Revamped Afternoon Tea at The Envoy
The Envoy brings day drinking to new heights with its revamped afternoon tea experience, featuring an all-new 3-tier set with various add-on options for drinks. This gorgeous little hideaway on the second floor of The Pottinger is Hong Kong's best kept secret no longer, as its quirky, innovative and eye-catching cocktails have already made rounds in the social media sphere. But did you know that The Envoy does a lot more than cocktails? The lesser-known and recently revamped afternoon tea set is wholesome, unique, and made even better paired with The Envoy's famous cocktails. A definite must-visit for those who love high tea as much as I do (or who simply need a classy excuse to day drink).
Available on weekends only from 3pm-5:30pm, the afternoon tea set for 2 is priced at HK$398. A scones board is also available at HK$198. Add on a cocktail for HK$98, a special iced tea for HK$38, Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne for HK$128, or Rosé for HK$158. FYI, the tea sets already come with a complimentary Dilmah T-series tea, which has 8 flavours you can choose from. Read on for details on the full experience.
"Special Iced Tea", with delicious hints of strawberry and rose. Non-alcoholic. This was the perfect thirst-quencher after running around the boiling hot city in heels. Probably one of the best iced teas I've had in a while!
A tower of cute mini food is literally all I ask for in life. The top tier consists of Chinese Tea Deviled Egg (my favourite of the bunch!), and Earl Grey-cured Salmon on Filo Pastry. The middle tier featured heartier bites, including Avocado & Fried Prawn Croissant, and an interesting Cucumber Sandwich with Elderflower Cream Cheese & Dill. The bottom tier had Pandan Kaya Mascarpone Victoria Sponge Cake, Masala Chai Tea Panna Cotta (YES), Coffee Choux and Blueberry & Pomegranate Tea Macaron. Scones included blueberry as well as bacon/potato, paired with house-made blueberry jam, orange jam and clotted cream. Despite the oddly crunchy texture of the scones, I loved the addictive savoury flavours of the bacon one.
The grand arrival of our cocktails. From left to right: Dinosaur (vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, milk, Milo ice-ball, and Milo powder); Moon Song (Absolut vodka, strong Hong Kong red tea, evaporated milk, and simple syrup topped with cold coffee mousse), Dewdrops of the Heart (redistilled Pandan vodka, green tea, Jasmine double-strength tea, homemade & carbonated pandan syrup), Early Bird (Snow Leopard vodka, pineapple juice, passionfruit purée, lemon juice, French vanilla syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters), and My Neighbour To-Taro (Myer's dark rum, homemade taro purée, coconut milk, milk, syrup & coffee). Not a single complaint here!
There's a story behind each signature cocktail at The Envoy, and Moon Song is supposed to be a fresh take on the "Ying Yang" drink normally served at local cha chaan tengs. It tasted almost completely like a milkshake as the vodka was minimal - explaining why I probably enjoyed it so much.
Mon - Thur: 12:00pm - 1:00am
Fri - Sat: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Address: 3/F The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong