The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Lancome afternoon tea @ LE SALON DE THÉ de Joël Robuchon (Elements), Hong Kong

This is going back a couple of months ago, when Lancome collaborated with Robuchon to celebrate the beauty brand's 80th anniversary. Hubby and I decided to go for an afternoon tea date as a change from our brunch dates, and LE SALON DE THÉ was an easy choice since we love Robuchon and it is so close by. We didn't know that there would be a special afternoon tea, but it didn't really bother us much. We'd tried the tea salon's afternoon tea a couple of years ago and had enjoyed it, so we knew that whatever was served would be delicious. We also received a box each containing sample-sizes of Lancome's Absolue skincare products and Tresor Midnight Rose perfume (bonus for me because hubby didn't care too much for the gift box). Photos are taken from phone camera, so quality is not the best, but it's better than nothing!

Coffee and tea is included with the afternoon tea set, but I opted for the delicious hot Chocolate made with Valrhona 66%. There are the Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam (rose-flavoured) in the background to go with the delicious scones that was served later:

Presentation was beautiful, and each item was exquisitely made and very flavourful. The afternoon tea set for two (HK$498) had a pink theme, as inspired by the Lancome rose. The homemade scones took up the top tier, and though they are the simplest, they are my all-time favourites at afternoon tea. The second tier was filled with the savouries: from left - mini croissants, Scottish smoked salmon with caviar, French green bean with smoked duck breast, squid ink toasts with sardine tartare, foie gras and berries jelly, and crab meat rolls with piquillos. Hubby and I agreed that the most outstanding item was the crab meat rolls - I never thought that pepper could have such lovely flavours. The bottom tier contained the sweet pastries: from left - macaron apple, chocolate hazelnut brownie, white chocolate raspberry ball, raspberry lipstick, cassis mousse, orange chocolate sticks, and rose and almond madeleines.

The shiny gift box that we were presented with at the end of our afternoon tea:

Once again, an excellent afternoon tea by LE SALON DE THÉ.

[Price quoted above does not include the 10% service charge.]

LE SALON DE THÉ de Joël Robuchon
Shop 1020B,
1st Floor Elements
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2351 6678

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