A TEA-rrific Afternoon at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha

Fact: I am becoming a tea connoisseur. My tea collection at home is growing and I have shared my fascination over afternoon teas here and here.  While the tea culture in Qatar is relatively young and the trend of afternoon teas has just started, I am happy to see these baby steps coming to fruition. As the majority of Qatar still prefers coffee, and the general knowledge about tea is boxed in “hot water and tea bag”, finding a salon that specializes tea is as rare as finding a unicorn. Luckily, such unicorn was seen over Mall of Qatar as Singaporean brand TWG Tea opens its maiden Qatar branch: TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha.TWG Tea Salon Doha Signage

Over the weekend, I was invited for lunch by TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha and to say the least, it was an afternoon well spent: dining, and learning.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha

Tagged as the “finest luxury tea brand in the world”, TWG Tea has become a point of reference for tea lovers thirsty for knowledge. They have the largest tea collection in the world – numbers well over 800 different single-estate, fine harvests and exclusive tea blends is beyond impressive.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Mall of Qatar

Located at the Main Entrance Gate, Ground floor of Mall of Qatar, TWG Tea Salon Doha offers 400 tea selection for all tea-lovers.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha offers over 400 selection of its finest tea. While it may be half of their entire collection, it will never run short of offering a wide variety much more than any other cafe or restaurant in the country.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Tea Selection

You’ll never see a selection of tea as wide as TWG Tea anywhere in Doha.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Tea Book

The selection was so huge, you will need to consult this book.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Tea Book

Where each tea is explained in details.

Popular TWG Tea Collections

Among the popular ones being sold in their Doha store are:

TWG Tea Salon Doha Weekend Tea Collection

The TWG Tea Weekend Collection featuring different cities across the globe.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Tea Party Collection

The TWG Tea Haute Couture Collection

TWG Tea Salon Doha Best-sellers

Other best-sellers

TWG Tea Salon Doha Ice Tea Collection

Ice Tea Collection

Including this Gold specked tea leaves from the Grand Harvest Collection:

TWG Tea Salon Doha Gold Tea Collection

Golden Yin Zhen Tea

TWG Tea Salon Doha Gold Tea Collection

Yes, gold luster tea leaves!

Tea Preparation

Apart from the impressive tea collection, they also showed me how they meticulously prepare their teas. No! It’s not teabag and hot water! It spells that night and day difference. That afternoon, they showed me how their signature 1837 Black Tea is being prepared.

From weighing the tea leaves by the gram to pouring the hot water and carefully timing it, to meticulously checking the clarity and consistency of the tea after brewing, clearly, this is not your typical tea bag afternoon affair.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Accessories

Apart from the tea itself, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha carries its luxurious collection with 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.

Pre-packed box selections are available for purchase.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Gold Collection

All the things you need for your next tea preparation are all inside the box.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Candles

Candle that smell like your favorite tea. Yes!

And since we are talking about luxury, how about this:

TWG Tea Salon Doha Arabic Gold Tea Pot

An Arabic Inspired Tea Pot made out of gold. Available for QAR 20,000.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Silver Arabic Tea Pot

Or you can opt for the silver one if gold is too flashy

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Gastronomy

If there’s any other thing that blew me away aside from the tea selection, is the menu that TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha has. I thought the invitation was just an afternoon tea with a few sandwiches but lo and behold, they have a pretty impressive menu that goes with their equally impressive teas. What is even more impressive is that majority (if not all) of the menu items are tea-infused. Integrating a myriad of these signature teas into savory recipes, I was completely blown away.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Set Menu

Apart from the regular menu, they even have a Set Menu which changes every month. I decided to give it a try and see how these “tea-infused” dishes really taste like.

Appetizers

TWG Tea Salon Doha Ahi Tuna Salad

AHI Tuna Salad:  Pan-seared tuna crusted with mix sesame seeds accompanied by coleslaw in spicy oriental dressing, soft quail eggs and baby greens tossed in 1837 Black Tea dressing

 

The subtle incorporation of the tea flavors into the sauce is greatly appreciated. It gives a kick to the tuna without over-powering it. It has a delicate sweetness yet there’s a sour hint from the slaw that gives it a well-balanced flavor.

Tuna was seared perfectly and the texture was on point. It was flaky from the outside but butter-soft from the inside.

The coleslaw was playful companion to the tuna and a perfect stand-alone palate cleanser before the main course.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Soup of the Day

Soup of the Day: Lobster Soup

Lobster soup was another hit. It packs a lot of flavor depth and if the color alone is any indication, this soup is an absolute treat.  It might be a bit runny when served but it slowly thickens up to a perfect consistency as it cools down a bit. Served with crunchy croutons and tea-infused butter and bun, there is no way you’ll miss this one out.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Tea Infused Bun

Tea Infused Bun

TWG Tea Salon Doha Tea Infused Butter

Tea Infused Butter

Main Course

TWG Tea Salon Doha Corn Fed Chicken

Corn Fed Chicken: Rolled chicken supreme with puree of baby potato, baby pakchoy, Asian cucumber slaw and smokey Earl Grey infused citrus and basil glaze

The chicken was lightly seasoned and moist. The accompanying Asian cucumber slaw infused with earl grey is to die for. The subtle aroma of the earl grey and the refreshing cucumber combines a perfect combination of aromatic freshness. It’s a rather bold take on a fusion dish combing Asian elements infused with a popular western tea flavor.

The vibrant colors on my plate was a visual feast and I highly appreciate the overall presentation of the dish.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Red Snapper Linguine

Red Snapper & Genmaicha Linguine: Pan roasted red snapper, red cherry tomatoes, linguine pasta tossed in aromatic lobster jus and sprinkled with genmaicha furikake

Another savory take on a rather bland pasta dish, it has the rich lobster flavor combined with the perfectly seasoned sauce. The cherry tomatoes provide a gentle sweetness to the sauce and prevent it from being over the top savory. The tea flavor is so subdued that you won’t notice the taste but instead, the specks sprinkled on top of the dish is a visual reminder.

The fish is roasted to perfection. It is flaky but not dry. The juice is kept intact. It oozes and glistens when you slice a piece off.

TWG Tea Salon Doha Red Snapper

Never dry: Perfectly seasoned fish retains its juice.

Desserts

TWG Tea Salon Doha Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

TWG Tea Salon Doha Lime Cheesecake

Lime Cheesecake

TWG Tea Salon Doha

Tea-Infused Pastries

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Tea Infused Jelly

Tea-Infused Jelly and Cream

The dessert selection is taken from the patisserie trolley which during my visit, I opted to try the tea-infused pastries and traditional chocolate mousse and cheesecake. While both the mousse and cheesecake were both equally divine, I highly suggest giving the tea-infused pastries a try.

I was initially taken aback by how plain these pastries were: green matcha tea and citrus tea-infused madeleines but the taste is just immaculate. I particularly enjoyed the citrus taste, the slightly firm but not dense pastry which when topped with jelly and cream is match made in good heaven!

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Patisseries

Part of TWG Tea’s innovative concept is the introduction of tea-infused patisseries which are crafted by hand to ensure the very finest quality to customers. I am plesantly surprised how good these pastries are, I became an instant convert.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Tea-Infused Scones

Scones

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Tea-Infused Muffins

Muffins

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Pastry Platter

Rich and decadent pastry platter

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha Pastry

Delectable desserts waiting to be devoured.

Just Go

If I’ll sum up my recommendation in two words, it will be “JUST GO.”

As Doha’s dining scene is slowly picking up and getting vibrant (despite the ongoing political seige), I am happy to see a welcome addition to the growing number of specialty shops around. Sure, this remains an unpopular (or even unheard) choice for a place to dine and spend your afternoon, but there is nothing left not to love about TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha. The quality is exquisite, the portions are adequate and the prices are very reasonable.

I have high hopes that people will discover this place sooner as it is a pity that a place like this doesn’t get the traffic it deserves. Whether you are a tea lover or a coffee-addict, you still have plenty of reasons to visit and try what this quaint restaurant has to offer.

The location might set you back especially with the on-going constructions happening around the city but, like myself, I hope this could be one solid reason why you will take that extra effort to go to Mall of Qatar. I am all set for another visit next weekend to try their breakast menu and other items. Did I tell you that they have Wagyu Beef too?

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Have you been to TWG Tea Salon Doha? How was your experience?

Details

Address: Opposite Valentino, Ground Floor, Mall of Qatar, Dukhan Highway, Al Gharafa, Doha

Phone: 44774299

Open from 10AM-11AM

Set Menu Price: QAR70 (inclusive of hot or iced tea)

Wheel Chair Accessible: Yes

Disclosure

I was a guest at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Doha in this occasion. However, all photos and opinions are mine.

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4 Comments

    • September 24, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Thanks! I highly recommend it. It would be a pity seeing this place with less traffic than it really deserves. 🙂

  1. September 27, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I love afternoon tea! The food looks amazing, so vibrant and colourful! I would love to try this and am definitely adding this to my list!

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