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Arteastiq–Afternoon tea in a non-hotel location

I’ve been on a roll. I’ve been trying to find ways to utilise my Entertainer App and have been rather successful lately. The best part is finding out that restaurants I’ve been meaning to visit since like forever, have now jumped on the bandwagon and joined the Entertainer. If you don’t know what the Entertainer App is, you should read this post. There are of course limitations to the Entertainer App, which I shall discuss more in a subsequent post, but generally speaking, it is really possible to reap rewards with this app. But I digress.

What I really wanted to talk about was my recent visit to Arteastiq. Yes, I’ve been wanting to visit since several years back, but somehow never go the chance to. Lately, I’ve been meeting up with some of my secondary school friends rather frequently, to the extent of meeting every few weeks now (when we haven’t done so in years!) and we’ve been pigging out! And that’s when the Entertainer App has come in very useful. We just pick one of the restaurants or cafes on the app, and off we go!

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Using the Entertainer App, we enjoyed 1-for-1 on the Double Teasery sets, at $38++ (without drinks). The iced teas were on the pricey side at about $11 each, but they looked so delicious and thirst quenching on a hot sweltering day that we just had to order them. It did come in a fairly large tea pot though. Actually it costs $48++ for 1 double teasery set with 2 drinks, wonder why they couldn’t have included the drinks when using the app.

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Couldn’t resist after spotting the luscious lychees at the next table, so it was a fairly easy decision for me, despite the numerous pages of drink selections.

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Tim Ho Wan 添好運 Singapore

*Media Invite*

At this point in time, I guess just about any lover of dim sum would have heard of the opening of Tim Ho Wan in Singapore. For the uninitiated, Tim Ho Wan is a Michelin Starred dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong. Since it’s opening on 10 April 2013 in Singapore, if you’ve been in the Plaza Sing / Atrium area, you would undoubtedly have seen the snaking queues of eager customers awaiting their turn to try out Tim Ho Wan’s legendary dim sum. I was lucky to be able to avoid having to line up for my food, however I have heard that the average waiting time is 2 hours, and at one point it got so bad that the queue was even closed to more customers.

So the big question is, is Tim Ho Wan worth the 2 hour wait? Actually, I think no restaurant is worth a 2 hour wait. There is so much good food available in Singapore that to have to “work” for your food invariably means having even higher expectations on the food. There comes a tipping point where it is physically impossible for the quality and taste of the food to exceed expectations. In my opinion, the 2 hour wait is only for people who have a curiosity itch to suppress, and scratch it they must.

I have never been to the Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong. And to be frank, I am a little disappointed with the dim sum served at the media tasting. I found quite a number of the dishes exceedingly ordinary, especially when taking into account the price charged. But to be fair, there were some dim sum items that were great too.

So, should you find yourself having a table there, here are my recommendations as to what is worth ordering at Tim Ho Wan.

Tim Ho Wan - Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin Roll with Shrimp (4)

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Tea Cosy at Plaza Singapore

Interesting that this place still exists still. I’d thought it would be long gone, but Steph from The Girl at the Traffic Light Junction reminded me that Tea Cosy still exists.I find it quite weird and I can’t really put my finger to it. I dined here once, about 5 years ago. Then, the cafe part of Tea Cosy was but a small portion of the entire store. It was as if you had walked into a tiny vintage knickknack and bookstore, and suddenly huddled behind the shelves are people sipping tea!

I guess the vintage knickknack business didn’t go too well for as you can see it’s mostly cafe now, with the retail goods relegated to becoming part of the decor. The menu has expanded too I believe. You can get full meals here, and they do an afternoon tea set too from 2.30pm – 6pm. I almost got the tea set, but I wasn’t sure if there would be enough food to justify $29.95 for 2, based on what was stated on the menu.

Tea Cosy

Tea Cosy - Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate with marshmallow flowers $6.96 + $0.50 for the ice – For those who like rich chocolate drinks, this is really good. It was a bit pricey, but for a huge glass I guess it’s reasonable. Notice the huge layer of dark chocolate at the top? Do not taste it at all costs because that has not been sweetened! If you like your drink even richer, stir that layer in! Never been a fan of marshmallows so I didn’t try the flowers.

Tea Cosy - Root Beer (3)

Rootbeer $4.95

Tea Cosy - So called Club Sandwich

Old Faithful Club Sandwich $10.95 – For the life of me I would not have thought that this would be called a club sandwich, but that’s what it says on the menu. I would say it is a very nice and simple version of a ham, egg and cheese sandwich. I love the texture of the bun. It’s so soft and has an almost melting texture in the mouth. Plus there’s this cheese spread they use which is really tasty.The ham is nothing spectacular, but the entire combination is good. They normally fry their eggs till the yolks are fully cooked, so be sure to ask for them done sunny side up if you want the yolk runny. I had this at 4pm because I was feeling peckish, and still managed a steak dinner at 8pm.

Society Cafe is also on the 5th floor. If you want someplace bright, where you can watch the world go by, go to Society Cafe. If you want an intimate setting, go for Tea Cosy. There were quite a number of young punks there with their girlfriends. (Although if you really wanted to impress your girlfriend, choosing a cafe within a mall isn’t exactly all that impressive, in my opinion)

Tea Cosy

Plaza Singapura

68 Orchard Road #05-10 Singapore 238839

For Reservations, please call: 6341 9318

http://www.teacosy.com.sg

http://www.teacosy.com.sg/Menu_Cover.html

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