Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
The Entrance to Miss Ellie Tea House

Miss Ellie Tea House, New Menu

Words by Sarah Jones
Photos by The Yum List (Monica Tindall)

Miss Ellie Tea House, a favorite stop for moist desserts, homemade scones, and delicate pastries, has a new menu featuring a range of healthy and hearty dishes served all day.

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
This is Miss Ellie
When you walk into the charming, family run tea house you will be quickly greeted with a warm smile and a friendly welcome. The personal touches range from the unique decor framing the cozy tables to a chance to chat with the owners, Nancy and Justin, a dynamic mom and son team. 

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Chef Justin and His Mum Nancy
As the head chef, one of Justin’s primary goals is to create flavorful, balanced dishes made with fresh in-house ingredients. Their expanded menu reflects this with new items such as: roast mushroom soup, tea-smoked salmon salad, spaghetti pesto basilica, spaghetti METHtriciana, lamb shank pot pie, tikka shepherd's pie, and of course their daily sampling of scones, cakes, pastries, and bread. No matter what you are in the mood for, Miss Ellie Tea House serves up a range of coffees, teas, hot chocolates (which are to die for, but more on this later), and fresh lemonade all to be paired with your favorite bites to eat.


Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Miss Ellie Tea House
Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Justin's Mum is Responsible for the Interior Design
For starters, Justin brought out the roast mushroom soup paired with the tea-smoked salmon salad. The button, shiitake, king oyster, and shimeji mushrooms are all roasted first before pureeing them. (Note: This is actually a dairy free soup. Cream is added for garnish. It can be requested without.) The hearty and flavorful soup is served with a homemade roll; excellent for dipping and wiping the bowl clean! Justin cures and smokes the fresh Norwegian salmon in house with cinnamon chips and tea leaves, and serves it on a bed of mixed greens drizzled with a homemade honey-miso and citrus dressing. The melt in your mouth salmon is a perfect match for the sweet dressing.


Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Roast Mushroom Soup (RM8.50)
Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Tea Smoked Salmon Salad (RM15.50)
If you are in the mood for something a little more filling and just like mama used to make, their pasta dishes are the way to go. We tried both the spaghetti pesto basilica and the spaghetti METHtriciana. As someone who grew up with Italian influences in much of my parents’ cooking, I can attest to the quality and freshness of both these vegetarian pasta options. 

Good pesto can be hard to find as you often feel that the pasta is dripping in oil and that you might have eaten an entire clove of garlic. This is NOT the case at Miss Ellie! Justin’s secret to his light pesto sauce is actually no garlic and he uses sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts. He tops this yummy pasta with grated Parmesan and a sauteed king oyster mushroom.

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Spaghetti Pesto Basilica (RM13.50)
Miss Ellie Tea House spaghetti, also known as the METHtriciana, is made with a roasted red pepper and tomato cream sauce, drizzled with a balsamic reduction, and then topped with fresh, sauteed zucchini. The sweetness of the balsamic, paired with the zesty cream sauce, makes for a perfectly balanced pasta that my Italian grandfather would have loved!

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Spaghetti METHriciana (RM13.50)
If meat pies are your thing, then you won’t be disappointed with the lamb shank pot pie or the tikka shepherd's pie, my personal favorite! The moist, melt in your mouth lamb is - you guessed it - braised for more than 6 hours in house and then topped with a parsley, butter shortcrust. The succulent chicken tikka masala is enriched with butter, thickened with ground cashews, and topped with chunky, mustard-dotted mashed potatoes. It is a no wonder that this ‘Western meets local’ dish was not only my favorite, but chef Justin’s favorite too! Both pies come with a side salad tossed in their blood orange and olive oil house dressing. The hearty pies and the fresh salad make for a great lunch or dinner option!


Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Lamb Shank Pot Pie (RM18.50)
Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Tikka Shepherd's Pie (RM16.50)
Justin spoiled us after the meal with some of his favorite pastries, scones, cold brew coffee, and hot chocolate to die for! By using a Madagascar dark chocolate that is a lighter roast, Miss Ellie does not have to add any sugar or starch to sweeten this drinkable dessert. Heaven in a mug, the chocolate can be served regular or ‘pretty’- topped with toasted hazelnut, dark chocolate shavings, and more cream! After watching Caning’s reaction, I think this was his favorite part of our whole experience.


Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
'ot Choclit (RM10)
Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
'ot Choclit Prettied RM11) - with additional cream, nutmeg and chopped hazelnuts
Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Caning Approves the Hot Chocolate
If you need a pick me up, or something a little less rich, the cold brew coffee is a refreshing option. Less acidic than regular coffee, it is slowly extracted over 14-16 hours, and has a smooth finish. Served as is or with milk, Justin says it is like a good wine - matures over time. 

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Cold Brew Coffee - with half and half (RM8.5) and, straight up (RM7.50)
We sampled a couple of new desserts to go along with our after meal drinks. The passion fruit and calamansi tart was the perfect balance between sweet and sour while the stewed rhubarb with blond chocolate cream tart had complimenting flavors of fruit and a caramely chocolate. The pastry crusts were light and crisp, not at all soggy, with the perfect amount of filling- making these tarts just the right size to get a couple and share or eat on your own. 

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Passionfruit and Calamansi Tart


Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Blond Chocolate and Rhubarb Tart
Another new pastry, the blueberry friand, was fresh, moist, and had a warm gooey blueberry center. This bite size (well, maybe a couple bites) sweet treat could be paired with any coffee or tea in the afternoon, eaten as dessert, or even as a great breakfast option, can be made gluten free, as can many of Miss Ellie’s other desserts. 

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Fresh Blueberry Friand
We finished our visit off with some of their infamous scones- can you believe we still had space to try these? They now have several options that you can mix and match - the original, oat (their newest addition made with organic oats and brown sugar), raisin, and chocolate. All their scones are served with homemade whipped cream and jam. They even have a new homemade marmalade that is a must try! 

Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
Oat Scones - The Best in KL!!! (RM10.50 pair)
Miss Ellie Tea House, Melawati, best scones, best cafe
OMG! - This Pink Guava Cheese is used in the Baked Ricotta Cheesecake - not available the day we visited, but if the guava jam is anything to go by... we're coming back just for this!
From the minute we walked in to the moment we left, Justin and Nancy made us feel like part of the family with their personal touches and warm smiles. They are clearly passionate about Miss Ellie Tea House, which only adds to the enchanted feeling you have when going there. This is truly a hidden gem in Melawati that is a MUST visit!

Reasons to visit: unique ambience found nowhere else in KL; best scones in the city; awesome desserts with some gluten-free varieties too; good value lunch items; one of the friendliest cafes we've visited in Kuala Lumpur.

Miss Ellie Tea House
7 Jalan H3 
Taman Melawati
Melawati
Malaysia
+6  03 4162 0113
*Miss Ellie Teahouse is a Pork Free Establishment.
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 7pm


10 comments:

  1. Hah! For a while, I thought it was named after the character in Dallas. Love the place - such a homely feel to it and those lovely cups too especially the blue one. Classy, elegant. Oh my goodness!!! I'd be spoilt for choice - everything looks so good I would not know what to choose. For a start, I think I'd go for the mushroom soup...and the lamb pie.

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  2. Wow! I love tea and tea houses...and the mushroom soup and lamb pie, along with the smoked salmon salad look very good!

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  3. Oh my.. look at that soup, so chockful of mushrooms! That salmon looks divine as well...mmm...pretty rustic desserts. Looks like it was a delicious, decadent meal :D

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  4. Your hubby must be a big England fan. :)
    Saw his t-shirt.

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  5. I love the sound of this tea house already! :-)
    You've had me at the roasted mushroom soup and the smoked salmon which melts in the mouth; I am always on the hunt for good smoked salmon, it's just so frustratingly hard to find!
    I am almost halfway out of my chair to head there when I saw your post! :-P

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  6. such beautiful looking food, and at a very reasonable price too!

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  7. This place looks cute, would love to meet Ms Ellie too! :P

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  8. Oh my goodness this looks AMAZING! i must grab the lamb shank pot pie.

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  9. This is the place we wanted to go! You said how good it was...and it looks even better now the menu has been expanded, fantastic!

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