Conveniently tucked away smack-dab in the heart of Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery’s Arteastiq is a common refuge for ladies who want a therapeutic session for their tummies.
Pamper yourself with afternoon tea in this chi-chi setting whereby an air of class reign supreme. The neat row of velvet chairs remind us of cotton candy, and the over-sized bird cages simply evoke curiosity. The tall glass windows allow light to flood the cafe, lest you feel cooped up by the cages around you.
Have a well-deserved break from your shopping marathon and grab a quick tête-à-tête with your girlfriends over the petite nibbles. Take our word for it, their elegant tableware seems really delicate: so girls, do not get too excited. And, since high-tea here is usually a hotly-contested event, we suggest making your reservations early.
Further, you could always hop over to the adjacent Arteastiq Art Jam for a session of canvas painting when shopping gets boring.
Oh, we say this is a pit-stop worth stopping.
We were greeted by a bold conical flask of pear tea, with some pear slices swimming amongst the rocks. We weren’t exactly thirsty, but we found ourselves reaching frequently for the straw for yet another dosage: Guessed the subtle notes of pear won our hearts over. By the way, the few biscotto that cuddled by the side were delish.
Tuscan Crispy Brioche Panini Chicken, 11.9++
Smoked chicken and philadelphia cream puree with a hint of nutmeg, dired cranberry and alfalfa sprouts
The Tuscan chicken panini was accompanied by a glass of greens and a cup of mushroom soup by the side: Once again, the presentation did not fail us. The mish-mash of chicken, alfalfa sprouts and dried cranberries was not only refreshing, it teamed up with the cotton-soft brioche neatly. Our grainy yet sufficiently-spiced mushroom soup filled the gaps. The salad was nothing much to shout about.
Trinity is a good news for fussy eaters who cannot make up their minds.
Pass the smoke turkey ham for another. The plain presentation was a bummer and that held true for its taste. Perhaps, it was too ordinary a dish to be appreciated. Parma ham could have done a better job.
The mango salad echoed that of Thailand’s and take our word for it: it could be a tear-bomb in disguise to most. Expect shredded mangoes and carrot that lent a crunch to the dish, as well as the topshell that added a chewy touch. Composed with piquant seasoning, the salad was enjoyable.
The crabmeat salad would keep the crowds coming back with its silky shreds of the crustacean within a noteworthy crumbly crust, the petite size only meant we couldn’t get enough of this pastry. Ci gusta!
With a posh tai-tai haven like this, you would wanna just lounge and let your indolence get the better of you. The grub are enticing, if not fantastic.
Surprising your mum here in exchange for an extended curfew is recommended.
333A Orchard Road
Mon-Thu: 12pm – 10pm
Fri: 12pm – 11pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 11pm