Friday, November 18, 2011

Cameron Valley Tea & Roasters

Tea or coffee? The eternal dilemma; let's examine two recently opened outlets _ one steeped in cured leaves, the other brewing with roasted beans.

First up: Cameron Valley Tea is known for its tea house in Malaysia's central highlands, but this business run by Bharat Plantations now has a cozy cafe in Bangsar.

Order scones & feel like you've been whisked from Telawi to Tanah Rata? Alas, it's not that simple; these scones seem more bland than buttery, marred by a half-baked doughy strangeness.

The tea, though, is terrific; try the Masala tea ice cream float _ smoldering-hot tea, fragrant with sweet spices & topped with rich, comfortingly cold vanilla ice cream.

Cardamom tea smoothie. Its consistency is reminiscent of a milkshake instead of a smoothie, but we'll still lap up every last drop of its herbal loveliness.

The verdict: tea triumphs in terms of taste! And it boasts so many health benefits too.

Nevertheless, let's give coffee a chance _ Roasters by Plan B, inside Ben's Independent Grocer, is buzzing with caffeine-seekers taking a break from shopping at Publika.

Cappuccino, piccolo latte & ristretto, all admirably aromatic.

Cameron Valley Tea by the Bharat Group,
28, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2202-2155

Roasters by Plan B,
Ben's Independent Grocer, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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20 comments:

  1. I love Ben's Independent Grocer in Publika.. there's just so much to be found there.

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  2. Baby sumo: yeah, I'm usually not much of a grocery shopper, but I enjoy wandering through the aisles here, picking up pâté, chocolate, cookies, ice cream, potato crisps, heheh :D

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  3. Aiyoh, Cameron Bharat tea brought their bad scones from Camerons to Bangsar? Where can? What a waste, especially when they do not have a spanning view of green valleys and cool air to distract us from bland scones. Sighs.

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  4. Coffee, tea, or alkie? :p

    De scones looks stiff! :(

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  5. Qwazymonkey: heheh, i haven't tasted bharat's original scones at camerons, but gosh, it's weird, 'cos good scones shouldn't be that difficult to make, rite. such a shame, since their tea is terrific :D
    Michelle: and it's an ice cream float that's healthier than the usual soft-drink varieties! =)
    Augustdiners: hahah, definitely alkie! just realized that we often see booze-infused coffee kinda cocktails, but there's rarely booze-infused tea. hmmmmmm :D

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  6. My vote is for Roasters. The best coffee I had in a full day of cafe-hopping. :P

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  7. Kenny: OK, OK, i think we can compromise. coffee in the morning/afternoon to kick-start the day, but tea in the evening/night to settle down in a mellow mood, heheh :D

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  8. that tea float has to be one of the best hot/cold combinations I've ever seen! Wonder if it can be done with a teh ais from mamak as well..? haha

    Adam

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  9. Dropsofcontentment: heh, i bet it could! you'd just have to bring your own ice cream to the mamak stall though. i think vanilla would be the best flavor, heh :D

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  10. finally a place for tea lovers. Tea people like me can rejoice! It's difficult to get good scones round here.

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  11. eiling: heheh, and you can purchase a whole range of tea to bring home too! :D

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  12. a hot cup of masala tea with ice cream? that sounds interesting. a play of hot and cold. yin and yang...i can imagine its gives the spicy tea a creamy comforting feel.

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  13. Missyblurkit: yeah, i was a bit skeptical at first when i saw it on the menu, but it worked well. i think it's just like how ice cream works with coffee for affogato! :D

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  14. What a pity the scones tasted bad :( It would have been lovely with the tea!

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  15. Vien: yeah, we had really high hopes for buttery, fresh & fragrant scones =)

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  16. CM tea house has a nice cosy atmos, esp the beanbag lounging...perfect for some tea with ice cream float :-)

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  17. Sandeep: sounds enjoyably idyllic! Maybe for a weekend getaway sometime :D

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  18. Ooooo... tea snob! haha ;)

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  19. Ciki: coffee, tea or meeeeee? :D

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