Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hammam Tea Room @ Publika, Solaris Dutamas

One of KL's most alluring new F&B attractions, Hammam Tea Room is a hidden oasis in Publika that's intricately crafted to evoke old-fashioned Casablancan charm, complete with temptations personally prepared by Moroccan chefs.

This tea room opened this month, nestled beside the Hammam Spa on the upper reaches of Publika. For now, it feels like the perfect place to evade the crowds while soaking in a serene setting festooned with lamps, paintings & lovely wall & window art. 

Hammam Tea Room's soft-launch selection comprises set meals, with an a la carte menu expected to be launched after Ramadan. Customers can have a two-course meal for RM45 or three courses for RM68; start with this Moroccan salad medley, featuring three types of enjoyably delicate-tasting salads. 

 Grilled chicken wings, satisfyingly juicy, made flavoursome with lime & the North African 'ras el hanout' spice mix.

 Another possible starter: Seafood pastilla, a doughy pie with bits of fish, shrimp, calamari, black mushrooms & rice vermicelli with lemon-based tomato sauce.

The main courses are the knock-out; very hearty & meaty. Two could share the lamb, admirably succulent, with couscous & seven vegetables. The food at Hammam Tea Room is beautifully spiced for plenty of nuances.

Tired of regular baked eggs at KL's cafes? Head to Hammam Tea Room, where you can have your runny yolk shakshuka-style instead, expertly executed in a 'tajine' earthenware pot with tangy beef kofta, plus flatbread to mop up the creaminess. A terrific alternative for folks seeking a different sort of brunch. 

This one's brilliant for lamb-lovers: A heap of shank meat, slow-cooked with lemon & lots of saffron, lending the unmistakable flavour & fragrance that ravishingly permeates every bit of the flesh & sauce.

Wrap up with baklava, not as sugary as some other versions, but a fine sweet finish to a savoury meal. 

What about the tea? Hammam Tea Room boasts distinctive varieties; the most traditional is the classic Moroccan mint tea, a blend of gunpowder tea, mint, thyme & sage, paired with excellent natural-tasting honey. RM12.

Hand of Fatima 'protection tea,' a healing brew with ginger, lemon & echinacea. A taste of rejuvenation. 

For breaking of the fast: Mini-smoothie of creamy avocado & crushed dried dates, a real pleasure.

Banania, the French chocolate beverage with banana flour for a fruity boost. RM12.50, served hot or cold.

Hammam Tea Room currently operates all day long, everyday, with last orders by 9 p.m. Service is sparkling here, ranking among the best at Solaris Dutamas; we visited incognito as walk-in customers on a weekday afternoon & were efficiently & warmly treated from start to finish.

Hammam Spa & Tea Room
Level G4, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Take the escalator up from the centre. Hammam is two floors above MPH, one floor above Swich Cafe.
Tel: 03-6201-0882

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23 comments:

  1. wah, the traditional tea and with honey really looks awesome! =D

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    1. Happy walker: that was fun to drink :D

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  2. You should try out the spa next door :) LOL

    I wonder if it's the same mint tea and baklava that you get both in the spa (after treatment) and in the tea room..

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    1. SC: ooo, i'm just not a spa person, heheh :) sounds like it should be similar though ... quite a refreshing treat after treatment :D

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  3. What an exciting place, Sean! I absolutely love the colours, ambiance and decor! I love tea, as you know, and the chicken wings look divine! I really love chicken wings!

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    1. Linda: the decor is definitely beguiling and bewitching :D the tea here was more enjoyable than expected, and if you're a fan of chicken wings, the ones here do taste excellent :)

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  4. Sure would love the try, especially anything served in that earthenware pot - everything looks great. So the baklava isn't so sweet? Tried some in NZ, too sweet for my liking though I did feel it tasted great.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, love the pot presentation whenever we get it at middle eastern and north african restaurants :) yeah, i have a low tolerance for sweet baklava but the one here tasted just right in sugariness :)

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  5. Eggs done with a tangine...now tat's mighty interesting =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, that one had to order, and it was nice and runny amid all the beef :)

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  6. The restaurant looks very Arabic to me. =)

    I'm just curious; avocado and dates? How did that mixture taste?

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    1. Waverly: heheh, yeah, guess the middle eastern theme has similarities with morrocan culture :) the smoothie was creamy like a regular smoothie, with an avocado flavour. the dates were at the base of the drink and can be stirred, so when you drink the beverage, you get chewy-sweet bits :)

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  7. The eggs in the tajine look divine! I have bookmarked this exotic-looking place

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    1. Footfringe: loved a lot of the dishes here, and the egg was one of them :D heheh, i wonder if this place will end up on a 'most exotic in kl' list :)

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  8. Oh avocadoes and dates - yummy! and al the food looks really flavourful too!

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, that drink was so good, i wish they could give us more ... and the food turned out better than expected, probably thanks to the skilled chefs :)

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  9. something special! i like how they serve the honey!

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    1. Jean: true, it was fun to have the honey drip into the tea, heheh :)

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  10. finally it's opened! i like their design and colour so much!

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    1. 女飞侠: ya, it's a lovely interior :D

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  11. something new to me, would love to try the dishes out, thanks for sharing Sean :)

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    1. Ken: yeah, i'm looking forward to when they introduce their more extensive a la carte menu :)

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