TWG Tea on the Bay (The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, SG)

Excellent place for some not-too-expensive western fare in a more upmarket setting.

Short Version

Food from a non-foodie perspective: 9/10 – Consistently good πŸ‘

Price: 8/10 – On the more expensive side, even for a western style restaurant in SG. But you get what you pay for: a very nice meal out.

Service: 9/10 – Very attentive, very professional. Their style is to leave you to dine in peace, not come around and pamper you with service. But they are very prompt in responding to your needs if you do need something.

Ambience: 10/10 – Classy, peaceful, feminine, elegant. Everything I aspire to be! πŸ˜‚

Location: 10/10 – Not many places can boast a better location than this place, I reckon. It is virtually right next to Bayfront MRT station, and located in the iconic Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

TWG Tea on the Bay at Marina Bay Sands

2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-122/125, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972

+65 6535 1837

Long Version

I tend to come here mainly for breakfast/brunch, so I’ve had their scones a bajillion times πŸ˜‚ And they are good scones! Well, according to the non-foodie here 😊 But hey, where else can you get scones in SG?? Please let me know if you know of a place (outside of hotel restaurants) and I shall give it a go 😊

This restaurant reminds me of two tea salons in Australia: The Tea Salon (which apparently is now permanently closed! Awww I wonder what happened…) and The Palace Tea Room in QVB. It’s got a distinctly high tea feel to it, if that is even such a thing, but that’s what comes to mind when I think of the ambience in this place πŸ˜‚

They have two locations on The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands: one is in an actual shop with walls and everything πŸ˜‚; and the other one is out in the middle of the mall up on a bit of a podium, with no walls 😊 So you can see around the mall, and watch the other shoppers wander by, eyeing you enviously as you devour all your lovely high tea food πŸ˜‚

I mainly go to the one with the walls, as it’s the one closer to the train station and therefore much easier to get to. I’ve only been to the no-walls one once. Just a heads up with that one: it can get quite warm there, despite being inside the shopping mall, as I think they are just under the atrium, so they get a lot of more sunlight. Also because of the no-walls thing, I think it also feels a bit more casual at that one, and also a bit noisier, as you also get the sounds from the mall mixed in with whatever’s going on in the restaurant.

So after having said that, this review is more about the one with walls πŸ˜‚

Like I said, this place has a high tea feel to it, so I think some guys will find this place a bit too feminine for their liking. There are birds and flowers on the wallpaper in here, lots of plants and faux candles on the wall. Just sayin’. Don’t say I didn’t warn you πŸ˜‚

But I personally love the ambience in this place. It embodies everything that I aspire to be: classy, elegant, calm and feminine, with excellent customer service to boot. They also have great food 😊 (but this isn’t quite one of my own personal aspirations πŸ˜‚)

They serve breakfast all day here, which is another thing that I constantly look out for, given that I’m not a morning person. They always have a set lunch menu on offer every time I come here, which I have taken up once. And that was really good. But almost all other times I’ve been here, I’ve gone for breakfast, and more often than not, I order scones 😊 Consistently good food, I have never had a bad meal here. Ever. And I reckon I’ve been here close to a dozen times over the past few years. That’s a pretty damn good strike rate, if you ask me πŸ‘ They do a dinner service too, I believe, but I’ve never been here in the evening, so I can’t comment on what it’s like here after the sun goes down. It’s more a high tea sort of place for me 😊

Service is very professional and all the wait staff are very attentive. Their style isn’t an intrusive one, they always just leave your table alone to enjoy your meal in peace. They won’t come around every five minutes fussing over you, asking if everything is ok and topping up your tea and what have you. But you can get their attention easily if you ever need something, and they will attend to you promptly.

Given that they have “tea” in their name, this place has a bajillion teas on offer. Like really, a bajillion πŸ˜‚ So many teas, in fact, that they give you a whole book on all the teas they have in stock, giving you a brief description on almost every single tea blend that they have. Tea lovers would absolutely love this place. But you may also get a bit overwhelmed with the sheer amount of choice, and just end up ordering your usual Earl Grey or English Breakfast πŸ˜† I tend to choose my tea based on the time of day I’m there: one of their breakfast teas if I’m there before noon; and one of their afternoon teas if I’m there later in the day. And I only ever order black teas. But they have a whole range of teas on offer, and you will no doubt find something to suit you and your mood on any given day (or time of day) that you’re there. I’ve never ordered a coffee here, as I think that sorta defeats the purpose if you’re in a place that specialises in tea, but it is available if you just can’t live without your coffee.

I like this place so much that I almost always take family and friends here whenever they’re in town. I don’t come here every day as it’d just be too expensive to do so, but for the occasional splurge when I want to treat myself and/or others, it’s one of my go to places in SG 😊

It’s also mega convenient if you’re coming by train. Bayfront MRT is virtually right next to the restaurant: you can stumble off the train and roll straight into the restaurant πŸ˜‚ OK slight exaggeration, but you get my point. It’s pretty damn close. No braving the weather, be it rain or heat/humidity. You come from one airconditioned environment into another, all indoors. You can’t get any better than that 😊

Have I talked up this place enough?? πŸ˜‚ I’m trying to think of one critical aspect of this place, and I can’t think of any. The lack of bathrooms at the venue, perhaps? You have to use the public bathrooms in the shopping mall, which is a bit of a walk away from the restaurant itself. But apart from that, I just can’t fault this place. It’s always a really nice meal out for me.