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Purple Cane created a new food concept with the usage of tea and founded Malaysia's first tea restaurant in 1997, the Purple Cane Tea Restaurant. Started off at the Chinese Assembly Hall and followed by another two branches located at Shaw Parade and The Gardens, Mid Valley. The branch we went to was located at the ground floor of Shaw Parade.

With a modern Zen-style fixture, this restaurant gave a simple yet striking addition to any traditional tea house. The interior carved out a warm, comfortable and cozy environment that you'll sit here for hours sipping on your perfect cup of tea.

Interesting, they serve you a cup of complimentary pu-er tea before the meal starts. Pu-er has significant effect to clear body fat, especially drinking after meal. But if you drink it before meal, it'll likely to make you feel hungry and boost up the appetite, hmmmm....

Inspired to create dishes with a difference by pairing tea with food, Purple Cane advocates a modern concept of light but flavourful dishes with less salt, oil, sugar and no artificial flavours while retaining the original aroma of tea. With over 50 appetizing selections prepared with different types of tea including tea beverages, soups, vegetables, seafood, meat (pork free), noodles and rice as well.

I had the oolong tea (RM 1.80/pax) that came with two clay teapots, one for brewing while the other for serving - this is to avoid over infusing the tea. You can get it topped up with hot water at no extra charge.

Tea soup is a double steamed soup in a clay teapot with tea in it. I had the tea (Dong Ding Oolong) and wine chicken soup (RM 4), it was clear, sweet and tasty with a slight trace of tea and wine in it.

Green tea (Long Jing Green tea) rice (RM 1), rice cooked in brewed green tea with bits of tea leaves within the fluffy rice grains. Unfortunately, I couldn't really taste any tea in it.

1/4 aromatic crispy duck cooked with lychee black tea (RM 15), served with fresh green vegetables, pan fried egg sheets, sweet sauce, shredded green onions and cucumbers. It was a popular and recommended dish, but it didn't score well for me. Why named it aromatic crispy duck when it wasn't crispy and tea aromatic at all? Well, at least it was tender.

Pan fried egg with anchovies and Tie Guan Yin tea mill (RM 7), luckily the crispy anchovies compensated for the lack of saltiness in the egg.

Steamed slice fish with pickles vegetables and tofu in Teochew tea sauce (RM 18), sourish salty with a distinctive appetizing clear broth. The slice fish was fresh and there wasn't any fishy smell at all.

Fried tea (Long Jing Green tea) rice homemade style (RM 6.90), even though it was filled with wok hei (high heat cooking) but the lack of saltiness and taste disappointed me.

Herbal tea (lychee black tea) egg (RM 1), this is probably the darkest herbal tea egg I've ever eaten! It was really 'kao' till it tasted sweet instead of salty, didn't really enjoy it.

Green tea peanut paste (RM 3), don't expect to taste any green tea but it was really smooth and rich. Surprisingly, it was slightly too sweet this time - surprisingly throughout the meal, everything was plain except this.

Slowly sipping my cup of oolong tea after couple of refills at the end of our meal - a high grade oolong tea typically yields 5-6 brews with the 3rd and 4th brews offering the best flavor and aroma. Service was blazing fast, our food was impressively served within 5 minutes upon ordering. Plus, if you have a Jusco card or any credit card, you'll get 10% off the bill.

Verdict: Overall, the food is pretty decent but I must say the selling point of using tea in their dishes are almost non-evident, the taste was too subtle and plain for me. However, the vibe of the interior was excellent with great selections of high quality teas.

Lot GL-02, Ground Floor, Shaw Parade
Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah,
Off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2145 3090
Business Hours: Opens daily from 11am - 10pm
Pork Free: Yes
GPS: 3.13984, 101.71223

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4 Response to 'Purple Cane Tea Restaurant @ Shaw Parade, KL'

  1. kenwooi Said,'> June 4, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    the food looks so good! time for lunch! =P


  2. ohmywtf Said,'> June 4, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    i agree with u...overall the food there are ok and healthy..but cant really tell that tea is the main selling point


  3. russel Said,'> June 4, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    I'm a 'salty' person, not suitable for me...Maybe 20 more years down the road I'll appreciate these type of foods more :P


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