Walk into The Drawing Room at The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur and you’ll find the décor quite captivating – the large horse sculpture in particular. A masterpiece by Fernando Botero, this 2 ½ tonne sculpture adds grandeur to the look and feel of the room, meant to elevate one’s afternoon tea experience.
Afternoon tea at St. Regis Kuala Lumpur features a selection of cakes and entremets, served on a three-tiered platter in pretty pastel colours. Even the teapots and cups are in pastel hues, and you get a tea sommelier to take you through their series of tea – light, fruity or bold.
For RM140nett, the afternoon tea comes with a choice of tea, sandwich canapes, scones, pastries and sandwiches. The bite-sized sandwiches are passed around throughout the session and you get to pick from a selection of four – king crab and avocado, smoked salmon with crème fraiche, foie gras on toasted brioche and egg mayo with black truffle.
All were good in their own right, but I particularly enjoyed the foie gras on toasted brioche and king crab and avocado. Couldn’t resist a second and third! You’re served two types of scones with your afternoon tea set; plain and cranberry, and they come with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream. I thought they were pretty good – buttery yet light, and delicious with lashings of cream and jam.
While afternoon tea is usually a proper affair, St. Regis Kuala Lumpur makes it interesting by adding fun treats like chocolate shooter and cake pop into the mix. I feel that loosens up the vibe a little as it gives you more things to ’oooh’ and ‘aaah’ about. A casual touch in an otherwise formal setting.
I wasn’t that big a fan of the fruit tart or choux, but the chocolate shooter was delicious. You get a shooter glass made of chocolate chip cookie, lined with dark chocolate and filled with rich chocolate. I liked this though some might find it a tad sweet.
All in, I rather enjoyed the experience at The Drawing Room. While I wouldn’t say it was the best afternoon tea I’ve tried, it is one of the better ones in Kuala Lumpur at the moment. If you’re into savoury treats, this would be a good place to consider.
Not cheap at RM140 per pax, but considering the items you get, I’d say it’s OK. Service is better this time around but there’s still room for improvement. Definitely not a place you can go on a regular basis, unless you make a ton of money or your daddy does. 😛
Ambiance: 7 /10
Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Pretty good afternoon tea – if you’re into savoury canapes, this would be a good option.