6 Afternoon Tea Sets To Unbox At Home
These hotels and businesses are pleased to bring the par-tea to you
The article was originally published on May 4, 2020 and updated on June 4, 2021
1/6 Xiao by Crust
Run by two sisters (one's the pastry whizz, the other crunches numbers), Xiao by Crustz churns out creative patisserie and viennoiserie from a small facility in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. The dessert specialists recently rolled out a gorgeous afternoon tea set just in time for lockdown. Picture three tiers of treats complete with a handsome wooden box that can be repurposed as a spice rack, or perhaps to store your kids' toys or art supplies.
Fresh as fresh can be, the nine different bites run the gamut, from crispy smoked salmon croissants to pandan-mango choux puffs adorned with edible chocolate butterflies. We like the fact that there is two of everything, so splitting isn't requisite. Furthermore, the team is happy to fashion a vegetarian version of the Lily High Tea Set with advance notice.
Visit their website. Order slots are open for Fridays and Saturdays; simply arrange for pick-up or delivery between 1.30pm and 6pm
2/6 The Champignons Cake Shop
Light enough to carry single-handedly yet sturdy enough to hold a plethora of good eats, the afternoon tea set by The Champignons Cake Shop travels well and makes for great Instagram fodder.
While the last iteration of their afternoon tea saw the likes of truffle liver pâte atop toast, crab meat croquettes and macarons, the latest version (launching on June 4) includes chicken terrine with cherries, wild mushroom quiche, and something sinful dubbed Chocolate Devil Cubes. And because there's two of everything, there's no squabbling over individual bites.
WhatsApp +6012-920 6710 for delivery on Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 2pm - 5pm
3/6 Petit Bites Patisserie
Devoted to elevating the art of afternoon tea, Petit Bites Patisserie is a delivery-only outfit co-founded by two master pastry chefs with 35 years' worth of combined experience. Safe to say, the proof is in the pudding: the most comprehensive afternoon tea we've had to date, the Grande Japanese Afternoon Tea presents 16 types of sweet and savoury Japanese and Western confections with jams, spreads and teas too.
Small touches lend the set a Japanese slant, from sneaking bonito flakes into a sandwich—so you wonder where this explosion of umami is coming from—to choosing flavour combos such as matcha and adzuki. But our favourite bite has to be the Taiyo, an original take on the beloved currypuff and an exciting way of exercising French patisserie skills upon a quintessentially Malaysian snack.
TATLER TIP: While chef Wing Siew is known for founding a respected pastry school, chef Leslie Teong has ample experience catering to Malaysian royals.
For 2-3 pax, RM158
For 4-6 pax, RM188
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4/6 The St Regis Kuala Lumpur
Always armed with a trick or two up his sleeves, head pastry chef Gael Moutet continues to delight with the latest iteration of The St Regis KL's Classic Afternoon Tea. Expect bijou bites that might pass as collectible baubles, from rose-mascarpone mousse to cherry jelly served atop buttery sable. And if you prefer savoury to sweet pickings, this is the tea for you, as half of the offerings encompass delicious sandwiches and mini quiches.
Thanks to a recent partnership between Marriott International and Grab, The St Regis KL's gourmet offerings—including The Drawing Room's Classic Afternoon Tea—feel a lot more accessible. A few taps on your mobile device is all it takes to have your tea things dropped off.
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5/6 The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Travel bans prohibit us from traversing the English Channel for now, but why not partake of a traditional English pastime in the comfort of home? Put a spring in someone's step by surprising them with The Majestic Hotel KL's limited edition afternoon tea set. Plus, every order includes a gift certificate for a 'Garden Berries' massage at The Majestic Spa, so the recipient has something to look forward to post-lockdown.
Place your orders 48 hours in advance for delivery on Saturday or Sunday. Call/WhatsApp +6014-647 1060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy complimentary delivery for distances under 10km
See also: The Best Spas In Malaysia
6/6 The Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Presented in pretty blue boxes, the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur's afternoon tea requires zero set up. The contents of the day are left up to the pastry chef—think of it as a dessert omakase, if you will—and may include savoury sandwiches stuffed with Coronation chicken salad, or sweets such as lemon-glazed éclairs, coconut cream tarts and raspberry-lychee lamingtons, but not forgetting the customary scones with sides of honey butter and strawberry black pepper jam.
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