Miles away from where afternoon tea was originated is award winning hotel, Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. It’s a locally owned hotel ranked as one of the top hotels in Jakarta and the whole of Indonesia.
High expectations are held when visiting a hotel with such ranking and Hotel Mulia lives up to it. With exceptional service and unique touches (there was a Christmas tree made of recycled water bottles during my visit in December!), Hotel Mulia is worth a visit for afternoon tea…
Hotel Mulia is located by shopping malls and offices. Close to the hotel is a golf course, which I saw during the drive to the hotel. The hotel itself is also a destination. There are several restaurants in the hotel such as The Cafe where you can try their buffet dinner with varieties of food from all over the world.
You may also be able to take a peek at one of the elaborate Indonesian weddings taking place at the hotel.
Afternoon tea is served at Cascade Lounge- a lounge on the first floor. It’s in a separate room away from the lobby to the right of the entrance.
Get a seat deep inside the lounge by a window. Outside, you can get a view of greenery and several small waterfalls.
The usual teas are served at Hotel Mulia. I went with a darjeeling which turned out to be a Twinings teabag.
This is afternoon tea however, it seems like you need to have coffee at Hotel Mulia.
There’s no need to think about which coffee to try when in Indonesia. You must try Kopi Luwak, one of the most expensive coffees in the world. The coffee beans are pretty much the poop of an animal called a civet. Read more about the coffee here.
The coffee is brewed right at your table at Hotel Mulia!
Two afternoon tea packages are offered at Hotel Mulia- The Classic Afternoon Tea and The Indonesian Afternoon Tea.
The Classic Afternoon Tea
The Savory – a selection of finger sandwiches (including classic smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches)
The Scone – one raisin scone came with clotted cream and strawberry jam
The Sweet – a variety of pastries (including a macaron with raspberries, brownie wrapped in a decorated white chocolate to look like a handbag)
The Indonesian Afternoon Tea
The Savory – Gado gado (an Indonesian salad) and otak otak (fish cakes wrapped in banana leaves), peanut sauce
Savory Part 2 – Pastel (a sort of empanada filled with potato and vegetables), Prawn Asinan (shrimp with mango sticks) and Stuffed Beancurd (chicken stuffed in a beancurd wrap)
The Sweet – Indonesian Sweets (made of glutinous rice and one covered in coconut flakes)
Extra! The server insisted I tried Hotel Mulia’s cronuts. So to end the afternoon tea experience, he was kind to bring one of the cronuts to the table!
Overall, the highlight of The Classic Afternoon Tea are the sandwiches (they’re like reversed sandwiches!), The Indonesian Afternoon Tea is a great sampler for Indonesian cuisine and the cronut at the end was a nice touch.
Instead of the usual three tiered tray, beautiful bird cages with a flower on top are used to serve afternoon tea at Hotel Mulia. Fun fact- the bird cages are red and white because Indonesia’s flag has red and white in it.
It seems that service is outstanding in Indonesia and service at Hotel Mulia is no different.
During afternoon tea, if you need anything, just ask a friendly staff member at Cascade Lounge. They explained everything about the afternoon tea package and everyone is attentive and ready to help.
Also, if you order Kopi Luwak, they’ll brew the coffee right at your table!
Yes. Easily connect to free WiFi available at Cascade Lounge.
Social Media Aspect
Hotel Mulia is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out their photos on Instagram!
Escape from the stress of Jakarta’s traffic (one of the things Jakarta is known for!) and try a unique afternoon tea package (The Indonesian Classic Afternoon Tea) which you can only have when in Indonesia.
Cost: The Indonesian Afternoon Tea and The Classic Afternoon Tea – 160,000 IDR (about USD $13) per package; note there is a 10% service charge
Tea Time: 3 pm to 6 on daily at Cascade Lounge
Hotel Mulia Senayan
Jl. Asia Afrika Senayan 1
Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10270
Note: I was a guest of Hotel Mulia Senayan for afternoon tea. All views are my own.