Let’s Have A Cuppa
Grace Lim 
A high tea set inspired by Tory Burch’s Autumn/Winter Collection

There are many stories about the origins of afternoon tea, or high tea as the aristocrats used to call it. Some say that it started as a meal taken by labourers between 3pm and 4pm as early as the 1700s to stave off hunger before dinner. Others say it was made fashionable by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, in the early 19th century as a midday filler as dinner were only served at 8pm then.

No matter. Afternoon teas are now enjoyed regularly, and certainly one of the most delightful ways of spending an afternoon in the company of good friends. Here are two places to indulge.


Fashionably delicious 

TWG Tea and Tory Burch are collaborating for a limited period on Grand High Tea Set inspired by Tory Burch’s Autumn/ Winter 2017 collection. With TWG Tea’s trendsetting tea gastronomy joining forces with Tory Burch’s timeless style and creativity, you can be sure to be treated to an experience that promises to tantalise taste buds, all the while paying homage to old Hollywood glamour inspired by the film The Philadelphia Story and the inimitable style of its leading lady, Katharine Hepburn.

Taking cues from Tory Burch’s American style, the menu consists of references to American favourites such as the classic mini wagyu beef burgers infused with Polo Club Tea and the chicken terrine flavoured by Love Me Tea. The sweet bites include a New York cheesecake and the Melody cupcake, both similarly infused with TWG Tea’s exclusive floral-flavoured blends, which is in line with the theme of the season, Melody Floral.

This specially curated menu is available exclusively at TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and The Gardens Mall, where Tory Burch is also present, until the end of this month. Guests will also receive a RM300 cash voucher with each order. The voucher can be redeemed with a minimum purchase of RM2,000 at any Tory Burch boutique. The first 30 customers to redeem it will also get a complimentary bottle of the Tory Burch Bel Azur fragrance. 

Tea by the pool at E18hteen Inspired Cuisine

On a high

No place like the highlands to enjoy an afternoon tea. And those looking for a real treat should head to E18hteen Inspired Cuisine in Maxims, Genting Highlands. Located on the 18th floor of the hotel, the restaurant serves Cantonese, Japanese and Western cuisines by a team led by chef de cuisine Eric Lee and Japanese chef Ikuo Umeda.

The poolside dining space also boasts a spectacular bird’s eye view of the resort. Its high-tea set is really something to savour as it comes with a combination of Eastern and Western morsels served with a delicious pot of tea.

The food arrives in a golden birdcage with two levels separated by a glass panel. Start at the top panel where you will find smoked salmon with horseradish cream on brioche, American lobster in a soft roll, and the homely and refreshing cucumber sandwich.

The sweets await at the bottom panel. There is a choice of cheesecake, carrot cake, fruit tartlets and a tasty egg tart. The spotlight, however, belongs to the Torofuwa espresso pudding set aflame by Hennessy cognac heated in a small pan before getting the blowtorch treatment, as well as the snow frog pudding with fresh almond milk. Needless to say, they are decadent and delicious!

This article first appeared in Focus Malaysia Issue 259.