The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and Café 103 are ready to welcome Chinese New Year. To start the Year of the Rooster celebrations, they just introduced the delectable Chocolate Mandarine Afternoon Tea, available from January 3 to February 28, 2017. Mandarin orange is considered an auspicious fruit and they often serve it during Chinese New Year, expressing wishes of fortune and prosperity in the coming year. The mouthwatering menu includes orange flavor infused sweet and savory delights.
Executive Pastry Chef Richard Long said, “The intense yet refreshing tanginess of mandarin brightens the silky sweet chocolate. This special afternoon tea is set to showcase the versatility of these two lovingly paired ingredients.”
Some of the items on the menu include – the “Jivara” Mandarine Verrine bursting in with flavors from soft mandarin gelée, Joconde cake, milk chocolate cream, airy Nutella cream and fresh mandarin confit all beautifully layered in a glass. The there is the buttery pastry shell of Mandarine Caramel Nut Tart houses caramelized pecan nuts and walnuts and is filled with rich mandarin curd. Smooth and light chocolate cream delicately lies on top of this hearty dessert to further enrich the contrast in texture.
There are more to indulge. The Mandarine Coconut Sphere is a hollow chocolate half-ball plating up creamy coconut mousse and fruity mandarin cream at the core and topped with slightly chewy mandarin marshmallow. Adorned with delectable hazelnut cream on top, the soft and moist Gianduja Financier is dipped in chocolate and almond bits to take sweet indulgence to the next level.
Unlike the traditional canelé with a thick caramelized crust on the outside, Chef Richard’s very own version of Mandarine Chocolate Canelé is a dense and springy chocolate-flavored pastry lifted up with fruity mandarin confit filling. Served at the end of the afternoon tea experience, Mandarine Chocolate Ice Cream first awakens the senses with fizzy pop rocks on top, then pampers palates with alternating layers of mandarin ice cream, chocolate sauce, and mandarin curd.
The Chocolate Mandarine Afternoon Tea is served with a collection of teas and coffees. You can request Champagne – for an additional charge. Tea is served between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at the Café 103. There are three different levels of pricing – Monday to Friday HK$378 for one/HK$618 for two. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays – HK$398 for one/HK$638 for two. During the busiest time between January 28 and 31, 2017 it is HK$408 for one/HK$648 for two. For reservations call (852) 2263 2270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Ritz-Carlton, HK