TWG Tea Salon & Boutique – Dubai Festival City

TWG Tea – interior
TWG Tea – Interiors

TWG Tea is a luxury tea brand in the world. A true luxury home for the real tea lovers. TWG Tea draws from its vast collection of fine harvest teas and exclusive blends, integrating a myriad of these signature teas into savoury recipes, imparting unique flavours, toying with taste buds, tantalising the palate and introducing a whole new world of sensations and flavours to gourmands and tea lovers. Be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, tea is woven into every aspect of their meal.

TWG Tea – interior
TWG Tea – interior
TWG Tea – interior
TWG Tea – interior
TWG Tea – interior
TWG Tea – interior

TWG Tea launched its first Tea Salon Boutique in 2008. The tea boutiques are usually wood-panelled with Italian marble floors, hardwood tea counters furnished with polished-wood tables and the whole boutique is enclosed in a curved glass wall. The Boutique is usually found on your pathway in malls.

TWG Cutlery
Mocktail – AED 32 – WeekedinDubai(left) and Tea Shake(right)
Complimentary starters for TWG mains order

We started off with their Tea mocktails and TEA shake. The weekend in Dubai Mocktail was a blend of lychee juice and tea. They also make their own tea infused ice creams and so for the TEA shake, it’s a blend of milk with a selection of their signature tea ice cream or tea sorbet. Both these drinks tasted different from the typical mocktails and shakes simply because it had tea infused in it. They are pleasant and light in taste.

As we waited came their complimentary plate of bread and butter. I just loved the quality of these breads. They were crisp and satisfying.

Soup of the Day – AED 30 – Mushroom Soup
Bread accompanied for the soup
Rustica salad – AED 66 – Marinated chicken, spinach and rocket salad with grapes, figs, crumbled feta cheese and candied walnuts tossed in an 1837 green tea infused honey and balsamic dressing
Rustica salad – AED 66 – Marinated chicken, spinach and rocket salad with grapes, figs, crumbled feta cheese and candied walnuts tossed in an 1837 green tea infused honey and balsamic dressing

The Soups and Salads here were fantastic. We had choice of 3 soups for the day. We picked the creamy mushroom soup which was a class apart. Absolutely loved the tone of creaminess and the flavour that was coming out of this one. Also the the hot & Crispy light bread crumbs that accompanied the soup was fantastic. The Rustica salad was a heavy salad filled with healthy ingredients. The chicken in it was a cold one. It would be difficult for you to find any space once you are done with this salad. But I am more than happy to just have this very well made salad.

Black Pepper Wagyu Steak – AED 125 – Steak served with mesclun salad drizzled with 1837 green tea infused vinaigrette and truffled matchstick potatoes sprinkled with matcha powder

The wagyu steak was presented beautifully. The texture on the steak was wonderful which also tender and juicy. The steak was so succulent that it would just melt in the mouth. The dressing of the steak came with tea ingredient in it. The match stick sized potatoes had matcha powder on it which really didn’t disturb the original taste of the fries and was crunchy and light.

Vanilla salmon confit – AED 85 – Grilled norwegian salmon confit in vanilla tea invused oil served with potato mash and green asparagus accompanied by pickled shallots and a butter hollandaise sauce
Vanilla salmon confit – AED 85 – Grilled norwegian salmon confit in vanilla tea invused oil served with potato mash and green asparagus accompanied by pickled shallots and a butter hollandaise sauce

You can find the tea powdered on top of this salmon. It’s actually a very gentle touch of tea onto the salmon where the real taste of salmon still dominates. The potato mash accompanied was soft and delicious.

Chocolate Fondant – AED 40 – TWG tea’s warm chocolate cake served with a light custard cream and a scoop of homemade vanilla bourbon tea ice cream
Chocolate Fondant – AED 40 – TWG tea’s warm chocolate cake served with a light custard cream and a scoop of homemade vanilla bourbon tea ice cream

They also have a vast collection of tea-infused chocolate bonbons, bars, coated nuts, candies and biscuits. They have beautiful looking patisseries as well which I regret not trying. We tried their warm chocolate fondant that came accompanied by a tea infused ice cream. There was no tea infused in their chocolate fondant though except in the ice cream. I would suggest to try their patisseries like the Morello cherry and pistachio tart which is really pretty and very tempting.

Macraoons – AED 10 per piece

The very next item you notice after their tea collection is their wide selection of tea infused Macaroons. They have plenty of macaroons in different colors and flavours spread across the counter. We tried couple of them and the flavouring inside, is where tea is infused. I preferred the one on the left(green Macaroon) which was soft and felt just made compared to the chocolate one.

1837 Black Tea – AED 32
Yin Zhen – AED 98
Yin Zhen – AED 98

TWG Tea collection is one of the largest in the world. Teas from single-estate, fine harvests and exclusive tea blends from all of the tea-producing countries can be found here. They showed us a long list of tea menu along with a catalogue for reference to know more about the origin of the specific tea powder and it’s specialties. They brought to us some of their well known tea powder to taste and finally we ordered The 1837 black tea and Yin Zhen both of which are well known tea at TWG TEA. One thing you would love is the aroma of the tea. It was pleasant, and a nice fruity aroma floating in the air around you. 1837 black tea was a strong one while Yin Zhen was on the lighter side. I am a die hard fan of boiled milk tea and guess what they don’t have any tea with milk here except they can serve milk separately along with any of their signature tea. They believe drinking tea in it’s original form than mixing it with contents such as milk.

Tea Powder on Sale – AED 155
TEA powder on sale – sold per 50gm.

You can buy tea powder for home. You can buy them in ready made tin that cost around AED 155 or you can buy them per 50 gms. It actually depends on the kind of tea powder you like. Different purchasing options for different tea powders and they can get expensive too.

TWG Tea – interior

Oh and tea should be served in elegance. TWG Tea has all that perfect arrangement to give you that elegant experience with their stylish and timeless designed accessories. Elegant tea tins, a myriad of hand-blown glass, porcelain, stoneware and cast iron teapots, fine bone china teacups, saucers, creamers and sugar bowls, as well as tea filters and tea scoops of all sorts can all be found for you to buy from their TWG Tea accessory collection. I still remember the beautiful gold and white tea pot that was used on our table. It is a little pricey though, it would cost about 1000 AED to buy one of them for home. Different types of tea pots at different prices can be found displayed all around their boutique.

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