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Artease insists on only premium ingredients to give you only the best quality and most delicious flavours. Artease loves art just as much as we love tea, and also think that life without tea is just plain. Bubble Tea, Pudding and More
1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
#01-35 Singapore 082001
Tel: +65 6222 6966
Fax: +65 6222 6956
Artease Cafe @ Esplanade
1 Esplanade Drive #01-13C
Tel: +65 6333 9266
Fax: +65 6333 9288
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The Thinking Man's Pow Pow Cha
Not quite as ubiquitous Koi and Gong Cha, Artease has nevertheless managed to hold its own against the Bubble Tea giants. The decor and branding slyly send a subtle subliminal message: pow pow cha without the cheena. A glance at the menu backs this up: one wouldn't expect to find sophisticated flavours such as salted caramel and rose at a bubble tea joint. Earl Grey jelly and chocolate pudding also make for interesting alternatives to the usual big or small pearls. What is in those pearls by the way, have you ever wondered? A friend assures me it is only tapioca and sugar but why are they so darn addictive?
The staff (cute young boy boys mostly) are very efficient! Robotically, they guide each customer through the many complex options that are part and parcel of ordering bubble tea: with milk? without milk? big pearl? small pearl? no pearl? white pearl? black pearl? sugar percentage 20 / 30 / 60 / 300 per cent? Decisions, decisions.
Artease is a pretty new cafe/restaurant that is also located outside Esplanade and Tanjong Pagar Plaza apart from the one at Cineleisure, where the crowd consists mainly of teenagers.
What I would recommend is their milk tea with pearls, the extra large cup that serves as a good share for about three to four people. Given such a large cup, its sweetness remains adequate, and is not diluted at all. Plus they have other dishes such as fries to munch on over a little chat and magazines to read at the same time.
The seats and interior design of the cafe proved their idea of bringing in and attracting the younger crowd, whereby the image of the cafe escalates quite abit with their effort of creativity. Their wall illustrations at the esplanade outlet is done by local artist commonly known as eeshaun while their chairs are also simplistic and comfortable.
Also, if a cup of bubble tea still does not satisfy as much, they sell chilled lychee beer which is really cooling and fresh after a long day's work.
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Bring back the old menu!
I used to really love Artease before they changed their menu. I remember in secondary school, my friends and I even had Artease delivered to our school during recess. Then, they decided to revamp their menu and gone were our favourite flavours.
I must say I'm extremely disappointed with how prices for each drink changed and how they cut down the number of flavours sold. Now, their bubble tea is really expensive, even more than Koi if I'm not wrong. It's not like their bubble tea stands out either.
However, I love the fact that they have a monster cup - a HUGE bubble tea cup meant for 2 or more pax to share. They always say sharing is caring and there's something about sharing a cup that makes everything seem nicer. I sincerely wish they'd expand their cafe space because there's always not enough seats for everyone and hopefully they'll review their pricing so it'll be more affordable.
I really like Artease for the unique flavours of tea they provide.
Rarely will you hear bubble tea shops selling Salted Caramel milk tea, or cinnamon milk tea. Rarely do you also see toppings such as earl grey jelly and chocolate pudding.
My favourite is Chocolate Mint milk tea. Personally I am a fan of the chocolate and mint combination. I really love milk tea too, so of course chocolate mint milk tea will be my favourite. Although I order my drinks with 0% sugar, it is sweet because of the chocolate, then it is also specially cooling in the mouth because of the mint.
The cinnamon milk tea is really great too if you love cinnamon like me. Again with 0% sugar, the cinnamon gives the milk tea that hint of spiciness. Though according to my family -who all hates cinnamon- it's horrible. So I conclude that you should only try it if you are a cinnamon fan.
Not only are the unique flavours the specialty. Even the normal types of milk tea tastes different. My other favourite is the Earl grey milk tea. Artease's Earl Grey milk tea stands out because the earl grey taste is very overpowering (in a good way). If you are a super huge Earl grey fan, you can add the earl grey jelly into the Earl Grey Milk tea. The earl grey jelly that Artease has is really unique, if you have yet to try it, please do!
Overall, I love Artease. The flavours are so rare to find and the list of drinks to try is almost non-exhaustive. Really worth the money!
Is anyone with me when I say I could hardly tell the difference between the milk tea or pearls of one brand from another? Because of that, I have never been really particular about bubble tea. Thus, whenever I have cravings for bubble tea, I always opt for the more exotic flavours of the brand. When Artease opened at NTU to great fanfare, I could not wait to try the flavours from their signature menu. Besides, NTU students get 10% off the usual prices. Awesome.
Flavours from their signature menu include the popular salted caramel milk tea, yuzu green tea, matcha latte, chocolate mint milk tea, cinnamon milk tea, peach osmanthus and, wait for it.... vinegar tea. If that is not exotic enough, I don't know what else could have been. I love vinegar but the thought of having vinegar in my bubble tea is just absurd. I bet you have the same thoughts running through your mind when you read that. I didn't want my first experience with Artease to go very wrong, so I opted for the much raved about salted caramel milk tea. It was pleasing to the taste buds but honestly, I would have preferred to have the taste of the salted caramel to be stronger. I felt that the milk tea very much overwhelmed it. Perhaps opting for a lower sugar level (mine was 50%) might have helped. At $3.60 after discount for a regular sized cup, I also feel that it is a tad expensive. Nonetheless, I believe I also pay for the convenience. It was a rather good and refreshing companion during my lecture that day.
During my next visit, I would probably try the Yuzu green tea. And I definitely look forward to the day when I am adventurous enough to try the vinegar tea...
Having tried so many bubble tea shops around this tiny island, I just had to give this one a go. I had a normal milk tea, but with tiny pearls and was disappointed with the contents of my cup. The milk tea was too diluted, and there were so many pearls that I could not finish the drink.
I have to commend the pearls though, because I prefer the tiny ones instead of the normal large ones, but not every bubble tea shop has this. Aside from the drink, the design of the shop intrigued me and lured me towards it. The price of the drink was a little more than I would pay at some of the other commonly known bubble tea shops around, and that made me even more disappointed as I was expecting something unusual and better.
I usually walk by this bubbletea stall and head to my favourite bubbletea shop so far - Gongcha. However, since my friends have been singing endless praises of this shop located in Cineleisure.
I tried my friend's recommendation. Honey earl grey milk tea with mini pearls. Honestly, it was a good mix, sweet honey with my favourite earl grey tea. A prefect mix. The mini pearls were given generously and tasted decent.
On another occasion, I bought the same drink and to my disappointment, it was almost tasteless. I had a hard time even finishing it and was shocked at the inconsistency. So far, I've only tried it twice, and am still contemplating if I should try it the third time for my final verdict.
Teasing the tastebuds!
So far i've only tasted one of their creations. I was hell thirsty after trekking i-don't-know-how-many miles around orchard and this was the nearest drink outlet near me. Moreover, i was also rather intrigued at their packaging and their drinks, for i think this is a pretty new establishment as compared to the other similar types of drink establishments.
They had a televsion there screening a food review, where dennis chew, a local mediacorp artiste, was reviewing their drinks there, posing as our favourite ever Aunty Lucy.
They had a matcha drink that was a new addition to the menu, i was so compelled into ordering that at first, just because i couldn't resist anything that had matcha added. However, i did not relent and ordered a blended coffee. The coffee wasn't anything to be wowed about. Just the normal ones with ice, but it still tasted better than each a cup's version in my opinion.
I have heard many bad reviews about their food there, and my advice would be to steer clear of their cook ups, unless you're prepared to gag.
Try the milk tea with mini pearls!!
Bubble Tea mania hit Singapore 11 years ago, and I’m glad to say, it’s still going strong.
I frequent the one at Tanjong Pagar since it’s near my workplace, and service, unlike the off-and-on one at Cineleisure, is always impeccable. Staff are always polite, friendly, and when needed, patient – especially when they have to explain and describe their MANY different drinks to customers.
Drinks-wise, it’s super. My personal favorites are the classic Milk Tea with mini pearls (trust me, try the mini pearls – you’ll be hooked) and green apple tea (so refreshing!)
Their drawing point is the strong tea smell, without being too overpowering. There is absolutely no aftertaste as well! Unlike some other bubble tea stores, the standard on the tea is consistent across all branches (yes I’m a die-hard fan), so no worries about missing out on anything!
They’re available in different sizes, so you can choose based on your Mood Of The Day! I usually chose the smallest one, but their tea is oh-so-good, I wouldn’t be surprised if you chose the largest.
Same old same old
I had a huge craving for bubble tea and decided to satisfy it at Artease Cafe. Although my craving was satisfied, that was all. Artease seems to be riding on the bubble tea fad or rather the pricey "premium" bubble tea fad that began with Gong Cha and Koi's entering into the Singapore market.
I was not definitely blown away or anything as the bubble tea tasted like the same boring bubble tea that I can find almost anywhere nowadays. The only redeeming factor is that the flavours available seem rather interesting as compared to its competitors and for that reason alone it might be worth a visit or two, but nothing more.
Massive wine-glass filled with a great balance of beverage and pearls, worth checking it out !
I'm sure many of the young adults and even students, know much about Artease, after it was being advertised on one of the TV channels some time ago. I believe that the bubble tea chain made Cineleisure her second home, bringing premium bubble teas and unique beverages to a place where both the locals and tourists get to enjoy without having to travel to Esplanade just for a sip.
I'm in love with their hazelnut milk tea; it was in the right balance of milk, hazelnut extracts and tea, unlike some bubble tea chains in Singapore. It wasn't tad sweet as I have expected, but what I really like was their concept of having this kind of massive bowl-like wine glass with your preferred beverage filled. This was never seen in any of the bubble tea chains before Artease came in! Often, my friends and I could be spotted sharing this massive bowl like wine glass filled with hazelnut milk tea. Even with 5 of them, excluding myself, we couldn't finish the beverage! Price wise, it is rather reasonable, approximately $12 for the massive 'bowl' of bubble tea.
A nice atmosphere to chill with your friends or just taking a rest after some shopping done, definitely a place to pop by when you're along Orchard Road!
salted caramel milk tea!
One tends to avoid other Bubble Tea stalls when reliable options of KOI and Gongcha are easily available. Same goes for me. I have never paid much attention to the Cineleisure stall until recently when the words Salted Caramel caught my eye.
I love all things Salted Caramel, so no surprise when I immediately find myself at the counter ordering a cup of Salted Caramel Milk Tea. It doesn't come cheap though, one regular-sized cup comes at $3.50 (the updated price is $4), which can easily get you a large cup at KOI. I didn't regret it though. The Salted Caramel flavour somehow made the milk tea even more silky, more fragrant. The balance between the salt and the caramel was exquisite. The toppings were also commendable - the mini pearls were not bad (nothing on KOI, though), and the Earl Grey Jelly was unique. The quality varies though. My second visit left me pretty scarred when the salt came in lumps in the milk tea.
I have tried other drinks of their by stealing a few sips from my friends' drinks, and my verdict is that they are rather bland, especially at that price it's simply not worth it. My advice will be to find your favourite, like mine, and stick with it. No need to love all the drinks of a particular brand. Especially when such flavours are not found at the other brands!