I joined my good friend Vivienne for a cafe-hopping afternoon in the east of Singapore. While Singapore is a small island, I seldom explore the Katong/ East Coast/ Joo Chiat area because it is very far from my house and that was proven yesterday when it took me almost two hours by bus to reach there.
Since I was going to be in the area for a tasting later that night, I thought to reach there a few hours ahead and make the most of my afternoon there by hitting as many food outlets as my stomach could possibly take.
Here are some of the places we managed to cover:
1. Tiferet Tea Room
Tiferet Tea Room is located on the second floor of Katong V. The brightly lit interior and full length windows allow for great photo-taking opportunities.
Tiferet aims to encourage healthy lifestyle and living through tea drinking and tea culture. The tea room sources their tea from from major tea-producing countries such as China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia. You can find a variety of tea options, ranging from green to black tea, and pot sizes from small (for one person) to large (for two to three persons).
Since it was our first stop, we ordered a large pot of tea to share and had our lunch here too. The Aglio Olio ($9.90) only came with vegetables and the spread of oil was kind of scary. Vivienne ordered the Dim Sum Platter ($8), which of course was nowhere near good dim sum standard. Nonetheless, we were not that disappointed as we did not expect a tea room to serve excellent savoury food.
The Yuzu Black Tea ($12) which has undergone full fermentation, has a dark red colouration. It is also supposed to be an effective stress reliever. The tea was very aromatic but we could not distinguish any yuzu flavour at all.
Tiferet Tea Room
30 East Coast Road, #02-17,
Katong V, Singapore 428751
Tel: 9737 0530
Opens daily from 1000-2200hrs