TWG Tea Salon Takashimaya is one of the many locations that TWG has in Singapore and around the world. We have often passed by the attractively furnished TWG tea salons such as those in Ion Orchard, Swissotel Stamford, MBS and Changi Airport and wondered what is it like to have tea in them. We finally had afternoon tea at the TWG Takashimaya outlet in Ngee Ann City recently.
The entrance to TWG Tea Salon Takashimaya is small and narrow. We go in and the TWG salon reveals itself as an L-shaped space. It is ornately furnished with lots of bling and chandeliers. It is attractive in an opulent sort of way. But the space felt cramped. Some of the tables were very close to each other. We were fortunate to be seated at a table by the window. But the next table was inches away, a bit too close for comfort.
TWG Tea List
The first thing that was handed to us was the TWG Tea List. It contains hundreds of types of tea. Based on my quick scan, the cheapest was $11 per pot. The most expensive tea on the list was Da Hong Pao Prestige from Fujian, China which cost $79. Here are some sample pages of the tea list.
TWG Tea Salon Takashimaya Food Menu
The range of food served at TWG Tea Salon Takashimaya is quite wide. They serve more than just cakes and scones. Mainstream restaurant dishes like mushroom soup, lasagna and eggs Benedict are available on the menu. But what we were most interested in were the TWG Tea Time selections. There are several tea time set menus. We had the “Parisian” which serves two persons and cost $72.
Parisian Tea Time Set Menu for 2
The Parisian tea time set menu comes with quite a lot of items as described in the menu (picture above). There are number of options that need to be selected. Two pots of tea are included in the set. We could choose from the wide list, but anything above the basic $11 range attracts a surcharge. We are not tea connoisseurs and confined our selections to the entry level $11 teas. I can’t remember what we selected except that one was light and fruity and the other a dark blend for contrast. We thought that the were good enough.
Next we had to choose to have 2 sets of muffins or scones or 2 patisseries. We elected to have one set of scones (2 pieces) and one patisserie. The scones would be subsequently served with TWG tea jelly and whipped cream. We selected a chocolate cake from the display case. The scones were good but the jelly and whipped cream were lacklustre.
Fresh from our afternoon tea experience at Betty’s in York, UK, we looked forward to our afternnon tea in Singapore, TWG style. We started from the bottom of the tea stand. The smoked salmon sandwiches were very good. As finger sandwiches, they were rather substantial in size, but we were not complaining.
The tray on the next level had more interesting and delicate items – the bun with lobster chunks and the crab meat tart were our favourites.
We rounded off the afternoon tea with the chocolate cake that reminded us of a famous mouse. The taste was very good and we left the TWG Tea Salon in Takashimaya with a sweet taste.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
TWG Tea at Takashimaya L2
Takashimaya Singapore, 391 Orchard Road, Level 2
Tel: +65 6363 1837
Opening Hours: 10 am – 9:30 pm
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