We were told that 'THE" thing to do in HK is afternoon tea at the Pen. You have to queue as they do not take reservations other than for their own hotel guests. We are British so we know our afternoon tea, we have taken tea in some of the finest hotels and this is supposed to be up there with the best. Not so.
The Service was condescending and somewhat aggressive. The tea came in tiny pots and the hot water refills were grudgingly given. There were 2 each, quarter cucumber sandwiches, salmon fingers, sausage rolls and roast beef on a roll. At the most each was two bites although all were very tasty.
The scones were tasteless and not up to somewhere like the Dorchester,
The cakes were all so foul we left them.
For some reason a tiny pot of panna cotta was brought at the end and we were very grateful or it as it got rid of the taste of the cakes.
The cost was $100 CD for the two of us. There is an option to order tea for one and share it, but despite what we were told by our Chinese guide there was not enough food in that for two Westerners. The Empress, in Victoria BC, charges slightly more and is far better; but really if you want traditional afternoon tea, you need to go to London.
If you are prepared to pay $100 for an experience then go ahead, we enjoyed the experience, just not the tea.
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