The Jakarta Post
In Jakarta, tea lovers can sample 450 varieties of teas at TWG Tea. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Although teh manis (sweetened tea) and teh tawar (unsweetened tea) are among the popular drinks in Indonesia, finding a proper tea shop in Jakarta is not an easy task.
There are only a handful of tea shops offering good quality teas and special blends. Curious? Those looking for a place to enjoy a good cup of tea may have a look at the list below.
TWG Tea is a Singapore-based luxury tea company. In Jakarta, the brand has two outlets located in Plaza Senayan and Pacific Place shopping malls in Central Jakarta.
TWG Tea marketing and communication executive Elisa Lie told The Jakarta Post that the brand owns around 800 varieties of tea, including special blends and single origins. However, in Jakarta tea lovers can enjoy up to 450 teas, including the brand’s signature 1837 Black Tea, Singapore Breakfast Tea and Grand Wedding, with a price starting from Rp 65,000 (U$S4.45) per teapot.
Among the tea collection, customers can also try Grand Golden Yin Zhen. Priced at Rp 9,840,000 per package, the blend comprises white tea and 24-carat gold dust, making it suitable for an avid tea drinker.
In addition to the wide variation of teas, TWG Tea also serves afternoon tea packages and tea-infused dishes.
The former is available for individual and sharing. Meanwhile, the latter features a mixture of Indonesian and western dishes, such as oxtail soup and Norwegian salmon. The oxtail soup is infused with cinnamon tea, while the Norwegian salmon is caramelized with lemon bush tea infused honey glaze.
Lewis & Carroll
Lewis & Carroll is a modern Indonesian tea house. Here, tea lovers can find around 80 varieties of tea.
The tea house is known for showcasing loose-leaf tea in tubes, allowing customers to sense and smell prior to choosing their drink.
Lewis & Carroll’s tea master Bambang Laresolo said Lewis & Carroll divided the drinks into three categories, namely Signature, Heritage and Legacy.
Signature is priced at Rp 40,000 and features common flavors, such as fruit teas. Meanwhile, Heritage offers premium tea, such as white tea.
Furthermore, Legacy features rare teas, such as pu-erh (Chinese fermented tea). Because of its rarity, the tea is priced based on the market rate.
All these teas can be enjoyed with various dishes, such as bakmi ayam kampung (noodles topped with chicken meat), crazy chicken tempura or kwetiau with carbonara sauce.
Lewis & Carroll is located in various locations, including Jl. Bumi in South Jakarta, as well as Senayan City and Grand Indonesia shopping malls in Central Jakarta.
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Tucked inside Galeries Lafayette department store in Pacific Place shopping mall, Central Jakarta, Leaf Connoisseur by Tea Et Al offers a wide array of teas, varying from classic match genmaicha, sencha green, assam black, to signature teas such as Tangerine Oolong and DNA of Love.
Priced at Rp 40,000 per teapot, Tangerine Oolong is a mixture of oolong tea, cumquat, orange segment, lotus core, calendula and bergamot oil, resulting in a refreshing aroma.
Meanwhile, DNA of Love comprises white tea, pear, rose petal and blue cornflower.
Aside from the tea collection, guests can also enjoy both traditional and international dishes, such as nasi goreng kampung (fried rice), iga sambal ijo (beef ribs with green chilies) and slow-braised lamb shank.
Pantjoran Tea House
Located near to Glodok Market in West Jakarta, Pantjoran Tea House is among the buildings in Kota Tua that have been renovated by the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC) and the Jakarta Endowment for Art and Heritage (Jeforah).
The building used to be a pharmacy called Apotek Chung Hwa. Nowadays, visitors to Glodok can get a free tea served in classic teapots in front of the shop and read a brief history of the area. Once guests step inside, they will find popular teas, such as jasmine, oolong, sencha and genmaicha.
Pantjoran Tea House also offers Gong Fu Cha. Priced at Rp 75,000, tea lovers can experience the art of brewing Chinese tea.
In regard to food, Pantjoran Tea House serves dim sum and Chinese-Indonesian cuisine. (kes)