Cameron Valley Tea & Roasters

November 18, 2011

Tea or coffee? The eternal dilemma; let's examine two recently opened outlets _ one steeped in cured leaves, the other brewing with roasted beans.

First up: Cameron Valley Tea is known for its tea house in Malaysia's central highlands, but this business run by Bharat Plantations now has a cozy cafe in Bangsar.

Order scones & feel like you've been whisked from Telawi to Tanah Rata? Alas, it's not that simple; these scones seem more bland than buttery, marred by a half-baked doughy strangeness.

The tea, though, is terrific; try the Masala tea ice cream float _ smoldering-hot tea, fragrant with sweet spices & topped with rich, comfortingly cold vanilla ice cream.

Cardamom tea smoothie. Its consistency is reminiscent of a milkshake instead of a smoothie, but we'll still lap up every last drop of its herbal loveliness.

The verdict: tea triumphs in terms of taste! And it boasts so many health benefits too.

Nevertheless, let's give coffee a chance _ Roasters by Plan B, inside Ben's Independent Grocer, is buzzing with caffeine-seekers taking a break from shopping at Publika.

Cappuccino, piccolo latte & ristretto, all admirably aromatic.

Cameron Valley Tea by the Bharat Group,
28, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2202-2155

Roasters by Plan B,
Ben's Independent Grocer, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.