The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong x GODIVA Chocolatier Introduce A Journey of The Senses Afternoon Tea

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong x GODIVA create an enchanting culinary experience for chocolate and dessert lovers. The Sablés Fine Butter Biscuits Afternoon Tea will make its first stop at Café 103 of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong from October 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016, followed by six other Ritz-Carlton hotel properties across Macau and China. GODIVA’s travel-inspired Sablés butter biscuits are born out of Chef Chocolatier, Jean Apostolou’s travel expeditions across the five continents, Africa, Oceania, United States, Asia and Europe. The five beautifully crafted biscuit flavours, each reminiscent of the provenance that inspired its creation. Together with The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s distinguished chefs, Executive Chef Peter Find and Executive Pastry Chef Richard Long, and GODIVA’s Chef Chocolatier, Pacific Rim and China, Philippe Daue, they have designed an impressive afternoon tea set menu allowing guests to indulge in simple pleasures, as well as celebrating the journey of the senses.

The journey of the delectable afternoon treats are comprised of four layers, a Sablés fine butter biscuit, sponge cake, varying toppings to complement, all topped with matching garnishes to draw out the luscious flavours. Sink your teeth into the Matcha Tea Sablé, this dessert is inspired by Chef Jean’s travels to Japan, the Sablé biscuit is paired with Japanese touches, such as matcha sponge, matcha cremeux and yuzu gel, sandwiched with a light GODIVA white chocolate in between. The Almond Speculoos Sablé is a favourite – it uses European-inspired elements to concoct this lovely treat, the Sablé biscuit acts as the crispy base, topped with a moist almond sponge, garnished with creamy cheesecake and fleur de sel caramel.

For the first time, The Ritz-Carlton is working with GODIVA Chocolatier in a Regional Partnership Program for the Sablés Afternoon Tea. “We are extremely honoured to be collaborating with world class chefs from across the region including Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai Portman, Shanghai Pudong, Shenzhen and Chengdu. Teaming up with seven of The Ritz-Carlton Hotels regionally for the first time, we believe this is the start to a very fruitful relationship,” says Carmen Chiu, Marketing and Merchandising Director, Pacific Rim. Venture off to an unforgettable journey, visit Oceania with the Macadamia Ginger SabléAfrica with the Ultimate Chocolate biscuit, the United States with the fabulous Pecan Chocolate Chip biscuit, Asia with the Matcha Tea and Europe with Almond Speculoos Sablé. 

Honouring GODIVA’s Belgian heritage and tradition of fine handcraftsmanship, this experiential Sablés Afternoon Tea also includes a Three-coloured chocolate verrine and Chocolate chip scones, served with a delicious GODIVA Hazelnut hot milk chocolate. To take the afternoon tea experience to the next level, Executive Chef Peter Find of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has paired the dessert items with three delectable savoury treats. The distinct and intense flavour of black sesame and foie gras bursts through the Mini Sandwich and is soon balanced by the crisp acidity of the lemon curd, leaving a smooth and flavourful aftertaste. Mellow and airy, the slightly tangy capers cream cheese is a classic complement to home cured Scotland salmon, making every bite of Capers Bread Cube with Caviar an irresistible gem. Featuring sunflower seeds and rocket herbs, the freshly baked Waldkorn Bread with Sweetcorn and Chicken Salad is a light and refreshing afternoon treat for all health conscious gourmands.

Sablés is a European shortbread cookie, the word ‘Sablés’ means ‘sand’ in French, precisely describing its sandy texture, made with granulated sugar, flour and butter. The biscuit has a crispy, delicate yet distinctively crumbly texture, making it a perfect to enjoy on its own or with complementing combinations. The delicious biscuits are infused with complex aromas of their origin, dipped in GODIVA Belgian chocolate, allowing chocolate lovers to indulge in all five individually wrapped biscuits, for moments of spontaneous delicacy or mere escapism to enjoy the pleasures of life.

For reservations, please contact Restaurant Reservations at +852 2263 2270 or restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com

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