Spent my last birthday painting at Arteastiq and I had decided to do it again this year! 3 hours of solitude for half the price is so worth it (because there is one-for-one birthday promotion), coupled with a cup of their signature tea. It so happened that it is listed in Eatigo as well, which gives us 50% off its main courses at a stipulated time slot. Hence, we decided to head down to one of the outlets for a meal before starting our art jam. The service at its Plaza Singapura's outlet was so disappointing that we switched to Mandarin Gallery. Be it the space, the staff, the standards were up a notch.
Burrata with Grapefruit 3/5
We ordered 3 main courses, in which Gospel of Elves ($19) was just as great as an appertizer that comes with Burrata cheese and compressed grapefruit. Of course you don't expect the burrata to be as pillowy as that of a premium Italian restaurant but it was satisfying enough. The compressed grapefruit was tangy and its astringency balanced the milky burrata. What I didn't quite like was the idea of drizzling it with lavender olive oil. The taste of lavender just doesn't gel with food.
Salted Egg Yolk Capellini 3.5/5
Symphony from the East ($23) is a crowd pleaser with its salted egg yolk cream coating every strand of the capellini. The pasta was light and its sauce had the right consistency. However, don't let the pasta sit for too long as they tend to stick together after a while. The prawns were the right match for the flavour. The only complain that I have is that the prawns should be cleaned more thoroughly.
Salmon Wellington 3.8/5
The Royal Princess ($27) was a stir to the appetite the moment it came. Enveloped within the thin and flaky crust is a complete slab of juicy salmon and minced mushroom. The crust remained crisp till the end of my meal. Coming from a pie when the fillings are usually heavily seasoned and dry, I didn't expect the salmon to be so fresh and moist and it filled up almost every inch of the crust, even the four corners. The tangy sour cream sauce at the side complements the fatty salmon. The greens which is sauteed cabbage and asparagus, perhaps can be improved.
What a fulfilling lunch! The standard and quality of their food way surpass my expectations. It would have wrapped up my day perfectly should I be able to continue my art jam. But alas, the venue was closed for a private event. Hence, for both the dining and art jam, please do remember to make a reservation before making your way down as it can get pretty crowded even on weekdays.
Written and photography by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
333A Orchard Road
Tel: +65 62358370
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)
Mon-Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat-Sun: 10am - 10pm
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B to Orchard Road. Head west or turn left on Orchard Road against the flow of traffic. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 mins. [Map]