There is something very alluring about Arteastiq: a linguistic play between Artistic, and tea. Interior designs are somewhat whimsical; a partition is created by hanging bird cages. Windows face the streets of Orchard, offering a view of Singapore’s most popular shopping district. Besides the view, Arteastiq is mainly known for 2 things: Their tea blends and its art jamming concept. For just $48, you can pretend to be Picasso for 3 hours and paint to your hearts content. Do check out their weekday promotion prices too. Iced Lycée Tea: One of the drinks that caught my attention was their iced lychee tea. Refreshing and addictive, it is the perfect drink to cool our hot tropical afternoon. Hot Ginger Tea: Ginger Tea has an acquired taste and not many can appreciate it. But it is known for its numerous health benefits and cure for common illness. Green Tea Latte and Chocolate Coffee: The green tea latte was unimpressionable, and in fact a little too milky. However, the chocolate coffee was jaw-dropping. Deep, dark chocolate Viva Duck: One of my favourite dishes at Arteastiq, smoked duck goes extremely well with the wraps.
Prime Dawn: Pan-fried potato-brocoli medallion, scrambled eggs and cheesy roasted tomato with sausage. Ante Meridiem: Cheesy potato gratin with salmon, topped with rockets. As usual, it is hard to find a place who can produce a perfectly seared salmon fillet.
There are many reasons to take a trip down to Arteastiq. Be it to paint or to grab an afternoon tea, one visit would never be enough to try the menu that they have to offer. To date, I’ve been here three times.
Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15
333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Weekday: 11am – 10:30pm
Weekend: 10am – 10:30pm
Tel: 6235 8370
Antoinette comes from the name Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, who was famous for her lavish and luxurious living. As the name suggests, the menu of this cafe pivots on French cuisine, particularly Parisian patisserie. Delicate, well-crafted cakes and pastries sit behind squeaky clean display glass panels, tempting shoppers that walk along the corridors. So what makes of their brunch menu?
Classic Eggs Florentine: Toasted brioche, wilted spinach, Serrano ham and Hollandaise sauce, this dish is arguably the cousin of Eggs Benny. All the ingredients complement each other resulting in a heavenly combination of flavours for each bite. The poached egg is done perfectly, yolk oozing out at the cut of the knife. But the star of this dish has got to be the Hollandaise sauce. Creamy and well-seasoned, this is one of the best sauce that I’ve tasted so far. The cafe is furnished with posh tables and chairs, and adorned with intricate ornaments, giving diners a lush and luxurious dining experience. Wouldn’t it be great to dine like the queen?
333A Orchard Road
11am to 10pm (Last order 9pm)
First introduced to Wild Honey on my birthday in 2009, I’ve witnessed how much this place has grown and blossomed into one of the most popular brunch places in Singapore. Located snugly in the posh floors of Mandarin Gallery, the small restaurant has a cosy and warm ambience. From wooden chairs to plush cushion seats to high table stools, patrons can be seen lounging in the restaurant chatting over brunch and a cuppa.
Before you make your order, you need to take a good look at the menu first. The brunch menu is named according to regions and countries, with detailed description of what you can find on the plate.
European: My all-time favourite and a signature dish at Wild Honey, the Eggs Benedict. The eggs benny served here is a notch above other versions I have had. Slightly toasted brioche served with well-seasoned sauteed mushroom, prosciutto, perfectly poached eggs and delectable hollandaise sauce. Let me know if you know of a better eggs benny, otherwise, I’m settling down with this restaurant.
Parisienne: This is the restaurant’s special take on the Croque Madame or ham and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg. Prepare your taste buds for the rich flavours that this dish can bring. A savoury rendition of french toast stuffed with cured ham, gruyere cheese and Dijon mustard, served with hollandaise sauce, this dish may just be too overwhelming for one to endure. I personally could barely complete half the dish.
333A Orchard Road
Ippudo: one wind hall
Named during a period when there were dark clouds over the Kyushu Ramen industry, the founder CEO of Ippudo, Kawahara, wanted to “blow wind and revolutionise the era”.
So did they revolutionise the ramen arena in Singapore? In recent years, our local scene has witnessed a sudden surge in Japanese Ramen restaurants. Besides Ippudo, some may have heard of Santouka and Tampopo. Can they really stand the competition in the long run? Guess we will leave the talking to the ramen, after you have queued for at least half an hour first.
As expected, I went for a non-spicy ramen dish. Akamara Shinaji, is Ippudo’s original tonkatsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. And believe me, the garlic oil really provides another dimension to the dish as it instantaneously stimulate your sense of smell upon serving. Do not be apprehended by the red paste sitting atop of your bowl, its just the miso paste. Stir your soup nice and well before you start to devour the dish. The 2 key elements to a ramen dish is the soup base and the noodles. Ippudo has them nailed down on the head. The miso soup is tasty, heavenly and definitely of top-quality. I heard they boiled the bones for more than 20 hours. And of course, the noodles are springy and smooth, going exceptionally well with the soup. The simmered pork belly was tender and soft. However, it is good to take note that since the soup is so thick in flavour, you might start to feel overwhelmed nearer to the end. But I have the solution for this. Make sure your friend orders a spicy ramen dish.
My friend ordered Karaka-Men, Ippudo’s original tonkatsu broth with special spicy miso and ground pork. I was expecting the soup to taste extremely spicy but to my surprise, not only was it bearable but the soup was actually addictive. Carrying a slightly tangy taste, the soup was a contrast to the non-spicy soup base. Instead, it is refreshing and whets the appetite. After I got bored of my own soup base, I started to pair off my noodles with my friend’s spicy soup base. It is that good.
Ippudo @ Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road