Hearing the name “Tea Party Café” alone would remind me of a cosy café with cupcakes and little porcelain cups, with a whimsical feel somewhat like the Mad Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland.
The Tea Party Cafe at China Square somewhat almost has the feel – apple green painted walls with black and white book motifs and flowers as decoration.
When I asked for food recommendations, I was kind of surprised I did not hear the words “tea” or “cakes”. Instead, pasta, soups, pizzas, burgers, and iced milk make up a bulk of its menu.
Co-owner Felicia Wong was very straight forward in telling me that their target crowd is the office aunties and office ladies (OA & OL), who would want to dine in comfort, and not want to fight with the crowds at the food court and Golden Shoe hawker centre. Therefore the offerings are more extensive, stretching all the way from breakfast to dinner all at budget prices.
Here’s how cheap it can be – an Aglio Olio with soup at $4.90! No service charge! No GST! I would say a very rare find at inflation high, CBD area of Singapore. OA & OL, you all know where to head off for lunch now, yes?
I had the Prawn and Shroom Aglio ($5.90) which came with French Onion soup that you can scoop free flow from a corner of the shop. One reviewer said this “probably one of the best French Onion soups I've ever tasted”. Either we had different soups, or he did not have many French onion soups ever.
It was too ‘Asian’, and felt like this would be what a Chinese mum would have cooked out of an internet recipe. The pasta was all right for its price though.
I liked the marinate of the grilled Pork Chops ($13.00), which comes with mash and mixed green. There is a slight soy and again ‘Asian’ taste, but I did not quite mind it here – sorts of reminds me of what a very Hainanese restaurant like Hans would serve. A pity the meat was a tad too tough, and I suspect many office executives have very discerning tastebuds.
My suggestion for The Tea Party Café would be to work on its cakes and muffins. After all, the OA & OLs always crave for a sweet treat after lunch. I know them.
The Tea Party Café, China Square Central
3 Pickering Street, #01-27, Singapore 048660 (Raffles Place MRT) Tel: +6536 5667
Branches at Sixth Avenue and Singapore Management University (SMU)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm (Mon-Sat)