Published on Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
An explosion of pretty pastel flowers will greet you as you prance into fArt tArtz, creating the beautiful illusion of a charming flower garden. This little cafe serves yummy dishes in adorable mason jars with a cutesy garden theme.
Entrance to fArt tArtz
Stepping in through the front door
With natural sunlight streaming in through the full floor-to-ceiling glass windows and the vibrant colors of its drinks and dishes, you will never feel like leaving this happy little place full of sunshine, rainbows and good eats.
Customers spoilt for choice with the array of desserts
Located in a tiny enclave along Sourth Bridge Road, fArt tArtz utilized the limited space to its advantage, transforming the area into a petite 2-storey cafe that oozes a cozy and homely vibe with cream-colored furniture contrasting against dark oak, multiple warm lights to further brighten up the cafe, pastel flowers, potted plants and dainty garden paraphernalia.
A handsome customer flipping through a magazine
The conceptualization of the cafe started off when the owner's loved ones encouraged her to share her delicious desserts with the world. Strictly adhering to using only the freshest and best ingredients available, all desserts are lovingly made from the heart with a unique no-bake concept.
The stairs up to the second storey
The no-bake concept essentially means that the desserts are baked without the use of an oven. The lady boss single-handedly makes the cakes, muffins, tarts, eclairs and other sweet treats you can find at fArt tArtz fresh every day, so be sure to savor every single bite as a lot of blood, sweat and tears go into making these sugary babies.
A whimsical flower garden display on the second storey
fArt tArtz might sound like an undesirable name for an establishment that deals with food, but the owner had no intention of being crude. The word “fart” in the cafe's name is the exact pronounciation of the cantonese word “發” which means prosper, so the name in entirely means prosperous tarts since the owner started off the venture based on her renowned tarts.
The view down from the second storey
You may have noticed the weird capitalization in the name fArt tArtz too, which is attributed to the lady boss' passion for Art, and one can't deny that she has an eye for design upon setting foot into the elegantly quaint cafe.
Nutella Oreo Mud Tart, $5.50 & Bailey's Tiramisu, $6.80
Nutella Oreo Mud Tart (top in pot with red rose) and Bailey's Tiramisu (bottom in jar)
Served in a mini pot covered with a layer of oreo crumbs and a faux flower stuck into the cake, the Nutella Oreo Mud Tart is truly an extremely pretty sight, and it is sweet, chocolatey and dense, with a texture akin to cheese cakes.
The Bailey's Tiramisu contained fluffy mascarpone cream cheese mixed with the signature creamy-chocolatey taste of Baileys, layered with chocolate gateau for a richer mouthfeel. The Italian biscuits which have been soaked in a bitter coffee-liqueur amp up the alcoholic kick while contrasting nicely with the sweetness of the dessert.
Cookie Butter Mud Tart, $5.50 & Salted Caramel Pistachio Tiramisu, $6.80
Cookie Butter Mud Tart (left in pot with yellow daisy) and Salted Caramel Pistachio Tiramisu (right in jar)
The Cookie Butter Mud Tart has a smooth, velvety sweetness topped with oreo crumbs and a cheerful yellow daisy. The cake contains a syrupy cookie butter that can be likened to a thinner version of molten caramel that melts in your mouth like butter. This is a definitely a dessert for fans of sugary-sweet treats.
The Salted Caramel Pistachio Tiramisu gives a nice contrasting nutty crunch to the soft creamy tiramisu cake layered with mascarpone cream cheese, chocolate gateau, thick salted caramel, and coffee-liqueur-infused biscuits. The salt in the caramel gives the cake more depth and dimension while complementing the sweetness of the dessert.
Fresh Watermelon Freeze, $21.90
Drinking from the giant watermelon jar
Sweet and refreshing on a hot and humid day, this massive jar of watermelon juice blended in fine ice is perfect for cooling you down and quenching your thirst. At $21.90 for a staggering four liters, this communal drink soothed the throats of six people altogether throughout the entire meal with more to spare!
Fishy Salmon M&C, $15.90
A generous heap of crunchy tobiko (flying fish roe) is spooned over the the top layer of the cheese which is slightly solidified but digging into it reveals steaming hot creamy cheese. Three types of cheeses are mixed into cream in order to obtain that melty, cheesy seduction that occurs when you try to scoop up a portion and seemingly neverending cheese strings trail along with your spoonful.
Penne pasta is used instead of macaroni because penne has this awesome feature of being cylinder-shaped, and the empty space inside each piece of penne allows for it to be filled up with the creamy cheese, making every bite an explosion of cheesy bliss. The salmon is so fresh and its flavors have been infused into the m&c, giving the dish a slightly salty, natural taste of the sea. The tobiko is added for a satisfying crunch which releases its lovely, savory juices as you bite into it.
Chilled Prawn Angel's Hair, $11.90
This cold dish is perfect for the sweltering heat in Singapore. The thin capellini pasta is tossed with fArt tArtz secret in-house sauce, olive oil, sesame, parsley, Japanese cucumber, fresh prawns, scallops and shredded nori. This chilled pasta cooked perfectly al dente is extremely refreshing and will revitalize your tastebuds with the light and flavorful zesty tomato sauce, juicy prawns and tender scallops. The shredded nori pays homage to the Japanese influences of this dish and is reminiscent of cold soba.
Bulbous Original, $13.90
Smoky, savory and hearty, this scrumptious smoked duck pasta is perfect for those who like strong, robust and explosive flavors. Spaghetti cooked al dente is tossed in parsley, sea salt garlic powder and a home-made sauce consisting of a secret blend of olive oil, onions and garlic. Tender and juicy slices of smoked duck leg are added in along with all its natural fatty juices and it is topped off with a mountain of tobiko.
Each strand of pasta is enveloped in the smoky flavors and fatty juices of the duck along with the fragrant and aromatic blend of herbs and secret sauce. The spaghetti has a nice springy bite which is complemented by the juicy crunch of the tobiko, and the slices of smoked duck is so succulent that it is glistening with its own delicious fatty goodness.
Sambal Sea Catch, $16.90
A special concoction of olive oil, sambal paste, fresh garlic, chili padi, onions and parsley made up the sambal pasta sauce that coats the linguine, packing a huge punch of spice for that shiok fiery burn on your tongue. This pasta contains very strong spicy Singaporean flavors and has an aromatic seafood taste from the squids, clams, prawns, scallops and crab sticks cooked into the dish.
Kabayaki Fish Fillet, $12.90
Messy to eat, but once you manage to get a bite of its ingredients altogether, you will quickly devour the entire thing and lick your fingers clean. This flatbread burger uses roti prata instead of the usual tortilla, which makes it taste so much better with its flaky and crispy exterior. Sandwiched between the two pieces of prata are crunchy tobiko, french onions, batavia lettuce, coral lettuce, oak leaves, grilled imported tilapia fillets, and Japanese kewpie mayo.
It has a refreshing and sharp crunch from the vegetables and onions, and a creamy and rich flavor from the mayo. The tilapia fillets which have been coated in kabayaki sauce have absorbed all the flavors into its delicate meat, and biting into it reveals a sweet soy sauce taste and a firm, meaty texture.
Mushy Mushrooms, $11.90
This one is for the vegans, and not really my cup of tea (or plate of dish in this case) because I'm a die-hard canivore. Nonetheless, the mushrooms have been sautéed to perfection, drizzled over with kewpie mayo and are packed with French onions, red bell peppers, batavia lettuce, coral lettuce, oak leaves, melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese, sandwiched between two roti pratas. Yummy, cheesy, earthy and savory, this gooey, melty, crunchy sandwich is one of the better vegan dishes I have eaten
fArt tArtz is truly a breath of fresh air in our concrete jungle, and the perfect place to simply chill out over an aesthetically delightful and delicious meal in the city. There is no additional service charge and GST or any other hidden costs when you place an order at the counter. Despite the limited seating, you are welcomed to hang out in this beautiful fairy garden for as long as you like and slowly enjoy every spoonful of your decadent dessert. When food is handmade with heart and soul, it tastes a little bit sweeter and makes your day a little brighter.
Address: 150 South Bridge Road, Fook Hai Building, #01-16, Singapore 058727
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am-10pm
Phone: +65 6493 2977