Saturday, July 7, 2012

TWG Tea Pavilion

TWG Tea Pavilion: Round Two. Earlier entry: May 22, 2012.

Aviator salad, essentially a Caesar with a remarkable runny egg and somewhat less remarkable, blandly palatable grilled chicken, Romaine lettuce, garlic croutons, parmesan shavings and seaweed in a lightly spiced sauce infused with Comptoir des Indes tea.

Smoked Norwegian salmon with roe and mascarpone cream cheese sprinkled with Gyokuro Samurai tea, accompanied by toasted brioche (not in photo). Good enough for what it is, though it's difficult to discern the effect of the infused tea in all these recipes.

Tea or no tea, TWG Tea's signature salad is a true treat, constructed with foie gras terrine, marinated shrimp, smoked salmon, mesclun, herb Roma tomatoes, French beans, corn and chives tossed in an 1837 Green Tea-infused vinaigrette.

Braised beef ragout with Burgundy red wine sauce infused with Singapore Breakfast tea, pearl onions and bouquet garni accompanied by steamed potatoes and baby carrots. Hearty and heartwarming.

One of the most luscious quiches ever, a French-style one filled with veggies. Tastes fabulously fresh, with a baked-that-same-day feel that inspires total confidence. Highly recommended.

Lasagna, surrounded by a moat of bolognaise ragout with Moroccan tea-infused house-made tomato-and-basil sauce. Well-executed enough to pass muster at any of KL's Italian restaurants, though for RM40, it's priced too steeply.

We might be biased toward all things egg, but saying no to truffle-laced scrambled eggs would be like declining a public holiday in favor of spending an afternoon at the office.

If meaty and moist are your only requirements for salmon, then this fillet will work fine, accompanied by green peas, carrots, cauliflower and yellow zucchini drizzled with balsamic vinegar caramel and green tea oil. It sounds more intriguing than it tastes though.

Grilled chicken brochette, flavored with wholegrain mustard and served with steamed basmati rice, capsicum and pineapple with a Timeless Tea-infused sauce. Very pleasant to munch on, though it fades in the memory almost instantly.

The story of Proust and his madeleine is indelible. TWG's madeleines, not so much.

Creme brulee. Can't complain; it's the could-be-better-but-could-be-worse sort.

Chocolate fondant. Warm cake, cold ice cream _ match made in heaven, right.

Normandy apple tart. Pretty, and pretty tasty too, especially for fruit fans.







TWG Tea Salon,
Pavilion Shopping Mall, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
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22 comments:

  1. Hmm I wouldnt mind some of those truffle laced scrambled eggs for breakfast tomorrow. Btw, about tea infused dishes, most of the time I also can't taste the tea component in the dish, I guess tea is usually quite mild unless you use something like lapsang souchong.

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    1. Baby Sumo: loved the scrambled eggs, especially with the truffle-ness of them :D ya, i guess the asian use of tea in cooking seems to deliver more discernible results, like the smokiness of chinese tea-infused duck and the green tea broths and ice creams for the japanese. or maybe i should have eaten these dishes at twg more slowly and more carefully, heh :D

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  2. Oh I was just there for the burger and eggs ben yesterday night :)

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    1. Rebecca: hope you enjoyed them! the eggs benedict at twg gets a thumbs up from me :D

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    1. Michelle: yeah, very very pretty indeed =)

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  4. I was overwhelmed by their tea list...I didnt know where to start looking. I had the salmon the last round- pretty good but not exceptional. But I love their rose macaron! =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: that's true, the tea list here is too much!!! it's difficult to decide which one to choose :D ya, i have mixed feelings about the food here too. there are some items that are really good, and some that just leave no impression =)

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  5. Ekkk! the next time I'm here, I'll only order the desserts!! hehe skip the mains all together!!! :D

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    1. Vien: some of the savory stuff here is decent, especially the ones that include egg, heh :D

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  6. I am fine with the runny egg salad...
    Shall go eat there when I want to get some Prada stufff ...lol..
    Bro have a great weekend ya..

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    1. Simple Person: heh, yeah, it's a nice place to relax here and take a break from shopping =) hope you're having a good weekend. or at least a better weekend than me! :D

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  7. Incredible. I just had a conversation with someone yesterday about the scrambled eggs and vege quiche. You might be reading minds. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: a coincidence! or perhaps it's something diabolically sinister! just like how the quiche here is diabolically delicious :D

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  8. the food doesn't look like the best feature here but I guess most patrons would just come here for tea or a light tea-time snack.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, the food is generally OK, but only a few items are really memorable. and it's rather pricey, so i'm not sure i can totally recommend it. but it's overall a nice experience for lunch and dinner =)

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  9. You had your wine after all. I was wondering if this post would be a break from bubbles and be on tea instead:P

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, tea is great for the teetotalers, but a meal without a little booze would feel just a bit incomplete to me (i know, that's a terrible thing!) :D

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  10. Hey, thank you for dropping by my blog.

    We've ordered the same lasagna! lol.

    I heard the scramble egg was quite good, going to try it on my next round. :)

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    1. Cheryl: oh yeah, i think the scrambled eggs were more memorable than the lasagna, though everything here seems to be quite well-prepared. hope you enjoy your next meal here :D

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  11. Hi Sean!
    Thanks to this that I managed to get my Craving-for-Macarons during every Ramadhan fix! LOL. Tried the Napolean Tea Caramel Macaron. Super yummy. But just wondering, how's the Wagyu Burger? And what's the price?

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    1. Inga: caramel is one of my fave ingredients too, heh =) the wagyu burger is very good, but i honestly have forgotten the price, sorry =)

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