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“One of the best afternoon tea experiences, possibly for anyone”

The Lobby at the Peninsula Hong Kong
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Ranked #37 of 9,957 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $38 - $64
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Tsim Sha Tsui
Description: There is nothing more quintessentially iconic of Hong Kong than experiencing the acclaimed Peninsula Classic Afternoon Tea. Served daily in The Lobby, which has long been recognised as one of the most elegant meeting places in Hong Kong, this revered tradition is accompanied by The Lobby Strings, playing live daily. An a la carte menu showcasing authentic Continental and Southeast Asian delights is served throughout the day.
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Good
- Beautiful lobby with lots of high-end shops to browse through while you wait while the rest of your party wait in the line, unless you're by yourself.
- Good value for what you get. It's not cheap but it's also not expensive for the tea service, the live band, and the whole experience, comparing to what you get for the same price in other parts of the world (e.g. I'm comparing to New York, London, Bermuda, and some other less-expensive spots)

The Excellent
- The tea/coffee selection and the option to order 2 afternoon tea services although there were 3 of us; we weren't sure if this would be ok, but the person who took our order even mentioned that was a good idea and had no issues with it (also an option for those who want to save a little bit)
- The 4- or 5-piece string band who were all wearing white gloves the afternoon we visited, and who are perched on a balcony above you so you can glance at them whenever you like
- The service - refilling your beverage at just the right time, not rushing you through or taking too long...absolute perfection

The Not-so-good
- The wait, which was over an hour to get a table (for 3); I've seen other reviews of reserving a table so would look into this next time. With our schedule, we couldn't quite plan it and went to Hong Kong planning to go there for tea but just not sure of the day/time. Still, the view and shopping did well to take the time away
- Very large seating area so it's possible there could have been 1 or 2 tables at the end where noise from people waiting or shoppers might have been a factor, but not sure, as our table was in a gret spot

Reading about what to do in Hong Kong, this seemed like a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and its other attractions. Yes, it also had a slight air of being touristy but after experiencing it, you could tell it wasn't meant that way. I think if I lived there, I would honestly probably do it maybe once every two months or so.

- You are provided with a pot of hot water to keep your tea from getting too strong or bitter
- You are offered different types of coffee as well as tea if that's what you fancy
- The sandwiches are decadent and made with fresh soft bread
- The desserts are sweet, sticky, colourful, and delicious!
- Service staff are helpful, friendly, courteous, patient, and responsive -- so whatever they are doing to train their staff on customer service is right!
- No real reason in my opinion for not giving this experience the full 5/5

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    • Food
Thank Carol8131111
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience taking High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel. You will have to skip dinner because the finger sandwiches, scones (with clotted cream and jam!), and petite fours will fill you up! I recommend their Peninsula afternoon tea as well, it was smooth and perfect.

Thank Leilani L
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Make sure you book a table before. This place it's extremly hard to get a table for their famous famous famous famous afternoon tea. No joking or kidding. It's one of the MUST place you need to go in Hong Kong. Once in a life time. Pick up your phone and call now

Thank SPG Platinum W
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We went in for a look.. attracted by a big band playing 1930's classics. The decor is opulent and reminiscent of British traditions. While elegant afternoon tea was served, a team of professional ball room dancers circled the floor to classic music. We had to order to soak up the atmosphere. A special treat!

1  Thank Ruth A
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

You can't book for this, so be prepared to wait. Starts at 2pm so don't walk in at 2.30pm expecting a short wait - you have to wait for someone to finish and believe me, this is not an afternoon tea that you want to rush! Lovely pastries, cakes, etc. It's a "novelty" repast but great fun - don't take it too seriously! There was a string quartet playing whilst we were taking tea and it made us feel a little like we were on Titanic. Almost wanted to shout out "Iceberg!". Great fun, great experience!

1  Thank branxLondon
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