Arteastiq — a boutique tea house whose name is a portmanteau of art and tea — has been a mainstay in a serene corner of Mandarin Gallery for the past decade, offering shoppers a respite from the Orchard Road frenzy. The eponymous F&B group’s latest venture is Arteastiq DePatio at Plaza Singapura that dishes out casual modern European dishes.
Like its sibling, this cosy restaurant is an oasis in a busy mall, decked out in cheery colours with a glass-walled area that lets the sunlight in and offers a lovely view of the Orchard area at the same time. Designed to please, its comprehensive menu offers a good selection of hearty fare, so there’s something for everyone.
There’s a wood-fired oven in the open-concept kitchen that churns out freshly baked pizzas served smoky and piping hot. I enjoyed the Margherita and Truffle & Portobello Mushroom half-and-half, with the semolina giving it an added texture, although my dining companion begged to differ on my opinion of the gritty crust.
One of the restaurant's signature dishes is the Pancetta Roasted Pork Belly, well-seasoned with aromatic herbs and served with a homemade sauce for an added flair. A standout of this tasting session was the Paccheri Beer Butter, the flat pasta done perfectly al dente, bathed in a light but flavoursome cream sauce infused with beer — rare that such non-Italian bistro can do pasta well.
Desserts were not too shabby either, judging from the delectable Panna Cotta; the creamy custard was well balanced by the tart strawberry slices. From the drinks section, you will find interesting beverages like Earl Grey Lavender Tea and Oolong Lycée Tea.
Arteastiq DePatio is another neat addition to the Arteastiq Group, founded by Ivan Teo who’s also the owner of Haire Living, an interior design firm that he started in 2005 and where he was inspired to fuse interior design with food, decor and ambience. Other F&B brands under this group are Cajun on Wheels and Paper Rice.
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