The Hypest High Teas in the Klang Valley

The Hypest High Teas in the Klang Valley

People often associate high teas with upper-class enjoyment, especially with the stereotypical imagery of cake tier stands filled with scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, as well as tea served in English teapots. However, that is a confusion of afternoon tea with high tea: afternoon tea is a light meal typically enjoyed around 4 pm, and it was created by the wealthy social classes in England in the middle of the 19th century; “high tea” is an after-work meal. Additionally, only a particular form of afternoon tea, which is called cream tea, only includes scones, cream and jam, whereas regular afternoon tea includes sandwiches and cakes as well. Then again, many people outside of England do not know the difference, so even fine establishments in England would use the term “high tea” to please tourists, in spite of the fact that “high tea” is so named because the food would be served at “high” dining tables in contrast to a “low” coffee table. Of course, some people thought that the “high” in “high tea” either referred to “high noon” (even though “high noon” means precisely noon, i.e. 12 pm) or “high society”, the latter of which seems quite likely, and that is what contributed to the conflation of afternoon tea with high tea.

With that said, however, the terminology is not important. What is important is that we get to know where the best high teas or afternoon teas are located in the Klang Valley. Here are some of our top picks.

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Arte 66 @ Arte by Thomas Chan

Arte by Thomas Chan is a luxury boutique hotel in Mont Kiara with a very distinctive French Baroque theme characterised by an extravagant style featuring gilt and gold. Once you step foot into it, you’ll immediately be overcome by the overt opulence of the premises. Even those dressed in smart casual would immediately have a sense of being severely underdressed to be in such a place. Within Arte is a bar and restaurant by the name of Arte 66 which serves Arte 66 High Tea, also known as the Lady Venus High Tea set. This high tea set was crafted from their collaboration with Chef Bernard Tan, renowned for having worked with several 5-star hotels in Singapore, as well as having been recognised by both the Sultan Of Brunei and the King Of Bhutan. In addition to pleasing your tastebuds, you also get an elegant view overlooking the Kuala Lumpur skyline from west of the Petronas Twin Towers when you’re 66 floors above the ground (that’s where the 66 in the name of the restaurant comes from). The Lady Venus High Tea set comes with croissants, tuna sandwiches, a delectable variety of cakes, scones and pastries, and also your choice from their TWG Tea selection. This comes to a price of RM138++ per person. Do bear in mind, however, that the restaurant is strictly adult-only, and they have a dress code of formal or smart casual; shorts and slippers will not be tolerated.

Executive Lounge On23 @ The Pearl Kuala Lumpur

Prior to its 20th anniversary in November 2017, The Pearl Kuala Lumpur was a well-known landmark in Jalan Klang Lama that went by the name of Pearl International Hotel. Following the rebranding, it also underwent a multi-million ringgit refurbishment to give it a more modern look and environment for its guests. Executive Lounge On23 is located on the 23rd floor (which is where the 23 in the name comes from), which provides another view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline from south of the Petronas Twin Towers. They are currently promoting their Afternoon Tea for Two which is served every day from 2 pm to 5 pm at RM138 nett per set. Apart from the usual sandwiches and scones, what’s unique about their Afternoon Tea set is the inclusion of macarons, as well as Mini Wagyu Cheese Burgers and Baked Oyster with Cheese & Garlic.

Gatsby Mansion KL (non-halal)

Gatsby Mansion KL was formerly known as Brixton 23 (the 23 comes from the address: 23, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang). While its former incarnation took inspiration from Kingsman, operating as a speakeasy bar and restaurant with a functioning tailor shop as its facade, Gatsby Mansion KL has taken its inspiration from The Great Gatsby, exuding the extravagance of the Roaring Twenties—the 1920s. Starting on 1 October 2021, Gatsby Mansion KL is serving up their special Hendrick’s Gin High Tea Set. What sets this apart from the rest of the high teas is that they serve TWG Tea infused with Hendrick’s Gin. Entrance is only by reservation, so you need to make a reservation by calling them at 012-620 3877 or contacting them via email at rsvp@gatsbymansion.co. As with Arte 66, they have a strict dress code that welcomes smart or formal attire, but absolutely no slippers, sandals, crocs or shorts allowed.

So there you have it, three special high teas in the Klang Valley. Do you know of any other special places for high or afternoon tea that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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