Local tea brand, “Antea Social” does sound a little punny and is a play of the word “Anti-social”.
Shifted from an online shop to a brick and mortar unit at Trywhitt Road, Antea Social is just a stone throw away from the famous Scissors Cut Curry Rice.
The owner believed that Antea Social is about tea and socialising, ie. conversation over a cup of tea, and thus its name.
The entrance of the cafe stood out from the rest of the units along the shophouse.
Decked in baby pink with a huge circular glass window which resembled that of a full moon, the 20-seaters cafe eludes a cosy vibe with a double-storeys tall ceiling and hanging lights inside.
With a small curated menu that offers Hot Tea ($6), Iced Tea ($6.50) and Sliced Cakes ($8 each).
It reminds me of Nesuto at Tras Street which has the same lady-like, pink vibe, desserts and tea which is also supplied by Antea Social.
This “Nesuto 2.0” has a smaller pastry selection compared to Nesuto and focuses more on their tea selection: Lychee Oolong, Hojicha, Oriental Red and Rooibos.
The experience is personal as each tea set is served with a teapot, an hour glass which acts as a timer, an empty glass to pour out the tea once the tea leaves have been brewed for 3 minutes and a small tea cup of your choice (nope, you can’t bring this home).
Each tea set also comes with a small slip of paper which indicates the country of origin, the type of tea leaves and taste profile.
I will prefer if they can include some of these information into the menu instead so that diners can make their decisions before ordering.
To appreciate this cup of tea, I was told to take a deep breath before taking a sip which aids in the full experience.
The Lychee Oolong is my cup of tea (pun intended) among the tea selection as it was very fragrant and aromatic with fruity and floral notes.
Between the hot and the iced version, I will choose the former which is stronger and less diluted.
Perhaps, a cold brew version will be a better option to prevent the ice from diluting the tea.
An afternoon tea is not complete without desserts.
Sliced Cake ($8) are available on the display shelf: Black Sesame, Honey Earl Grey Hazelnut, Valrhona Satilia 62% Dark Chocolate and Spiced Carrot Cake.
The Black Sesame Cake ($8) is one of my favourite which is soft and moist with distinctive sesame taste and bits sesame seeds in it for additional crunch.
On a side note, some of the cakes look familiar and probably supplied to similar cafes around, and a suggestion would be more tea-infused cakes for better synergy with the brand.
Overall, it is a chill and relaxing experience to sip of a cup of tea at Antea Social away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I hope to see more items on their menu as the selection is quite limited at the moment.
9 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207528
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 7pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 11.30am – 10pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon