I had some free time in Hong Kong and I needed to break away from the comfort zone (i.e. Starbucks and Caffe Habitu). Thanks to a reader who sent me a list of coffee and cake places that I have to check out, I managed to end up at Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon, in the Landmark at Central, Hong Kong.

Apparently, this place is quite popular for its afternoon tea!

Nestled at one corner of 3rd floor at the Landmark shopping centre, Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon is a rather quiet and casual French patisserie, serving light lunch, sandwiches and pastries. Joël Robuchon is an acclaimed French chef with many Michelin-starred restaurants globally under his belt. On the 4th floor of the Landmark is the L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon, ranked 53rd Best Restaurant in the World last year, which is also opened at Resort World Sentosa.

The patisserie also has tables at the side of the shopping centre for those who prefer to people-watch. To dine at these “special” tables, you would need to make a reservation.

I had to take pictures of the cakes on display sneakily because they disallow photography.

Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon offers tea set menu for 2 person from 3-6pm, which is a really tantalising spread of cakes, scones or savory sandwiches. I was on my own at that time, so unfortunately, I only had room for a couple of small cakes.

The La Rose cake (HKD 42)

I wanted to order the Earl Grey Tea cake but it was not available. The La Rose cake is a good choice because it was rather light and fluffy and not cloyingly sweet. The first bite brings you the aroma of rose petals, and subsequently there is a burst of lychee flavour. The heart of the cake contains succulent lychee bits.

Le Mont Blanc (HKD35)

Once again, a delightful dessert that is just right on its sweetness level with a light and soft texture.

The interior of the Mont Blanc tart with chestnut puree, cream and chocolate mousse (if I remembered correctly). It was decent, although not as out of the world as compared to the La Rose Cake.

Coffee Frappucino (HKD62)

Because the weather was warm, I decided to order a cold drink. The Frappucino and its coffee jelly bits were calling out to me! I sorta regretted after taking a few sips because it was too heavy a beverage for someone who had consumed 2 desserts in a row.

Verdict

Definitely a must-go for people who has time for high-tea in Hong Kong. Go in a group of at least 2 so that you could order the high tea menu (offered from 3pm to 6pm), which is a decent spread for HKD315. While prices are on the higher side, the pastries were clearly made with a lot of attention to details. After all, it’s a Michelin-star chef that we are talking about!

Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon
Shop 315, The Landmark
Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2166 9088

前些日子,在香港有几小时的空档,于是决定去享受一下下午茶。之前在微薄有读者介绍许多在香港不错的咖啡座和糕点屋,当中包括由法国米其林师傅 Joël Robuchon 开办的 Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon。位于中环 Landmark 的 Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon,是一家售卖精致法国糕点的茶室。店内所摆放的蛋糕,光看卖相,足以让人垂涎三尺。实际上,我所点的 La Rose Cake 和 Le Mont Blanc 真的非常可口,而且品尝得出师傅所花费的心思与功夫。唯一美中不足的地方就是我一个人,没办法吃遍两人份的 high tea set。若你有机会的话,一定要尝试一下这里的 high tea set (HKD 315),只在每天下午3点至6点提供。

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