As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, I LOVE having afternoon tea in different cities around the world. While afternoon tea has sentimental meaning to me, it’s so neat to see so many different renditions of this long time tradition. Today, I’m sharing my experiences at Café Gray Deluxe in Hong Kong!
Nestled on the 49th floor of one of Hong Kong’s hottest hotels, The Upper House, Café Gray Deluxe boasts some of the city’s best panoramic views of Victoria Harbor. But first, just to touch on the hotel itself for a bit, the Upper House embodies modern luxury. Once you step into the hotel, it’s an immediate escape from the bustling streets of Hong Kong. Interestingly, the sophisticated architecture manages to still feel warm and inviting. While the ambience is very posh, the cordial staff and complimentary hot cocoa in the seating area help to make it feel more comfortable and less stuffy.
Now back to the star of the blog post – Café Gray Deluxe! Complementing the chic theme of the hotel, Café Gray Deluxe provides modern European dining. Though there are ample seats throughout the dining area, we were lucky to have reserved a corner booth to really witness the gorgeous views of the HK skyline and harbor. The natural lighting was beautiful, though a bit tricky for photographs. Needless to say, our fellow diners and we were pretty busy taking photos throughout our time there. Every aspect of the cafe was Instagram-worthy!
We came here for afternoon tea, which surprisingly is very reasonably priced! You have the option of either $295 (HKD) per person or $535 (HKD) for 2 people. In US dollars, that’s roughly about $38 or $68, respectively. Customarily, afternoon tea includes an assortment of savory and sweet bites accompanied by your choice of tea or coffee. My favorites include the foie gras coupe, golden raisin scones with homemade preserves, and the mint chocolate yoghurt pavé. For drinks, we sought a recommendation from our server and opted for their signature Café Gray tea, which has lemongrass, lemon balm, and roselle. I usually gravitate towards more traditional teas, but this was unique and delicious. Also, since we were there during the holidays, we had a choice of a small serving of mulled wine or egg nog. We couldn’t resist the egg nog, and it turned out to be one of our favorite takes on this holiday treat.
The is a bit of a side note, but the modern architecture resonates throughout the cafe… even in the restrooms. This reminded me of the restrooms at the Standard Hotel in New York City. You can wash your hands while looking through floor to ceiling windows. Oddly, you can see the sinks in the men’s restroom from the women’s side and vice versa. Toilets were private and out of view though.
Overall, we enjoyed the delicious snacks and never saw our teacups go empty. The staff was very friendly, and most importantly, we really appreciated that we were never rushed to clear the table as is often very customary in many HK establishments. Our experience here truly elevated my expectations of afternoon tea moving forward (pun intended)! Cheers!