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Afternoon Tea in KL: The latest menus and the best spots

Afternoon Tea in KL: The latest menus and the best spots

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Text: Rachel Au


If you're a fan of afternoon tea sessions, then you're in for a treat! These nine amazing spots in KL offer unique and delectable menus that you just won't be able to resist

With dine-ins allowed again, it's time to blow off some steam and enjoy a quiet afternoon—with an elegant and scrumptious afternoon tea! There's something about it that most Malaysians (or people, in general!) enjoy. Perhaps it's the love for bite-sized treats of both savoury and sweet varieties. Or the beautiful display or chinaware it comes in. Or the peaceful and carefree ambience that often acts as the backdrop. Or the hours spent just chatting away with a loved one, accompanied by a generous and gorgeous afternoon tea tray. Whichever it is, we've listed some of the latest (and best) afternoon tea menus in KL that you can try. If you're not comfortable with dining out yet, fret not, as some of these places offer takeaway and delivery too! 

1. Shiseido-inspired Sakura Spring Afternoon Tea

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When: Till 30 April 2021

Time: 3pm - 5pm

Where: Altitude, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM148 nett per person*

*Inclusive of a Shiseido White Lucent sampling kit worth RM65 and a Shiseido voucher worth RM50

*Add RM40 per person to include a glass of Cherry Blossom sake


There are a few ways to celebrate the season of cherry blossom without hopping on a plane to Japan. Find the tecoma trees, a.k.a the Malaysian equivalent, around KL for an Instagram-worthy shot, or indulge in a Hanami Bento Box with desserts inspired by the cherry blossom. In collaboration with Shiseido, the menu features mouthwatering delights such as Salmon & Avocado Tartar, Baby Octopus Tempura, Fried Wild Yam with Miso Paste, Crab Mayonnaise Maki Roll, Ichigo Tart & Verine, and Shiseido Macaron & Madeleine. The tantalising afternoon tea is paired with gourmet coffee options by illy Caffè and exquisite teas by Harney & Sons. Food aside, you'll also be treated to an amazing view of the Kuala Lumpur cityscape.

Reservations/Enquiries

Phone: +603 2113 1823

Email: [email protected]

2. Afternoon Tea with EP Yaying

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When: Till 30 May 2021

Time: 3pm - 6pm, Fri - Sun

Where: The Librari, The RuMa Hotel and Residences

Price: RM150 per person*

*Every diner will receive a complimentary EP Yaying chinoiserie scarf worth RM1,000 as well as EP Yaying cash vouchers to be used at the store in Suria KLCC


EP Yaying is one of China's top fashion labels and is also the latest inspiration for the afternoon tea at The RuMa Hotel and Residences. “Working with EP Yaying allowed us to be a bit more creative with our approach to the Afternoon Tea menu. We wanted to ensure the menu is a contemporary take on Chinese cuisine, while keeping it light and presentable for an Afternoon Tea session at the Librari," says Executive Chef Tyson Gee. True enough, the afternoon tea menu is unlike any with petite fours such as Osmanthus and Peach Entremet, Tofu Almond Cheesecake and Lychee Rose Meringue Tartelette. Meanwhile, the savoury portion of the menu includes Barbecue Chicken Bun and Vol au Vent with Caviar. And to truly complete the experience, diners can opt from a selection of herbal, floral and Chinese tea.

Reservations/Enquiries

Phone: +603 2778 0888

Email: [email protected]

Check out the menu here.

3. Noritake x Celest Thoi Afternoon Tea

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When: 15 March - 31 May 2021

Time: 2.30pm - 6pm, Mon - Sat | 3pm - 6pm, Sun

Where: Lounge on the Park, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM158 per person, with free flow of hot beverages for up to two hours


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One is a notable name for fine chinaware. The other is a crowd-favourite local designer, especially for her feminine and classic style. What do Noritake Japan and Celest Thoi have in common? One word: elegance. And that sheer elegance has been interpreted into a chinaware set designed by Celest Thoi—a first in her books! She's also the first designer outside of Japan to be commissioned by Noritake. Delicate and beautiful flowers adorn the fine 'canvases', be it across the plates, cups or saucers; aesthetics aside, Thoi selected every flower for its symbolism. Buttercups for charm and attractiveness. Lupine for happiness, creativity and imagination. Hypericum for protection and rebirth.

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To commemorate this unique collaboration, Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur's Pastry Chef Suzana Anwar and her team have created an equally special afternoon tea menu that's served on the Noritake x Celest Thoi chinaware itself. Be instantly transported to Japan with some familiar nuances such as the BBQ eel with soba noodle on a charcoal bun (our personal favourite!), Japanese-style chicken salad on green tea bread and an egg sandwich. For those with a sweet tooth, be delighted with artistic desserts such as the sakura blossom yoghurt milk pudding, mochi snow skin raspberry cheesecake and more. It's an afternoon tea we'll go back for again—and again.

You can check out the full Noritake x Celest Thoi collection on Artelia or Zalora.

Reservations/Enquiries

Phone: +603 2330 8798

Email: [email protected]

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Alternatively, you can order it for delivery/pick-up here.

4. The Drawing Room Afternoon Tea

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When: 15 March - 31 May 2021

Where: The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM148.00+ | RM238.00+ with a glass of Delamotte Champagne


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Inspired by the fresh, floral notes of 'Caroline's Four Hundred’—the distinct scent used in every St. Regis around the world—Executive Pastry Chef Gael Moutet's new Afternoon Tea menu skillfully layers flavours and textures. You're most welcome to another helping of moreish quiche—a crowd favourite—from a premium selection of free-flow canapést, but do save space for scones and dessert.

The finest ingredients bring out the best of Chef Moutet's European and Japanese techniques. Our favourites: La Pomme, a refreshing calamansi and apple creation with a delicate crunch, and the Chocolate Praline Cake featuring decadent gianduja (a traditional Italian take on Nutella) balanced with hazelnut and bitter dark chocolate.

Reservations/Enquiries

Phone: +603 2727 6660

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5. Spring into New York

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Time: 3pm - 6pm, daily

Where: The Alchemy, Starhill Dining

Price: RM160 for two

*Available for takeaway or delivery (RM200, inclusive of delivery within 20km)


While we won't know when travel plans to New York can resume, The Alchemy at the newly-opened Starhill Dining is here to offer guests a slice of the Big Apple—with their curation of a seasonal afternoon tea. Expect teatime classics and indulgent sweet treats in a swanky, cosy environment that'll easily make you forget you're in the heart of KL.

Reservations/Enquiries

WhatsApp: +60 18 929 8060

Email: [email protected]

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6. Crazy Asians Afternoon Tea

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When: Till 30 April 2021

Time: 3pm - 5pm, Fri - Sun

Where: Woobar, Level 8, W Kuala Lumpur

Price: RM98 nett per person, inclusive of free-flow tea and coffee

*Available for takeaway or delivery at RM228 per box for two persons. A 24 hours' advanced notice is required and the delivery/pick-up time is between 2.30pm - 5pm


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Ever a huge supporter of the art industry, W Kuala Lumpur has collaborated with Gung Ho Art and its Crazy Asian Collection as a tribute to International Women's Day. The art pieces carry the notion of provocative emotions, facial expressions and gestures. The afternoon tea menu it's inspired by, on the other hand, evokes a vibrant and delicious spread that's sure to give anyone a good time.

Reservations/Enquiries

Contact: +60 12 347 9088

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7. Sparkling Afternoon Tea

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Time: Each seating is limited to two hours

Weekday: 1pm - 3pm | 4pm - 6pm

Weekend: 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm | 5pm - 7pm

Where: TWG Tea Salons in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and The Gardens, Midvalley

Price:

RM79 per adult, RM38 per child (with free-flow TWG hot or iced tea, and refillable canapes)

RM158 per person (with free-flow white or red wine, or rosé, as well as refillable canapes)

RM238 per person (with free-flow Chandon Sparkling wine and refillable canapes)


TWG Tea has a new afternoon tea menu and it's as indulgent as you would expect. From a decadent Lobster Roll (served with jicama salad tossed with Royal Darjeeling Tea infused crème fraiche) to Duck Rillette rolls (served with a French Earl Grey Tea-infused cranberry jam) to delicate Pink Flamingo Macaron, it's the afternoon you need.

Reservations/Enquiries

Contact: 

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: +603 2142 9922

The Gardens, Midvalley: +603 2284 2899

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8. Asian-inspired Afternoon Tea

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Time: 3pm - 6pm, daily

Where: Le Bar Cocktail & Stories, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Price: RM128.00+ for two persons (inclusive of freshly-brewed Nespresso coffee or tea)


Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara has introduced its new afternoon tea menu, and it deviates a little from your traditional British affair. With classic favourites such as Chicken Yakitori, Beef Shepherd Pie and Steamed Tiger Prawn Dumplings, the tray is a fusion of East meets West. Those with a sweet tooth won't be disappointed either with decadent treats such as Red Velvet Roulade, Mini Chocolate Cremeux Orange Tart and Raspberry Pistachio Pava.

Reservations/Enquiries

Phone: +603 2727 6660

WhatsApp: +6018 873 2028

Email: [email protected]

9. Champignons Afternoon Tea Set

Time: 2pm - 5pm, Fri - Sun

Where: B-G-02, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya

Price: RM168 per set

*Available for both dine-in and delivery (24 hours' advanced notice required)


Champignons by Gary Chang is a recent addition to the local dining scene. Specialising in modern European cuisine with Asian influences, the restaurant is all about delighting its palates. To complement it is the Champignons Cake Shop that creates sweet treats that are both pleasing to the eye and tastebuds. Their latest offering is an afternoon tea set that's generous in terms of variety and portion, featuring 20 sweet and savoury items—plus two tea bags. We had a chance to try it as a delivery (packaging on point!), and it was easy to pick favourites. The Ebi Katsu Slider was juicy, the Crab Meat Croquette was a flavourful bite, and the Banoffee, as well as Pandan Gula Melaka, were strong contenders among the range of sweet offerings. If anything, it has just the right balance of sweet meets savoury.

Reservations/Enquiries

Phone: +603 7832 2629

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