Antea Anti-Social Club
From drinking what is basically flavoured water more than 4000 years ago when leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water, to when the lack of it tests people’s resolve in present day, tea has evolved from ultiity to pleasure, from trade commodity to cultural exchange.
A stark contrast to the sugary-loaded tea craze we are going through now, it’s good to see a place that you can nerd out over some spcialty teas. I found Antea Social through an event, and found that it was set up just some time ago by an old classmate of mine with the intention of “conveying stories from makers to drinkers“.
In a pretty nondescript shop unit in the Lavender/Jalan Besar area, the teahouse is a Muji fanatic’s dreamland with minimalistic Zen-esque fittings that exudes some calmness while you enjoy some fine Oolong tea with fine company. Or you know, you can just use the peace to steep the tea and read a book.
Spill The Tea
Sourced with a Tea Master with more than 40 years of experience, their Signature Oolong teas are made with their own innovative process to infuse and scent the teas. Completely natural essential oils are used without any artificial additives, giving it a authentic aroma and taste.
This Kyoho Grape Oolong (a seasonal special at the time) for example had a nice sweet tinge of the grapes while not taking away the toasted, and distinct, aroma of the tea leaves. There’s really a good variety of Oolong teas so you can either be adventurous, or stay classic with more conventional flavours. You can also try their (relatively newer) Kombucha, which has a nice twist to their signature flavours.
Top tip: While they sell some decent pastries and dessert to pair with your drinks that you can definitely enjoy, this is a perfect post-meal place to wind down so come after lunch maybe.
There’s only so much tea you can drink in one sitting, so you can also buy some leafy goodness for your own private enjoyment!
So what are you waiting for? Come Oolong now!
9 Tyrwhitt Road
Sun to Thur – 1130am to 7pm
Fri & Sat – 1130am to 10pm
Tel: 6493 0120