I think I have found the perfect tea place, right smack in the middle of Shangri-la’s newly built East Wing!
Can you find where the kitchen is located?
1837 TWG (The Wellness Group) Tea Salon and Boutique at Shangri-la Mall, East Wing, offers about 800 single estate fine harvest teas and exclusive blends, tea patisseries and other tea-infused delicacies in its menu. It’s more than a salon for those who wanted to spend the afternoon or evening enjoying their favorite teas; it’s also a retail outlet for tea leaves in tin cans that may interest people who like to enjoy exquisite teas at home. The year 1837 is significant because TWG originated from Singapore and this was the year when Singapore when it dominated as Far East’s most illustrious trading post for teas and spices.
The place actually reminded me of the movie, Moulin Rouge. It’s a dazzling display of lights, colors, and gold, giving a luxurious ambiance to the place.
Tea leaves in tin cans. It’s not advisable to keep tea leaves in a clear glass jar, anyway, nor have it stored near coffee and other spices, since the tea will absorb their flavor also. A tin can is priced at about Php 1,500 or more, depending upon the kind of tea leaves.
Tea Tin Can Tower is what I call it. There are few more of this in the place. It’s where they keep the tea leaves used for the resto, really.
More Tea Tin Can Towers. There’s even a Tea Bar! ?Actually the kitchen, which my friend and I have been looking for since we came in, was smartly hidden from the customers’ view behind the tea bar. Even if you go behind the tea bar, you won’t see the kitchen. It’s all walled up.
And more tea…
They’re selling china, too. I love that pink and white ones.
And because the huge number of variants of tea they’re offering, they have to put it all in a book…
I wish, though, that this “tea book” is available online. I’d love to read it through but I don’t think I’d be staying that long in the salon enough to read everything!
Actually, I already get a headache just by looking at the tea menu/list. And yup, you saw that right…there are teas that are worth Php 1,500+/pot. They’re like the “champagne” of the tea world, I guess. I don’t know if I’d splurge that much on a pot of tea.
So, what did I try from that huge list of tea? Take note, though, that this post documents two visits to this place…I didn’t drink/eat all of these in one go! Also, some I have shared with a friend…
Iced Pink Flamingo Tea, Php 195
Of course, you can have this served hot also. The taste is pretty much flowery, with some hint of fruit. Well, it said in the tea book that it’s a mix of green tea with crimson hibiscus blossoms. I suggest that you put just a teeny, little sugar syrup in there. Putting too much will not let you enjoy the subtle flavors.
Iced Sakura Sakura Tea, Php 195
It may look like champagne but it’s not a sweet tea. I wouldn’t recommend putting sugar syrup in it. I simply like how there’s a slight tangy taste to it. Sorry, I forgot to look it up in the tea book so I could describe the mixture to you. Perhaps, next time.
Chicken en brochette, Php 475
It’s a pan-seared chicken brochette flavored with wholegrain mustard with capsicum and pineapple chunks drizzled with Timeless Tea infused sauce and served with steamed rice. I wonder how that tea got its name. I just love how the food here taste so light and yet substantial. The taste is subtle, yet interesting. I guess I wouldn’t expect food here that’s high in sodium. Sometimes it’s the high sodium content that kills the food’s taste, no?
Garden Vegetable Lasagna, Php 350
I forgot what kind of tea has been infused into this dish. I love how the cheese did not overpower the natural sweet taste of the vegetables in between the lasagna. However, I do wish there is less of that sauce. The lasagna is literally swimming in it. ?Not that it taste bad. It’s just my preference.
Now, everybody’s favorite part of the meal: desserts!
Moroccan Mint Tea and Napoleon tea and Caramel macarons, Php 55/piece
Like what I’ve said, everything here has tea. LOL. Of the two, I like the Moroccan Mint Tea. It can really remove that aftertaste from a heavy meal. I find the Napoleon tea and Caramel macaron too sweet.
Camelot Tea and Praline and Vanilla Bourbon Tea Macarons, Php 55/piece
The Camelot Tea and Praline macaron kinda reminded me of graham crackers…but with some subtle chocolate filling. It’s just okay. I like the Vanilla bourbon tea macaron better. It is sweet, because of the vanilla, but I kinda like the bourbon aftertaste.
I’m beginning to like these macarons. They look small and unassuming, but they’re just the perfect desserts: not so filling, not so overwhelmingly sweet, but can totally be the perfect finish for a meal. A perfect little kiss to remind of the wonderful dinner one had.
But there’s one more:
Vanilla Bourbon Tea Ice Cream, Php 110/cup
So even the ice cream is not safe from tea, LOL. Seriously, I think this is the perfect dessert to that dinner (especially if you’re having a dinner date. It’s just that macarons as a dessert during a date isn’t just too “romantic”). The texture, the taste…just perfect. I love this ice cream!
I really can’t wait to visit this tea salon again. Maybe I could buy one of their tea pots for sale (those in the gift sets), buy tea leaves (expensive, though), and brew myself some tea? I’d love to come back here with friends, though. This place is just too interesting and would be a nice conversation piece.
1837 TWG Tea Salon and Boutique can be found at the 2nd floor of Shangri-la Mall’s East Wing. There are also branches at Resort’s World and Greenbelt.