The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and French gourmet chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin are teaming up for an afternoon tea tribute to the 2014 World Cup with a South American-themed twinning of savouries and sweet treats at the hotel’s Café 103 from June 1 to July 31.
The gourmet journey for chocolate lovers partners one of France’s most celebrated chocolatiers with The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s Executive Pastry Chef Richard Long for the ‘Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Afternoon Tea Set’, priced HK$318 for one and HK$538 for two on weekdays and HK$338/HK$558 over weekends and public holidays, including Father’s Day.
On the menu crafted with a South American twist, Chef Richard Long presents savouries of duck foie gras pate mini puff with Cuba cocoa nibs, smoked salmon marinated with vanilla cocoa oil on rye bread, Brazilian coffee bread sandwich with seafood and dill cream, and truffle egg mayonnaise on brown bread.
Renowned French chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin meanwhile presents a unique selection using some of the world’s most exceptional and refined cocoa beans from South America. His sweet creations, never presented in Hong Kong before, features: crusty chocolate tart, melt-in-your-mouth orange-flavoured Madeleine pastry, the traditional French pastry La Religieuse filled with cream and topped with chocolate, Brazilian chocolate bonbon in honour of the World Cup hosts, Peruvian ‘piura’ chocolate macaroon, “Macae” strawberry pepper verrine – and coffee hot chocolate combining both of Brazil’s most noble ingredients.
For this special promotion, Mr. Hévin brings a special Brazilian twist to the two French pastries – Madeleine and Religieuse – with the Madeleine flavoured with orange, Brazil’s most popular fruit, and the Religieuse made with the finest South American cocoa.
Macaron Piura chocolate ganache is meanwhile made with cocoa beans from Piura, the birthplace of white cacao from northern Peru, with a distinctive flavour of freshly roasted hazelnuts and red berries with soft acidity that leaves a lingering, generous taste of dark chocolate on the palate.
“At Cafe 103, we are very loyal to chocolate. We only use best quality chocolates for our renowned afternoon tea. Each item in this tea set is created with an element of one of the origins of chocolate—South America—in mind, creating a set of unique southern flavours for chocoholics,” said Chef Richard Long.
“I visit South American cocoa plantations almost every summer sourcing finest cocoa beans, and this collaboration showcases the finest fruits of my journeys with an extraordinary afternoon tea voyage,” said Mr Hévin.
The price includes tea, coffee or signature hot chocolate – and the winning combination can be celebrated with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for an additional HK$220 or sparkling Moscato d’Asti la Spinetta for an extra HK$140.
The ‘Jean-Paul Hévin Chocolate Afternoon Tea Set’ is served daily at Café 103, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, throughout June and July from 3:30p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Reservations are at (852) 2263 2270 or email [email protected]
The price is subject to 10% service charge.