Thursday, June 20, 2013

An English Afternoon: TWG Tea Salon and Boutique

Tea, just like ramen and katsu, has been available in the market for a long time but it was just recently when it became a craze… a big craze. Taking photos with that cute cup with a mustache to the reflection on a shiny gold teapot, these are just a few of many posts  we commonly see on our social media news feeds. Yes, compared to those tea bags available in your favorite supermarket, these raved ones are pretty pricey. But I guess you pay for the ambiance and rather English experience. 
I’m in love with that classy tea place. Yes, it was love at first sight. I enjoyed munching those wonderful brunch dishes while sipping my Pink Garden tea. I just have to go back for more. And I did with T last time.
Since we just came from lunch then, we opted to just try TWG’s pastries. There are two kinds—Tea and French. After a bit of thinking, we chose to try Financiers with Matcha Tea (PHP150 for 2 pieces).

We also ordered two types of macarons, Napoleon Tea and Caramel and 1837 Black Tea and Blackcurrant (PHP55 each). As for drinks, since it was really hot that day, we decided to have iced tea instead. I had the Pink Flamingo. I forgot T’s drink but hers had a strong tea taste which she enjoyed. Each glass is priced at PHP195.
The pastries (despite ordering just a few) were displayed on a cute little table rack with TWG Tea Jelly and whipped cream on top.
We first tried the financiers with matcha tea and it was delightful. It was very dense (though rather heavy if you’re after a light snack). You can definitely taste the tea flavor and putting tea jelly on it made it even more enjoyable. (I’m not really fond of whipped cream on pastries so I just kept on getting more jelly.)
The macarons on the other hand were a tad too sweet given these should be infused with tea. The tea taste was weak in both flavors though it was slightly stronger in the Napoleon Tea and Caramel.
As for my drink, I had to ask for a bit of syrup as I’m not used to drinking unsweetened iced tea. (I always forget that when I was travelling and end up trying to dilute sugar in my drink.) After a few shots of syrup, my Pink Flamingo drink is now my new favorite iced tea. Plus for PHP195, it was worth it as the glass was huge!

And still… I have over hundreds of tea to try. Hello detox!

P.S. I can't wait for the Shangri-La branch to open!!!
TWG is located at the Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St. Makati City.

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