I love High Tea – it’s a fun afternoon English custom to share with family and friends. Plus, any excuse to dress up makes it all the more fun. Wherever I travel, I tend to keep an eye out on where to have High Tea. So when in Kuala Lumpur, I decided to experience the High Tea at the Majestic Hotel.
High Tea, known traditionally as Afternoon Tea, is essentially an afternoon mini meal. It is an English tradition, that has spread around the world. This mini meal usually consists of a good pot of tea, sandwiches, cakes and scones… and on some occasions, a good bottle of champagne! In Brisbane, my sister and I spoiled ourselves and had High Tea with a glass of Dom Pérignon.
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High Tea at the Majestic Hotel
On this occasion, I had High Tea at the Majestic Hotel with my Father. Upon entering the Colonial Café, I ask to have the high tea. The waiter was quick to correct me and said “You mean Afternoon Tea?” That’s when I knew, I was in the right place for a good quality English-style afternoon tea experience. FYI, for the purpose of this post, I am going to keep referring this experience as ‘high tea.’
We are seated to have high tea in the Orchid Conservatory, which is a beautiful glass room filled with orchids. The display and range of orchids in this room was just magnificent – I felt like I was in a botanical garden. What a great experience already and we haven’t even started high tea!
You can sit in the main tea room of the Colonial Café, which had such a regal atmosphere. There was a live piano player entertaining the guests in the tea room, which was just so soothing.
The price range for the High Tea experience varies depending on where you sit – unfortunately for me, the Orchid Conservatory was the highest priced… but I have a soft spot for orchids, so this was my spot of choice.
Important tip – make a reservation… especially if you want to sit in the Orchid Conservatory. Over the weekend, having High Tea at the Majestic Hotel gets very busy and it may be hard to get a table as a walk in guest.
The Dining Experience
We had a lovely waitress by the name of Chantelle serve us. She was fantastic, friendly and provided us with top notch, 5-star service.
After being seated, Chantelle presented me with a box of premium Twining’s tea to select from and I go with the Rose Garden black tea. The tea is then brewed using a Twining’s sand glass timer.
The food comes out and it just looks delectable. It is all presented on a 3-tier tray, with the warm food served in a separate dish. On the High Tea menu today – desserts, scones, sandwiches, and warm savouries.
I am going to start off with the scones, because they were my favorite! The scones came in a plain and raisin version, and was served with a side of cream and jam – yum yum. They arrived to the table warm and buttery… just the way they should be. Eat these first.
There were five (5) different desserts. My favorite was the profiterole type dessert filled with what tasted like a blueberry cream. Ok fine, I have another favourite too. I loved the Raspberry Mousse as well.
The sandwiches came in a variety of flavours including Egg and Cucumber, Smoked Salmon, Prawn Cocktail and Vegetarian.
There were a three (3) different warm savouries. My favorite was the curry puff, which has a lovely potato curry filling. A bit of a bite from the chilli, yet delicious.
I loved the High Tea at the Majestic Hotel… I think you would have guessed that by now.
I’m definitely happy we sat in the Orchid Conservatory, because it was a unique experience. Eating and drinking, while being surrounded by these beautiful and colourful flowers was an experience on its own.
The portion was good – in fact we were quite full and couldn’t finish everything. So Chantelle assisted to pack up the left over, which I got to enjoy later that evening.
My verdict – I can’t wait to be back again!
For a High Tea experience in the Orchid Conservatory, it is RM108 per person (price as per visit in March 2016). Reservations are highly recommended.
Colonial Café at the Majestic Hotel
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
For reservations, call +603 2785 8000
Please note that this meal was independently paid for and no compensation was received for this review.
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