Arteastiq Cafe Plaza Singapura: Not going back ever

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

This was a belated post, but I decided to post it because I really wanted to share my experience here.
Paintings line the area outside the cafe, most are painted and up for sale, by local artistes.

DETAILS
Area:
Dhoby Ghaut

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $$

Good For:
Small Groups / Friends / Solo 

Accessibility:
Approx. 2 minutes walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

LET'S EAT 
First up, drinks: Lychee Tea ($11), hot. I used to think better of their drinks, hence I decided to try this, again. Wrong move. Despite waiting for the tea to steep, etc, this blend was bland! I do not know what went wrong with this that day, but it is really not possible for tea to go wrong.
My friend ordered the Monet ($12) which was French Rose Tea with Champagne Vanilla Gelato. There is nothing artistic about the taste. The server, poured the French Rose Tea into the cup, mixing the ice-cream flavour with the tea, yes, it's the tea version of affogato.
The taste did not leave a lasting impression on me, and certainly not worth the $12 too. Rose teas are light, and with the coldness of the ice and the milkiness of the icecream, it dilutes the taste further. My two cents: I would have preferred if they used a stronger tea, so when the cream marries the heavier flavoured tea, the process of the ice dilution would make the drink just nice.
La Quesadilla ($17) - smoked turkey jam with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese, roma tomato, fresh basil and homemade Thai mayo sauce. I recall not enjoying the price of this dish, as the serving was a small slab of 5 quesadillas. Even so, I did like its flavour, though not the best I've had.
Louisiana Love-Chicken and Waffles ($22) - Buttermilk chicken tossed with Thai Mango, rockets and served on whole-wheat waffles. Not a bad dish but not awesome. I don't love the chicken, but I like it. The chicken was flavourful, but the waffles were plain.
Dessert time! Ode to Nectar ($12) - Premium gelato served with Honey Chocolate Mi-Cuit. The Chocolate Mi-Cuit wasn't a let-down (thank goodness), but the gelato was plain so-so. Most flavours we wanted were out of stock, so I had no choice but to go with what they had to offer. The mi-cuit was rich, though the sweetness of honey was not felt through the overwhelming rich chocolate flavour.

In summary, rather than coming here for a meal, I would rather spend my money and time doing art jamming at this place, which seems to offer more solace through painting than through the tummy. The food here is relatively on the pricey end and I did not feel that it was worth the calorie spend. The wait staff was literally confused too; they didn't know what was going on, or what was their signature dishes. I was utterly disappointed.
Lady doing her painting at the boutique cafe.
Did I just go during the wrong time, on the wrong date and met the wrong wait staff? But then again, one bad experience is enough to deter me from ever going back. In the food service line, sadly, that's just all it takes to lose a customer forever. And they lost me, forever.

If you still wish to visit, I have kindly still included their details at the bottom of the post. 


Arteastiq Plaza Singapura
Location: 68 Orchard Rd #03-70/72, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Operation Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm