Monday, 4 March 2013

Afternoon Tea, Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Classic Afternoon Tea, Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Malaysian and Classic Afternoon Tea Sets
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Apam Balik, Banana Fritters, Pandan Layered Cake
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Malaysian Sweets: coconut cendol jelly; red bean roulade cake; kuih lapis
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Malaysian Savouries: chicken murtabak with pickled onions;  lamb rendang pie; net crepes with chicken curry; keropok lekor with sweet chili sauce
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Finger Sandwiches: egg mayonnaise and mustard; free range corn fed chicken with celery and peanuts; smoked salmon with lemon creme fraiche
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Banana Pecan Cupcake
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Coffee
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Berry Tart
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Shangri La Flavoured Tea - pineapple, kiwi-plum aroma of the babaco fruit blends with this full bodied tea blend from  Java, Ceylon and India
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Apam Balik, Banana Fritters, Pandan Layered Cake
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Hai Shang Hong Hua Flower Tea
afternoon tea, lobby lounge, shangri la, kuala lumpur
Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Afternoon Tea, Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

The aroma of luxury is the first thing to greet my sensitive nose when I enter a Shangri-La property. A signature scent brands the hotel with a smell of opulence and tranquility. Next, warm smiles and welcomings from well-trained and classily uniformed staff come to my attention and, with the further awakening of my senses, my mind is able to take in the grandness of the lobby. Polished floors, sky-high ceilings, an abundance of fresh floral arrangements and shiny glass installations humble me with their beauty. This is the setting I choose for a peaceful and refreshing afternoon tea. 

The best place to ensconce oneself is by the floor to ceiling windows overlooking ponds, fountains and verdant lush tropical gardens. Wing and club chairs issue elegance in their soft upholstery and a comfortable place to rest. Pondside is the most popular location, so if tea with a view is your thing, be sure to reserve a spot in advance.

Mid to late afternoon is a fine time to engage in a Classic or Malaysian Afternoon Tea. The traditional three-tiered platter displays a base of sweet scones alongside clotted cream and strawberry jam. Egg, chicken and smoked salmon finger sandwiches provide a healthy break in the middle. Desserts crown the top with berries, chocolate and pecans all making a delicious appearance.

The Asian infused platter again comes in a trio of layers. The smell of curry tickles the nose as it arrives. Set atop a banana leaf, the first level will not wait. Hot chicken murtabak, lamb rendang pie, net crepes with chicken curry and keropok lekor are best eaten hot. Don’t wait too long either before consuming the banana fritter on the second plate. No prizes for guessing which item was hubby’s favourite and how much of the delicately fried fruit that I got to try (number one and none). Pandan cake and peanut pancakes completed the charger and Malaysian desserts: cendol jelly; red bean roulade and; kuih lapis wrapped up the local offerings.

The Afternoon Tea sets are served with a choice of tea or coffee. Latte, Espresso, Americano, however you want it, coffee is prepared. A fine selection of teas are for the picking, including Ronnefeldt’s Exclusive Teastar Collection. Black, green, herbal, rooibos and flavoured teas further broaden the array. Hubby requested numerous refills of the Rose Tea and I the same with the Shangri-La Tea. A blend of leaves from Java, Ceylon and India are complemented with the babaco fruit, adding rich aromas of pineapple, kiwi and plum.

For an additional RM20++ you can upgrade to a premium flower tea. Presented in a transparent glass teapot, dainty flowers open up as they brew in hot water. The Hai Shang Hong Hua Flower Tea is a fine example of this graceful invention. An unfermented combination of Marigold, Bahelor’s Button and Green Tea Leaves has enough substance to be refilled with water numerous times before losing its flavour.

Lobby Lounge’s Traditional Afternoon Tea and Malaysian Afternoon Tea is available daily from 3 – 6pm and are priced at RM55++ per set.

Reason to visit: Gorgeous green vistas viewed from the sweet smelling opulence of the lobby lounge, humble professional ‘can do’ service that Shangri-La is legendary for
Afternoon tea,
Map to Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Lobby Lounge
Shangri-La Hotel
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2074 3900
restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com

6 comments:

  1. malaysian style afternoon tea! :) the coffee should have initial M instead of S! ;))

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  2. oooo, a lot of unexpected malaysian temptations on this spread! it's patriotically pretty pleasurable to see murtabak take its place on the tea table alongside cucumber sandwiches :D

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    1. It sure is a treat and nice to have some different options too. :-)

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  3. The place is paradise on earth, especially with the verdant green backdrop. Just the place for a soothing laid back afternoon tea with a few buddies. I can do with all the offerings, and the local set is just ...what shall I say, tea for the noon, indeed!

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    1. The place really is magical. There's something about the tropics that just makes you feel alive.

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  4. Looks like many places are now hopping into the bandwagon of afternoon teas:D

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