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Expatriate Lifestyle - - Afternoon Tea -

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.

IN­STEAD OF CROWDING PAS­TRIES FOR TWO ON A SIN­GLE TEA SET, EACH AF­TER­NOON TEA DINER AT THIRTY8 GETS THEIR VERY OWN C AKE STAND - Spread each half with straw­berry jam and top off with a dol­lop of clot­ted cream.

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