First of all, let me tell you how ashamed I am of myself, being the food blogger that I am, that I didn't take heart in using my DSLR here (though I did bring it with me). So pardon me for the terrible photos taken with my Samsung S3 and husband's LG 3D Optimus (for the last three photos below).
So, here's how my Valentine's Day for 2013 went.
In the afternoon, Bhogs and I braved the wave of love-struck traffic of the metro to check out Marriott Hotel's Chocolate Art Exhibit. We didn't really plan anything on that day, for we never really go out on a Valentine's Day, we find it really cheesy and corny. However after taking a few snaps, we realized that it was time for coffee. So we went to the mall next door, Newport Mall, and decided to dine instead, though I found it hard to choose, for ubiquitous are swank restaurants.
After reaching the far end of the mall, juxtaposed is the ritzy tea salon, whose name is TWG Tea Salon and Boutique. Upon seeing, my eyes were aglow and chanced on the clear glass panel of the salon was a twinkle on my eye. So I told Bhogs, "I never knew they will set up a branch here, but I was glad they considered and it was perfect." Then this man of mine said. "Pangalan pa lang flashy na! Parang di ako bagay dyan." (to translate: "The name suggest the place to be flashy! I don't think I would fit in,) Ouch! My heart broke. He didn't know that ever since I saw TWG at Greenbelt I already fell in love with it. My mom love teas, even the ones that are at a premium, so I learned how to appreciate it and consider its value for good health. Though he knows that I fancy odd flavored teas from Celestial Seasonings and Twinings, he minded me looking more closer at the menu posted outside the door.
So we walked pass by it, with a sullen look on my face. Reaching the second floor, went around twice, still undecided where to go, he finally asked me, "Do you really want to try the tea place below?" Without any hesitation I said YES.
I would like to commend the wait-staff who made it easier for us to choose which type or blend of teas befit us. I was told by a friend that sharing a pot of tea was not allowed, though Bhogs knew all along that it is a must we get different blend for us to sample not just one. The options are endless, they have a pamphlet/ menu just for the teas alone, but the very knowledgeable and courteous staff recommended, as if he knew us, the certain blend that we might actually enjoy. For him was the hot Happy Hour Tea, whilst for her was the Sweet Romance Tea, cold as requested. After getting our orders, we counted just ten minutes, the teas and the food as well were served astonishingly fast. The hot tea was served first, as you can see it was on an 18 karat gold tea pot. which I think was a major flashy accessory but suits the ambiance pretty well, but please don't get intimidated even if it comes a long with a nifty price tag. There must be a reason why it has to be on that kind of teapot. Which I will soon find out. (because I will be coming back pretty soon).
Like there is a reason for the shape of the tea cup, which is with a wide brim, and short in height. According to some of the blogs I read, to delight more on the tea selection one has to savor the aroma, whether the teas are floral, minty or chocolaty. Coming from my husband's point of view (who is not really prone to drinker teas), the wide-open mouth of the cup may have something to do with the sips going to the side palate, then eventually goes to the other parts of the tongue eliminating every bad aftertaste and delivering the sweetness or the minty taste of the tea. For short science is involved.
Moving on, my refreshingly cold glass of tea from the Sweet Romance blend was a shot of black tea with a strong strawberry and citrus taste and a calming hint of vanilla. It served without sweetness but a jar with light syrup went with it. Might I say a good recommendation. Bhogs hot tea lived up to its name, The Happy Hour, a green tea blend with citrus and sweet notes with subtle hints of peppermint.
We came in after six pm, wasted a lot of time roaming around the mall so we weren't able to get the Tea Time Set Menus which is traditionally served from 3 pm to 6 pm. So we got ourselves a selection each from the Ala Carte. We had the one from the Savory Crepes - The Parisian Crepe. It has potatoes, turkey ham and Emmental cheese tossed in French earl Grey tea infused bechamel sauce. Every item on the menu is good for one but can be shared.
With the tea gastronomy invading our rich growing epicurean experiences, there are a lot more to discover. Why not start here at 1837 TWG.
Another worth coming back for, not only the tea blends but also the tea macarons and tea ice creams.
TWG Tea Salon and Boutique
Resorts World Manila, Ground Floor - Block 1,
Shop 17B, Newport City,
100 Andrews Avenue, Newport Cybertourism Zone, Pasay City,
Tel: +632 550 1452, +632 550 1479