Now it’s not often that you’ll hear ‘afternoon tea’ and ‘family-friendly’ in the same sentence – bone china and delicate pastries do not a relaxed mama make! But Hong Kong stalwarts Cafe Deco have managed to achieve just that with a revamped Saturday afternoon tea buffet at their Peak location.
Featuring a recently refurbished kids play area for the tots, and a yummy buffet with a free-flow bubbly option for the adults, this is definitely one to add to the roll call for when visitors are in town, as the fab location makes it easy to tick off tea and that view in one fell swoop. Sadly, the famous Peak whiteout was in full force the day we were there, so plan for a clear forecast and book ahead!
The buffet format makes for an easy option if you’re in a group as there’s something to please everyone. The chicken satay sticks were ridiculously good, and my 20-month-old son couldn’t get enough of the roast pork mini-sandwiches and tiny burgers. But let’s skip to the important stuff. If, like me, you are all about the sweets, this buffet won’t disappoint. There are small scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, teeny trifles, mini macarons and the cutest cupcakes around – all in toddler-friendly sizes (or mama-sized when consumed in multiples!) There’s also a good selection of healthier stuff here – sushi, open sandwiches and fruit galore, so you needn’t worry about a sugar-rush meltdown blighting your day.
The star turn is the kids play area, which is a great size and well stocked with toys and books. It took quite some persuasion (using cupcakes as bait) to tear my boy away from the games on offer, and he had plenty of willing playmates to wrestle share toys with. To be fair to Café Deco, they could have easily squeezed an extra 2-3 tables in this space, so all credit to them for resisting the temptation to shoehorn in extra paying customers and for giving the kids a place to let loose while parents enjoy their meal.
Both are teeny things and may sound picky to some, but open sandwiches are not great for small fingers to eat, and we ended up with a fair amount of egg mayo smeared around the place. I would prefer to see a sandwich filling… err… sandwiched for less mess when feeding little ones.
A personal gripe was the fact that the only baby change is located inside the (very clean) ladies bathrooms, giving dads no option to help out. Many places seem to believe that only women change nappies, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s about time this outdated idea is challenged! Another point to note is that toilets are situated upstairs, which wasn’t an issue for us, but may be inconvenient for some.
Yep, super-duper easy. Take the outside lift from street level all the way up to the restaurant.
Again, full marks. There are both highchairs for young children, and booster seats for older toddlers. Most importantly, they were pristine, so no wet-wipe swipe needed here.
Yep, and plenty of it, too. If there’s nothing to appeal on the buffet (and we seriously doubt that!) then there’s a full mini-menu on offer.
Afternoon tea available every Saturday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. $188 for adults (add $80 for free-flow bubbly) and $98 for kids aged between 3 and 11 years old.