During the final week before I left Malaysia, I was pretty free especially during the day time. When Yen suggested for afternoon tea together at Pavilions Lounge, Sheraton Imperial KL, I immediately agreed to it. For one, this tea is only available during weekdays and I never had the chance to try it when I was working, and secondly, with the Starwood card, it’d cost around RM20 for the afternoon tea buffet. Of course, it goes without saying that the fabulous company made the day that much more fun.
The small buffet spread
We arrived just before 3pm to find Pavilions Lounge to be rather empty with only 1 or 2 tables occupied. The 4 of us made ourselves comfortable at one of the couches, before being informed that we couldn’t sit at the same table if we were going to use 2 Starwood cards. What a bummer! After much negotiation with the manager on duty, we managed to sit together. But our moods were somewhat ruined, not to mention that the buffet spread was really not a spread at all. Perhaps we set our expectations too high but the afternoon tea buffet was quite limited in selection and quantity. At least they used nice china plates that set the right mood for our tea experience.
Cutlery for afternoon tea
There were selections of chocolates, cup cakes, donuts, scones, macaroons, cookies, and tarts on the table. I did enjoy the chocolate donuts and the chocolate balls, but most of the items were pretty average. I was looking forward to the scones but they turned out to be rather hard and dry. I did not have a try at the cupcakes as they looked like they were overloaded with sugar. I’m no expert with macarons but comparing the hotel version with those that Quay Po Cooks brought, the latter won hands down.
Every cloud has a silver lining and in this case, it was their TWG Tea that came with the buffet. Each of us was allowed to choose from the tea list that included Royal Darjeeling, Emperor Sencha, English Earl Grey, Moroccan Mint Tea, Jasmine Queen and Royal Breakfast Tea. Since we were seated in a corner, it was quite hard to get the attention of the waiters, until one of us had to bring the pots over to the counter for a refill.
TWG English Earl Grey tea
Chocolate balls – milk and dark variety
Jam, cream and honey for scones
Cheese and carrot cakes
Aside from the mediocre food and service, we found great joy in catching up and getting to know each other more on the quiet afternoon. Also, it helped that we only paid RM22 per person with the Starwood card. Anything more, it wouldn’t have been worth it. If we ever do return, it would solely be for the comfortable couches and nice ambience.
Ladies at tea
Pavilions Lounge, Sheraton Imperial KL
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel No.: +603 -2717 9900
Afternoon Tea Hours: Mon – Fri (2pm – 6pm)