Perfectly in line with Element Kuala Lumpur’s art infused setting, their “Arteastry – Art. Tea. Pastry,” is the MOST UNIQUE AFTERNOON TEA we’ve come across in the city.
If you’ve yet to visit Trace Restaurant and Bar in the newly opened Element Kuala Lumpur you’re missing out! Get over there and see what all the buzz is about. Floor to ceiling windows and 360 degree views from the 40th floor lobby are only the beginning. A fab food menu, including this creative afternoon tea, and very affordable prices, are just as equal attractions.
Today, we’re here for the Arteastry – Art. Tea. Pastry – afternoon tea, and pretty soon we discover that it’s much more than just a tasty in-between-meals bite: it’s closer to an artistic performance – a flavourful one at that.
We’re given a little clue to the fondness for flair in presentation that kitchen team hold dear when the savouries are first delivered. You’ll find no traditional three-tiered silver platter here, but rather contemporary boxes, slates and glasses filled with “grass” and shimmering stones.
The first nibble to grab our attention is the purple cone filled with apple and duck. The pretty morsels are not only fetching in appearance but delightful to the taste buds too. In the same tray is a black slate plate of waffles topped with salmon and crème fraiche, and confit Portobello mushroom and Swiss cheese bruschetta – both are delish. Chicken sliders in a mini croissant with tomato relish bulk up the beginnings and tomato and basil macarons top them off.
Anyone reading The Yum List for even a short period of time will know that I’m a bit of a scone snob. I won’t go into detail as you may have read my rants before, just know that the jasmine tea infused scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam (made in house) pass the test. They’re nicely crumbly on the outside, yet moist and light within, with enough substance to merit a few chews before swallowing.
What we’ve had so far has been fairly impressive in terms of both presentation and flavour. The grand finale, however, “The Red Splash” is the reason why you all must come at least once to experience the Arteastry afternoon tea at Trace, Element Kuala Lumpur.
Our used plates are cleared and space is made for the laying of a special paper, which covers most of the table. Pastry chef Chua then arrives wheeling a cart of goodies. Gloves on and cameras poised, the theatrics begin.
A giant white chocolate ball is placed in the centre and chef proceeds to take out her spoons and brushes and literally paints an edible artwork on our table. Drops, blobs and strokes of mascarpone, raspberry confit, raspberries, meringue sticks, vanilla soil, sponge fingers and mango chutney are dotted, brushed and splashed on the canvas.
The show comes to a climax when the giant chocolate ball is picked up and dropped in the middle causing it to crack and reveal a rich framboise ala mascarpone centre! It’s the perfect dessert for sharing. We try to be as equally artistic in our devouring but find it just as much fun demolishing the piece as we did in watching its creation.
A pot of tea of your choice is included in the set. A local supplier, The Tea Republic, provides a handful of quality choices including green and herbal. I opt for the Blooming Flower Tea purely based on its prettiness – a bud is placed in the clear glass tea pot and when hot water is poured over the top it slowly “blooms.”
The Arteastry – Art. Tea. Pastry – afternoon tea is priced at RM78 nett for two people. Currently the afternoon tea is running until the end of October. With popular demand, however, this could possibly be extended.
Reasons to visit: the most unique afternoon tea we’ve found in Kuala Lumpur; lovely setting filled with art pieces (and stunning views) that perfectly complement the creative experience.