Inagiku – Japanese Afternoon Tea Set

。稻菊日本餐廳 – 日式下午茶。

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最近友人們一直發放稻菊的日式下午茶資料,越看越想食。這天突如其來的運氣,感澈友人的訂位,讓我們一同趕上十一月的尾班車。稻菊的環境並不陌生,落地玻璃,望著維港景色,這天雖然天矇矇,但仍是很光亮。下午茶已預先設定餐點,所以只要選好飲品便可上菜。

Friends have recently posted a lot information about the afternoon tea set at Inagiku at Four Seasons Hotel. Made me so eager to try the afternoon tea set. So lucky that my friend reserved a nice table for us at the end of November. Inagiku is always a nice and elegant place to have great Japaneses food. Floor-to-ceiling glass, great view of Victoria Harbour, what a great place! The  afternoon tea set menu is set so we only need to order the drink and the server got our food ready to be served.

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侍者甫上菜,看到賣相如此精美,不禁讚嘆。鹹點共有5款,秋季壽司卷物,用上了三文魚籽海膽卷。海膽非常鮮美,一口食下,甘香得很。
Couldn’t stop myself smiling at the dish while the server brought us such a beautiful platter of all the savory items. There are 5 types of savory/sushi items on the platter. Sushi roll with salmon roe and uni  was such a fresh and delicious one in bite size.

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秋季壽司卷物 Autumn Sushi Roll

胡麻豆腐伴鮭魚籽,賣相可愛,胡麻豆腐在口中慢慢溶化,配上鮭魚籽的鹹味,非常適合。
Sesame bean curd with salmon roe had a very delicate presentation. The sesame bean curd was so much richer than the normal bean curd. Pairing with salmon curd, it got the balance of the taste.

胡麻豆腐伴鮭魚籽 Sesame Bean Curd with Salmon Roe
胡麻豆腐伴鮭魚籽
Sesame Bean Curd with Salmon Roe

明太子魷魚天扶良,有可愛黃花伴碟,十分雅緻,口感少許煙韌,明太子的微辛會在口裡慢慢延伸,有驚喜之作。
Squid Tempura rolled with spicy cod fish roe. It looked so decent with the yellow flower on it. Slightly chewy and spicy because of the cod fish roe. I was quite surprised with the combination, but it tasted very good.

明太子魷魚天扶良 Squid Tempura Rolled with Spicy Cod Fish Roe
明太子魷魚天扶良
Squid Tempura Rolled with Spicy Cod Fish Roe

日式梅子煮秋刀魚,用紅葉蓋著,配合其顏色。秋刀魚煮得非常入味,梅子味滲透,讓人食過回味,不喜歡食魚的友人也大讚。
Simmered Pacific Saury with plum in Japanese style. Covered with a maple, it added the characteristics of Autumn and classic style. The saury absorbed the taste of plum and was so tender. You would want another one after this, even my friend who doesn’t like fish also praised this.

日式梅子煮秋刀魚 Simmered Pacific Saury with plum in Japanese Style
日式梅子煮秋刀魚
Simmered Pacific Saury with plum in Japanese Style

燒沙甸魚和鱈魚乾絕對是佐酒佳品,但是日只點了茶,將之當小吃,鹹香鮮美,也相當不錯。
Grilled dried sardine and cod fish would be a very good partner with beer/wine, though we ordered coffee and tea. It was a pretty good snack for relaxing. Slightly salty but fresh.

燒沙甸魚和鱈魚乾 Grilled Dried Sardine and Cod Fish
燒沙甸魚和鱈魚乾
Grilled Dried Sardine and Cod Fish

甜點相當令人期待,全因甜品師Rachel的卷物屢獲好評。賣相美侖美奐,紅豆抹茶卷不論食味或賣相亦十分出色。抹茶味出眾,紅豆清甜,與抹茶卷平衡得很好,非常出色的配搭。食了一卷仍然回味。
Have looked forward to the desserts since chef Rachel is well known of the signature roll. For sure, the green tea roll with red bean paste was very nice not only on the taste but also the presentation. The flavour of green tea is light but sustainable. The light sweetness of red bean paste was so  balanced with the green tea.

紅豆抹茶卷 Green Tea Roll with Red Bean Paste
紅豆抹茶卷
Green Tea Roll with Red Bean Paste

士多啤梨海綿蛋糕,士多啤梨一直是女士至愛,配上香滑的忌廉,清新鮮甜的味道充斥口腔,是很討喜的一道甜點。
Strawberry sponge cake may be the favourite of most of the female diners. The soft texture with the smooth cream to pair with. Lightly sweet and the raspberry and blackberry just made it taste even fresher.

士多啤梨海綿蛋糕 Strawberry Sponge Cake
士多啤梨海綿蛋糕
Strawberry Sponge Cake

豆腐焦糖布甸又香又滑,加了點點焦糖,入口即溶的感覺,真讓人忍不住食光,還想再多叫一杯。
Tofu caramel pudding with a layer of caramel in the middle was smooth and with melt-in-your-mouth texture. You may not be able to stop eating it.

豆腐焦糖布甸 Tofu Caramel Pudding
豆腐焦糖布甸
Tofu Caramel Pudding

日式藍莓芝士蛋糕,芝士蛋糕不是我喜愛的甜品,但試了一口,不是濃郁的芝士味,而是輕輕的,非常容易讓人接受。再將蛋糕上的忌廉和下面的蛋糕一起食,就更完美了。
Blueberry cheese cake was never been on my dessert list. The lightness of this cake somehow gave me a better impression about it. Eat the cream and blueberry together with the cake to make it perfect.

日式藍莓芝士蛋糕 Blueberry Cheese Cake
日式藍莓芝士蛋糕
Blueberry Cheese Cake

最後不得不提的是蝴蝶酥和曲奇。一向都很喜歡帝苑出品的蝴蝶酥,酥脆得很,這次又再食到真的很高興。而杏仁和芝麻曲奇非常香口,特別喜歡杏仁曲奇,淡淡的牛油味,而不厚重,總讓人不自覺想多食一塊。
Last but not least, the unforgettable butterfly cookie and homemade cookies. I  adore the butterfly cookies from Royal Garden and it was nice to be able to enjoy it again. The almond homemade cookies was crispy with a light buttery flavor. You may want another bite after this.

手話脆曲奇及帝苑蝴蝶酥 Homemade Cookies and the Royal Garden Butterfly Cookie
手話脆曲奇及帝苑蝴蝶酥
Homemade Cookies and the Royal Garden Butterfly Cookie

這次日式下午茶價錢十分相宜,$498/二人同行,包一杯飲品。如想加料飲香檳,只要$798。絕對值得再來。
High tea set only costs HK$498/two, with coffee/tea. If you would like to enjoy a glass of champagne, $798 for two will be charge. Will definitely return.

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Inagiku Japanese Restaurant
Address: Podium 4, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central
Opening Hours: 11.30-15.00, 18.00-23.00

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