To all my readers:
Chris’ Tea House has gotten a lot of flack lately and I’d like to say that it’s a shame that things have turned out the way they have. I had a good experience the 1 time I was there, but I can’t attest to their current standards, policies or PR lately as I’ve not been there since.
It’s unfortunate that quite a few have had bad experiences there and I hope things will improve in the long run for both patrons and Chris’ Tea House.
About a month ago, I brought my mum, sis and godmother to a tea house located in an unlikely part of Singapore – Upper Paya Lebar Road. Chris’ Tea House is a quaint little place that’s perfect for a cosy tête à tête with friends. Don’t underestimate Chris’ Tea House because of its limited seating capacity…the place fills up quite quickly if you don’t make a reservation beforehand. So I’d advise you to give them a call before you head on down (makes things easier for them too). As I walked through the doors, bespoke upholstered furniture set against a vintage-tiled floor and a background of carefully-matched wallpaper with a self-playing piano greeted my eyes. While some of you might be well-acquainted with places like Crown & Crumpet Tea Room in San Francisco or London tea rooms, our tea house/room culture is just warming up over here. To date we’ve got: Tea Cosy, Caramel Cafe, Royal Copenhagen Tea Lounge, The Rose Veranda and Brasserie Les Saveurs for options.
I’d say Chris’ Tea House is a welcome addition for Singaporeans with its welcoming interior and affordable tea prices. While you won’t find high tea sets here…their à la carte menu has a cake sampler, hot & savoury quiches and pies, scones and verrines for you to choose from. After browsing their menu, we decided on their cake set with verrines ($11.90), scones ($3.20), 2 pots of tea, and broccoli basket with cheese ($4).
All in all, it was a delightful tea and we thoroughly enjoyed their warm service (thank you Mary). Just in case you were wondering, they sell tea sets and other tea-related items up front. One more thing to note: children under the age of 7 aren’t allowed due to the number of fragile items around. I’ll definitely be back for more and perhaps even hold a tea party there with a poetry recital or two. We’ll see. Stay tuned for Thai food!
Chris’ Tea House
359 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Tues – Wed: 11:30-19:00
Sat – Sun: 12:00-19:00
Nearest MRT: Serangoon (NEL)
Buses: 22, 43, 70 (board at bus stop opposite NEX shopping mall), 80 (board at Kovan MRT on the side of Heartland Mall)