Just had my lunch alone at Tea Bone China since i have no idea what i should eat.
Environment. Pretty cool and cosy with Chinese songs (some are covers) played in the background. Not a noisy place except for the wok's sound from the kitchen, as i was sitting next to the kitchen. They seems not to have a door to close for the kitchen. This explains why the sound of the kitchen can reach me easily. Other than that, i think the ambience was pretty good. Like Mandarin Gallery, the place was pretty well furnished in a artistic way. I do like it.
Service. I had no idea what i would like to eat but the staff are friendly enough to offer me some recommendation. The staff are pretty attentive but maybe i am alone, i don't really find them 'too attentive' haha. But good job, i must say. One of them even ask me how was the food at times. I felt rather glad to see Indian and Malay working in this Chinese restaurant. Nice.
Food. I ordered a hot pot set and a side dish. I am rather disappointed with the "Shrimps and Mango Sesame Roll" as there is NO MANGO at all. If i am not wrong, i saw pineapple instead, but i can't really taste it. I had craving for it but... Anyway, i hope the soup makes up for it. The soup came with a large portion. They recommend the Herbal Ginseng chicken Soup with Wolf Berry and Red Dates to go with Pro-biotic Kampong Chicken instead of my initial order of Vegetables. The soup is flavourful but a little salty for my liking. I prefer the original herbal taste instead. Generally, it is still a good option. One thing to note, the chicken is very boney with little meat. Hence, do not expect to have much chicken when ordering it. Oh i forget to mention their rice taste like Bubur Pulau Hitam, a malay dessert. hmm... weird...
There is a promotion for the hot pot set during the lunch hour from 11am - 2pm (i think). $2 off the set. Hence, it may be best to try it at this time as the food isn't cheap. If you are worrying about the lunch crowd, not to worry as there is none there.
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Our previous visit to Arteastiq Boutique at Mandarin Gallery was a memorable experience as it was somewhat a sanctuary haven to retreat to in the midst of the busy city life. A relaxing trip to the Millenia Walk area brought us to its affiliated boutique, the Arteastiq Tea Bone China.
Priding itself for serving a range of speciality tea, this branch is more known for its offering of all-day Shanghainese and Cantonese dim sum, all handmade using Arteastiq very own special recipes. The concept of Tea Bone China is inspired by the luxurious experiences of olden-day Chinese merchants who used to lounge in the garden and sip tea while watching birds sing.
Salted egg yolk bun | S$4.90/++
When this was first served to us, we were dumbfounded as this was quite unlike the usual presentation of the popular salted egg yolk bun or more commonly known as "liu sha bao". The clever use of bamboo charcoal powder to the bun gave a sharp contrast in colour when you pry open the bun, revealing the rich salted egg yolk on the inside. Apart from winning points at a presentation level and novelty's sake, we felt that it was a decent version whereby the buns were not too thick but the intensity and flavours of the salted egg yolk lacked strength. It was good but not the best when I draw comparison from more dim-sum focused Chinese restaurants such as Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck.
Crab egg pork siew mai | S$4.90/++
Carefully wrapped into bite-sized portions, this would be gone in one mouthful even for the ladies. We enjoyed the juiciness of the siew mai but the crab eggs atop failed to shine through. Overall, I felt that it was rather pedestrian and okay-tasting, do not expect to be wow'ed, that is for sure.
Xiao Long Bao | S$7.90/++
We are generally spoilt by the vast offering of xiao long bao places in Singapore such Din Tai Fung, so it is no surprise that our palate have been sharpened to taste a good rendition when one comes along. Once again, like the other dim sum dishes tried, this was good but not impressive. The broth within the xiao long bao was not as full as expected and the skin of the wrapping was slightly thicker than desired. We however enjoyed the moistness and juiciness of the minced pork but that was not enough to win us over.
BBQ pork puffs | S$4.90/++
While most of the dim sum dishes seemed to fare just about average, this managed to be quite a surprisingly good rendition. The flaky pastry was done beautifully and the minced bbq pork on the inside was also delectable to our palate without tasting overly sweet. The drawbacks were that the pork filling was insufficient and it was served cold, which might have been due to it being exposed for a while and personally, I would settle for nothing less than freshly baked pastries when it comes to dim sum.
We were given a Groupon voucher that was worth $30 for a hotpot set for 2 persons. We called to check if we could use it on 12 Feb, and 2 different staff said yes. We went and found it a beautiful place, but completely empty. The staff seems shocked to see customers and then proceeded to tell us that we cant use Groupon that day. To cut the long story short, in the end they allowed us to use it grudgingly. We chose Chicken Ginseng soup for the hotpot and beef slices. The soup was bland, no hint of either chicken nor ginseng. The beef slices when served were partly frozen, and tasted like rubber when cooked. The garlic roast chicken was better but it did not save the meal. It's right to say that the staff would rather cluster at the counter. After i went home and had a good look at the bill, a grand total of $22.20 was deducted for the Groupon promotion. But the Groupon voucher was worth $30. So what's up with this place? Am i missing something?