With a shop space of 1,800-square foot at a prime spot of ION, the colour theme of this branch is alittle different from its flagship. Though it retains the use of crystal chandeliers and warm timber cupboards, this place focus on the use of gold trimmings and glass panels. Encased by a wall of curved glass, the elegance this place provides fits perfectly among the designer labels found in ION.
Retail space is bigger than the branch at Republic Plaza and one of the highlights of this outlet lies in the revolving cabinet to hold the tea cannisters. Apart from housing 400 types of tea leaves (i.e. Republic Plaza manages 200 types), one will find a selection of tea samovars and accessories before reaching the dining area.
With a more convenient location and longer opening hours, one can expect crazy crowds between 11am to 6pm daily. Due to the crowd, this branch lacks the cosiness, particularly when the tables are placed very close to each other. However, with a proper kitchen in this branch, the menu offers is more extensive with breakfast, brunch and dinner are served.
Tea and pastisseries are the must-tries and this time round, I have opted for a muffin, financier (Matcha-infused) and scone. Though the muffin didn't leave a deep impression, I have to admit that I enjoyed the financier and scone (served with whipped cream and jam).
Bain de Rose Tea ($13.50++), an exclusive blend of first flush Deejarling, also the tea used in their pink macarons, was a recommendation for rose tea lovers. This exquisite rose tea, is known to contain only the best blooms from Grasse, a region in France famous for its perfume industry. Though we are not black tea lovers, we do appreciate the rose scent emitted from the tea.
This refreshing mango mousse and a thin layer of tangy orange puree on a green tea base stands out among our orders. Generally TWG's desserts are light and nicely-infused with tea. Most importantly, these pastries are not excessively sweet. The entire combination is light, making me crave for more.
At TWG tea salon, each tea is carefully steeped depending on the type, thus one will not see tea leaves in the teapot. However, the flower teas offered at TWG is refillable. Double Happiness ($14.00++) was recommended and is a combination of white tea, jasmine and pink amaranth. In terms of taste and fragrance, this is relatively mild when compared to Pi Lo Chun Imperial (碧螺春) I had the last time round.
Before signing off, many thanks for the sms notification sent by TWG managing director, Mr. Aum-Stievenard to inform us on the opening of TWG @ ION on 30th Sept 09 and the complementary pastries for the afternoon.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
ION Shopping Mall
2 Orchard Turn #02-21,
Tel: 6735 1837
Operating hours 10am to 10pm (Mon to Sun)