Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tea Lounge & Contango @ The Majestic, Kuala Lumpur

Many hotels in KL flaunt a seductive sheen, while a handful seem steeped in stirring soulfulness; The Majestic is that elusive venue that stakes a claim to both traits.

Explore this YTL masterstroke by beginning at The Tea Lounge, sheltered in the wing that houses the original, 1932-launched Hotel Majestic, reborn as a ravishing retreat this weekend, nearly three decades after it shuttered operations.

Cushion-comfy armchairs that many a contented cat could curl in, overlooking a lawn where delighted dogs might frolic _ it's mind-boggling that this seemingly secluded hideout lies so close to the city's car-crammed traffic.

Seventy-eight ringgit pays for eight selections from a wider-than-the-norm afternoon tea menu, including sandwiches stuffed not only with cucumbers, cream cheese & smoked salmon, but also sambal ikan bilis & serunding daging lembu.

Scones with preserves & clotted cream will stifle protests by conservatives, who might not revel in other options such as samosas, snapper brandade, onion tarts, crab cakes, lamb curry puffs, chicken rendang millefeuille & seafood lemak pies.

Sufficient sweets to satiate a swarm of ants, from fig rolls to pineapple turnovers, coffee eclairs to sugared palmiers, dundee cakes to lemon curd allumettes.

Customers can fork out an additional RM30++ for extra-premium tea _ the likes of Red Roses, Morrocan Mint or Apple Fantasies _ instead of the house offering.

Our choice was never in doubt: a rich Irish Whiskey-Cream worth meditating on.

The Tea Lounge melts into the Colonial Cafe, where KL's only RM75++ Hainanese chicken chop can be found. But that's another tale for a not-too-distant day.

For now, we turn our attention to Contango on The Majestic's sleeker-looking Tower Wing, which most visitors will step into first. The hotel's layout is initially a little confusing, since it comprises two walkway-linked buildings.

Contango is a street-level buffet outlet with a strange conceit: prices escalate if the crowds do. Evening buffets kick off at RM88++, but once the place is 50 percent full, the charge climbs by RM10++ for subsequent customers & keeps rising if more surface.

It's meant to be a dynamically interactive hot spot: chefs mingle with diners, cook some of their requests to order & ensure the selection evolves throughout a single session. A tray that held roast chicken at 6:30 p.m. might bear beef Wellington two hours later.

Contango's hosting mainly private events today; come here starting Monday to scoop this up.

What might make it worthwhile: toss in RM30++ for a free flow of wine. Wonderful.

Non-food aspects to check out here: a secret garden of orchids from Ulu Yam ...

... as well as a towering Christmas tree & an epic hall that puts most of Putrajaya's to shame.


Tea Lounge & Contango,
The Majestic Hotel, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur.
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38 comments:

  1. Love the decor here... u shd check out the rooms too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: if santa wants to give me anything for christmas this year, i'd ask him for a complimentary one night's stay at the majestic kl!

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  2. Nice place! I love the natural sunlight! :D

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    1. CK: ya, the interior of the hotel is really beautiful. it has a nice "character" compared to most other urban hotels, and it makes good use of sunlight! i think you'll enjoy taking photos here =)

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  3. 哇!!!!好美丽啊~~~

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    1. 女飞侠: ya, totally lovely =)

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  4. Looking great, what time do they start serving the tea set?

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    1. Sui Sheng: around 3pm =)

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    2. Sui Sheng: you're welcome. hope you have an enjoyable afternoon/evening here =)

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  5. Wow, yet another place to put on my "must visit when I'm next in KL list," simply on the strength of that tea room decor alone! Seems like I have too many places on that list and too little days to do it though!

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    1. Timing: heheh, extend your stay in KL by a couple of days to fit all these in. yeah, there's an old-fashioned elegance here that fans of, say, carcosa seri negara will probably also enjoy :D

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  6. I would say that my pies are better-looking...but oooooo!!!! Scones!!! I love scones! I enjoy cream tea - clotted scones with clotted cream and fruit jam...and hot thick black coffee. Slurpssss!!!!

    This hotel is along the same lines as E&O in Penang and Raffles in Singapore. Will have to check the exact location (not familiar with name of road) and the rates...

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    1. Suituapui: always good to get fresh, warm scones :D ya, there's a similar vibe here that evokes memories of the good ol' days (even though we weren't around for those days). oh, check out the majestic kl's website for location information; it's quite near landmarks like the national mosque and kl sentral =)

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  7. The tea set looks really worth the price with the variety of food! :)

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    1. TNG: it's characterized as traditional with some malaysian twists. worth checking it out, for an afternoon tea menu that's a bit different :D

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  8. the fact that they offer an extension of finger-foods, pastries, (especially scones) has made me fall in love ... Wanna try out this place la.. not bad at all!! Most importantly they have macaroons!!!!!! nyums!

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    1. Eunice: hope you get an opportunity to enjoy this place sometime soon! and ya, all the finger food and pastries are quite well-prepared here :D

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  9. I love the guards uniforms! Looks like we're ready to go on safari in India. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: heh, there's that colonial-era look that they're gunning for ... and while i don't know much about 1950s fashion authenticity, it's definitely eye-catching, ya! :D

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  10. Very very interesting, the decoration is superb and an orchid garden ! I am really interested to a visit !

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    1. Wong: i think you would be able to capture some really beautiful photos here! i hope you try =)

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  11. Wow 1932! Love that they restored the place, just has that charming feel to it. Food looks great too!

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    1. Drops of Contentment: yeah, the original structure/hotel is as old as most of our grandparents, i guess. and just as charming at this point, heh :D

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  12. fell in love with the Majestic Wing! This place has so much planter's old world charm.. LOVE IT!

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    1. Ciki: it's quite a gem of a hotel, right! here's hoping it'll be around for many decades, and that we'll all be making some happy memories here for years to come :D

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  13. Wow, can't wait to check out that RM75 Chicken Rice, lol! And the Contango pricing is really weird eh!

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    1. Pureglutton: prices at the colonial lounge are quite scary. there's also a RM55++ mee hailam :D and yeah, i'm not sure i'm a fan of contango's style of pricing it. though the preliminary RM88++ charge at 6:30pm sounds OK, heh :D

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  14. Finally, a hotel with some charm!

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    1. YouhadYourLunch: charm to spare, charm to burn, heh =)

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  15. The place looks charming. I've been waiting for something like this in KL for the longest time.

    I wonder if Santa reads my mind...there's much I wanna do in this hotel:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i realize some folks might wanna compare it to the carcosa, but there's definitely a lot of differences between the majestic & carcosa, and both are really nice in their own way =) heh, have yourself a merry christmas here! :D

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  16. ahhh this place is just majestically beautiful!

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    1. Eiling: it's quite a haven in the heart of the city :D

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  17. so beautiful... i have booked afternoo ntea for 2pax. weekends should be packed. btw, i always enjoy your blog. when i go to new places, i usually check here...haha

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    1. Rieko: thanks for your kind words. i hope you enjoy the scrumptious pastries and tea here =)

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  18. so has anyone tried (braved) that RM75 chicken rice?

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    1. Nick: i'm still waiting to hear from someone who has =)

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