|Afternoon Tea Stand|
|Open Concept at Salon de The de Joel Robuchon|
|Pastry Cases at Salone de The de Joel Robuchon|
|Staub Teapots at Salon de The de Joel Robuchon|
Of all of the afternoon teas we had had thus far, they had the most comfortable furnishings. Although the red chairs were deep and cushioned, they were not so ridiculously deep that you couldn’t scoot up to the table and we could reach the food without straining. Nor was the cushioning excessive that you felt like you were not getting any support from the chair.
La Salon de The de Joel Robuchon definitely had the most unique looking teapots, as they were square cast iron teapots that came in either red or black, made by Staub. The downside to these very sturdy teapots was they were very difficult to lift and to pour. Their afternoon tea stand was also most unique, with all the food presented on a tiered, black, half circle stand instead of the usual three tiered display made of silver or metal with plates inside.
Their sandwich offerings consisted of salmon, lobster and mango, eggplant, truffle, and a cheese croissant. The salmon was very light, and had a delicate salmon taste to it, while the lobster and mango was mildly sweet and although were two flavors I’d never consider putting together normally worked to compliment each other perfectly. The eggplant sandwich on the other hand didn’t taste like much at all, and would have been difficult to identify had we not known what it was. The truffle sandwich was my favorite, with a fragrant and distinctly truffle smell, and a definitively earthy taste to it. Lastly the cheese croissant was flaky and light, with just a hint of cheese, enough to satisfy but not overwhelm.
The scones were unfortunately not the stars of the show, although they should have been. I found the scones were a bit on the dry side, but the clotted cream was the best that we had eaten in Hong Kong as it was rich and creamy. But like every other afternoon tea we had been to in Hong Kong, they were chintzy with both the clotted cream and the jam, and we had to ask for more in order to have enough for all four scones. The additional clotted cream took longer than it should have to arrive at our table, as we asked for it while we were eating the scones, but had not received it until well after we finished all of our desserts.
We only wished that there had been two of each sandwich, instead of one small slice that we had to share, as some items were easier to share than others. It also meant the overall serving size of the afternoon tea was significantly smaller than others we had experienced in Hong Kong, leaving us a bit peckish afterwards. It was however the cheapest tea, with the most consistent good tasting food. With such a reasonable price, as long as you don’t go in expecting a full meal, their afternoon tea will satisfy you.
Salon de The de Joel Robuchon
2045A, Podium Level 2, ifc Mall