With shelves of artificial pineapples, mangoes and lemons set against whitewashed walls, tea joint Partea resembles a sleek and mod juice bar — until one sees huge canisters of tea leaves on the counter.
The man behind Partea is Hunan-born Alex Xiang, 40, who has been based in Singapore for the past 13 years. He says: “Bubble tea has long been filled with sugar. Those who grew up drinking bubble tea will crave for lighter and healthier alternatives [as they grow older], so there's an emphasis on featuring more varieties of fruits in our drinks.” On the menu are about 30 types of tea beverages, from fruit-infused ones to eight hour-long cold brews. The tea leaves come from both Taiwan and China, including Sijichun (four seasons) oolong from Taiwan and pu’er from China. The home-grown brand opened a second outlet in Northpoint City last November.
BOTTOM LINE: A decent option if your like your teas fruity and refreshing.
Two outlets including #02-470 Suntec City Mall, North Atrium, 3 Temasek Blvd. Open daily. 11am to 10.30pm Sun to Thur; 11am to 11pm Fri & Sat. www.facebook.com/pg/parteasg