I have gone for a fair share of high tea in KL and most of it is rather disappointing. General take on the high tea scene in the city is, presentation is usually on point in a beautiful tier but lacks the basic taste, flavor and texture expected of a pastry.
In my honest opinion, high tea at Altitude, Banyan Tree is one of the best in town.
The high tea set starts off with a welcome snack and savory selection.
Welcome snack: char siew chicken crisp, lobster grissini, garden herb tuile
Savouries: foie gras delights, land meets sea, the cracker, forest
Classics’s: turkey ham and cheese sandwich, truffle egg sandwich, roast beef sandwich
I loved the welcome snack! It was unexpected, light, thin and perfect for nibbles. It is served in a tall round bowl and I think that was the best out of the table. Savouries are served on a clear glass slider and classics presented on the porcelain plate.
Next comes the sweets! It comes in an assortment of macaroons, doughnut, plain and raisin scones, fruit tart, choux pastry and mousses.
You should also know that they charge by per pax instead of per stand. It’s RM98 per person and it comes with a choice of coffee or tea. Coffee is by illy and tea by Harney & Sons! Personally I like tea better and pretty glad that they serve loose tea leaves instead of dumping one tea bag in the pot and calling it a day.
They only have 2 slots available on weekends (2:30pm or 4:30pm), not sure why as it was quite empty when I was there. All in all, high tea in Banyan Tree is recommended and their wait staff is very service oriented. The menu is also pretty extensive and probably offers one of the most number of items in a set.