Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Tea Republic @ Bangsar Shopping Centre

I still remember the childhood days when BSC was old and tired and how we would walk from my friend's house down the hill to BSC so we could buy Magic cards and "hang out". In the past year or two, it underwent a total revamp but even before I left, it was still rather quiet and shops were only slowly filling up. 

Coming back in March though, the place finally felt vibrant and lively.

A recent addition to BSC is the Tea Republic; coincidentally a friend of a friend's first venture into the F&B world. While I always have the dream to own my F&B place like half the population in Australia who are currently suffering the Masterchef Fever, it takes more than just using words. It requires action and bravery (or plain foolishness if I was a grumpy old relative).

Back to the Tea Republic, it is everything a cafe / hangout place is but serves tea instead of the norm coffee. 

Carrying different teas from all over the world, it is quite fascinating and educational at the same time. 

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How about trying the South African Vanilla Orange Tea? The vanilla is subtle and the orange evident but the most amazing thing with flavoured teas is the aroma. I be happy smelling the brew (probably for the first 10 minutes before realising I am meant to drink it). 

From Japanese tea  to Chai Latte (which was quite decent too), it is a paradise for those who appreciate tea. 

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With tea always having the better reputation than coffee when it comes to health, it might be time to switch your caffeine fix from coffee to tea.
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If tea is too boring/plain on its own for you, try some of their humble desserts on display like the multi coloured macarons which were quite a delightful pop in the mouth. 

Unfortunately with exotic teas in an upmarket place, the price is quite steep should you choose the more expensive brews (in the range of RM20+) but choose wisely and you can still chill out in the quiet corner of the complex for under RM10 a cup of tea (just like your mass produced Starbucks).

Address and contact details:

S132, 2nd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +603 2011 1320

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. While I am still skeptical and very much prefer coffee over tea, I like this concept and you never know till you give it a go.


Michelle Chin said...

Have you tried t42 yet?

CUMI & CIKI said...

yar i too much rather smell tea than drink it! me no like tea. me like coffee:P nice shots of the macaron but man, the black one looks foul:P hehe

Sean said...

i also wanna operate an F&B outlet (and in my case, i think it'll never happen, cos i'm not a risk-taker)! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: haha i was thinking of another reason that you prob eat everything but oh well, all in the name of fun.

c&c: haha yeah hard to convert hard core coffee drinkers.. i think its blue in colour not black la..blue berry flavour.

mchin: nope, theres just too many places to visit in the span of a week..wish i could.

msihua said...

Wah! I haven't been back to BSC in donkey years.. must remember to drop by this place next... considering that's my "hometown".. hahaha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: haha u should, quite a foodie place it has become too.

Life for Beginners said...

I was about to ask you what flavour was the black macaron when I read your reply to Ciki. I would have guessed charcoal or black sesame otherwise. :P