Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sky High Tea @ Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Habitues of high tea now have a surprising destination to add to their agenda: Nobu KL will soon start serving a sumptuous spread of unique canapes & pastries every weekend, putting the 'high' in high tea at the restaurant's lustrous 56th-floor lounge.

The Sky High Tea runs every Saturday & Sunday from 23 July onward: Executive chef Philip Leong & his team have transformed the traditional high tea into an elegantly distinctive feast that remains true to Nobu's Japanese-Peruvian gastronomic identity. Begin with the Savoury Tray, which compiles six types of canapes that taste as vibrant as they appear.

It's a high tea with an oceanic difference, with each creation meticulously crafted out of the sea's bounty. We ended up enjoying the entire ensemble - a delicate tiradito of fleshy white fish sashimi buoyed with the zing of yuzu, lemon juice, roccoto, soy salt & coriander; a spoonful of ultra-fresh minced salmon tartar in wasabi soy sauce; a cup of sushi rice crowned with ikura & shredded seaweed; deep-fried assorted crunchy seaweed crackers; warm gyoza stuffed with a luscious medley of prawns, white fish & salmon with spicy garlic paste & jalapeno dressing; & perhaps our favourite, terrifically textured sliders of juicy pan-seared shrimp made nuanced with onion tempura, mushrooms, 'umami' ketchup & truffle aioli sandwiched in tofu buns.

The Sweet Tray leaves a memorably positive impression too - green tea cream puffs centred with raspberry jam; mini coffee creme brulee blanketed with Suntory whisky foam; green tea biscuits filled with yuzu cream; plump mochi with black sesame & red bean paste; & banana spring rolls with shiso leaves & dulce de leche. Patrons can order both the savoury & sweet treats for a total of RM93 per person, or only the sweet tray for RM45 per person. The portions pictured here are for two customers.

Beverages are also well thought-out, with a special selection of matcha & coffee concoctions for each session (2:30pm-5pm). The Nobu High Tea includes a complimentary cup of green tea, but the stakes for this indulgence can be elevated with a glass of Prosecco (RM65), or caffeinated temptations like iced & frosted mochas (RM24/RM28), as well as a milky smoothie mix of espresso with soft blended avocado, vanilla syrup & chocolate (RM30), or a two-toned Coffee Jelly topped with rich cream (RM20). For the green tea-themed checklist, try a layered drink of matcha with strawberry & soy milk (RM26). Service at Nobu remains as exquisite as its food, ensuring a comfortably pleasant afternoon. Many thanks to the team here for having us.

Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2164-5084 or WhatsApp 019-389-5085

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8 comments:

  1. Very colourful, very pretty. Looks like there's a lot, enough to skip dinner. I would stick to the good ol' English cream tea though.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, with a spread like this, you could definitely skip lunch or dinner! :)

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  2. You should go and try the new pizzeria Luce at Old Malaya. Be well Ciao

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    1. Riccardo: thanks! i've been to Luce - it was a positive experience. will write about it later this month ;)

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  3. What a lovely high tea with two trays...one savoury and one sweet! I think one would need and want both trays. The caffeinated drinks look tempting and well executed seeing that this is a Japanese place after all.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yes, i think for the complete feel of this tea, it's best to do both the savoury & sweet trays! ;) and yup, i'm always put at ease at nobu, since i know they're very precise in their execution ;)

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  4. The drinks are quite a novelty and I think I'll definitely enjoy them! The savoury set for me please, coz I do love fresh seafood! :D

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, i like how they made the effort to make even the drinks distinctive for the high tea ;) and yup, i actually prefer a japanese high tea like this versus the usual quiche-filled english high tea :D

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