Five afternoon tea experiences with a difference in Kuala Lumpur


July 14, 2015 | BY Karmun Ng and Calvin Chong

From an all-chocolate spread and Malay desserts to 500-year-old recipe tarts, your afternoon tea experience will never be the same.

In a multi-cultural society we live in now, it is not surprising that the English tradition of having afternoon tea has assimilated into our lives.

In Kuala Lumpur, the afternoon tea scene has evolved past the regular scones, sandwiches and fruit tarts. 

Here, we share with you other ways to enjoy afternoon tea in the city including an all-chocolate spread, gluten-free offerings and some tarts made with a 500-year-old recipe.

The Orchid Conservatory, The Majestic Hotel KL

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One of the staple establishments in the city, The Majestic Hotel is known for its scenic tea experience in the orchid conservatory. Featuring a seasonal range of phalaenopsis orchids, the colonial themed hotel combines the best of East and West recipes to create a tantalizing menu including chicken tandoori sandwiches to sardine rolls and deep-fried potato balls.

But always remember to book in advance as spaces are limited to 15 pax per session in this enchanting glass house. 

Lounge on the Park, Mandarin Oriental KL

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Tired from shopping at Chanel and Tiffany & Co? Then head down to Lounge on the Park to indulge in an all-chocolate afternoon tea spread. Here, you will find a list of international pastries, pralines and macarons – all infused with chocolate flavours that will satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

On top of the delicious feast, you are also rewarded with a scenic view of KLCC Park and serenaded by the resident pianist with classic tunes, making it a true feast of the senses.

Carcosa Seri Negara

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As the official residence for Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Malaysia circa the 1890s to 1980s, Carcosa Seri Negara takes pride in its decadent interior that dates back to the colonial era.

But what makes it extra special is the Malay-styled afternoon tea spread that features the flavoursome kuihs and cakes that draw inspiration from traditional family recipes. There isn't a better setting to reminisce about the olden days gone by, than this beautiful establishment in the middle of Taman Tasik Perdana.

Newens Teahouse at Starhill Gallery

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If you can't stray away from tradition but rather have something more than just scones and teas, then Newens Teahouse is where you need to be. Highlighting its menu is the delicious 500-year-old Maids of Honour tart recipe, which was first discovered by Tudor King Henry VIII.

As the first Newens outside of the United Kingdom, diners can finally enjoy this delicious recipe without the need to fly halfway across the world. Also, remember to try its other signature Newens pies to truly indulge in British culinary prowess.

Miss Ellie Teahouse at Taman Melawati

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Tucked in the quiet neighbourhood of Taman Melawati, this teahouse is said to have the best homemade scones in the whole of KL. Owned by a mother and son combo, the teahouse features not only magnificent scones but also a healthy gluten-free menu that caters to those with strict dietary needs.

From chocolate scones to egg-free cranberry cookies and banana oat cupcakes, you will not be disappointed with this quaint little outlet. Plus, its intimate decor that pays homage to the owners' dog makes the place all the more heart-warming and relaxed for its patrons. 

Also highly recommended, Top 5 'brunch with a twist' places in KL and PJ