Mention “café” and only well-known joints such as Starbucks and Hard Rock Café come into mind. Try saying “tea,” and you will realise that most people don’t have an inkling where they can get some, except for the countless kopitiams, Japanese restaurants or a couple of high-end English bistros. SG Club brings you to some of these salons de thés that just might tantalize your palate.
Arteastiq – Tea Lounge by Marxx
A new exclusive tea lounge within Marxx furniture store has been unveiled in early Feburary. This French-styled modern lounges comes with view of lush greenery along the busy street of Orchard Road – a hidden sanctuary which lets you chill out with friends or business associates from day till night.
Arteastiq in essence means ‘the art of teasing’ or “the art of tea that makes you tick’. A wide variety of tea ranging from freshly brewed tea, to real fruit tea and the most interesting – alcoholic tea, served with the finest and unique tea sets and cutlery. To add to the excitement, bite size and creative snacks are served with the tea. There is also a menu of healthy dishes which we will unveil during the media launch. And the pricing is reasonable.
Vanilla Café and Bar
3 Boon Tat Street , Tel: 6423 0366
Vanilla is located right in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD), flanked on both sides by the ever-so-busy Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar. The café offers a calm and soothing retreat from the rush hour crowds and endless road congestions.
In the same way that vanilla enhances flavours, Vanilla’s founders and crew hope to enhance the dining experience of its clientele through the food, service and ambience. The first thing one can expect is the welcoming aroma of vanilla. The interior of Vanilla is a little Japanese inspired – simple, clean, comfortable. We play around with the shades of browns to create a more cosy feel. The shelves are filled with Japanese robots, as well as Astroboy comics.
On the menu is a selection of serve Japanese fusion food, some examples are the Pork Katsu Sandwich and the Yakiniku Sandwich. Their unique all-day breakfast and happy hour specials are not to be missed. Offers like the 1-for-1 house pours are definitely huge draws. The soon-to-be-launched Vanilla Barnyard BBQ will be held on the last Saturday of each month. Do keep a lookout for the Premium Big Eye Tuna as well.
COVA Pasticceria – Confetteria Singapore
Paragon Shopping Centre #01-20A, Tel: 6733 0777
Since being founded in 1817 in Milan by Antonio Cova, COVA has gone on to enjoy over 190 years of continued success in the international scene. The only outlet here is located at Paragon and it consists of two dining options – the Tea Room, which is tastefully decorated with chandeliers, paintings and a six-metre cake showcase; and the open concept Main Dining Café, which allows diners to be regaled by the baristas at work.
All COVA’s pastries are freshly baked every morning and ready by breakfast. Exclusive to Singapore and Hong Kong is the Mango Cream – chiffon sponge cake filled with fresh Philippine mangoes and whipped cream. Well-acclaimed is the Tower of Dory Fish Layered With Eggplant, Sautéed Leek and Served with Capsicum Coulis.
TWG Tea Salon and Boutique
ION Shopping Mall #02 – 21, Tel: +65 6735 1837
Started out in Singapore, and enjoys the status as one of the finest and luxurious tea brand is TWG Tea. The outlet at ION Orchard comprises a cosy tea salon, a retail boutique and a takeaway partisserie counter. They also have another branch at Republic Plaza.
Intricate details like TWG’s display of Russian samovars, gleaming polished brass and fine Italian marble all make for a sophisticated and elegant ambience. An eye-catcher is the astounding rotating tea wall that reveals part of the superior lineup of TWG teas when turned. Exclusive to ION Orchard is the 18k gold Design Teapot that is used for serving teas.
TWG prides itself in its collection of more than 800 single estate fine harvests and exclusive tea blends and looks to introduce more than 200 new ones. Set apart from mainstream teas are the rare Tie Kuan Yin and Da Hong Pao harvests accented with new teas from exotic regions like Persia and Mozambique.
Apart from tea, TWG also serves pastries and six scrumptious weekend brunch sets. All pastries are also handmade fresh daily by Executive Patisserie Chef Philippe Langlois, who possesses over 30 years of experience under his belt.
Writer: Roxanne Chia