As a result of a Groupon Deal, I found myself at Arteastiq again to check out their revamped all day breakfast menu. The food during my previous visit were mediocre, so I arrived with low expectations. This time, the improved offerings left a much better impression.
Service was slow, slow slow….it was evident Arteastiq was shorthanded and staff were not particularly in the best mood.
The ambience is refined, with pops of bright colors that can dissipate the worse Monday Blues. Unfortunately, the experience was slightly dented by the sheets protecting the velvet chairs, which were sloppily attached and hence quite uncomfortable to sit on. A couple sofas had unsightly stains on them too.
Teas are definitely Arteastiq’s forte. You can count on the Iced Lychee Tea ($11) and Iced Pomelo Tea ($11) for an instant rejuvenation! Instead of iced tea, you can opt for hot tea.
Looking undeniably attractive on the menu, Morning’s Flush ($17.80) is impossible not to love. Yes, it’s unconventional to find savory fillings slabbed in between waffles but somehow the whole bite went very well together. Diners can choose from roast beef, turkey ham or bacon, which will be accompanied with caramelized onions for a sweet touch. Holding on its own is the sidekick buttermilk egg in tomato shell. Seductively runny, it carried a tangy note and is utterly divine!
For something more filling, Prime Dawn ($20.80) is a good bet. Choose between sausage or bacon to go with pan-fried potato-broccoli medalion, scrambled eggs and cheesy roasted tomato. What we loved were the hearty, flavorsome sausage and creamy scrambled eggs sprinkled with just the right amount of seasoning.
To end our meal on a sweet note, we ordered Arteastiq’s rendition of chocolate lava cake, Secret Garden ($12.90). Moist and decadent, this dessert has a harmonious chocolate and green tea molten core. Instead of run-of-the-mill vanilla ice cream, Yuzu sorbet tones down the richness of the cake. I wasn’t a fan of the bitter yuzu fruit bits in the sorbet though.
Roasted Hazelnut Hot Ciccolata ($9.50), was gratifying, as usual. I recommended bestie to try it and she was undoubtedly pleased with it. I had many hot chocolates before; sometimes they are too thick or watery, too sweet or bland, or have too much milk. The roasted hazelnut hot chocolate was sweet, sweet satisfaction because the aroma, nutty flavor and consistency are well balanced.
Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15
333A Orchard Road