TWG Tea Pavilion revised

July 7, 2012

TWG Tea Pavilion: Round Two. Earlier entry: May 22, 2012.

Aviator salad, essentially a Caesar with a remarkable runny egg and somewhat less remarkable, blandly palatable grilled chicken, Romaine lettuce, garlic croutons, parmesan shavings and seaweed in a lightly spiced sauce infused with Comptoir des Indes tea.

Smoked Norwegian salmon with roe and mascarpone cream cheese sprinkled with Gyokuro Samurai tea, accompanied by toasted brioche (not in photo). Good enough for what it is, though it's difficult to discern the effect of the infused tea in all these recipes.

Tea or no tea, TWG Tea's signature salad is a true treat, constructed with foie gras terrine, marinated shrimp, smoked salmon, mesclun, herb Roma tomatoes, French beans, corn and chives tossed in an 1837 Green Tea-infused vinaigrette.

Braised beef ragout with Burgundy red wine sauce infused with Singapore Breakfast tea, pearl onions and bouquet garni accompanied by steamed potatoes and baby carrots. Hearty and heartwarming.

One of the most luscious quiches ever, a French-style one filled with veggies. Tastes fabulously fresh, with a baked-that-same-day feel that inspires total confidence. Highly recommended.

Lasagna, surrounded by a moat of bolognaise ragout with Moroccan tea-infused house-made tomato-and-basil sauce. Well-executed enough to pass muster at any of KL's Italian restaurants, though for RM40, it's priced too steeply.

We might be biased toward all things egg, but saying no to truffle-laced scrambled eggs would be like declining a public holiday in favor of spending an afternoon at the office.

If meaty and moist are your only requirements for salmon, then this fillet will work fine, accompanied by green peas, carrots, cauliflower and yellow zucchini drizzled with balsamic vinegar caramel and green tea oil. It sounds more intriguing than it tastes though.

Grilled chicken brochette, flavored with wholegrain mustard and served with steamed basmati rice, capsicum and pineapple with a Timeless Tea-infused sauce. Very pleasant to munch on, though it fades in the memory almost instantly.

The story of Proust and his madeleine is indelible. TWG's madeleines, not so much.

Creme brulee. Can't complain; it's the could-be-better-but-could-be-worse sort.

Chocolate fondant. Warm cake, cold ice cream _ match made in heaven, right.

Normandy apple tart. Pretty, and pretty tasty too, especially for fruit fans.

TWG Tea Salon,
Pavilion Shopping Mall, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.