More than dim sum: the best desserts in Hong Kong hotels

By Gwendolyn Han,

Hong Kong, home to some of the best food in Asia and our local favourite Tim Ho Wan. But beyond the Cha Chaan Tengs we’ve uncovered some of the best desserts in Hong Kong hotels most tourists, or even hotel guests, often miss out on. From rich aromatic hot chocolate to artistic cake creations, we can’t think of a more perfect ending to your meal.

Royal Garden Fine Foods (The Royal Garden)

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We’ve seen and tried it all. Oreo, tiramisu, strawberry, New York (NYDC anyone?) cheesecake… The list goes on. But, what about green apple cheesecake? At Royal Garden Bakery, apart from flavor experimentation, chefs take things up a notch by modelling desserts after the fruit itself!

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Green Apple Cheesecake

Before getting a taste of this work of art, you’ll have to crack through the apple ‘shell’, made of a thin layer of smooth white chocolate. That’s when you’ll find multiple layers of refreshing green apple mousse, light but dense cheesecake and finally a rich, buttery graham cracker base. Just remember to snap a photo beforehand!

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Earl Grey Chocolate Cake

Phone: +852 2721 5215
Where: The Royal Garden, Lobby, 69 Mody Road (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Must-try: Green Apple Cheesecake, Earl Grey Chocolate Cake

The Peninsula Boutique (The Peninsula Hong Kong)

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If chocolate is an aphrodisiac, then we’d say the best starting point to test this theory is at Peninsula Boutique. Known for their high-quality, handmade chocolates, the boutique sells beautiful chocolate creations that come packaged in exquisite boxes perfect for gift giving.

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The Peninsula Iced Chocolate and Peninsula Traditional Rich Hot Chocolate are the hotel’s signature beverages available at The Lobby, a colonial-style international dining restaurant. These drinks are so popular that the boutique has begun selling the same chocolate powder for you to DIY at home. Chocoholics and Milo-lovers, this is definitely a must-try!

PS. Peninsula Boutique has an outlet at ION Orchard (#B1-13), but the powder isn’t stocked. Nonetheless, they still have a rather extensive selection of products worth Room5g out.

Phone: +852 26966969
Where: The Peninsula Hong Kong, 19-21 Nathan Road (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Must-try: Peninsula Iced Chocolate, Chocolate Gift Set, Mille-Feuille

Feast (EAST Hotel Hong Kong)

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When in Hong Kong, it’s almost mandatory to dim sum till you drop. But if you’re craving for a change from all that Siew Mai and Mango Pudding, perhaps a classic English afternoon tea (3pm – 5.30pm) at Feast (Food by EAST) will do the trick.

Offering a selection of freshly-made sweet and savoury items such as English scones and salmon cheese sandwiches, the tea set is ideal as a small filler between meals and for recharging your batteries. It is also located next to City Plaza so you can easily resume your shopping after the break.

Phone: +852 39683777
Where: East Hotel, 29 Taikoo Shing Rd (Taikoo)
Must-try: English Afternoon Tea

Hyatt Regency Patisserie (Hyatt Regency Hong Kong)

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A wise man once said, “I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert.” But what if we told you, you could have both? At Hyatt Regency’s Patisserie, cakes are available sugar and/or gluten-free for the health-conscious, and those on a diet.

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Sha Tin Apple Pie

Their signature item, the Sha Tin Apple Pie, is freshly baked daily using natural ingredients, such as honey from the local apiary. Finish off your dessert with magnificent views of the Tolo Sea by the Pattisserie’s sea-fronting window seats.

Phone: +852 37231234
Where: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Lobby, 18 Chak Cheung Street (Sha Tin)
Must-try: Sha Tin Apple Pie, Chocolate Shortbread, Mango Cake

Mandarin Cake Shop (Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong)

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Stepping into the hotel’s Mandarin Cake Shop is like entering a luxury goods store – except you’ll be able to afford most of the things. Here you’ll find a variety of decadent cakes, beautifully-crafted chocolates and pastries, impeccably displayed to the style of a luxury jewellery store. In fact, the cake shop has established itself as the “Cartier” of the dessert and pastry circles under the helm of Executive Chef Yves Matthews.

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American Blueberry Cheesecake

Among the shop’s top selling items are the homemade rose-petal jam and cheesecakes. If you fancy some good ol’ bread and coffee for breakfast, they also serve excellent croissants and rich aromatic coffee for you to kick start your day.

Phone: +852 28254008
Where: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road (Central)
Must-try: Rose-petal jam (S$38 for 250g), American Blueberry Cheesecake (S$74.70 for 450g) and Strawberry Layers Cake (S$8.20 per slice)