Instead of having a hen’s night for Janet, Hooi Ling organised a lovely afternoon tea party at the Lobby Lounge, Ritz Carlton hotel which has a selection of 40 Ronnefeldt teas. The Lobby Lounge provides a warm and cosy ambience for guests to unwind and indulge in high quality teas and scrumptious pastries.
Due to Ronnefeldt’s stringent standards, currently their teas are only cultivated from 5 countries which are Sri Lanka, India, China, Indonesia and Kenya. Ronnefeldt proudly claims that no tea garden is too remote for them as they scour the globe for the finest teas. Everything from the soil, climate and the way the tea leaves are plucked and processed has an impact on the flavour and aroma. This careful selection process means only teas which have two leaves and a bud are entirely hand-plucked. The brand also has a long heritage as it was founded in 1823 by Johann-Tobias Ronnefeldt, a highly respected merchant in Frankfurt.
It reminded me a bit of a history lesson as the founder took advantage of his international trading routes and sold his teas to travelling merchants and even the Czars of Russia who wanted to enjoy the tea in their own lands.
The teas had pretty interesting names such as Apple Fantasies, Royal Gunpowder, Get the Power, Soft Peach, Classic Orange Pekoe, Strawberry & Crisp, Chill out with Herbs, Light & Fit, Fancy Sencha and Heaven and Earth. Classic flavours were also available such as Vanilla, Peppermint, Lemon Grass and Pure Cammomile.
I chose the Irish-Whiskey Cream which falls under black tea category but I’m told there is no whiskey in it so I’m not sure how the name was derived! The label described it as a malty Assam autumn tea with whiskey and cocoa aroma. Let’s not think about Assam Laksas now because it is actually a tea-growing location in India!
The tea was fragrant and a good recommendation from the lounge. Black tea is made from the same tea leaves as green and oolong tea. However, the difference is attributed to the fermentation process because black tea is left to ferment completely, hence the darker colour. Another tea that was recommended in the flavoured green tea range was the Morgentau (Morning Dew). Apart from the teas, guests can even choose to have a glass or bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne if they wish to get a little tipsy!
If you are wondering about the cost, the afternoon tea set is priced at RM75++. This set comprises of a pot of tea and a tower of delightful afternoon bites. The lounge mentioned that each set can only be shared by a maximum of two so since there were 6 of us, we had to order 3 sets. However, please check with them again in case they changed their policy!
The menu featured dishes such as cucumber fingers, ham and cheese with nutted bread, chicken and mushroom pie, quiche lorraine, pastries, chocolate gateaux, orange fruit cake, mango cheese cake, berry tartlet, assorted cookies and macaroons.
They also serve plain butter and walnut raisin scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Whenever I think of scones, I have a fond memory of eating at the cosy Miss Marple’s Tea Room in Mount Dandenong, Melbourne during my uni days.
The place is also actually inspired by Agatha Christie’s famous character! The tea room is a gallery of Miss Marple memorabilia. Their Devonshire scones are baked fresh and do not look like your typical, small and dainty scones. Instead, they look like a hearty slice of cake!
It was definitely nice catching up with everyone while sipping tea and nibbling cakes and pastries. So if you wish to pamper yourself with your girlfriends, do make your reservations early as the lounge is usually booked ahead of time!
The Lobby Lounge
168, Jalan Imbi
Kuala Lumpur, 55100 Malaysia
Phone: +60 3 2142 8000