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Drawing Room, Kuala Lumpur

Carcosa Seri Negara
Taman Tasik Perdana
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60 3 2295 0888's insider take:

Travelers seeking to evoke the unhurried grandeur of colonial-era Malaya should not miss the experience of afternoon tea at the tastefully chintzy Drawing Room at the Carcosa Seri Negara Hotel. Starched napkins, plush Empire sofas and chairs, and the soothing tick-tock of a grandfather clock relax the soul and prepare the palate for a classic, more-British-than-the-British enactment of the ritual. The menu offers more than 20 choices of tea, served with waves of courses on traditional silver three-tiered cake stands. First come dainty finger sandwiches, including smoked salmon, egg, and cucumber, followed by scones with jam and clotted cream, and finally a small portion of Chantilly and strawberries. How better to spoil yourself (and your appetite for dinner) than this near-perfect reconstruction of a colonial high tea?

Tea service daily 3 to 6 pm.

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