It’s strange how few people talk about it, but the Sheraton Imperial KL does a fab job of setting up a classic afternoon tea with all the trimmings.
I’m shocked at how underrated it is but this isn’t a bad thing – I appreciate the peace and perks that come with having a fancy tea at a place that isn’t overrun with chatty tai-tais, or bunches of bridal shower girls.
I paid for my Sheraton visit out of my own pocket and I’m not obligated to write about it. However, I think some of you might want to read about it so I’m happy to share the experience here.
The Sheraton’s tea is hosted at the hotel’s Mezzanine level and away from any lobby-lingering guests. The tables here are few and far enough apart to ensure there’s no sense of being crowded by other patrons’ conversations.
The foundation of the Sheraton’s Afternoon Tea is a traditional, three-tiered tea set but the deal also includes access to a bonus buffet of tea time treats. This extra little spread is the icing on the cake, and basically afternoon tea on steroids.
Tarts, layer cakes, mousses, cookies, meringues, candies, pastries, and even access to a chocolate fountain, are all laid out for the taking. It’s a dream – all the cake you can eat, and more!
You’ll definitely be able to skip your dinner if you manage to take full advantage of the buffet.
Tea and coffee is all-inclusive, refillable and hooray, not restricted to a boring house cup. Choices are from the Lounge’s proper tea and coffee menu and this is enormous value given how expensive it usually is to order an a la carte drink here.
These beverages are also bottomless with the set and it’s a welcome departure from those tea places that impose a dreaded No-Refills restriction on their beverages. Incidentally, the teas served here are by TWG.
I asked for a pot of Silver Moon because I liked the name but my bad, this is not the best way to pick a tea. Silver Moon is a green tea with a berry and vanilla bouquet, and I was won over by the pretty name but not the taste.
Since I’m more of a straight Oolong girl, this tea was too fruity for me. The names of the teas don’t come with a description in the menu so it’s best to ask your server for more details before you order.
The coffee menu features the usual barista options but I can’t tell you if the brew here is any good since I skipped the coffee. I wish I was a coffee drinker but the stuff just buzzes my head and makes me want to fight people, so I don’t go there.
The sandwich choices on the stand were mostly uninspiring but since there were hot savouries at the spread, it wasn’t a deal breaker.
On the stand, only the smoked salmon sandwich is worth a mention thanks to a generously thick ribbon of salmon. My only complaint was that it was portioned to only one per guest. And bummer, I was unsuccessful in muscling my dining companions, Tom & Jerry, out of their share of this fat salmon.
I was really excited to find scones in my tea set because too many afternoon tea places now leave them out.
Scone ingredients are basic but making a good scone relies much on a top technique to produce the perfect texture, and this is easier said than done.
Making a scone is even something that commercial bakers can botch quite easily so few kitchens are keen to take up the challenge anymore. After all, it might be easier to omit the chance of a bad scone than to struggle to make a good one.
Our tea set came with one plain and one raisin scone for each person. I like raisins and it was nice to have a choice beyond plain.
The scones had a great crumb to them. They were light but still sturdy, and scone-like enough as to not be mistaken for bread, cake, or cookie.
The Sheraton scones were at least an 8 out of 10 for me. I hope they keep it up because I’d come back for these.
The cream is something that bothers a lot of people about the way scones are served in this country. Too many places pass off (sometimes, even canned!) whipped cream as the norm and it’s not. I’m happy to report that the cream here was thick and properly clotted.
We were also given a choice of two jams in unopened jars.
At the Pavilions Lounge, it’s all plush sofas and vaulted ceilings, and the mezzanine space is roomy, luxurious but still intimate, too. At intervals, there was even a live pianist to serenade us and the private concert made us feel extra posh and pampered.
I’m sure the food menu changes up a little over a week of teas so I think my review can only give you a gist of what to expect when you visit.
As far as teas sets go, I’d rate this lounge as one of my favourites in KL for food and ambiance. I think it justifies a full afternoon off to tuck into the experience. Hopefully, the Sheraton will maintain the high standard they’ve set because it’s an impressive tea experience with good food and attentive but unobtrusive service.
Anyway, since a picture is worth more than a bunch of my words, here’s a gallery to show you the rest of the tea.
Would you want to visit or have you been? What do you think?
Sheraton Imperial Classic Afternoon Tea
2:00pm – 5:00pm Daily
RM84.00 per pax
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Malaysia
Tel: (60 3) 2717 9027
Website: Sheraton Imperial Pavilions Lounge
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