The buzz: Occupying Salon de L’Oriental’s old spot on the ground floor of the Emporium shopping complex, the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique signifies the Singaporean tea empire The Wellness Group’s continued international expansion, much to the delight of tea-crazy Bangkokians.
The décor: Bordered by a wall of monogrammed glass, TWG’s trademark look of European elegance is completed by a dark marble floor, wood paneling trimmed with gold and shelves lined with their signature yellow tins. The boutique showcases themed tea blends in pretty packaging for customers to browse and sniff. Drinks are prepared behind an open bar, so you can keep an eye on the bartenders as they steep and taste every pot before serving the steamy brews in dainty fine bone china teacups.
The food: More or less French with minor Asian touches. The menu includes sets for breakfast, brunch and dinner, as well as all-day dishes. Almost everything is infused with tea, from the seared foie gras salad (B790) and beef tenderloin (B990) to the mango crumble (B230). Afternoon tea sets (3pm-6pm, B370-B680) include some patisserie choices while their macarons (B50 each) come in interesting flavors like Camelot Tea & Praline. TWG is also working on adding a few local dishes to the menu, hinting at some intriguing tea-infused Thai flavors.
The drinks: With a dizzying selection of over 450 types of tea, you might want to ask staff for a recommendation. Served by the pot (B250 for most), signature varieties include the delicately floral white earl grey (B470) and the 1837 black tea (B250). Teas can be taken hot or cold, but most are recommended neat, unadulterated by sugar, lemon or milk. Mocktails (B190), wine by the glass (B380) and champagne (B4,900/bottle) are also available.
The crowd: During the week it’s mostly ladies who lunch, but on weekends it’s packed with families who come for brunch or tea. The salon doesn’t take reservations, so a wait may be required. Marissa Smith