The art of British high tea is popular throughout Asia, and in Singapore, fans of the form can’t go past Arteastiq’s Boutique Tea House, to be found in a very imperious setting at the Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road. With a name suggesting the intersection between the art of teasing and the art of tea that makes you tick, Arteastiq caters to discerning tea-drinkers looking for a modern tea lounge that preserves the sensibilities of the European salon, but with the brand always attracting a lot of custom, we strongly recommend a reservation.
Dear diners, please note the following two sittings for reservations on weekends and public holidays:
Session 1: 1:30pm
Session 2: 3:30pm
These sittings are exclusively for the luscious seafood high tea (from $98++) only. Both sittings last 2 hours. The team will confirm reservations within 24 hours of booking. Thank you!
Singapore has long been a crossroads between east and west, the classic and the contemporary. Indeed, these cultures and epochs meet at Arteastiq Boutique Tea House, located in Orchard Road’s Mandarin Gallery. Tea, of course, is an ancient Asian tradition. Taken up centuries ago by the European aristocracy, the concept of high tea has wound its way back to the origin of tea, the east, where tea aficionados enjoy their tipple (both traditional brews and teas with a contemporary twist) seated on modern lounge furniture, designed by Marxx, but reminiscent of 17th and 18th century designs.
Fruit teas, English floral teas, Chinese, and Japanese teas, dessert teas, and even alcoholic teas jostle for elbow space alongside sweet and savoury delicacies on Arteastiq’s crowded menu. And we can’t forget the crowds that flock to Singapore’s latest rave – the patented Arteastiq Art Jam. It’s a novel concept whereby customers can sip their tea together while tapping into their inner creative. Reservations are recommended.
Waited for quite some time at the entrance before somebody came to attend to us. Had to repeatedly press the buzzer and attempt to capture the server's attention by waving like crazy before we had somebody attend to our table to take our orders. Food was so-so. Sweet potato fries were cold when served. The saving grace was probably the iced/cold fruit teas served which was really good.
The arm chair seats by the windows (at the far corner) that I was placed at were stained and grubby looking, not in keeping with the “artistic” decor and ambience of the restaurant. My guest and I were also disturbed by staff who had to access a room opposite our seating continually for the 2 hours we were present. They didn’t make any noise but it was distracting and unsightly since the staff kept passing by with objects to be deposited in the room. In a restaurant that was not crowded, I didn’t understand why I was seated in that corner where catching the attention of the service staff was also challenging.
Food quality is high and chefs are highly skilled. Tastes are more experimental than usual with positive outcome on most dishes. Ambience is excellent. Service could be improved - wait staff come when requested but not quickly, do not demonstrate initiative (soup with spoons, ask how many spoons despite all guests seated and obviously sharing) and service lacks warmth or friendliness. Prices are on high side for food, but overall bill gets significantly increased when add their attractive teas to the order.