Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is probably one of the best-attended activity here in this metropole city. We were also shopping when our tea o’clock called us to stop. Luckily here at Pavilion KL, we found TWG Pavilion outlet, which is serving sumptuous tea. Anyway, check our Twg Pavilion Review and see if their bites are as good as their tea.
- Ambiance at the TWG Pavilion
- Tea Menu at TWG Store for Tea at Pavilion
- Our Tea Choice
- TWG Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Grand High Tea Set
- Final Thought
- TWG Pavilion Afternoon Tea Review
- Price and Location of TWG Pavilion
Ambiance at the TWG Pavilion
It instantly becomes clear that privacy is scarce at the TWG Kuala Lumpur. After all, the Pavilion shopping mall seems to be something of the “on the display” case. Then, on the other hand, you are in Kuala Lumpur’s high fashion shopping plaza.
The first part of the TWG shop is meant for a quick stop when you require some tea replenishing. In addition to that, it also had a display of items for a private afternoon tea affair.
In the dining area, the black marble floors changed for the wooden ones. This floor change made the dining area appear humbler and eased the surrounding glare. The only thing that bothered us on this side were the closely placed tables.
Tea Menu at TWG Store for Tea at Pavilion
For us going through the TWG tea menu was exciting for many reasons. First, it is the imagination at play when I see the names and tea blends. However, it might take some time going through over 450 fine quality tea samples.
Really, for our TWG tea at Pavilion, I was scared of quickly passing time while going through the extended tea menu. That is why when it came to the final choice I asked for advice and hoped for the best.
Our Tea Choice
Given the premium status behind the TWG brand, we expected that someone would take care of our steeping tea, or bring a saucer. Sadly, we ended up with overly soaked tea, and without extra water to dilute the strong brew. Somehow, we expected the best tea service here in Kuala Lumpur… Ok, let’s check our choice.
The Secret of Bhutan Tea
TWG Secret of Bhutan is a black tea refreshed by the red berries and lemongrass making it invigorating. Still, nothing overcomes the base of the black tea blend which leaves lingering palate.
After longer steeping time, tea Secret of Bhutan pulled into the bitter direction and become more earthy. Bhutan is known for its pristine nature and earthy flavor can work as a metaphor. Bhutan cares about the land and the people, therefore earthy taste comes around.
Weekend in Shanghai Tea
Our second choice, the TWG Weekend in Shanghai is made of the red berries and green tea. In this case, the blend was sweetened by the cherry blossoms and refreshed by the mint. It all came around as a gentle start of the summer morning with a fresh breeze.
TWG Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Grand High Tea Set
Our TWG Grand High Tea set was dropped on the table without a word, which makes another minus for a service. Let’s hope the food will turn the tables.
Nope! On our big disappointment, the TWG Pavilion ran out of jams that should accompany scones. To replace this sweet loss, we got the average well-whipped cream as an excuse. Rather disappointing were also the scones themselves; not only were they overly bread-like but also tasted off.
Savories at TWG Pavilion
We were very excited to try the tea-infused bites from the tea masters themselves. The idea of incorporating tea into the classic afternoon tea bites is excellent. With that image in our minds, we expected the tea flavors to stand in our Grand high tea set at TWG Pavilion, but sadly the tea infusions were left far behind in the background. Occasionally, we had to think strongly about the infusions before indicating them in the bites themselves.
Prawn in Genmaicha Tea Infused Brioche
Warm prawn coated in seaweed tempura crust combined the sweet ocean notes with a lovely crunch. On the other hand, the prawn’s sweetness was also boosted by the sweet corn and toasted flavor coming from the Genmaicha infused butter brioche.
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Chicken Tandoori on Infused Bagel with Comptoir des Indes Tea
Mini French bagel infused with the Masala Chai blend of spices pointed us into the Indian direction before we reached the Tandoori chicken. Besides the chicken, the generous filling provided also moist sauce with fresh coriander and crunchy pickles.
Tea Infused Smoked Duck in a Cone – My Favorite
Savory cones were delicious. Especially with cubes of soft smoked duck infused with green tea, and spiced up with ginger and mint. Everything came together in a tasty bite when light crème and tomato jam got dropped in.
Salmon with Tibetan Secret Tea Infused Quiche
Judging on this moist bite, Tibet has some juicy secrets. We say this because the quiche was the juiciest bite so far with light dough that quickly absorbed silky Hollandaise sauce. We felt the Tibetan Secret black tea from behind the salmon on the spicy overtones.
Red of Africa Tea Infused Vol-Au-Vent
Vol-Au-Vent refers to the lightness of the puff pastry, which indeed was light as a cloud. Also, the mushroom and spinach ragout coincided with the gentle taste. Possibly the tea infusion was scanty because we didn’t catch much. Maybe that was because of the strong-tasting lamb sausage, which could easily be left out.
Sweets at TWG Pavilion
Among five different sweet treats of the TWG Grand High Tea set, we were truly happy only with the Macaron Du Jour. As soon as we sunk our teeth into the meringue it revealed the desired fragility that melted into the passionfruit cream perfectly. For the rest, Wild and Free Diary can only say that they didn’t reach up to our expectations.
The Wellbeing Group, more often known as the TWG considers itself as the finest luxury tea brand in the world. Their tea is outstanding, there is no doubt about that. Sadly, this is something we can’t say for the Grand High Tea set at TWG Pavilion.
All afternoon tea experience was rather disappointing. Especially when considering their promise on the tea gastronomy, which supposed to make an introduction into a whole new world of sensations and flavors. In addition to the not so Grand High Tea set also the service could use a fair amount of guidance.
If you are a foodie, skip this one and go just over the road where Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea will satisfy you.
TWG Pavilion Afternoon Tea Review
- ATMOSPHERE – 7.0/107.0/10
- SERVICE – 6.0/106.0/10
- TEA SELECTION – 10/1010/10
- PRESENTATION – 9.1/109.1/10
- BITES – 7.0/107.0/10
- VALUE – 8.2/108.2/10
Price and Location of TWG Pavilion
Grand High Tea Set for two persons with individual TWG teapots cost us a little under the 30USD. Before choosing the entitled tea is good to know that the price will grow if you choose more expensive tea. Here is a link to the location for easier navigation.