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TWG Tea Salon at Marina Bay Sands

When TWG first opened in Singapore several years back, everyone was keen to go check out this gilded and Parisien looking tea salon. It was quite unlike all the other tea houses we have ever seen, not that there are many to begin with in Singapore! I for one was attracted by the tai tai look. But because prices were so steep, I just couldn’t bring myself to dine at TWG more than once. $45 for a tea set where you get less food than at a posh hotel, I would frankly rather have my tea at the hotel! IF, however you just purchase the loose leaf teas without any fancy packaging, ie basically the tea leaves are just packaged in a paper bag, that in itself is quite affordable.

TWG at Marina Bay Sands (3)

Recently, I went to check out TWG’s menu again and it seems that there are new additions to the menu. They still have the $40 plus dollars sets, which I find are not value for money. However, if you order the main courses or brunch dishes, those are pretty okay. For example:

  • Pan-seared sea bass $26
  • Marinated cod fish $28
  • Wagyu Steak $35
  • Grilled Chicken $26
  • Wagyu Burger $24
  • 3 mini-burgers $24

TWG - Eggs Benedict (Homemade toasted English muffins with 2 poached farmhouse eggs served with creamy hollandaise sauce and a choice of smoked salmon or turkey $19 (2)

Eggs Benedict (Homemade toasted English muffins with 2 poached farmhouse eggs served with creamy hollandaise sauce and a choice of smoked salmon or turkey $19

The Eggs Benedict was what I ordered, under the all day dining menu. These days my mind goes weak when I see eggs benedict on the menu, but not so long ago, it would have been the English Breakfast that I would have ordered as I wanted a bit of everything! The good thing about eggs benedicts are that they are not fried. I hope you like this egg porn picture because there are few food items that turn me on as much as a flowy yolky egg!

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Gryphon Tea launches Grand Cru Collection

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Gryphon Tea Event

Recently, I was invited to attend a private tea and water appreciation session. As this would be very different from the usual eat, eat and eat some more food tasting session, I jumped at the opportunity. I had previously attended a number of wine tasting sessions (Singapore, Australia, New Zealand) and I quite enjoyed the experience, even though I got tipsy for the one in New Zealand. Of course, there’s no chance of me getting embarrassingly tipsy for a tea tasting session. And the thing about such appreciation sessions is that you get to learn so much about the product that you’re tasting. The history, the processes, down to the very reason why you’re even tasting the product that you’re tasting.

Gryphon Tea Event - (6)

The tea master of the day, and also the founder of Gryphon Tea is Mr Lim Tian Wee. He hails from an illustrious tea export family business known as Lim Lam Thye. I like to think of him as the guy who developed a modern identity for his family tea business and imparted in it a refreshingly hip spin.

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TWG Tea Salon

I said I would do a post on TWG Teas. Well here it is!

Did you know that TWG Teas was started by 2 businessmen in Singapore only about 2 years ago? They must have a really solid team working behind the scenes because it took them less than 2 years to get themselves branded as a premium tea seller. TWG is available at many upscale places such as SIA, Fullerton Hotel and even Harrods! From the look of their 2 Tea Salons in Singapore, no one would fault you for assuming that TWG has been operating for years!

I’ve been to both the TWG Tea Salons at Republic Plaza and Ion Shopping Mall. The Ion salon seems to be packed all the time. When I was there on a weekend, I had to line up for 10 minutes before I got a table. They do take reservations for weekdays though. The seating area is rather small and very cramped. You can almost touch the person at the next table. Since people are there to relax over a cuppa tea after a hard day’s shopping, no one is in a hurry to vacate their seats. The Republic Plaza salon on the other hand was pretty empty save for a few corporate looking types talking business when we were there, and naturally so since few people purposely venture into the business district for fun.

I will say this upfront, it’s not cheap to dine at TWG. TWG - Whipped cream and tea jellyThe tea-time set comprising a pot of tea and your choice of 2 scones or 2 muffin costs $17. A pot of tea on its own is about $10.50, which means that each scone or muffin costs $3.25. Not cheap considering that the scones are on the small side. The scones were not too bad, but not spectacular enough to warrant the price. The muffin was a let down. The scones do come with whipped cream and their unique TWG tea jelly. The jelly as some TWG tea infused into it, which is an interesting touch. However, the jelly, being jelly, was too wobbly and not sweet enough to go with the scones.

The tea was very nice. They have an extensive tea menu for you to choose from that you almost become dazed at the 3 or 4 pages worth of tea names. Many of them have weird alphabets and numerals behind them, which kinda makes one wonder how it was possible to just survive with Lipton and Boh tea for the last 20 years. In any case, when faced with FTGFOP1, don’t look lost. Just know that it stands for Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1. What that actually means is reserved for discussion another day heh.

TWG - Tea

See the thing with TWG is that that 1 pot of tea costs $10.50. However, if you were to buy 50gms of the same loose leaf tea, it also costs the same $10.50. This 50gm bag of tea allows you to make more than 10 cups of tea. And tea is not difficult to brew at home. I’ve been having their Rwandan Express tea for breakfast and tea-time in the office nearly everyday.

Secondly, if you have money to burn, won’t you rather pay a little bit more and spend your leisurely afternoon in the comfort of a spacious but equally if not more luxurious hotel lobby lounge? It will probably be more value for money. Compare TWG’s $25 set menu where you get the tea, 2 scones/muffins and 3 finger sandwiches, with Shangri-La afternoon tea buffet which offers 101 tea selections and afternoon tea buffet line at about $38. Or if you must have TWG tea, you can try Fullerton Hotel’s afternoon tea buffet at $36. Are you getting the drift here?

TWG - Scones TWG Teas

Check out TWG’s menu for weekday and weekend and see if you fancy playing tai tai for a day.

http://www.twgtea.com

http://www.twgtea.com/Download/Menu-ION-WD180810.pdf

http://www.twgtea.com/Download/Menu-ION-WE180810.pdf

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique (Raffles Place)

9 Raffles Place, #01 – 22
Republic Plaza
Singapore 048619

Tel: +65 6538 1837 Fax: +65 6534 1837

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique (Orchard Road)

ION Shopping Mall
2 Orchard Turn, #02 – 21
Singapore 238801

Tel: +65 6735 1837 Fax: +65 6736 1837

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Table reservations can be made from Mondays to Fridays at these times:

Breakfast 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lunch 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Dinner  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Loose leaf tea on demand

Today I discovered an amazing thing. You can buy loose leaf tea in whatever weight combination you want, from TWG!!! It’s amazing because all along, I’d thought that the tea comes in prepackaged tins. And it’s quite affordable, considering the exorbitant prices they charge at their cafe. We bought 2 types of tea, 100grams of Irish Breakfast Tea and 100gm of Rwanda Breakfast Tea. Cost only $26. TWG had this rotating cabinet contraption filled with tea canistors, and the guy had to push at it with all his might in order to rotate the thing to our desired tea.

So happy with this discovery. They have loads and loads of different types of tea flavours for sale. Now we can buy just enough to last us 1 or 2 weeks. Because you know once tea is opened, it starts to lose its freshness. I once bought an expensive tin of tea from Fauchon. The 1st day, the tea tasted heavenly. Since then, I’ve been trying to obtain the same flavour but to no avail.

It’s a bit sad that I should be so happy and amazed to find tea sold in this manner. This should be more ubiquitous, rather than the boxes and boxes of generic tea sold in the supermarkets. I suppose there might be more shops selling tea like this, but I am unable to recall any offhand, and I’ve certainly not seen any in recent times. Maybe I should start a business of selling tea myself!

But for now, what I need is a new plunger. Can’t wait to try out the new tea!!! The Rwanda tea we chose is especially strong. I’m actually going to look forward to waking up in the weekday mornings for once!

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