Indulge in afternoon tea inspired by period drama


Diners donning elegant attire that beautifully mirrors the floral-themed fashion of Bridgerton as they delight in the afternoon tea set at Horizon Grill, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. — Photos: LOW BOON TAT/The Star

Classic British affair puts characters in Bridgerton series in spotlight

The Regency era brings to mind grand balls and leisurely afternoon teas.

Just as in the television series Bridgerton, there is perhaps no greater thrill and honour than receiving an afternoon tea invitation from Queen Charlotte.

To mark the launch of Bridgerton’s third season, Horizon Grill at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is welcoming diners to experience Regency-era elegance at its new high “socie-tea” affair.

Titled “Spill The Tea”, it is touted as the first of its kind in Asia, thanks to a collaboration between the hotel and Shondaland, the production company of the Netflix series.

Restaurant executive sous chef Francesco Fedrighi described the afternoon tea set as a classic British affair with a Bridgerton-inspired twist.

“Each pastry is created to signify the personality of key characters in the series,” he said.

“For example, the basil and lime treat pays homage to Penelope’s refreshing charm, while the Valrhona chocolate mousse pastry represents Colin Bridgerton’s tough exterior and his soft spot for Penelope.”

Tailor-made to echo the Bridgerton theme, a three-tiered stand adorned with pretty blooms commands the stage, showcasing five sweets.

‘Colin the Chamber’, a Valrhona chocolate mousse dome, and ‘Penelope’s Love’ comprising basil lime and zesty lime flavours.‘Colin the Chamber’, a Valrhona chocolate mousse dome, and ‘Penelope’s Love’ comprising basil lime and zesty lime flavours.

They include the Valrhona chocolate mousse dome, also known as “Colin the Charmer” for its contrasting flavours.

With each bite, the interplay of crunchy shell and velvety mousse creates a truly satisfying taste sensation.

Sharing the tier is the basil lime stone, aptly named “Penelope’s Love”, reflecting Penelope’s shift to wearing more blue than bright pinks.

This pastry is a refreshing treat with the aromatic and herbaceous notes of basil harmonising with zesty lime.

Its light and tangy profile cleanses the palate between richer desserts.

While the first tier evokes season three’s main characters Colin and Penelope, the second tier shifts the spotlight to Anthony, the 9th Viscount Bridgerton and his wife Kate, who are central to season two.

Dubbed “Viscountess Kate”, the matcha green tea and passion fruit compote is a pastry of fusion-flavours not to be missed.

The mellow undertones of matcha beautifully complement the sweet and tangy essence of the passion fruit compote.

Next, is “9th Viscount”, a vanilla and caramel mille-feuille featuring layers of crispy, flaky pastry, rich vanilla cream and a caramel glaze.

The execution of textures and flavours create a delightful interplay of crunch and creaminess.

Even Lady Whistledown would regret not featuring this exquisite treat in her gossip column.

The ‘Viscountess Kate’ matcha green tea and passion fruit compote (front) alongside the ‘9th Viscount’ vanilla and caramel mille-feuille.The ‘Viscountess Kate’ matcha green tea and passion fruit compote (front) alongside the ‘9th Viscount’ vanilla and caramel mille-feuille.

The final tier sees finger sandwiches, a staple of British afternoon tea.

The smoked salmon paired with smoked cream cheese tantalises the taste buds, while the truffle egg with chicken ham offers a delightful earthy-savoury mix.

For a refreshing twist, savour the organic cucumber with natural yoghurt and mint.

Those seeking bold flavours will relish the savoury coronation chicken sandwiches, where tender chicken meets a burst of aromatic coriander.

Served with the set are golden-crusted plain and raisin scones, accompanied by authentic clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.

Of premium tea offerings, Earl Grey stands out.

Rich and full-bodied, with the delicate flavour of bergamot, it delivers a delightful blend of citrus and sweet floral notes in every sip.

For a soothing option, aromatic pure chamomile flowers tea is a favourite.

Another selection is the romantic rose with French vanilla tea.

The three varieties from Dilmah are all refillable.

Non-tea enthusiasts will be happy to know there is an array of coffee selections.

From the bold kick of single and double espressos to the creamy richness of cappuccinos and lattes, along with hot chocolate and steaming hot milk, there is a brew to please every palate.

“Spill The Tea” is priced at RM188nett per person and is served from 3pm to 5pm daily.

Reservations can be made via https://www.banyantree.com/malaysia/kuala-lumpur/offers/a-bridgerton-experience

HORIZON GRILL,

Level 58, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 010-566 0958) Business hours: 6.30am to 10.30am and noon to 10pm.

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

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