Arterial, Temple Street – Not Your Average Cafe

Arterial, Temple Street – Not Your Average Cafe

Arterial Temple Street - Meatball al Forno

It seems all too easy to operate a cafe these days, what with close to 200 new openings in Singapore just this year and cafe-hopping becoming the hottest weekend recreation amongst social media savvy youths. Throw on some Spotify, poached eggs on muffins and cutesy latte art over mediocre coffee, and—Bam!—you have a cafe.

Arterial Temple Street - Pork Aspic Terrine

Arterial Cafe may seem like the next perfect hipster joint, jammed between a mishmash of Chinese eateries behind the iconic Sri Mariamman temple, but revamped menu conceptualized by modest, headphone-donning chef Siong and consultant chef Shen Tan (formerly of The Wok & Barrel and Ujong) showcases it has much more to offer than those Instagram-ready yet bland rainbow cake cafes out there.

Arterial Temple Street - Hunter's Beef Stew

What truly shone for us were the slightly more adventurous offerings inspired by some classically Asian dishes. The hearty Hunter’s Beef Stew ($16.90) brings together brilliantly executed, slow-cooked chunks of tripe and beef in a tasty tomato-base sauce.

I also enjoyed their homemade Pork Aspic Terrine ($13.90). Instead of the usual rendition with Chinese wine and spices, it is kept simple here where the porcine cubes—made from pig’s ears, tongue and belly—are served chilled and that refreshing, part crisp part gelatinous texture takes center stage.

Arterial Temple Street - Arterial Handmade Wonton

Other dishes to try include Arterial Handmade Wonton ($11.90) with a tart, lip-smacking balsamic vinaigrette—though the wontons themselves were nothing to shout about—and the value-for-money Squid Ink Aglio Olio ($15.90), also the most expensive dish on the menu, with fresh prawns and squid from the nearby market.

Arterial Temple Street - Mocha Cake

For those cannot do without your coffee and cake, Arterial Cafe also serves up coffee—beans by Liberty Coffee—and a delightfully rich, moist Mocha Cake ($6.90) made with Valrhona chocolate and house-pulled espresso.

Arterial Cafe
24 Temple Street
Singapore 058569

Tel: +65 6222 8589

Operating hours:
Closed Mondays
Tues – Sun 10am to 10pm


What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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