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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Devonshire method: This is probably the only instance where you’d be correct for calling afternoon tea ‘high’ tea – given that it’s served at THIRTY8. Named for the lofty level it sits on, THIRTY8 offers one of the best 360 degree views of Kuala Lumpur thanks to its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which perfectly frame the imposing Petronas Twin Towers next door.
Afternoon tea here comes as a three-tiered set on weekdays (RM90 per person) and a buffet (RM150 nett) on the weekends. I came for the weekday tea but I didn’t feel like choice was lacking; the stand alone had eight sweets, a side plate of six assorted sandwiches, two fried snacks and two buttery scones – all for one person! Even though I skipped lunch, I still had trouble finishing it all.
Any afternoon tea worth its salt (or sugar) is judged by its scones, and THIRTY8’S scones are hands down one of the best I’ve tried so far. Light and fluffy, warm and fresh from the oven, they were gone in seconds (with generous lashings of jam and cream). The pastries veer towards the sweet side but are overall delicious, and the savouries possess a surprising complexity of flavour beneath the dainty presentations.
Ordering hot chocolate instead of tea (as I did, unapologetically) might miss the point of ‘afternoon tea’, but it’s perfect for cold, rainy weather. Afternoon tea aficionados should absolutely make an effort to taste this tea set; but if finding time for the 3-5pm weekday slot proves impossible, try the High On Sugar tea on weekends.