Checking out two scone-serving cafes in Sri Hartamas, starting with Angelic at Plaza Damas.
Angelic's signature sandwich _ bountifully stuffed with avocado, omega-3 eggs, red cabbage, cucumber, carrots, citrus chutney, sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds _ is a marvelous mix of creamy and crunchy textures.
Pumpkin mini pie _ essentially puff pastry packed with pumpkin mash _ alongside a scone with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam that's as delicious as the ones at Haute Food nearby.
Nuwara Eliya Sri Lankan tea, mild and light. Plus, a detox mocktail of green apples, kiwi juice, passion fruit, aloe vera and fruit enzymes.
Be advised though that Angelic's prices are high; tea for two can cost RM100. But there are numerous little touches here that elevate the experience, such as wet cloth hankies for customers to wipe their hands before the meal.
Note: Angelic's business hours seem uncertain. Sometimes it's open, but often it's not, even on weekend afternoons. Best to call before coming here.
Next up, inside Hartamas Shopping Center, there's the Victoria Rossa English Tea Room. Charming or kitschy? Can it be both?
Scones are Victoria Rossa's specialty, with a surprisingly wide variety of fillings. These raisin-laced ones are not bad at all _ fresh and fragrant, with a crusty coat.
Cranberry cheese scones with Devonshire clotted cream. Victoria Rossa only closes at 8:30 p.m. everyday, so these teatime treats can be enjoyed for an early dinner.
Toad in the hole, with a twist. Looks like a mutant muffin, but break it open and it's Yorkshire pudding batter _ served warm, stuffed with chicken sausage and sprinkled with aromatic herbs.
English butter cake. Not the richest or most moist version around, but satisfactory.
Hazelnut and apricot biscuits, alongside orange meringue. Feel the crunch!
No fewer than 33 types of tea are served. We had an Edwardian blend with white figs.
Victoria Rossa English Tea Room.
Plaza Damas, Taman Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Victoria Rossa English Tea Room,
Level 1, Hartamas Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur.