Jean-Paul Hevin from France does not need much introduction. He operates shops in Paris, Tokyo and also Hong Kong, and Jean-Paul does not shy away from having received so many 1st Prize awards as a Top Chocolatier for more than a decade. This time we were invited to try out the newest Afternoon Tea Set, which is served only at Hong Kong’s Lyndhurst Terrace outlet.
Hot Chocolate with Mango – $60
Not included within the Afternoon tea set and costs extra. I didn’t really understand this policy, I think it should be included in the price? The taste of this chocolate was actually really balanced, it was also thicker than all of my previous Jean-Paul Hevin experiences in Hong Kong. Not this version, which was more European-like and viscous. ~ 8/10
Voyage de Printemps Afternoon Tea – $368 for 2 People
It comes with a selection of JPH Chocolates, Jams, Macarons, and a 2nd layer of Savory items.
Mediants, Orangettes, Macarons -
The chocolate and macaron bits were excellent and up-to usual Paris standards as expected. The macarons were probably more crumbly but expected in HK context. ~ 8/10
Fruit Cake -
This was my favourite item within the Tea Set. Buttery, crumbly, moist, filled with fruits. Yet, I can’t help but notice the absence of a previous Chocolate layered cake which was in the Tea set before. ~ 8/10
Prawns and Mango Salsa, Smoked Salmon & Avocado Sandwich -
The prawn was a little too small and dry, the mango salsa beneath was more convincing. The salmon sandwich to me could do with more salmon and even avocado, it was a bit too tight on portioning. ~ 6/10
Soft boiled Egg -
This is cooked well and such a French brunch dish. ~ 7/10
Alain Milliat Juice -
1 Bottle for every 2 Persons Tea Set to share. I think this was not being generous enough. I mean the above-mentioned Hot Chocolate was already being charged separately for $60 each cup. And here we only have 1 bottle of juice to share between 2 people??? I know these French imported juices are expensive but when other places are serving free Sparkling Wines and unlimited Teas or Coffee, this policy sounded a bit rigid..
The Afternoon Tea was half and half for me -
The Chocolate and Sweet items were better, though there wasn’t much of it. The savory items on the other hand were more ordinary, and overall the portioning size can be improved upon to justify the $368 price tag for two. Especially when no teas or coffees nor any Hot Chocolates are included in the final price, although you get 1 bottle of French juice as a compromise.
Price: $368 + $60 + 10% Per Person (Meal was by Invitation by Jean-Paul Hevin, Hong Kong)
Food: ♕♕♕ 1/2
No. 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Ph: 2851 0633