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by Samantha Lau (subscribe)
Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published September 22nd 2012
Fancy a cup of T?
In a city full of coffee shops, it's such a shame that I'm not a coffee drinker. Instead I'm a tea enthusiast; green tea, chai tea, chrysanthemum tea, jasmine tea, english breakfast and etc. Can't get enough of teas. It's not just a delicious, warm liquid however; tea is also chock full of health benefits!

That's why I'm glad that I found T-bar, a place where tea enthusiasts can unite and quench our thirst with some healthy, fragrant tea.

As far as I know, there are two T-bar tea salons in Adelaide. One located near Central Market on Gouger St and the other in the Adelaide Central Plaza at Rundle Mall. I visited the one in the plaza for a much needed tea break. It's good to put a hold on your busy life to sip some tea and destress.

Although I love tea, I've never actually been to T-bar before. I've been recommended by friends heaps of times though, T-bar has quite a following. Upon entering the shop, I was quite amazed by the huge shelf of teas on display.

Just layers and layers of teas for you to peruse and perhaps purchase. Once seated in one of the bar stools, it was time to choose what tea to order. Sounds easy enough right? Wrong.

The fancy Book of T

T-bar's menu boasts what seemed to be like a 100 different teas. Everything from your typical black tea to exotic fruit melange teas. I'd never heard of most of the teas before and since I considered myself a tea-drinker, I felt a slight bit of shame at my ignorance.

T-bar's quirky side came out in the names of the teas. Instead of just going for the generic names, T-bar names their items as 'Sereni-T' or 'Beau-T' or even 'Par-T'. How adorable is that?

Finally I decided on 'Prosperi-T', which according to their description is a chai tea with cloves, citrus peels, rose petals, almond & vanilla pieces & cardamom. You can get it served with milk, but I had mine without.

A cup of Prosperi-T

The fragrance of the tea! Wow! Simply divine. I breathed those tea-fumes in like it was the last breath I could take. Such a natural, calming sensation from just smelling it. Eagerly I took a sip. A lovely exotic flavour of chai tea swilled through my senses as I swallowed. I practically inhaled my cup of tea; I had to make a conscious effort to slow down my drinking of it. After all, teas should be sipped leisurely.

I'll definitely be back to this tea salon to sample more of their teas; their wide variety of teas just makes me even more eager to start trying everything until I've tried them all. Next time, I'll try to one of the more exotic teas to be more adventurous. Plus, drinking more tea is good for you. Unless you put a lot of sugar in your tea, which I don't recommend because you'll kill the flavours of the tea with sweetness.
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Why? Tea is good for you
When: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Phone: 08 8232 7700
Where: T bar Adelaide Central Plaza, 100 Rundle Mall
Cost: A cup of tea ranges from $3-$6
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