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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.

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

Jams Cafe at Prologue Bookshop

When doing some hard shopping in Orchard Road, one must know how not to over exert oneself. How so, you may ask. Well, the answer is very simple. Be aware of all the secret resting and refreshment spots around town! One such secret resting spot is a tiny cafe tucked at the end of a bookshop. The bookshop happens to be tucked on the top retail floor of one of Singapore’s most beloved malls.

Okay to cut to the chase, I am talking about Jams. Not the jam in a jam jar jam, but Jams the cafe, situated at the back end of Prologue at Ion Orchard. It is far away from the maddening crowd, and being situated within a bookstore, and book stores are normally not that noisy, it is a very good spot for resting and chilling out (before the next mad dash through the shops again).

Last Saturday, the place was occupied by many students, presumably cramming for their mid-year examinations. Still I managed to find a seat without waiting. I didn’t feel like cake, even though there were a great many to choose from. They even had an apple cake, that looked very much like carrot cake from far, which is something we don’t find that often in Singapore. The apple cake I mean, not the carrot cake.

Ugly Blueberry Scone

In the end, I ordered a blueberry scone to accompany my hot chocolate. It looked really ugly but I ordered it against better judgement because I really wanted a scone. The scone was about $2.50 but I was shocked to discover I had to pay extra for jam. So behold, the naked scone above. I paid $0.30 for the jam in the end and it turned out to be the individually packaged supermarket type. The paltry amount wasn’t even enough to cover half the scone! What a let down! The scone was okay, but it would have been better if there was more blueberry flavour to it.

Btw, I think Dome Cafe makes really good and cheap scones, and they give you jam preserves as well as whipped cream for about $2.50.

Hot Chocolate Couverture - Unstirred

They also had the usual cappucinos and lattes, as well as a selection of teas. I wanted something chocolatey and there happened to be iced chocolate in the menu. I thought I’d ask for it hot. What I did not realise is that they also had hot chocolate, but it wasn’t the “normal” type. It was hot chocolate couverture! See picture above? You will be able to see the chocolate couverture bits, with white milk on top.

Hot Chocolate Couverture - Stirred

Only after you stir it does it blend into a really thick chocolate concoction. Each sip was like drinking pure chocolate liquid. It was SO GOOD I forgot all my troubles for a while. Until I hit the halfway mark and I suddenly felt too full to continue. No regrets even though I’d originally ordered the normal hot chocolate. I would suggest that 2 people share this drink, in order not to get an overload of sin. But hey, they say chocolate is good for the heart, so, indulge!

Damn Thick Mango Smoothie

The partner ordered a mango smoothie out of the numerous fruit smoothies on offer. As you can see, it is thick as can be, which means that a truckload of ice-cream must have gone into it. Definitely something that would delight smoothie lovers. I’m not a smoothie lover myself. I prefer to bite and lick my ice-cream, not drink it. But even I had to agree that it was quite good, the sip that I took.

2 people, 2 unfinished drinks, 2 very satisfied people.

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