Arteastiq Boutique Tea House at Plaza Singapura is a fusion of art and tea. It is an eye-catching space where you can imbibe artisanal tea as well as express your artistic talent on blank canvases. If, like some of us, eating is your only real talent, Arteastiq at Plaza Singapura can still be a delightful place.
Located on the 3rd level of the busy Plaza Singapura in Orchard Road, Arteastiq is an attractively decorated modern tea lounge with an adjacent art jam studio. Art jamming means a customer will be given a canvas, paint, brushes and other equipment and then allowed to create her masterpiece on canvas. Do it alone or in a group and it can be a therapeutic experience or a social fun activity.
The best therapy for us is food and it is a good thing that Arteastiq Boutique Tea House at Plaza Singapura has interesting food and drinks on their menu. Pictures of random sections of their menu are below.
Currently, there is a set dinner menu where you can have a 2 course Palatable Dinner for $36 or a 3 course Luscious Dinner for $45. You create your own set by choosing an entree, starter and dessert from the menu. The set dinner prices of $36 and $45 are really starting prices. Other than a few basic items on the menu, most dishes will involve add ons. The extra is indicated on the set dinner menu.
We ordered a 3 course set, a 2 course set and an extra a la carte entree, a combination which gave us a starter, 3 main courses and 2 desserts to share.
Our Starter was the Geisha Whispers ($3 add on). The cold soba salad with smoked salmon was beautifully presented. The light shoyu dressing might account for the name. In any case, it was quite an appetising dish.
The 3 entrees we chose all had fancy names – the Mermaid’s Blush, the Knights of the Round and the Prince of Monte Carlo.
The Prince of Monte Carlo sounded aristocratic and romantic. When the prince arrived, we found him to be rather plain and boring – just a grilled cheese and short ribs sandwich topped with an egg with some fries on the side. It was quite a let down and the taste of the sandwich was only so so.
The Mermaid’s Blush brought more cheer. The fried snapper had crispy skin and flaky white meat. It was an enjoyable dish.
Apparently, the Knights of Order of the of the Holy Spirit (Ordre des chevaliers du Saint-Esprit) were referred to as Les Condon Bleus. Hence, The Knights of the Round at Arteastiq was Cordon Bleu – a dish of baked and breaded chicken wrapped in turkey ham and cheese. Purple coleslaw and sweet potatoes fries were served with the chicken. The dish had a good mix of textures and flavours. The delicious Knights of the Round won the hearts of the fair ladies.
We could not go to Arteastiq and not have tea. We had our favourite fruit tea, the Lychee Tea ($11) and tried something new – the dessert tea Lady Yang ($12). The pots of tea were served in beautiful trays. The Lady Yang was oolong tea with a scoop of lychee gelato. Both the tea items were nice and refreshing. The Lychee fruit Tea would remain our favourite.
For the dessert items, we had the Sweet Endings (pineapple upside down cake) and the Professional (coffee-dipped biscuits with a whipped mix). The presentation was interesting. The taste of both the dessert items were not bad.
Arteastiq Boutique Tea House at Plaza Singapura is certainly an engaging and agreeable space. It offers many talking points. You can spent quite a while just discussing the many creative names given to their dishes on the menu. The food is not bad and, being a tea house, there is no lack of interesting and delightful tea. We will certainly visit this oasis in bustling Plaza Singapura again.
Food : 3
Service : 3
Atmosphere : 4
Overall Rating : 3 TOPS
Arteastiq Boutique Tea House
68 Orchard Road
#03-70/72, Plaza Singapura
Tel: +65 6336 0952 – For enquiries & reservation on Art Jam
+65 6336 0951 – For Tea House reservation
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Nearby MRT Station : Dhoby Ghaut