High tea at the Raffles was...well...uh...refer to this post. Basically, really not good. But let's try again with the Peninsula. They definitely start off on the right foot by offering a menu of teas, instead of a very generic "tea or coffee" like some places.
Now heres the really impressive thing. As many fancy places do, they have a strainer to catch stray leaves as they pour the tea. And in the spirit of cleanliness they have a small silver bowl for the strainer to rest in (pardon me if my tea tool terminology isn't quite spot on).
Now you can call me a nerd and anal, but I thought it's awesome that they position the small silver bowl in the perfect place so that should tea from teapot drip towards the table it will fall into the bowl. Now I know what you're saying, "it was just a coincidence", but it wasn't. They did it every single time they poured the tea. The drips would never fail to fall in the bowl. (someone please tell me what that bowl is called)
Awesome. But I'm the kind of guy who thinks it's great when restaurants use crumbers.
The food was good. The first tier was decent, the macaroons were good, if unexceptional. The cake roll, a good cake roll if you like cake rolls.
On the second tier the sandwiches were very good. Not as skinny and dainty as some of the finer ones I've had but very good. And the bread tasted very fresh, not at all dried out. Quiche, good.
All in all, very nice.
And the scones you ask? Well...
I think the picture says "yum".
So here's the thing. The Peninsula High Tea is far better than the Raffles (and Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong but I don't have pictures of that so...). And as far as High Teas go, I think it's very good. But keep in mind that this is a tourist attraction. If you aren't staying at the hotel, expect to stand in line for at least 30 minutes.
But if you go on a helicopter tour of Hong Kong you can actually bypass the line...
And please note that high tea is essentially banquet food wherever you go. Nothing except the tea is prepared when you order it. It's all pre made and sitting, waiting for you.
If you want High Tea in Hong Kong, go to the Peninsula, once you get through the line you can't go wrong.