Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TWG Tea Pavilion

TWG Tea fits Pavilion to a T _ stop and rest your feet here after too much window-shopping or simply sit and swap news about frenemies after watching GSC's latest superhero blockbuster.

Customers can wander through a wonderland of chocolates, macarons and tea, complete with a sparkling dining hall where a windfall of creative culinary creations await.

Expectations might be upended; we thought the creme de la creme of TWG's menu would be these beautiful poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon on toasted English muffins (RM28.50+) ...

... but what we loved even more were the extraordinarily creamy scrambled eggs (RM28.50+), garnished generously with saffron threads and served with spinach shoots and shrimp.

Sure, a hefty chunk of pan-seared foie gras on a cushion of caramelized apples and carrots, drizzled with a chocolate tea-infused vinaigrette, is a nice bargain for RM43.50+ ...

... but add a couple of ringgit and feel the full-blown flavor of liver in this terrine interpretation (RM45+), partnered with red radish and sakura tea jelly.

Some might swear on steak, insisting on the tenderloin with a thick Polo Club tea sauce (RM55+) ...

... but this Wagyu beef burger (RM43+) promises something more succulent and savory to sink your teeth into. As a bonus, both come with truffle-scented matchstick fries tossed in 1837 Green Tea powder.

TWG's macarons (RM4+) might be an acquired taste, with a mushiness reminiscent of soft brownies. But the infusion of tea flavors makes them worthwhile, with each piece evoking everything from Earl Grey Fortune to Moroccan Mint, Napoleon to Camelot, Bain de Roses to Lemon Bush.

Caneles (RM13.50+ for two) were once touted to be 2012's macarons, a potential for popularity that they haven't fulfilled so far, though the year is still young.

TWG's tea menu is staggering; we could spend the next six months trying a new blend everyday, without conquering the entire selection.

Worried there's no wine? The final happy surprise: Sacha Lichine Cabernet Merlot is available by the bottle and glass (RM22.50+).

Service is exemplary, with the service team trained at TWG Singapore gliding to the tables to bring out platters whipped up by the kitchen's two French chefs.

TWG Tea Pavilion,
Ground Floor, Pavilion Shopping Mall, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2142-9922

42 comments:

  1. Hmm... Four of us, three of us had tea, which leaves one to finish all the vino, no? ;P

    Don't forget: the service was stellar and the environment was so cosy despite us being more-or-less out in the open plains of the luxury wing of the mall. :)

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    1. Kenny: too little vino, my bambino! :P oops, blogspot erased the final two photos and lines from my entry when it was initially posted. have restored them, complete with the praise for the service :D

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  2. The egg dishes looks good and I see macarons!

    We had TWG macarons in Singapore recently, found them quite interesting. RM4+ is quite reasonable.

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    1. Baby Sumo: the kitchen's forte might be the eggs! i enjoyed them even more than the foie gras :D ya, the manager was explaining to us that the macarons here aren't the usual crisp-shelled ones. i'm not sure most folks in KL would prefer TWG's macarons, but you're right, for RM4+ apiece, it's definitely worth trying at least once =)

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    2. The one I had in SG had quite interesting flavours but texturewise too crunchy for me. Will be heading to Pav this week, worth a try!

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    3. Baby Sumo: gosh, that's strange, the macarons at this KL branch totally lack crunchiness! will wait to hear your opinions on them :D

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  3. Gotta pay a visit to this eggtastic place...hopefully wat u ordered is only the tip of the eggshell =)

    Succulent n savoury Wagyu Beef Burger for RM43...pretty reasonable :)

    Since I love tea...I m gonna have a teariffic time here :p

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    1. Ulric: haha, tip of the eggshell. i like that =) oh, but unfortunately, there are only a few egg dishes here. though the good news is they're available until 9:30pm everyday :D the burger patty was very, very tender. but i wish it were bigger! =) heh, there might be more than 300 varieties of tea here, originating from multiple continents :D

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    2. Normally good food makes u crave for more...in this case the Wagyu patty lor :P

      Wow...300. I would think we would have ordered everything from the food menu before we can try each of the 300 teas! @.@

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    3. Did they have a tea book here too, explaining each of the tea?

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    4. Ulric: ya, and it wasn't an overly processed patty, so it still tasted like real beef :D heh, i only managed to taste one of the teas, which was very nice. midsummer's night dream, i think it was called =)

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    5. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, the book was very amusing! we browsed through it and enjoyed reading the descriptions. the one we had was described as a "fairy's elixir" :D

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  4. You are very fast, I just finished to edit all the photos. :P
    I think my favourite dish is still the pan-seared foie gras.

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    1. CK: oooh, i prefer the foie gras terrine. and i wish the wagyu beef burger could be topped with foie gras! that might make it double-delicious :D

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  5. Gorgeous poached egg! I stopped and looked quite some time before continuing to read to a growling stomach.

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    1. Missyblurkit: that egg stopped me in my tracks too! i should try to poach eggs at home (or maybe i shouldn't, cos i'd be eating three or four everyday then!) :D

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  6. the caneles look odd.... i thought they were supposed to have this glaze on them?

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    1. Michelle: ooh, maybe my photographs failed to display them properly =)

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  7. oo yay! I wanted to TWG in Singapore but I couldn't bear wasting one meal on non-Asian food :P that runny egg yolk looks so.... slurp-a-ble! HAHA

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    1. Vien: heheh, hopefully you'll get to TWG when you're back in KL later this year! :D and yeah, i would have loved to just gobble up that yolk, but i had to share, heheh =)

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  8. I bet the is are those Omega egg..
    the yolk is so golden yellow..

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    1. Simple Person: i'm betting you're correct (even though i don't know much about omega eggs, heheh) :D

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  9. Firstly, I want to say that I have been tremendously enjoying all your post.
    However, I would like to point out that TWG '1837' is a chain of tea houses that were started in Singapore only a few years back. TWG stands for 'The Wellmess Group' and '1837' is in REFERENCE to the tea trade in Singapore back then. Hence, I think its highly irresponsible of TWG to 'deceive' their consumer to think its some foreign brand and that they have a long heritage with the brand.
    I do admire their marketing skills but not at the price of deception.

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    1. Test: thanks, i appreciate your kind words =) i haven't researched the background of TWG, but i assumed that TWG has been well-established in Singapore, although i didn't know for how long. thanks for the info =)

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  10. So going to drag my colleagues there for lunch. It needs to be a Friday when everybody is feeling slightly richer. hehhehe

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    1. Smitten By Food: end of the month, now that everyone's salary should be trickling in =)

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  11. Poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce - NOW I have weekend breakfast plans. Thanks!

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, at last, an outlet inside the Pavilion mall that whips up Eggs Benedict! :D

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  12. Some might say they have read all your different writing styles....


    ...but then you go ahead and do something different again! =D


    Was expecting just a post on tea, but those burgers look divine!

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    1. Drops of Contentment: i kinda think i write better when i'm drunk ... or least a little tipsy! :D heh, yeah, i thought this place would only serve tea and desserts. but when i saw the menu, my heart skipped a beat in happiness :D

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  13. Woah!! I never knew TWG got food! Just desserts and tea..
    omg..I got lot of catching up to do! Jst reading your posts for the last one week for a start! :D

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    1. TNG: the range of desserts here seems to be smaller than the range of savory food! heheh :D hope you'll have fun catching up when u're back in KL! and no jet lag! :D

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  14. Omg how did they do such beautiful eggs? I'm in love! This shall be my fav hangout spot in pav now!!

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    1. Augustdiners: hopefully we'll bump into each other here someday! :D and yeah, must ask them the secret to those eggs! =)

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  15. omg, u are so fast!!! the eggs are so pretty. do they have afternoon tea set as well?

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    1. Ai Wei: oh ya, they also have afternoon tea sets, available until 6pm. lots of sandwiches on the tea menu :D

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  16. Today I just bought a set of 4 tins tea, come with complimentary gift box. Price is slightly high but I think it worth, it can last about one year to finish. Some teas are really great and aromatic.

    I did tried all their macarons except the Napoleon which is out of stock. The macarons is still no match against Nathalie's but the flavors are good, like the rose and black tea with blackcurrant. The macarons is just lack of texture for the crunchiness... overall, it is still good with the nice flavors and the reasonable price.

    Plan to try their hi-tea set soon. Too sad have to postpone the Pierre Ledent to next month, $ all gone, haha. The most pricey macarons landed on M'sia wondering how good it is and my boss did recommended me must try the 30yrs aged balsamic vinegar macaron.

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    1. Fui: ooh, I hope you enjoy all the tea you bought :D ya, the macarons at twg were not exactly what I had expected, but they're still a delicious dessert, I guess =) I think most folks in kl would prefer the Pierre Ledent macarons, if only the price was not so high :D

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    2. Not fair they nerf the saffron threads on scrambled eggs, pity little :(

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    3. Fui Lemonadelime: oops! sorry to hear that!

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  17. Hey, you should try their afternoon tea set!

    http://www.cherylchanphotography.com/2012/07/afternoon-tea-twg-tea-salon-boutique.html

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    1. Cheryl: i hope to someday! so far, have only managed to make it here for lunch and dinner :D

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