For years, The Majestic Hotel has been touted as one of the best afternoon tea parlours in KL, and up until now, I've yet to see the draw as far as the afternoon tea itself was concerned. Without doubt, the setup is absolutely gorgeous, especially The Orchid Conservatory which seemed to elude me on the three occasions prior to this visit.
Fortunately, there has been a distinct rise in quality on all fronts where the tea service is concerned. It didn't hurt that we were within the confines of the most beautiful tea room in KL, either.
[Dining in the Orchid Conservatory]
[An Array of Beautiful Blooms]
[The Tea Corner]
[A Pop of Colour]
As far as afternoon tea goes, the tea itself is truly half the battle. Recently, Majestic Hotel switched from BOH ("tea") to Twinings, and I can't quite emphasise how huge a difference this makes. On my three previous visits, the horrible tea soured the entire experience for me, though it wasn't solely to blame.
Now that they've switched to Twinings, you're assured an exquisite cup of tea to go with your tiers of delights. There are 4 varieties to choose from, two teas (caffeinated) and two tisanes (non-caffeinated).
[An Explanation of What's on Offer]
There's even a tea sommelier on hand to explain the differences in the brews so that you get your pick of the perfect cup.
[Choose Your Tea]
Unlike most places, they don't leave your teapot with you and allow it to go cold. They will keep your tea at the right temperature and come round every now and then to refill your cup for you. I'm quite sure this was exclusive to The Orchid Conservatory, however.
Both Carol and myself went for the caffeinated varieties, and English Breakfast is my absolute favourite tea, so it wasn't even a choice for me.
[Earl Grey Tea]
[English Breakfast Tea]
There is a milk jug and some sugar sticks already stationed at the table, but you can request some honey if your preference runs in that direction.
[Honey, Sugar and Milk: The Holy Trinity]
[My Perfect Cuppa]
As your enjoying your tea, the first portion of your tea service arrives, along with someone who will explain exactly what's on display.
[The Tea Service]
[Carol: My partner in crime against my diet]
An interesting addition to your tea is a beautiful treasure trove of warm savouries which are very welcome, indeed.
[Warm Asian Savouries]
A nice touch to this was that the warm savouries all had an Asian flair to them. While I've never been too keen on the Asian Afternoon Tea sets some hotels have on offer, this was sat quite perfectly balanced in terms of ensuring it was more fusion than completely Asian.
[Curried Quiche, Spinach Rolls and Curry Chicken Pie]
The Quiche and the Pie were absolutely fantastic, though the Spinach Rolls left a lot to be desired. They were bland and lacked any flavour other than spinach.
[Finger Sandwiches: Chicken Ciabatta, Egg Sandwich, Cheese Sandwich, Prawn Cocktail Multigrain]
[Cheese Sandwich, Egg Sandwich, Vegetable Focaccia]
While the sandwiches were good, I found that there was an overwhelming amount of mayonnaise when taken altogether. They were really good individually, but you will end up feeling a little saturated by the resounding flavour of mayonnaise by the end. It helps that this is a set for sharing.
[Scones with Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream]
[Raisin and Plain Scones]
[Do the scones pass muster?]
Unfortunately, the one thing that didn't impress were the scones. They were stodgy and chewy, and unable to be salvaged by slatherings of strawberry jam and clotted cream. A real shame as scones are such an integral part of the afternoon tea experience.
However, if you're not a scone Nazi like me, the other desserts are bound to satisfy.
[Dark Chocolate Mousse on Pastry and Cheesecake]
While I'm not a fan of cheesecake, I will say that the cheesecake here was rather lovely. Light and airy with a delicious crust. I suggest you go with a friend who doesn't enjoy cheesecake so that you don't fight over the bite-sized portion.
The chocolate pasty would keep fans of dark chocolate very happy. If you're not keen on dark chocolate, save your calories for the chocolate tart instead. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and couldn't stop myself even though I was extremely full by this point.
[Lemon Curd Eclair]
If you're a fan of lemon curd, you will love the eclair. The choux pastry itself was light and airy, but my tastes run more towards that of traditional eclairs. It's a really nice change, however, and lends a much welcome tartness to pull all your tastebuds into play.
For those of you who are keen on meringue, there's even a mini shot of Eton Mess. While it was tasty enough, it isn't anything to shout from the rooftops about.
The Chocolate Tart was truly my favourite dessert of the day. It was filled with milk chocolate, with a layer of dark chocolate to top, and a dome of white chocolate, all encased in a crumbly pastry shell. Utterly divine! I would buy a whole lot of these to binge on if no one was around to judge me!
For extra points in the innovation department, you can even get their afternoon tea in a beautiful takeaway box.
[Afternoon Tea To-Go]
Overall, this is the first time I actually enjoyed afternoon tea at Majestic. While the improvement in tea helped, the quality of the food has gotten better by leaps and bounds as well. I went into this expecting to confirm my opinion, but was pleasantly surprised by it all. Between the ambiance and the thoughtfully curated touches that are evident in the afternoon tea service, you really should experience it for yourself.