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Weekly Reads: In-TEA-resting Facts About Your Favorite Afternoon Tea!

Afternoon Tea is a long-standing British tradition and it has become so well-known that you can easily enjoy it at hotels, restaurants or even bars! Some of you might be frenzy advocates of this quintessential tradition for their delicious treats and etiquette, yet the following facts would make you treasure it even more.  

 

1/ The Origin of Afternoon Tea

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If you think reveling in an Afternoon Tea is interesting, you would also fall in love with the story behind how this tradition was originated. It is believed that in the 18th and 19th century, English people often got hungry during the long gap between lunch and dinner which was very late in the evening. Annoyed by this hunger pains,  Anna Maria Russell – the Duchess of Bedford, scheduled her time to enjoy a light meal of cakes and sandwiches which she believed was an excellent stand-in in the middle of the afternoon. She soon began to invite her friends along to enjoy it and so the craze became a legend.

 

2/  Is It “Scone With The Wind” Or “Games Of Scones”?

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The pronunciation of “Scone” is surprisingly still controversial up till now! It can either be pronounced as “Gone” or Throne”! Step back in time, the origin of the word “Scone” is believed to have come from the Dutch word “Schoonbrot” which means “beautiful bread” and later was changed to a shorter version which we know as “Scone”! There is no right or wrong in how you call it. Although you might keep in mind that some more pedantic experts would argue the correct pronunciation of scone is like “gone”!

 

3/ The Difference Between Afternoon Tea and Hi-Tea

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Many have mistaken “High Tea” and “Afternoon Tea” as one. If you do think so, this fact might surprise you! There was actually a huge difference between these two! “Afternoon Tea” (also known as “Low Tea”) was originated for the upper class, while “High Tea” was designed for a working-class man’s main meal of the day! The Afternoon Tea, therefore, will feature delicate finger foods ranging from small sandwiches to scones, pastries and cakes. On the other hand, as a working class could not afford such an indulgent treat, their tea set will be full of heartier affair like meat, pies and crackers and served on a high table as indicated by the term “high” in its name. Nowadays, fewer differences are seen between these two traditions. 

 

4/ Did You Hold It Correctly? 

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The standard correct way to hold a teacup is with one or two fingers of the hand put through the hole of the cup handle. The cup should be balanced with your thumb on top and your other fingers curled underneath. Although it’s not compulsory and unnecessary nowadays, the etiquette of holding a traditional teacup might be something you will find enjoyable to know. The holding can be a little tricky as you gotta try to lift your pinkie finger out to look proper. It is believed that the raised pinkie was started by a noblewoman and mimicked by the Royal family. 

 

5/ Milk First or Tea First? Jam First or Cream First? 

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In the past, milk is added to the teacup first to protect the delicate china from the hot tea. As time’s gone, it is more common now to add the tea first, followed by the milk. How about jam and cream? It has been a debate raging on for decades about whether to put jam or cream on your scone first! Actually, it depends mainly on where the tradition is from or where you are having your tea! In Cornwall, it’s jam then cream yet in Devon, people will do the opposite! 

Can’t wait to indulge yourself in an Afternoon Tea or High Tea in Klang Valley already? We have just the list hand-picked for you! Check out Newens Tea House, Pavilion Lounge at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Altitude at Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, THIRTY8 at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Nobu Kuala Lumpur, The Lounge & Oro Cafe at Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Bistro 160 at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur!

 

 

10 Buffet Dinner & Brunch For Your New Year 2019 Celebration, Malaysia

Looking for a buffet dinner or brunch in town to tempt your palate this New Year’s Eve 2018 or scouting for a sumptuous feast to celebrate New Year 2019? We have got your back! Check out our hand-picked list of the top buffet for New Year celebration in Malaysia! Love to see more? Don’t miss out our list of Top Restaurants that Serve Festive Menus for New Year Celebration!

 

1/ A Wide Spread of Festive Treats at Shook!, Starhill Gallery



With an open-concept kitchen featuring 4 show kitchens – Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Western Grill to captivate all the senses, Shook! at Starhill Gallery is definitely your place to be for a wide spread of buffet to celebrate this New Year 2019. Treat yourself to a plethora of holiday treats like Freshly Sucked Oysters, Lemon Wedges, Smoked Salmon and Gravlax, Prawn Bisque, Roasted Prime Rib, Lamb Kebab Skewer, Roasted Whole Lamb and many other delights.

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Big Balloon Drop Dinner Buffet: 31st December 2018 at RM298 per person.
***Special offer: Ladies come in a group of 4 for countdown party (after 10pm) will get a bottle of prosecco for free. 
New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Brunch Buffet: 1st Jan 2019 at RM158 per person. 
*20% off for New Year’s table reservations at Shook! via TABLEAPP

Shook!
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Shook!, Starhill Gallery

 

2/ Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill, Starhill Gallery

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Nestled in the food heaven Starhill Gallery, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill stands out for its exceptional Sentidos twist and dynamic culinary. If you love an all-around experience of Spanish flavours that truly pays tribute to five senses, this restaurant would be a must-go. Savor delicacies like Fresh Prawns, Mexican Chicken Salad, Turkey Ham, Manchego Cheese, Spit-Roast Beef, Over Baked Herb Mushroom, Sea Grouper, Chocolate Fountain and other delights. 

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Latin Fiesta Dinner with Big Balloon Drop: 31st December 2018 at RM158 per person. 
New Year’s Day Tapas Buffet At The Table: 1st January 2019 at RM118 per person. 
*20% off for New Year’s table reservations at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill via TABLEAPP

Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill, Starhill Gallery

 

3/ JP teres at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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If you love to get away from the hustle and bustle right at the center of Kuala Lumpur, treat yourself and your loved ones to a cozy buffet dinner at JP teres, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur which offers authentic selections of Malay, Indian and Chinese flavours and gratifies your senses with the show kitchens featuring satay grills, tandoor ovens, roti hot plate and wok stations. Immerse in delights such as Dahi Papadi Chat, Roasted Whole Lamb, Chili Crab, Es Cendol, Profiterole Bar and more. 

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet: 31st December 2018 at RM200 nett per adult; RM100 nett per child. 

JP teres
Location
Ground Floor, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at JP teres, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

 

4/ THIRTY8 at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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Located on the 38th floor of with a captivating 360 degree city view of Kuala Lumpur and vibrant cuisine, THIRTY8 will be all you could ask for this New Year. Usher in New Year 2019 by reveling in delights like Sustainable Seafood On Ice including Sushi, Sashimi, Freshly Shucked Oysters and so on or Imported Cheese, Foie Gras, Wagyu Beef, Prime Meat Cuts, Grand Desserts and many great treats!

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet: 31st December 2018 at RM800 nett per person (KLCC View) | RM680 nett per person (City View). Kids under 12 are not admitted.

THIRTY8
Location
: 38th Floor, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at THIRTY8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

 

5/ Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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If you are a seafood lover, you simply cannot miss out taking joy in a seafood buffet spread of a variety of local and international dishes at Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur! With a wide array of delectable seafood delights and other items at Japanese Sushi Bar, Appetizer Bar, Open Noodle Kitchen and Bakery, the buffet would satiate even a discerning palate! Get ready to revel in Pineapple Chicken Wrap Salad, Cold Seafood Terrine, Smoked Salmon, Alaska King Crab, Unagi Teriyaki, Seared Salmon With Truffle Potatoes and Basil Sauce and so on. 

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Seafood Buffet Dinner: 31st December 2018 at RM218 nett per person; RM248 nett per person inclusive of free flow wine & bubbly.

Gobo Chit Chat
Location
Level 5, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

 

6/ Paya Serai, Hilton Petaling Jaya

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In search of sumptuous buffet offerings of gastronomic affairs and impeccable service in Petaling Jaya? You should not miss out Paya Serai at Hilton Petaling Jaya! The chic restaurant is preparing a feast with mouth-watering favourites of chef’s special recipe like Whole Roasted Turkey, Lamb and Venison with delightful trimmings, festive cookies, Yuletide Log and more. Don’t forget to get your complimentary party packs as well!

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner: 31st December 2018 at RM168 nett per adult; RM88 nett per child.

Paya Serai
Location
: Lobby Level, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Paya Serai, Hilton Petaling Jaya

 

7/ Tosca Italian Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

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What’s better than relaxing on the 13th floor and relishing the stunning views over the Straits of Johor while digging in your favorite holiday items? Tosca Italian Restaurant is not only loved for its contemporary flair of rustic Italian foods but also for its relaxing ambience with a sparkling poolside! A number of irresistible buffet delicacies are awaiting at the restaurant including Seasonal US Oysters, New Zealand Mussels, Crab Cakes, Grilled Capsicum, Roasted Whole Ribeye, Lamb Stew, Paella, Sous Vide Duck Breat, Assorted Cheese, Assorted Baked Pizzas and many great dishes.

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner: 31st December 2018 at RM198 nett per adult; RM99 nett per child.

Tosca Italian Restaurant
Location
: DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, No. 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru.

>> Click here to book a table at Tosca Italian Restaurant, DoubleTree Hilton Johor Bahru

 

8/ A Luscious Spread of Buffet at Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

Not only can you enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Tosca Italian Restaurant, you can also tempt your palate  at Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru with exquisite cuisine ranging from Malay, Chinese, Indian and much-loved Peranakan dishes presented in a luscious spread of buffet with exciting cooking stations. What can you expect from a buffet here? Satiate your taste buds with Steam Prawn & Cocktail Dressing, Smoked Duck Breast, Yellow Fin Tuna, Rosemary Lamb Shoulder, BBQ Marinated Mini Steak, Korean Station, Fresh Baked Clay Pot, Traditional Fruit Cake and more delicacies. 

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner: 31st December 2018 at RM168 nett per adult; RM84 nett per child.

Tosca Italian Restaurant
Location
: DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, No. 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru 

 

9/ Globally Inspired Selection of Delicacies at Urban Kitchen, Hilton Kota Kinabalu

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If you are celebrating New Year at Kota Kinabalu, don’t forget to take joy in the International Countdown Buffet Dinner at Urban Kitchen, Hilton Kota Kinabalu! Be overwhelmed with globally inspired selection with live cooking stations showcasing local delicacies (Indian, Chinese and Malay) and Western dishes such as all-time-favorite roast of melt-in-the-mouth cuts of meat, delectable seafood on ice, great festive desserts and other dishes. 

New Year Special:
New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner: 31st December 2018 at RM168 nett per adult; RM84 nett per child.

Urban Kitchen
Location
: Lobby Level, Hilton Kota Kinabalu, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Urban Kitchen, Hilton Kota Kinabalu

 

10/ Breath-Taking View and A Wide Array of Festive Treats at TOP View Restaurant & Lounge

Perched on top of Komtar Tower at Level 59 and 60, it is no doubt that TOP View Restaurant & Lounge is a perfect place to count down to New Year 2019 while taking in the breath-taking view here. In this festive season, the award-winning chefs here have prepared a wide array of treats for you including Whole Poached Salmon, Continental Sliced Cold Meat, Festive Terrine, Roast Hereford Striploin, Orange Basted Roast Turkey, Chocolate Yuletide Log and more!

New Year Special:

– New Year’s Buffet Dinner: 30th December 2018 at RM138++ per adult | RM98++ per child.
New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner: 31st December 2018 at RM118++ per adult | RM98++ per child.
New Year’s Buffet Brunch: 1st January 2019 at RM88++ per adult | RM68++ per child.

TOP View Restaurant & Lounge
Location
: 59 Dining Room, Level 59, Komtar, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at TOP View Restaurant & Lounge

 

 

 

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#MerdekaDay: A (Makan) Journey To Iconic and Historical Places This Merdeka Day 2018

1/ Step back in time to admire the glory days in the past at Old Malaya

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Old Malaya

If you want to be drifted back to the colonial time while enjoying lip-smacking delights, you cannot simply ignore Old Malaya. Located at Jalan Raja Chulan, the 99-year-old colonial building has been transformed from a prominent residential area to a dilapidated sanctuary and finally the home of numerous heritage-modelled restaurants that are much loved by Malaysians and tourists. Amongst towers of offices and gigantic malls, this old landmark stands out as a unique, worth-visiting aesthetic legacy to step back in time and value our past. Come to Old Malaya if you love to appreciate the glory days of Kuala Lumpur in the past through the remaining ornate walls that harken back to the old days.

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The journey to Old Malaya wouldn’t be complete without sitting at a restaurant here to revel in the magnificent view of the iconic KL Tower or the serene ambiance of this culinary enclave. If you have a knack for steak, there is no reason why you should not opt for one of the best steakhouse in town – PAMPAS Steakhouse at Old Malaya. If you are into Malaysian-accented culinary with a modern twist, walk in Manja and it won’t let you down. Pier 12 Seafood Tavern will bring you to the sea with its freshest seafood while Luce Osteria Comtemporanea is where you can find yourself an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza and Junior Chellapa will gratify your Indian food craving by showering you with authentic Indian dishes.

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KL Tower

A few minutes further from Old Malaya and you will set your foot on the highest telecommunications tower in Southest Asia – KL Tower. As the highest and most spectacular tower of Kuala Lumpur currently, the gleaming KL Tower has a spindle-like apex that allows visitors to admire the city centre. Boasting a theatre, an amphitheatre and beautiful cascading pools, this tower is a definite must-see sightseeing attraction. A visit to KL Tower would not be fulfilled without treating yourself to modern authentic Malaysian and international cuisine while rejoicing in the most spectacular view of the city centre at Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower.

 

2/ Visit Historical Trio at Once – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square, National Museum of Malaysia

The more the better, you ask? Buckle up and visit these famous landmarks – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square and National Museum of Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Designed by one of the most prolific British colonial architects – Arthur Benison Hubback, the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station has marked its 118 years old this year and one who came here would not stop admiring the gorgeous facade of the gazetted heritage building, the dome-capped pavilions along the roof line and the Renaissance-like verandas with arched colonnade.

Merdeka Square

It would be a miss if you don’t visit Merdeka Square where the Malayan flag was raised for the very first time and take joy in the annual Merdeka Parade here. Keep in mind that when you are admiring the lofty flagpole that holds the flag of Malaysia, you are actually seeing one of the top highest flagpoles in the world! Merdeka Square is not only a historical place itself but is also ringed by the majestic charm of heritage buildings such as the prominent Sultan Abdul Samad Building and St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral. Take a few steps further and you can pay the renowned Chinatown a visit.

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National Museum of Malaysia

Finally, don’t forget to spend your time in the National Museum (Muzium Negara) which is the most principal museum of Malaysia. Set up in 1963, the museum is a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage. With its magnificent exhibitions and galleries, the museum imparts knowledge through the country’s historical past. Remember to admire the 3 note-worthy galleries here which are the History Gallery that traces back to the original days, the Cultural Gallery with a collection of various aspects of Malaysian culture and the Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery that showcases ceremonial ornaments and instruments.

Feeling peckish after wandering for so long? Don’t worry as there are a plethora of delectable food around for you to pamper yourself.

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Just take a few steps away from the National Museum of Malaysia and you will reach Hilton Kuala Lumpur which is well-known for its notable restaurants. Rest at the newly refurbished The Lounge to adore the picturesque scenery or find yourself a comfortable seat at the polished marble counter at Oro Cafe with a freshly baked croissant.  Yearn for a big meal? Walk in the all-day-dining Vasco’s for an impressive buffet of Asian and international favourites or savour classic dishes at the authentic modern European restaurant – Graze. You can also delight your taste buds with Japanese dishes at Iketeru or dwell in prime aged meat cuts or robatayaki-style skewers at Chambers Grill. Don’t hesitate to go for Chynna where the marinated-to-perfection Peking Duck will satiate your taste buds.

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A few minutes further to Bangsar area and you are in the heaven of food! Head to La Bodega BSC if you are searching for Spanish food or Madam Kwan’s BSC if you love Malaysian-accented dishes. Visit Vineria.IT for authentic Italian delights or dance your way to Dancing Fish for lip-smacking Malay and Indonesian flavors. You can also opt for a Western meal at Ben’s Bangsar Shopping Centre or The Daily Grind Bangsar.
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle, Jalan Bangkung is a great choice where a long line of eminent restaurants are set to whet your appetite. Savour Italian dishes at Opus Bistro or Leonardo ‘s Dining Room & Wine Loft, indulge yourself in Western food at Bobo KL, Lucky Bo or relish Spanish delights at Cava.

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Truffle Roast Duck at Way Modern Chinois

Still want more choices? We have got your back! Take a short drive to Damansara Heights to treat yourself to Japanese Tapas (aka Japas) at Babe which is conceptualized by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey or relish Asian fusion dishes at PLOY. If you love contemporary Chinese cuisine, walk in Way Modern Chinois and try their iconic truffle roast duck or go to The Point or Mezze Bar & Bistro in case you are craving for Western-fusion delights.