‘Afternoon Tea’ on Level 13

| April 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

Experiencing ‘Afternoon Tea’ on Level 13 at Hysen Place ~ Causeway Bay Hong Kong, may seem as an unsuspecting location for such age-old tradition, typically associated with places nearer ground and in fancy Hotel lobby cafes. Welcome to ‘Le Salon’ – a French-inspired restaurant and Croissanterie that upholds the spirit of ‘afternoon tea’, enticing wary shoppers to settle in, relax, and indulge in afternoon dining.

Filled with natural daylight and views over Happy Valley, a blend of classic and contemporary décor offers its patrons a fitting surrounding to engage in afternoon tea rituals – less common nowadays where the pace of daily life is much different than in early nineteenth century Great Britain, the birthplace of ‘Afternoon Tea’.

Main Dining Hall

Le Salon Restaurant & Croissanterie

Fresh flower arrangements catch the eye upon entering the restaurant seating area – white table linen reflects the light coming in from large windows. Calming it is – high over the otherwise buzzing streets of Hong Kong. Once seated on leather-bound chairs or compfy benches, the only decision to make is what kind of ‘tea’ is fancied – then, the actual ‘tea experience’ can begin. A quick glance around the 50-seat restaurant holds proof that ‘Afternoon Tea’ is still cherished – perhaps for its sense of ‘occasion’, engaging in extended conversations with like-minded tea partners, and letting the ambience do its work to slow down the pace.

Once the much anticipated three-tiered tray of traditional savoir-faire arrives, smartphones are quick to come out and capture the display of neatly arranged Mini Burgers, Cucumber & Smoked Salmon sandwiches, Seafood Cocktail Shooters and other delights, including the restaurant’s signature chestnut-filled croissants. Perhaps these are signs of ‘memorable’ events in the making; Chefs behind the scene would be delighted to know that their creations are being sealed in digital formats, ready to be shared with ‘friends’ and other ‘social’ communities.

Afternoon Tea Set ~ Le Salon Restaurant & Croissanerie

In between sweet and savory bites, delightful conversations and resting wary shopper feet – an appreciation of ‘multi-sensory experiences’ is present – perhaps this being the real offering that restaurants have in mind, when serving ‘Afternoon Tea’. For this reason alone, it is good to see that restaurants like ‘Le Salon’ uphold what may seem fast-fading traditions, doing their part in  extending dining experiences that engage all senses, slowing down the pace – perhaps even a sense of ‘escape’ from the noise around. Bon appetite!

‘Afternoon Tea’ on Level 13

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