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TWG Tea - A Taste of Grandeur!

By May 21, 2014 , ,

I am a tea drinker. And I am always on the "look-out" for the finest tea shop in town. This healthy beverage picks up my sagging energy especially in the afternoon when I am almost consumed with weariness. A cup of warm tea always saves my day.

Last weekend, after our Aquaria beach trip in Calatagan, Batangas, (and because we wanted to attend the Sunday afternoon mass at the Mary Mother of Hope chapel in Landmark, Makati), Rowie and I alighted at Ayala station from Taft. With our pack bags still with us (only the two of us taking a fun weekend adventure in Batangas, as usual), we directly went to the chapel in Landmark.
After attending the mass we excitedly proceeded to Greenbelt 5 and giggled upon reaching the lobby where TWG Tea situated.

It's an opulent Tea Cafe originally established in Singapore, so luxurious that by looking at its design and interior alone, you would instantly feel the aura of grandeur and glamour that the establishment embodies.

I was nervous. It was my first time to visit a high end tea shop. I was afraid to mess up. And I was anxious with the rate per order. Good that my friend, Rowie, foot the bill, it was her treat for my birthday because I always wanted to have an Afternoon Tea Party but never got a time to organize it.

We entered the cafe with a hesitant mind but with an excited heart!

Finally, we settled in a remote corner because we wanted to observe how the richy richy patrons behaved, we did not dream to put ourselves into some great embarrassment so a little observation was a perfect start.

TWG Tea, though Asian in nature, follows a very European attitude in dining, the etiquette, the setting, and all those intricate details of an upmarket tea cafe.

TWG Tea in Greenbelt 5

Tea Party!! 

All smile while waiting for our Tea!!

But here's the funny thing. As the waiter handed down the menu book, Rowie and I exchanged curious and hilarious glances. My eyes rolled in anxiety. We did not know how to choose our order, so confusing because the list had several options and confusing terms. The waiter sensed our hesitations, so he moved forward and explained the complicated list! It saved us from trouble,

Not sure if this is the correct etiquette of holding a tea cup

European setting is quite amusing when it comes to table manners. Unlike other culture, Europe has a very sophisticated and tricky rules and codes over table etiquette. There should always be a certain process of delivering food, placing a set of cutlery, goblets, blurting orders, etcetera. The complication sometimes lies on how to hold correctly the tea cup, other races never follow an etiquette in sipping tea, but in Europe that's a different story. You must absorb the dimension of the Tea etiquette or else you will be bitterly judged as socially ill-mannered.

When I made a research years back about an Afternoon Tea Party,  I learned that most experts suggested that the correct manner of sipping tea is to hold the saucer when raising the tea cup and sip leisurely (oh please don't gulp it!), the tea spoon must be placed vertically in a 6:00 0'clock arrangement. Use only the tea spoon when putting honey, milk or sugar into the tea and do not occasionally stir the tea!

After a few minutes with lots of observation, frequent browsing on the menu list, finally, our nerves settled down and everything went smoothly.

I suggested to Rowie that we will accompany the tea with scones and tea cucumber sandwich because these are perfect afternoon tea partners. Scones are buttery and sweet, so it can perfectly balance the bitter taste of tea.

Per order is not really bad. At 540.00 you have four cups of Green Tea, three thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches and two scones with cream and jelly.


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