Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Several years after the opening of the first Tiffany cafe in New York City, Asia gets its first version with the opening of the Tiffany Blue Box Cafe at One Peking in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Look & Feel: Sophisticated, stylish, modern – and oh so blue. You’ll find heavy lashings of Tiffany’s signature robin’s egg blue all over the cafe, from the walls to the tableware. The main space is full of steel, glass and marble, but it’s all rather tastefully done. The space is broken into two sections: a more public seating area in front and a quieter, more exclusive dining room in the back – in between, there are a few museum-like cases housing some of Tiffany’s gorgeous homeware. Holly Golightly would certainly approve of this as a safe space – it certainly feels like nothing bad could happen here.
On the Menu: Breakfast dishes, all-day dining and a decadent but not overly lavish afternoon tea, along with some Hong Kong-only items. On offer are a range of simple yet elegant dishes that seem appropriate to the Tiffany brand. For breakfast, you’ll find – very appropriately – a full New York Breakfast along with the signature Blue Box Toast and Smoked Salmond and Avocado Bagel. Lunch features items like Hamachi carpaccio, lobster salad, pan-seared seabass and roasted Spanish pork loin, all of which can be enjoyed as two or three-course menus.
Then there’s the afternoon tea which features a range of sweet and savoury treats. We loved the savouries – especially the Tuna Tartare Sandwich and the Ham & Cheese Cromesquis – and the cranberry scones (served with delectable blueberry jam) and lemon madeleines were a treat. The sweets were a little more hit-or-miss. The Strawberry Trio was a little gelatinous, the Tiffany’s Bird’s Nest was a clever homage to Hong Kong but somewhat lacking in flavor, and the Champagne Pearls was an entirely forgettable jelly.
Jeng: It appears that the Tiffany Blue Box Cafe has an affinity for the savoury – certainly these items on from the afternoon tea selection were great. We also loved the gorgeous white-and-blue crockery and silver cutlery, all of which are, of course, from Tiffany & Co.
Not So Jeng: We have yet to try the desserts, but if the sweet tray from the afternoon tea is anything to go by, then sweets are not this cafe’s strong point, especially when you consider the price point – the Tiffany Blue Box Cafe is expensive, but then perhaps no more so than you’d expect from this brand. Plus, the cafe’s setting – in the mezzanine level of One Peking – doesn’t seem wholly appropriate for a brand of this calibre.
Great For: Having your Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment, or stylish tête-a-têtes with the girls over afternoon tea.
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