Driving into Carcosa Seri Negara feels as if you are making your way into the highlands in Malaysia. I can’t help but be in awe that there are still pockets of fabulous greenery in Kuala Lumpur amidst the ever growing concrete jungle.
Carcosa Seri Negara was once a historical site and was built by Sir Frank Swettenham in the lovely hilltop near Taman Tasik Perdana. This beautiful colonial building has since been purchased by the Saujana Hotels and Resorts and is now an exclusive boutique hotel.
On weekends, there is on option of either an English Afternoon Tea or Malay Afternoon Tea. We proceeded to order one of each as we did not want to miss out on either. Tea is served between 3:00 to 6:00 pm every day and is priced at RM88++ per pax.
While waiting to be served, we were serenaded to the beautiful sound of the piano in the background and refreshed our eyes with the perfectly manicured gardens and lush greenery. It’s beautiful here and one can understand why this place is so popular for intimate weddings.
No English Afternoon Tea would be complete without scones. In our quest to find the best scones around town, I have to credit Carcosa Seri Negara for producing such fine lightly-sweetened fluffy plain and raisin scones. It was almost perfection when slathered generously with their imported clotted cream and preserve.
The Malay platter had a selection of local cakes (kueh) such as kueh lapis, kueh talam and pulut pandan. The warm selection came with a serving of pisang goreng (banana fritter), murtabak kecil jeruk bawang (stuffed pancake with mutton served with pickled onions) and ubi kayu rebus kelapa manis (steamed tapioca with desiccated coconut).
We felt a little cheated with the Malay platter with its disappointing kuehs which were a little stale and the lacklustre warm food. The only saving grace to the platter were the Chicken Satay and the Fried Mee Siam which at best tasted like the ones you could find at local coffee shops for a fraction of the price.
The tea selection here is ample and won’t confuse either the clueless or the most fickle-minded among us. The wait staff was happy to recommend us some of the most popular ones and we happily went with the Strawberry Field Tea which boasts a strong hint of strawberries and the Assam which had a fragrant chai note. Hot water is constantly refilled by the eager wait staff and even after three rounds of water, our tea still retained its taste and fragrance.
Food : 4/5
Drinks : 4/5
Service : 5/5
Ambience : This place just exludes class, sophistication and nostalgia of the yesteryears. Definitely one of the best places to take your loved ones or a good girly catch up.
Pros : With prices just as competitive as its counterpart, this one makes it up with its ambience and service.