I finally got to meet up with the winner of My Favorite Things Giveaway last weekend! I arranged to have Afternoon Tea with lovely Lusi at the exclusive The Darmawangsa Hotel. I was really excited to meet a reader of my blog AND to try the famous scones of Darmawangsa Hotel.
When I enter the Darmawangsa it always takes my breath away. From the way they greet you when you get off you car, to the staff that welcomes you at the reception and the heart of the hotel, the spectacular Majapahit Hall. Leading up to the heart of the hotel, the hallway itself is filled with interesting Objet d’art have history and meaning. (Go ahead ask the staff and you will learn so many interesting things!) I also cannot help at the extremely high ceilings.
The Darmawangsa Hotel is a unique concept. Unlike other 5 star hotels in Jakarta it is in a residential area in posh Kebayoran Baru and the interiors reflect the modern Indonesian while keeping its historical roots with the Majapahit Empire objets d’ art and interior design elements. The in-room registration and butler service for each room in the hotel is also in line with the residential theme. When a guest arrives, they are led immediately to their room where they register. The feeling is more like visiting a friend (in a grand mansion!) rather than checking into a hotel.
Then I see the centerpiece of the hall, a magnificent 14th century house temple, and soothing traditional acoustic musical instruments surround me. The music is played in the mornings, afternoons and evenings and is wonderful accompaniment to high tea or cocktails with friends or a date!
Across from the musicians are a spread of traditional Indonesian sweets displayed with other quaint elements of coffee and tea.
I chose to have Afternoon Tea at The Tea Lounge which overlooks a bright sunny courtyard. Afternoon Tea was Indonesian sweets and savouries, finger sandwiches, mini pastries and 3 freshly baked scones with a choice of coffee or tea. Can you believe that the selection below is good for ONE? At only IDR 195.000++ I think it’s definitely good for two! We could barely finish it after having a scone each! The scones are pretty substantial so I might even say that this can be shared among 3 ladies! It only comes with a pot of tea (which you can refill) so you may have to order extra coffee/tea.
I had The Citrons. It’s a blend of unsmoked Chinese and Sri Lankan black teas with bits of dried mango, pineapple and jackfruit. It was so YUM and definitely something different that I haven’t had anywhere else before! I can’t wait to try their other teas!
SCONES: An English biscuit made from flour, butter, sugar, milk or cream and baking powder, not much different from the American version. Traditionally, they are made with currants but are now seen with other dried fruits and flavors. They are served at tea time with clotted cream and jam.
The warm scone, though heavy, was just so delicious with clotted cream, French butter and strawberry jam! Now I know why I’ve heard so much about these raisin scones! They are the perfect combination of crusty on the outside and moist inside.I really enjoyed our afternoon chatting away.. so much so that I was running late for dinner with TD! We had so much in common, our love for interior design, food, fashion and DIY among other things! I loved her brass and ribbon necklace and her gorgeous bag!
DID YOU KNOW?
Initially I was calling this meet up High Tea, but after speaking with Pak Diki he educated me about the difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea. This whole time I have called mid-afternoon tea with dainty pastries and tea cakes served on a low table HIGH TEA… when in fact the correct term for this is AFTERNOON TEA or LOW TEA. It originated from the upper class of Britain (ladies of leisure) during the time when evening meals were served quite late and they needed Afternoon Tea to tide them over till the 8/9pm dinner. Afternoon Tea or LOW Tea is served on low tables while sitting on comfortable parlor chairs or relaxing in the garden.
High Tea was a meal for the working class or laborers. It consisted of heavier fare like sausages, steak and kidney pies, casseroles, baked beans, etc. And it was served on higher tables (with high back dining chairs) shortly after a day of hard work, at about 5 or 6 pm.
Who would have thought! We’ve been misusing the term “High Tea” all along! Thanks to Pak Diki of Darmawangsa for enlightening me! All those times I posted about High Tea… I was actually referring to Afternoon Tea!
Next time I come to The Darmawangsa I would love to try another thing they are famous for, their Chocolate Martini! And I would love to try it in another one of their 4 lounges. Pictures of the other lounges below.
- Tea Lounge – where Lusi and I sat
- The Library
- Caviar Lounge
- The Bar
I had such a wonderful time at The Darmawangsa that a few days later I was back again – TWICE in one day! Will post about it soon. =) Would love to hear your comments and thoughts about anything on this post!
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, Best Hotel in Indonesia 2011 – 2013 by Hospitality Asia Platinum Award (HAPA) Regional, is certified as an Ecological Green Hotel and licensed for HACCP qualification.
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- The difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea
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