of water was refused - so our friend then asked (ridiculously) for a glass of ice and a cup of hot water, both of which were delivered.

The service was rude and abrupt. The wait staff incompetent and the prices eye-watering. This used to be a classy, "must-do" venue, but the steady failure of the management to ensure that the service they deliver is consistent with the prices they wish to charge, means that we won't be back and certainly won't be recommending this venue.

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5  Thank Richard L
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