Another new Geylang opening.
Other than being lined with many Chinese eateries, supper places and zi char shops in the likes of Sik Bao Sing, Sin Huat Eating House, and JB Ah Meng, Geylang is welcoming a number of varied new F&B openings.
Teahouse 1973 is the newest addition to the Geylang community at Sims Vista, a cafe that is not opened in 1973 (just like TWG is not established in 1837 but 2007).
What you can expect are traditional home recipes of culinary flavours of Penang Malaysia given a modern twist.
Stepping inside, the 24-seater space is fully decked in jade green colour.
I was there on a weekday afternoon and happened to see the same Afternoon Tea Sets on every table.
Probably one of the most reasonably priced Afternoon Tea Set at $35 for 2 pax, available on Tuesday and Fridays from 2pm to 5pm.
The assortment of pastries included varies every time and comes with a pot of fruit tea.
Both Asian and Western grub items are on their menu such as Nasi Lemak ($13.80), Curry Chicken Roti Prata ($8.80), Cheese Baked Rice with Japan Curry Seafood ($13.80), Rosemary Honey Roasted Chicken Leg ($13.80), Salted Egg chicken Chop ($13.80), Sous Vide Steak ($19.90) and Beef/ Chicken/ Salmon Burger ($13.80).
I ordered the Nasi Lemak ($13.80) that came with a choice of either Sambal Prawn, Sambal Sotong, or Curry Chicken.
This Sambal Prawn Nasi Lemak ($13.80) is an atas version, beautifully plated with green banana leaf, blue butterfly pea rice, with a dollop of sambal chilli on top.
Other ingredients were full-boiled egg, prawns, achar (pickled vegetables), cucumber slices and petai (stinky beans).
The Nasi Lemak was decent, butterfly pea rice was moist and fragrant, while the sambal chilli has a good balance of sweet and spicy kick to it.
Apart from the afternoon tea set, only ice cream and waffles are available on their dessert menu.
Comes in the form of original or purple sweet potato flavour, each Waffle ($12.80) is served with 2 scoops of ice cream and generous toppings.
The Purple Sweet Potato Waffle with Ice Cream ($12.80) came with an overwhelming assortment of Cherries, Choco balls, Whipped cream, Banana, Lychee, Grapes and Red beans.
Crispy and dark brown on the outside, purple, moist and fluffy on the inside, the Sweet Potato Waffle had a cake-like texture.
Among the ice cream flavours such as Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Vanilla and Green Tea, I chose both the chocolate and green tea flavours.
The green tea flavour was fragrant but slightly icy in terms of texture; whereas the chocolate ice cream was smoother with hints of chocolate.
The Choco balls was a good addition, which added some crunch in contrast to the moist and chewy waffle base.
As a teahouse, their beverage menu is pretty extensive and ranges from Fruit Juice ($4) to Soda ($4.80), Floats ($4.50 – $7), Coffee ($3.80 – $5.80) and Tea ($3.80).
Using 100% Arabica beans for their coffee, my cup of Latte ($4.80) had a medium body with a dark roast leaning towards the acidic side.
With the reasonable pricing and warm service from the staff, Teahouse 1973 is an ideal place for an afternoon tea with families and friends.
Sims Vista, 53 Sims Place, #01-172, Singapore 380053
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.