MHB recently celebrated our anniversary party with a delectable high-tea at Trace at Element Hotel Kuala Lumpur, supported by Poh Kong and Xiaomi.
The name ARTEASTRY stands for Art, Tea and Pastry. Set against the modern, artistic features of Element Kuala Lumpur, ARTEASTRY is the perfect combination for a weekend social gathering with family and friends. Situated at level 40 of the tallest eco-friendly Hotel, TRACE restaurant & bar offers a first of its kind artistic high tea while presenting breathtaking views of the city.
The ARTEASTRY experience begins with the arrival of a contemporary bento box, beautifully decorated with synthetic grass and black, shiny modern slates. The bento box is intricately filled with dainty savoury bites containing Waffle with Salmon and Crème Fraiche, Apple Duck in Savoury Cone, Chicken Sliders in Mini Croissant with Tomato Relish, Tomato and Basil Macaroon, Confit Portobello Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Bruschetta. No high tea is complete without scones. The light and fluffy Earl Grey Tea infused Scone is served with clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam.
Dessert is the most exhilarating part of the ARTEASTRY experience, which is what essentially sets the high tea apart from the typical presentation of buffet spreads or three-tiered cake stands. “The Red Splash” is one of the key highlights of ARTEASTRY, it is literally splashed on your table. While you sip on your coffee or tea, the chef places a white chocolate sphere and paints an edible artwork on the table with drops and strokes of Framboise a la Mascarpone, Raspberry Confit, Raspberries, Meringue Sticks, Vanilla Soil, Sponge Fingers and Mango Chutney on a piece of newspaper-like food grade paper. To end the theatrical performance, guests are invited to pick the white chocolate sphere and drop it in the middle of the art piece, creating a delectable mess on the table.
The ARTEASTRY is priced at RM128nett for 2 persons, and is available on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the TRACE Restaurant and Bar, in Element Kuala Lumpur.
The event was also supported by Xiaomi who provided us with their latest model – the Mi A1. The Mi A1 runs on stock Android to offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google, underscoring Xiaomi’s commitment to providing more choices for users. Priced at RM999 in Malaysia, the Mi A1 is a beautifully-designed device that combines hardware innovations, including an optical zoom dual camera setup, with great Google-designed software.
Mi A1 incorporates a dual camera configuration similar to that in Mi 6, Xiaomi’s latest flagship device, with wide angle and telephoto lenses used to incredible effect. The two lenses allow Mi A1 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth-of-field effect that typically requires a DSLR lens to achieve, allowing the user to create photos of unparalleled clarity and colour. In addition, an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural, now works with the both the front 5MP camera as well as the 12MP dual rear camera. Mi A1 supports 2x optical zoom, which makes photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported.
While all that sounds pretty good on paper, how does it perform in real life? So we decided to snap some pics using the phone’s front and back cameras during the high-tea to see the results.
Here are the photos we shot with the Mi A1. Click on the individual photos to open a larger version.
Although it was a rather cloudy day, we were surprised to find that the indoor photos taken in the restaurant were sufficiently exposed, rendering bright and realistic colours as well as the option to be more artsy with the bokeh feature. The contrast and level of details were also pretty impressive for a mid-range smartphone, as seen in the photos of the pool.
The rear camera produced some very natural looking skin tones when shooting people, and even bokeh for portrait shoots. The girls were also impressed that the front camera allowed for decent selfies with an auto-beautify function – something every influencer loves.
Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One phone, with a software experience designed by Google, offering users a simple, pure Android phone that stays fresh over time with OS upgrades. As an Android One smartphone, Mi A1 comes with the most popular Google services built-in as default, such as free unlimited high quality storage from Google Photos.
Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold, Mi A1 has an attractive full-metal body design that measures just 7.3mm in thickness, with discreet separation lines for a seamless look and rounded edges for great hand feel. It also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor.
Featuring a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved glass screen featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, Mi A1 also boasts a 10v power amplifier for deeper lows and higher volumes, ensuring it provides an immersive media experience. A dedicated amplifier also provides support for high-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms).
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor based on the 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a 3080mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage making it a real value for money mid-range smartphone indeed!
Tech Specs & Features:
- Premium full-metal body
- Dual camera, optical zoom:
- 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto
- Exceptional portrait photography with background blur
- Beautify, for natural selfie enhancements
- 5MP front camera
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 with 14nm FinFET technology (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
- 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
- Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
- 5.5-inch full-HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
- 3080mAh battery, USB Type-C port
- Rear fingerprint sensor
- IR blaster, with Mi Remote App
- Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
- Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
- Weight: 165g
- Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
- Stock Android
For more info, head over to:
Element Kuala Lumpur – http://www.elementkualalumpur.com/ or telephone 603 2771 3351 or email email@example.com
Xiaomi – http://www.mi.com/my/