TWG Ion has opened for some time but we didn't find the chance to visit till the last day of Jan 2011.Although the highlight of the day is tea, we were famished by the time we meet. For lunch, I ordered vegetable lasagne while my friends had vegetable quiche and scrambled egg. The lasagne was not overly cheesy, taste great but portion a bit too small for my good appetite.
Ate a few mouthful of my friend's quiche, unlike most quiche which is heavy on eggs, this taste lighter but just as tasty.
For tea, we started with Passion flower tea (as above, together with the lasagna photo). It has a light fruity taste combined perfectly with tea. I don't like those with just the taste of fruit or overly sour, but this is just nice, pleasing and very apt for one of my friends, who like her tea/coffee light.
I took a long time to decide on my tea, asking the waiters a number of times to smell various tea. Below are some that I have smelt:
- Margaret's Hope (Autumn Flush): Can't explain why, but I think I dislike all Darjeelings.
- Chocolate Tea: Dark chocolate with black tea, the smell is exactly that. Not exactly sure if I can accept the combination though it does smell nice.
Finally, I settle for Paris Breakfast tea, a rich blend, strong and slightly bitter with some flavours (probably spices) which I can't exactly say what they are. But I think I've picked the right tea and I like it very much.
Paris Breakfast tea
The last tea we had was Midsummer Night tea, less bitter than Paris Breakfast, it tastes warm and slightly sweet, with hints of chocolate and lingering taste of mint. I like it for its warmth which is nice for a rainy day, but combining chocolate with tea needs some time to get used to. My friend who selected this tea actually did not like it.
And finally, a blackcurrant macaroon to end off the delightful tea session at TWG.
I think I should have tea more often, at least tea as good as what we had this afternoon.