TWG has everything I adore: Lovely teas, delicious food, delightful sweets, luxurious ambience and impeccable service. The music TWG plays is beautiful, I was so attracted to one of the Spanish songs that I asked for its name, and now it is my hand-phone ring tone.
TWG stands for the “The Wellness Group”. I can go in there feeling like crap and walk out feeling…well, well again! This is a phenomenon caused by fine tea and sweets XD
The list of teas available is mind-boggling, there is a menu for the name and price of the tea, and an encyclopedia for the description of the teas. You can have the teas hot or cold.
Hot teas are served in an insulated pot and it is not refillable. Hot flower teas are served in a glass pot and it is refillable only once. Cold teas are served in a huge glass, with separate small container of syrup, and is not refillable. The amount of tea in a pot and in the glass is the same, although the pot looks bigger (I have checked with the staff about this).
It is costly to dine at TWG, but bargain hunter me have found a cheaper way to visit frequently without burning a hole in my pockets. Target the weekday set meals~~~! If you order ala carte, your bill would most likely be like this: $12 for tea, $26 for mains, $9.50 for the cheapest dessert=$47.50++
But for weekday set meals (lunch and dinner), it cost $35++ for tea, mains and dessert. The catch is the mains is fixed, but you can change the tea and the dessert if you don’t like what it listed on the set menu. If you change to a tea that cost more than $11.50/12.00, you have to top up the difference. As for the desserts, you can select from the assorted desserts in the trolley. Every TWG kitchen serves a different main which stays the same from Monday to Friday but changes every week.
If for whatever reason you can’t eat a certain animal meat, just call another branch to check out what they are serving. The branches do not usually serve the same meat each week for the set meal. If you want to call to check what main course they are serving, call on Monday because they only know what is going to be on the set menu on Monday morning.
TWG’s specialty is to infuse tea into their foods and desserts. A picture paints a thousand words so I am going to stop my yakking and let the pictures do the talking.
Celebration tea and Enchanted beauty teaMagret of duck in filo pastry: smoked magret of duck and carrots wrapped in crisp filo pastry and served with arugula salad tossed in spiced route tea infused vinaigrette.Huge serving with lots of meat! I was half dead after I finished my mains.
Lobster timbale: Marinated lobster and avocado timbale scattered with coriander and chives served with spinach shoot salad drizzled with love me tea infused
vinaigrette. Generous serving of lobster, MIL was struggling to finish
Took Mom for set lunchPan seared tuna steak accompanied with polenta cake. Served with a fragrant mango salsa infused with Lemon Bush tea sauce. This was the worst mains I tried so far, the tuna steak was dry and bland.Financiers with Matcha tea and Madeleines with Earl Grey Fortune Tea served with TWG tea jelly and whipped cream.
Brought Mum to try the Afternoon Tea Set meal, which comes with a sandwich, a tea and a dessert from the trolley. I feel that the afternoon Tea Set is not value for as the serving for the sandwiches is very small. At $32++ for the afternoon tea set, I consider it more worthwhile to have the set lunch or dinner at $35++
Mom had the Imperial sandwich set: Foie gras, Chicken with Comptoir des Indes Tea infused crème fraîche, Cucumber with cream cheese infused with Earl Grey Fortune.
I ordered the Royal sandwich set: Prawn with Silver Moon Tea infused cream,
Smoked salmon with Mascarpone and chives, Roma tomato and Moroccan Mint Tea infused sauce.
Grand Wedding Tea, Passion Fruit & Coconut macaron. My favorite macaroon so far, not overly sweet with a touch of sourness from the passion fruit and interesting crunch from the coconut bits.