"Sunday Hi-Tea" at The View Cafe @ Best Western i-City Shah Alam
Want to know what's new at The View Cafe @ Best Western i-City Shah Alam? Two words: "high" and "tea". That's right, folks. The quintessential British tea tradition - high tea - has found its way to Best Western i-City Shah Alam.
© Best Western i-City Shah Alam
I'm no historian but as many of us know, high tea is a spin-off from afternoon tea. In 19th century Britain, afternoon tea was primarily a social ritual of the upper class, often formal and especially trendy amongst society women. It's served around 4.00 pm in the afternoon between lunch and dinner time and consists traditionally of scones, jam, clotted cream and tea.
High tea, on the other hand, came about amongst the working class. Though similar to afternoon tea, high tea is less formal, heartier as it features savoury dishes like meat and vegetables, and is served as a mini meal at around 6.00 pm prior to dinner.
As I understand it, the word "high" differentiates the two like so: high tea is served at the dinner table and, therefore, you'd be seated higher (hence "high"), whereas afternoon tea is typically served at the sofa or even a picnic outside and, therefore, you wouldn't be seated as high.
Anyway, The View Cafe @ Best Western i-City Shah Alam is proud to present their high tea with a twist called Sunday Hi-Tea, which combines lunch. Yes, you heard that right - lunch.
Crudités in goblets
I had the pleasure of being invited to a private sampling session last Sunday and it was divine. The spread was substantial, so the concept is spot on - you can literally savour a 2-in-1 "lunch and high tea" combo in one sitting. Perfect for gathering all your friends and family together for a wholesome lunch, followed by luscious desserts, all conveniently in one place. Great idea, Best Western i-City Shah Alam!
Pastries and jellies
At RM40.00 nett per adult (50% less for kids and senior citizens), it's a steal. I mean, where else could you get ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT high tea at such a sweet deal? Plus, if you buy 9 at the regular adult price (in a single receipt), you get the 10th for FREE.
Expect to enjoy delectable miniature pastries and sandwiches as well as delicious savoury dishes like the ones pictured here (and these are just some of the dishes... there are MANY more!). You'll find a wonderful mix of local and continental choices, so there's something for everyone.
Some of the savoury dishes
Look at that, seasonal tropical fruits are served, too.
As if that weren't enough, there's even a chocolate fountain.
My favourites of the savoury dishes were the chicken wings and nasi goreng kampung. Fried rice is already yummy as we know it but this was a step above as it was cooked with anchovies and belacan. So delish.
Chicken wing and nasi goreng kampung
And these dreamy, indulgent sweet treats were the perfect way to round off my meal.
By the way, I should also mention that the restaurant conducts fun games during the high tea with a selection of prizes up for grabs. So take part, win something nice and have a high tea to really remember!
I'd like to thank Adriena Ng and Iylia Munirah from the hotel's MARCOM department for their gracious hospitality. Thanks for the invite, ladies. Awesome event. Bravo!
From L to R: Adriena Ng (Assistant MARCOM Manager), myself and Iylia Munirah (MARCOM Executive)
OK, so here's a quick rundown again on the Sunday Hi-Tea:
- Day: Every Sunday
- Time: 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm
- Venue: The View Cafe @ Best Western i-City Shah Alam
- Address: A-GF-01, No.6 Persiaran Multimedia, CityPark, i-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
- Price: RM40.00 per adult | 50% discount for kids and seniors*
- Promotion: Get 1 FREE with every 9 regular adult price you pay (in a single receipt)
* Kids: 4 to12 years of age | Seniors: 65 years of age and above
Sundays boring? Not anymore. Now you have the perfect excuse to indulge on Sundays!
Other promos currently running at Best Western i-City Shah Alam:
Set Lunch Promo (details as per leaflet)
Room Promo (for bookings made DIRECTLY with the hotel, not via OTAs or other third parties.)
Prices, where mentioned, are correct at time of writing.