A twist to the bachelorette party@The Tea Lounge, Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Majestic Hotel’s afternoon tea has been the talk of town for many, especially the ladies and I never truly understood why many speak so fondly of this place until I walked in. Blown away, by the rustic classic decor. Felt like I was paving my way in as time rewinded itself. There were several themes of seated areas, The Tea Lounge, RM48++, the Atrium at the Colonial Café also RM48++, The Drawing Room, RM68++ and The Orchid Conservatory, RM88++.

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However we were unable to sit in the orchid observatory room as we were told that it can only be utilized for special occassions and to book the entire area cost at least RM8000++. Phuarrrr…

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Each set of the high tea can be shared by 2 pax and 2 complimentary cuppas either tea or coffeee, and each person pays RM48++. Being the coffee cuppa lover, i opted for coffee instead of their standard tea…which was a big NO NO. Salute all the way for the nice china and all, but pointless when filled with a lousy cuppa. The tea actually tasted a lot better. Now here came the under-the-weather twist to the nice atmosphere… the “not possible” incidents.

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I opted to switch my complimentary cuppa to tea instead, thinking I would just brace through with tea than have another terrible refill of the next cuppa…I was really surprised when the waiter said “not possible”.

“Wh—-at? Your coffee is really terrible and I am forced to continue my next cuppa with another terrible cuppa? If is comes with the set, what is the big problem if I switch to tea which is also complimentary?”

“Not possible.” I was speechless.

To compensate for the bad coffee, I was still subjected to take the next cuppa coffee, but they specially brewed from the espresso machine for me. I could tell it didn’t come from jug he first poured for me. Thankfully he was courteous enough to brew a different cuppa and not continued on to force down the terrible cuppa on me.

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We were told that we needed to purchase 3 sets of high tea since there were 6 of us. But we just had a heavy lunch fellowship meal at TLCC and 3 sets would be just too much for us.

We had an initial not possible first, which made me feel even annoyed at how rigid this place could get. Good to know the manager allowed 2 sets insteadof 3 and made us order alacarte drinks for the 2 pax instead.

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Then the next “not possible” followed soon after. We asked to serve us first, acknowledging that we know that the official serving time was 3 pm..we just wanted our drinks first, but the waiter misunderstood us and repeated not possible to serve us now as it was not yet 3 pm. We had to clarify several times to him that we just wanted to be served with drinks first and the food came come as per “official time”.

We pushed the “strange” service aside and focused on our main objective here: Sarah’s bachelorette party! We chitter chatted over everything under the sun while we dug in the sweetness of the desserts displayed. Most of the desserts were honestly, so-so. The best dessert for me was the chocolate mousse cake.

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The scones of course were the main theme of the high tea. Each set came with 4 scones. They tasted average, strangely not crumbly and a little dense and bread-like. The best scone i had ever eaten still belonged to Haute Food’s. Sad till today knowing that the shop had already closed down.

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The high tea set came with some hot servings too, the only pretty okay items were the orangish fishballs. The other two puffs….hmmm….average.

All in all, I agree..the atmosphere, ambience, stellar! Gorgeous, old, rustic, just lovely to sit and chill and chat while eating all these desserts, like the milady of the house. However, the service really didn’t match the objective this place wanted to bring. All I could remember after leaving this place was “not possible”. We had to wait long for our cutleries to be changed and honestly, everyone at the table agreed that such service should not happen in this highly spoken of 6 star hotel.

And the food was also average, if all the desserts were divine and amazingly delicious, you may discount off the bad service. Sadly, it didn’t add brownie points.

The only brownie point was watching this elderly man all suited up and playing his soul out on the grand piano. So immersed in his world of music, quite a nice sight to see.

The other rooms in Majestic seemed more interesting, especially the cigar and whiskey area which is designed to make you feel absolutely-at-home, there is also a pool table there next to a bar, boys would cheers for joy being here.

Perhaps the next time, we should gather here instead and let’s hope the food and service won’t disappoint!

Address:
The Tea Lounge
The Majestic Hotel
5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2785 8000
Website: http://www.majestickl.com/the-tea-lounge.html

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Gastronomic ballroom launch@Intercontinental Hotel KL

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Our church friend, Janny, works at Intercontinental Hotel and we were so happy that she called us along to be a part of her hotel’s grand ballroom launch. The ballroom was refurbished and with this, the hotel hopes to gain more access to events. The gorgeous diamonds decoratives hung on the ceilings made the whole place seemed posh and glam.

At the cocktail session, we were greeted with ample drinks: beer, wine, mojitos, sodas etc, a photo booth with props and also a 10-minute massage counter courtesy of the hotel’s spa team. Awesome!

Not longer after,  we proceeded into the grand ballroom….and all I could say was… I was in food heaven! The first thing that caught my eye was the dessert section!

in particular …this dessert tower shaped,  formed and decorated with miniature desserts of all sorts.

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Honestly, hats down to Hansel and Gretel. How they, as kids, could resist the temptation of the witch’s dessert home..and when I, a full grown adult walked into THESE, my heart squealed with excitement, feet tingling with a happy sensation. I wanted to just grab everything and munch every single one of ’em like Sesame Street’s cookie monster. All of them looked so colourful, pretty and delicious!

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After calming myself down from the sugar high, my eyes started to wander around and wow…more amazing food to be served! This is the western roasted beef section. You can tell that this was one well roasted beef by the colour of the sliced piece. Tender, and smokey!

All the food served here are taken from the restaurants and cafes in the hotel itself. Besides promoting the ballroom, they were also showcasing their culinary skills too!

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They also had a french foie gras section, where the chef carefully grilled each piece to perfection before serving it in between two cute pieces of bread, like mini burgers. Omgosh. The foie gras was…DIVINE. You can tell that they were freshly grilled for you and the musky taste was not too overpowering either. Guilty as served (ate 2 pieces).

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Sake was also served to all patrons in such a cool way! Beautifully carved ice that pocketed the giant sake bottles to keep them cool. The sakes were also poured from the tip of the ice carvings before they drizzled down to the bottom where the sake glasses were placed, waiting to be filled. Haik!

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I had the pleasure to witness for the first time ever a Tuna sliced upon before serving. It was a yellow fin tuna and we were told it weighed a whopping 35 kgs! That is one heavy load and it was all done by only one person, this Japanese chef. Those are some skillful and strong pair of arms yo! As he sliced through, you could hear some of the bones cracking. I am sure this was not an easy task, and a lot of strength was needed to do the job. Salute!

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For my osyter loving friends, they jumped for joy seeing this counter. As I do not eat clams or shells of similar types, I can only imagine the joy they encountered was probably like the joy I encountered when I saw the dessert counter.

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How can I not get my hands dirty…with these! Chocolate fondue, with giant chunky marshmallows and strawberries. They were so delicious and within a bite, I’d knew that the chocolates used were of decent quality. My only regret was that…I should have skipped breakfast and lunch, if I knew I was coming for all of these!

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We were also given a lovely door gift on our way out! A box of macaroons to bring home all these sweet memories! How cool it was! After coming back from Singapore, my next morning’s breakfast at home was ala french style: croissants from Tiong Bahru bakery, and macaroons from Intercontinental…served with home brewed french press coffee.

Thanks Janny for the wonderful invite and wishing you and your team a great success ahead!

For more details, the link is here: http://www.intercontinental-kl.com.my/

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