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One Lump or Two: High Tea at Kuala Lumpur’s Majestic Hotel

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On the battleground of coffee and tea, coffee wins a decisive victory every time. There’s simply no competition between a robust and rich cuppa brew and the lightly tinted water called tea, that masquerades as a caffeinated beverage. At least in my world.

Pregnancy however, has thrown quite a wrench into my 2 – 3 cups of coffee per day habit. Something about too much caffeine not being great for baby or something. Of course, I haven’t given it up completely. A latte a day is good for anyone as far as I’m concerned. And doesn’t milk have lots of calcium? Definitely good for developing babies, right?

Still, one measly hot beverage per day, is not quite enough for me. I’m one of those people that always has a mug of something warm nearby to sip on. And so, despite my undying loyalty to coffee, lately, I’ve been forced to turn to it’s lesser companion – tea, to satisfy my beverage compulsion.

Fortunately, on this trip, we had stops in a few of the world’s best “tea destinations.” Sri Lanka, where I’m sure that a delicious infusion of pure Ceylon tea is more satisfying than any cup of java I could find there, and Malaysia, which has it’s own tea-producing highlands and the unique pulled “tea tehrik.”

In Sri Lanka, we only drank one divine vanilla black tea at the airport before a flight, but in Malaysia, we pulled out all the stops and booked ourselves into a proper English high tea at one of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage hotel’s – the Majestic.

Truthfully, I had a romanticized notion about escaping the harsh, polluted and humid outside world, to nestle comfortably in a cool, refined setting, where immaculately prepared tea would soothe away all my troubles.

And you know? The reality wasn’t far off.

Served daily from 3-6 in the afternoon, high tea at the Majestic is quite a traditional affair. Each tea tray feeds 2 people, and includes warm scones with the classic clotted cream and preserves, finger sandwiches (with no crusts, of course!), and a row of sweet desserts. In a nod to it’s Malaysian heritage, there’s also a separate tray of local savouries.

The tea served is Gold Blend Tea from the Cameron Highlands, or you can choose to have Arabica coffee (though I’m not sure why you would). My cup was never empty for long, and I must’ve had at least 5 or 6 servings over the course of our 2 hour stay.

And while not everything on the tea tray was incredibly appetizing (the scones were just so-so unfortunately, and the Malaysian savouries were a tad dry and oily), the experience of being so impeccably calm and cool in the sweltering chaos of a South-East Asian city, was truly blissful.

High Tea at the Majestic
At the Majestic, there are several different rooms available for you to indulge in high tea. Ranging from RM 48++ for the Colonial Cafe or Tea Lounge to RM 88++ for the Orchid Conservatory, reservations in advance are strongly recommended (especially for the Orchid Conservatory which is apparently booked out weeks in advance).

We chose to have our tea in the Tea Lounge (requested in advance), because seating was on comfy couches or armchairs, instead of at tables and chairs, like in the Colonial Cafe.

For more info, or to make a reservation, visit the Majestic website.

Are you a tea or coffee person? Have you ever indulged in a proper English high tea anywhere in the world? Tell us all about your experience in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Oh, I just love all those orchids everywhere! I only drink one green tea and one cup of black coffee a day, but I really enjoyed my birthday High Tea last year. The food on display was fabulous. https://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/high-tea-and-nostalgia/

    August 20, 2015
    • Aren’t they gorgeous!? That room was simply stunning. Wow! You are really disciplined with your caffeinated drinks. Lol, I wish I had that much control. 🙂

      August 21, 2015
  2. Looks good.

    August 20, 2015
  3. I absolutely LOVE a proper afternoon tea, my favorite was in England when we visited (I guess that kind of makes sense right?)… Unfortunately there is no place here in Phuket that can even say it is close to a proper afternoon tea. I want to go to KL again just to go here.

    August 21, 2015
    • There were so many afternoon teas in KL, it was difficult to decide which one to go to. This one seemed to provide the best value, and we certainly enjoyed it! 🙂 I think there are a few afternoon teas here in Seoul, and now I want to go and try them out too!

      August 21, 2015
  4. This High Tea Time sounds very interesting. Though I am not the most eager tea drinker (coffee is just too good) I still enjoy the occasional cup and in combintion with some of those food mentioned…wow 🙂

    August 21, 2015
    • Coffee is just the best, isn’t it? I really miss being able to drink an unlimited amount these days, especially when traveling. I love taking a break in unknown coffee shops in new countries. The High Tea was really enjoyable (despite the tea). 😉 It’s definitely something I’d try again. 🙂

      August 21, 2015
  5. Looks like a very nice high tea. Classy, spacious and lots of good pastries 😀 I’m neither a coffee nor tea drinker. My go-to drink is water and that keeps me going for a while 😀

    August 21, 2015
    • It was a really nice space. Cool, relaxing and definitely spacious. 🙂 You are a rare species I think, drinking neither coffee OR tea! 😉 Lol, I can’t even give it up in pregnancy…

      August 21, 2015
  6. I’m with you on the coffee > tea stance! (And I drank it while pregnant also.) But strangely, I’ve also developed a taste for tea, mostly a spicy chai type, on winter afternoons and evenings in the last few years. I’ve done a few high teas in places like Ireland and England, and I can’t say I’ve loved them. But I do make cozy coffee shops a part of every trip I take, especially now that there’s often free wifi there. 🙂

    August 21, 2015
    • Coffee lovers unite!! Lol. Maybe we will accidentally run into each other in a cozy coffee shop somewhere in the world one day… 😀 But I hear you on the spicy chai type tea. In fact, when I’m traveling India, I don’t even THINK about coffee. All I want to drink is masala chai, chai, chai! Fortunately, it’s about 11¢ a cup there, so I always indulge whenever I see a chai wallah.

      August 21, 2015
  7. Victoria #

    I’m a tea person! I hope your high tea experience has changed your mind about the “lightly tinted water.” =)

    September 9, 2015
    • Lol…I wouldn’t say that my high tea experience changed me into a “tea person,” but I definitely started to appreciate it a little more. And I must admit that when I’m traveling in India, I don’t even think about coffee. All I want is as many cups of masala chai as possible!! 😀

      September 10, 2015

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