Arteastiq has recently unveiled a new menu with a touch of Asian flair, which impelled us to visit. The menu mainstays however are only available at the Mandarin Gallery outlet; so satisfying was our meal at the Plaza Singapura outlet that we decided it was worth a detour for dinner.
There was Myth of the Sea – Sambal Sea Bass and Dry Laksa (S$25), whose spicy notes waltzed from bright and sour to dark and rich. The laksa mimicked the soupy counterpart in flavour, the vermicelli coated with an enticing, sunset-coloured sauce. Presented in the style of sambal stingray, the huge slab of oven-baked sea bass was sprawled on a banana leaf. The Raft from Nanyang – Chilli Egg Prawn Fettuccine (S$20) was a palimpsest of the famous chilli crab, the tomato-chilli sauce boasting an interplay of sweet and savoury thanks to the medley of garlic, onions, ginger, lemongrass and dried shrimps. Soak up the sauce with the accompanying mantou buns.
I also had the Boston Love Boat Cioppino (S$28). The ramekin was roofed by a flaky pastry, and with the same cunning of a wolf, I tore into it without compunction, not minding what my diners thought of my etiquette, or lack thereof. The torn-off pieces fell like autumn leaves into the tangy sauce, where generous treasures of the sea — huge prawns; octopus; salmon; and scallop — swam. We capped off the brunch session with Finger Dance – Thai Milk Tea Lava Cake (S$12), served with a scoop of vanilla gelato. The warm cake of a deep-orange colour was moist, and when pricked there issued a gooey gush of sweet, earthy lava.