Around 90% of the time I’m dedicated to feasting wisely on healthy, home cooked food – not just because I love food that loves me back but because I’m the best version of me when I eat well. Having said that, I’m a big fan of enjoying a little bit of everything in moderation. Life is short and sometimes the pleasure of savouring the odd ‘naughty’ treat far outweighs any negative impacts. Rather than beat myself up about this I carefully choose occasions when I’m less wholesome than usual.
Overseas holidays are one of those times when I’m more relaxed about my diet – not least because unique travel food experiences can create long-lasting memories. I vividly remember eating clam chowder at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Ordering double scoops of gelato whilst wandering the streets of Rome. And being tempted by any and all street food when travelling through India.
Where is this going? During a recent trip to Bali I welcomed a High Tea invitation from The Mulia. The Mulia is a luxury resort in Nusa Dua on the south of the island and I was staying there for the second time. Having recently seen their High Tea feature in ‘The six most quintessential places in the world to take afternoon tea’ I couldn’t miss this experience during my second stay.
High Tea at The Mulia
High Tea is served between 3pm and 6pm daily in ‘The Bar’. It’s a spacious open air room, adorned with plush furnishings. On the day of my visit the skies were unusually angry so afternoon tea overlooking the feature pool and gardens provided an escape from the rain and the Balinese heat.
For just under $40 AUD hotel residents and guests can choose from two High Tea options – Indonesian and Classic. Both include a selection of sweet and savoury homemade delights served on tea stands with unlimited tea, coffee and hot chocolate. I was lucky enough to enjoy both the Indonesian and Classic afternoon tea platters. Here’s some photos.
The Indonesian spread presented me with an assortment of local and unfamiliar delights. These included tape goreng (pyramids of cassava wrapped in banana leaf), lemper ayam (mini parcels stuffed with sticky rice and chicken) and Indonesian layer cake – ‘kue lapis’.
The classic high tea felt much more familiar – with a selection of petite signature tea sandwiches and scones with fruit preserves and clotted cream. It’s all very true to the British tradition and comes topped with fancy tea cakes and pastries.
The only mistake I made was not leaving enough room for extra dessert. That’s because High Tea includes access to The Mulia’s renowed ‘dessert room’ – an elaborate and decadent spread of every sweet treat you can possibly imagine – all presented in cute just bigger than bitesize servings. Although very tempting I struggled to squeeze in more than a scoop of house-made ice cream. Next time maybe.
Laura (Feast Wisely)
- The Mulia Bali
- Mulia Resort & Villas
- Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan,
- Kawasan Sawangan
- Nusa Dua 80363 Bali, Indonesia
- T. (62-361) 3017777
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