Elegant treats in festive flavours


Tuck into eclairs dressed in colours of the season.

AFTER almost two years of uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, what better way to indulge this Christmas season than enjoying luxurious afternoon tea with loved ones.

The petite servings of Christmas-themed pastries and finger sandwiches were pleasantly satisfying as we sampled Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur’s festive selection.

Served at Lounge on the Park, the tea tray filled with sweet and savoury morsels of food hones in on the flavours and hues of Christmas.

Tuck into eclairs decorated in colours of the season, as well as Santa Belt Cherry Apricot Vanilla Tart and Classic Chocolate Buttercream Yule Log, among others. High-tea classics such as ginger scones and plain ones, with clotted cream, cinnamon marmalade as well as strawberry and hibiscus jam round up the sweet spreads.

Starting from the bottom plate of the triple-tier presentation, we sampled the savoury sandwich of Roasted Turkey with Cranberries Compote in Rye Bread.

The subtle hint of sweetness from the cranberries did not overpower the turkey, a classic Christmas pairing in a bite-sized portion.

Other savoury treats to look forward to include sandwiches of cured Strawberry Salmon with Avocado Cream in Brioche Bread, Roasted Pumpkin, Chestnut with Truffle Mayo in Cranberry Bread as well as Italian-style Beef Sandwich with Sweet Pepper Confit in Multigrain Bread.

From the four types of eclairs served, the top favourites were the chestnut and raspberry variants.

The chestnut filling in the eclair had a hint of smokiness which is complemented by a berry compote in the middle of the filling.

The compote also helps to cut through the chestnut’s richness.

Overall, the savoury treats balanced nicely with the sweet treats.

Even those without a sweet tooth could appreciate these delightful creations, as nothing was overly cloying or sugary.

The Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at RM168+ per person with free flow of hot beverages and RM228+ per person with the additional glass of Taittinger Champagne.

The promotion is available until Jan 9, 2022, from 2.30pm to 6pm.

The hotel’s other restaurants are also hosting a variety of festive meals including for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

This includes set menus, buffets and barbecues throughout December.

LOUNGE ON THE PARK, Level G, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2330 8798) Business hours: 10am to 10.30pm.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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