Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Parisian Afternoon Tea: Betjeman & Barton, Pavilion KL

Afternoon tea is a time-honoured tradition whereby sandwiches, scones and pastries are enjoyed over a pot of tea. Betjeman and Barton, the purveyors of fine, French tea recently opened their doors at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and has introduced an innovative concept of "all-day afternoon tea" for lovers of this laid back indulgence. This concept is perfect for accommodating the busy lifestyle of KL-ites who seek to be spontaneous and enjoy afternoon tea, anytime of the day.

Bright and airy, Betjeman and Barton in Pavilion is located at Fashion Avenue and operate an open-concept tearoom, which gives the feeling of spaciousness while still offering privacy to guests. The decor is tasteful, with pastel colour schemes, exuding a chic ambiance for the afternoon tea session.

Betjeman and Barton Malaysia offers over 80 types of tea, both premium and superior, all air-flown in from France. Once seated, one of the staff would bring a tray filled with glass domes of tea leaves and bring the guests on a crash course on tea appreciation. We were invited to smell each tea, including black, green, red, white and herbal teas, and find the tea best suited to our taste.

Each Traditional Afternoon Tea set comes with free flow of selected tea, warm scones, made-to-order finger sandwiches and pastries. For April, they are currently a special price of RM55 per person with Betjeman's premium loose tea or RM59 per person with Betjeman's superior loose tea. There is also a Gelato Afternoon Tea with three scoops of gelato for RM79 per person and Grand Chocolate Afternoon Tea with six pieces of Betjeman's finest chocolates for RM89 per person. They also offer a Children's Afternoon Tea for 4-10 year olds, which comes with milk or hot chocolate at RM39 per child.

I selected the Hanami, a delicate black tea from China blended with tiare flowers, heliotrope. I was especially drawn to the floral, fruity aroma. Hubby, being a creature of habit, stuck to his usual Lapsang Souchong, which has a smoky aroma, as the tea leaves are smoked over pinewood fire. Tea is served in Noritake pretty pastel pink teapot and teacups. Do note that there is a 90-minute refill policy for the tea.

Served in an elegant three tier set, we started with the sandwiches, which included Betjeman's smoked salmon with cream cheese, Egg mayonnaise with chopped chives, Chicken ham with sweet mustard and Cucumber with lemon butter, all competently made and delicious. Similarly, the warm scones were delicious - tender and crumbly on the inside and a delightful golden crust. Best of all, they are served with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve, exactly the way it should be :)

For the sweets, there was a French violette tart, opera cake, lemon cheese, coconut mango tart and Betjeman's blueberry macaron. Overall, a very enjoyable afternoon tea experience with good service and lovely ambiance.

Opening times: 10am to 10pm daily.

Location: Betjeman and Barton, P3.01.03, Level 3, Fashion Avenue, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, No.168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2110 5996

Website: https://www.facebook.com/bnbpavilion/

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