In the heart of the Sunway commercial district, is a row of shop lots where you can find quite a few eating spots. And let's face it - in this area, surrounded by universities and student accommodation, there is more than your fair share of eating spots. Lancelot Tea Guild has a different air to it in comparison to the multitude of cafes and dessert bars.
I will admit we had a lot of expectations going in. We had browsed through some menus we found online posted by other customers in the past, and we were excited to try all the tea related dishes.
What followed was a puzzling night. When we arrived, the waiters were unaware of our dinner reservation, despite my husband checking on it just an hour beforehand. There was ample space in the restaurant, so this was not a big issue though.
Upon finding our seats, we were given the menu, which was completely different from what we had seen online. We decided that maybe the one we had found was outdated. We made a few choices, only to be told by the waiter that all the items on the dinner menu page were sold out, except for the steak, lamb rack, and tuna loin. Even the ocean platter, which we wanted to order as a starter, was not available. Considering that we were the only other table occupied in the restaurant at the time, and the hour (it was not even 8 pm yet), it was strange that they had run out of so many dinner items.
Our second disappointment was the beverage menu. There were only eight types of tea available instead of the multitudes we had read about online ... and the selection was pretty ordinary: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Peppermint, Rooibos.
We contemplated leaving to try a different restaurant but we were already seated, and we had read so many good reviews about the food, so we stayed.
For starters, we went with the smoked salmon and cream cheese tart. This was such a tasty dish. The smoky salmon paired with asparagus was delicious, accompanied by a salty savoury red cabbage slaw. But our favourite was the cream cheese tart - lovely, silky smooth cream cheese in a surprisingly flavourful wafer, topped with an olive. The savoury wafer was very tasty.
The first main to arrive was the seared tuna loin with basil pesto. The fish was cooked beautifully, nice and pink on the inside. Very juicy! Even the vegetables were delicious, juicy and crunchy with loads of flavour.
My personal favourite was the lamb rack with parsnip puree. I loved the charred bits to the lamb and the puree and brussel sprouts were delicious. Some parts of the lamb were a bit chewy, but rosemary marinade really shone through in every bite.
While we really enjoyed the food, we were still puzzled by the restaurant. Another group of customers took the table next to ours, and they had spring chicken served, which is from the dinner menu ... even though our waiter had told us everything was sold out. And the other table next to ours was given a completely different menu from what we got, which had all of the tea varieties they had in store.
Our experience was mixed. On one hand, the food was delicious, but our waiter seemed nervous and confused, and we got the feeling that we were never shown everything that the restaurant has to offer, which is a shame. I would have liked to sample their full tea selection. The music played was also not fitting to the ambience (2000s pop music).
Upon paying the bill, we were given a pair of pens and a discount voucher for a free item on our next visit (according to the cashier, this will be a pot of tea).