Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Lounge of Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong launched the Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea last November of 2016, and when I heard about this new afternoon tea set being offered at the hotel's Lobby Lounge, I made a mental note that I should try this during my trip to Hong Kong.

Fast forward to March 2017, I was finally here at Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong and very eager to try this latest craze on this side of Hong Kong. When my mom and I arrived at the Lobby Lounge, we were amazed that the whole place was packed with aunties (titas) and millennials. So my first tip is that you make advance reservation prior your visit.

Right after placing our order for the Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea, our welcome mocktail and amuse-bouche were immediately served. During our visit, smoked salmon was served as the amuse-bouche.

In addition to coffee, green tea and black tea selection, guests can also choose among the various flavors of fruit teas and flower teas. My mom chose the rose tea while I had my usual earl grey.

The Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea is a four-tier afternoon set which is available in two menus: the Chinese Afternoon Tea Set and the European Afternoon Tea Set. During our visit, we opted for the European menu. It is called as such because of its unique presentation wherein the four-tier set is served in a golden birdcage hanging either from the ceiling or on a stand.

Tier I - The Introduction | Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea
Lobby Lounge at Kownloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

The first tier is called The Introduction which presents sumptuous appetizers such as the Oak Salmon with Cream Cheese Sandwich and the Prawn Salad Sandwich with Truffle Caviar.

Tier II - Hot Signature | Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea
Lobby Lounge at Kownloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

The second tier is called the Hot Signature which showcases the best savory delights created by the hotel's native European Executive Chef Alexandre Buytaert and Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung. The European menu features the Caponata and Smoked Beef Terrine with Pesto and Ricotta and the Foie Gras Parfait on Almond Crisp.

Tier III - Modern Classics | Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea
Lobby Lounge at Kownloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

The third tier is called the Modern Classics highlighting traditional and classic pastries given a modern twist. Such is the case with the Blueberry Cheese Tart with Elderberry Syrup Infusion and the Chocolate Praline Cake.

Tier IV - Sweet Ending | Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea
Lobby Lounge at Kownloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

The fourth and last tier is called the Sweet Ending which features some of the hotel's best selling desserts including the Raspberry Macaroon and the Tiramisu in Wafer Tartlet.

The Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea does not stop there. In addition to the already extensive line-up of afternoon tea delights, guests are also served with a platter of assorted tropical fruits and warm homemade scones and jams.

By the time we were finishing off with our scones, we were already full and almost forgot about the silver tree filled with heavenly chocolate pralines.

The Birdie Paradise Afternoon Tea is available at HK$488 for two persons and HK$288 for one person, from Monday to Friday, except public holidays, between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. All prices are subject to a 10% service charge. The afternoon tea set is limited to a maximum of 30 guests per weekday, so make sure you book your table in advance.

Main Lobby | Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

Lobby Lounge (Book a Table)
Lobby Level, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: (852) 2733 8740

How to Get There

Coming from the airport, take the Airport Express and alight at the Kowloon Station. From there, you can take the free shuttle (look for shuttle K3) that will take you directly to Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong. If you are coming from Hong Kong Island side, I don't recommend taking a taxi going to Kowloon. Instead, take the train and alight at the Tsim Sha Tsui or Tsim Sha Tsui East station. From the station, you can just walk towards the hotel. If you are already in Kowloon, you can either take the train or taxi which ever is more convenient for you.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your article, writing in 2021 remembering having this on holiday in Hong-Kong from the UK in Dec 2016 as a belated 50th birthday celebration, it was a wow and being of Chinese descent it had to be the Hong-Kong version for us and it contained a taster from their Michelin star'd Shang Palace restaurant which our spending budget didn't allow for. A sushi rectangle of delicate white fish (likely seabass, can't recall) with a chrysanthemum flower set in a yellow, clear, delicate, chrysanthemum jelly which was a perfect pairing as each taste was discernible without overtaking the other, perfect flavour balance, very impressed. I spoke with the then resident hotel manager and he told me they'd come up with the idea, had the birdcage cake tiers manufactured in the mainland & also the souvenir cages hung from the chocolates stand which you could take home with you. Unfortunately the welding on mine was poor but we still have one. Inspired by this I went to IKEA, bought some of their perfect faux orchids and attached them to the Chinese birdcage I have and placed a Digibird toy inside it, for that authentic memory of both the afternoon tea but also the Bird market. I still talk about that afternoon tea now. It's a pride both Hong-Kong and Singapore have from colony days, a valued and taken to an art form, level of afternoon tea. At equivalent of £50 per couple whereas in England a high-end hotel afternoon tea in London would be at least that per person, it was such good value - as well as outclassed any afternoon tea I've ever had back home. I once experienced a dreadful tasting scone in an actual teashop and had to wipe it away with a serviette and speak with the staff. They had microwaved a frozen scone, it was not fresh and out of the oven that day, it tasted foul. And the same place did lemon tea by using a slice of lemon from a jar of pickled half lemon slices I've never had in my entire life (but think they're designed for use in a cocktail bar). Cue me sending that back too. I couldn't afford Tea at the Ritz, nor want to be shoved out after an hour and all the while a queue is forming for your table for the next seating session. So Shangri-La's 30 maximum per week allows for demand, consistent care and intricacy, and lets the customer have an experience far more memorable than it's cost. Well done Kowloon Shangri-La, you're a class act! Still remember our Birdcage Paradise Afternoon Tea five years later and if we win the lottery, we're headed straight back for one. But alas, new mortgage, so took the holiday first as unlikely to be back in quite some time if not forever, so very glad of this tasty memory. Regards and glad you enjoyed yours too!