Published on Friday, 08 July 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Timbre+ is a food paradise for anyone and everyone. The culinary offerings in Timbre+ encompasses the melting pot that is Singapore society, with a plethora of international and fusion dishes that will cater to the young and old, regardless of race, language or religion.
Spanning an expansive 24,000 square feet in one-north, Timbre+ opened in April, with a diversity of food ranging from casual hawker eats to restaurant-grade food all set at affordable prices. The urban food hall took over the space formerly occupied by an old food centre, and was rebuilt to seat 700 patrons comfortably.
Timbre+ married the food of the new generation with the old generation so that people of all ages are able to enjoy the space and the variety of cuisines it is able to offer. There are a total of 35 F&B partners located at Timbre+. Out of these, 14 are restaurants and outfits helmed by chef-owners and F&B entrepreneurs who have been dominating the Singapore food scene, two stalls are run by new-generation hawkers, and the bulk of it are traditional mom-and-pop hawker stalls retained from the old food centre.
Resonating with the Timbre Group's core social mission of cultivating the Singapore music scene and nurtuing homegrown music talents, there is a huge stage set up towards the back of the gastropark where local musicians rock the stage and entertain diners from Wednesday to Saturday nights.
Before Timbre+ opened its doors to the public, the Timbre Group went through the tedious process of selecting its food partners to operate in Timbre+, only harnessing culinary talents that are the cream of the crop to ensure the quality of the food.
Shipping containers with vibrant graffiti spray-painted on, loom in the air space for that artsy-industrial-chic look, with some situated on the ground where stalls whip up their gastronomical masterpieces from. Other food joints cook up their mouth-watering dishes from stationary food trucks uniquely customized to the restaurant's theme.
Short for Kushiyaki, which is grilled meat and vegetables on skewers, Kush's objective is to popularize local fare in hopes that it will reach international recognition and take the world by storm, staying true to the flavors of Singapore food with just a slight twist to make an impact with every bite. In additional to its signature charcoal grilled skewers, Kush also serves up various rice bowl concepts complemented with an onsen egg for every bowl.
Charcoal Grilled Skewers
Wagyu Beef, $7.80
Enoki Bacon, $2.80
Asparagus Bacon, $2.80
The skewers were grilled to perfection – slightly charred on the outside for that smoky taste, and soft and juicy on the inside. The wagyu beef skewer was the one which captured our hearts through our stomachs. At Marble Score 6, these chunks of wagyu beef are sumptuously succulent, incredibly creamy and practically melts like butter in your mouth thanks to the high distribution of fat in the beef.
Soft Shell Chilli Crab, $13.80
Kush opted to go along with soft shell crabs instead of the usual hard-shelled ones used to cook traditional chilli crabs, so that it can be incorporated into a rice bowl without the diner having to go through the messy hassle of cracking the shell to get to the meat. The deep-fried soft shell crab has a crisp and crumbly batter that wonderfully contrasts with the tender texture of the sweet crab meat tucked away underneath its soft shell. The crab sits atop a pile of fragrant coconut rice drenched in the famous chilli crab sauce that gives the dish its signature taste, alongside spicy sambal kangkong and a gooey onsen egg.
Salted Egg Fries, $8.50
Shoestring fries served alongside a saucer of rich and velvety salted egg yolk sauce makes for an indulgent side dish to go along with your mains. The crispy fries are lightly seasoned with just a pinch of salt with the thick and creamy salted egg yolk sauce to add flavor and dimension without it being too overwhelming.
Portico Platos prides itself on using the freshest and finest ingredients to deliver a extraordinary Spanish experience at Timbre+, working closely with local farmers to source fresh produce such as sea bass, frog legs and a variety of mushrooms. The outlet uses fresh local produce supplemented with authentic Spanish ingredients, like thinly sliced Jamón ibérico and Harlequin Olives.
Seafood Paella, $9 / $16
Portico's signature dish would no doubt be its seafood paella, which is cooked right in front of guests. Only the freshest produce obtained that day is used in the paella, so portions are limited to ensure consistency and quality. Each serving of the seafood paella contains an abundance of prawns, mussels, and clams that are sweet to the taste and so fresh that you would think they were cooked live. The paella is herby with a perfumy aroma that is derived from the inclusion of saffron stems, with a slight hint of the sea that does not overpower your tastebuds.
Patatas Bravas, $8
Deep-fried spicy chunks of potatoes crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside makes for a great side dish to pair along with beers. The potatoes are seasoned with chilli powder with black garlic aioli and spicy tomato sauce liberally coating it for a strong burst of flavor and just that little bit of kick.
Damn Good Churros, $9
Heavily saturated in sugar crystals and warm to the touch, these fragrant pandan churros are indeed damn good, with a crunchy exterior and airy interior – it gives you the illusion of biting into a crunchy sugar-coated fluffy cloud. It is served with two fantastic sweet dipping sauces – salted caramel and naphung honey kaya that evokes a sense of old school Singapore nostalgia.
Grilled Squid, $12
Refreshing, bouncy, springy and zesty with a kick from chopped chillis, this grilled squid that is marinated in lime and coriander will perk you up on any dreary day with its robust flavors.
Truffle Fries, $12
These are shoestring fries that have been deep-fried to a crisp, golden brown and topped with parmesan cheese. The truffle flavor comes from the truffle mayo sauce which uses real shavings of black truffles for an authentic gourmet taste. The huge bucket of fries can easily be shared among four friends, and you can always go back to the stall to ask for more truffle mayo if you are the kind that likes your fries drowned in the earthy and aromatic truffle sauce.
Full-Blood Wagyu Beef Pastrami Sandwich, $12 per 50g / $22 per 100g
Sandwiched between in-house made rosemary herb bread, the wagyu beef pastrami is tender and sweet with a strong beefy goodness, but yet, the pesto sauce and arugula that accompany it give the sandwich a very clean, green, savory and refreshing taste that does not come across too meaty, perfect for a light meal.
Food Anatomy has a very interesting and unique concept to how food should be assembled and eaten. Every meal at Food Anatomy consists of a choice of three dishes. Customers are invited to assemble a meal from a wide variety of 40 dishes. Depending on individual preference, customers are free to mix and match any of the warm and cold dishes, the desserts and salads. Each meal is intentionally designed to consist of three modular dishes to encourage group of friends to share a variety of dishes, and to create an easier approach in consuming the dish as a whole.
From left to right – Potato Trio, Breakfast Meatloaf on Brioche, Japanese Cold Soba
$10.80 for 3 Cubes
$4.50 for 1 Cube
The Potato Trio was surprisingly delicious and my favorite among the three I tried despite my hatred for sweet potatoes. It consists of mashed russet potatoes and sweet potatoes with a topping of bacon and cheese. The combination works really well together – the bacon gives a salty, smoky and meaty taste to the dish while the russet potatoes offset the sweetness of the sweet potatoes so that it does not become too cloyingly sweet. The complex flavor and textural dimensions are amplified when it is served piping hot, so do remember to eat this one fast!
The Breakfast Meatloaf on Brioche is made of juicy ground beef layered with cheese and a brioche bun that soaks up all the accumulated juices the beef releases during the process of cooking. Seasoned with garlic mayo, carnivores will love this savory, meaty dish.
The Japanese Cold Soba might be a little bit messy when you dig into it, but it is oh-so-refreshing and goes down really well during one of the many sweltering days in Singapore. The gelatinous soba sauce layered on top is extremely flavorful and invigorating with the green tea and buckwheat soba noodles. This is a wonderful way to combat the heat and humidity we experience all year round while still being able to indulge in one of life's simple pleasures.
Dusk by Slake caters to the young, the trendy, and the health conscious – Those seeking lighter menu items. Flavours are brighter and less ‘lemak’, relying on bold elements like Rendang oil and homemade flavoured salts to deliver bursts of flavour, just like having a party in your mouth.
Pork Rendang Nachos, $14
Crunchy thin nachos are topped with a colorful plethora of delicious toppings in the perfect rendition of east-meets-west. The curried pork rendang is extremely tender, the thick gravy is creamy and spicy, the cherry tomatoes add a touch of zest, the edamame peas are sweet a tad bit grassy, and the red pomegranate jewels are sugary sweet. Nacho cheese is also liberally drizzled over for that burst of cheesiness.
Roast Beef with Borderlaise Butter, $15 per 250g / $28 per 500g
The dish just screams out to the carnivores who like their meat topped with a sauce made with meat. If you look carefully at the photos, you can see how intricately marbled the medium-rare roast beef is with all that white intramuscular fat that makes the beef so tender and succulent that it melts in your mouth like butter. That buttery texture and flavor of the roast beef is furthered intensified when topped with the borderlaise sauce which is a savory and fragrant butter made with red wine and veal demi-glace melted down into liquid form. A scatter of pomegrate seeds help to add a tinge of sweetness to the meat-centric dish.
Garçons is a casual French dining concept that serves up classic French dishes with a touch of modern technique at affordable prices. Their mission is to make classic French food known to the local market in accessible locations.
Classic Foie Gras, $17.50
You can't go wrong with the classic foie gras – rich and buttery with a creamy mouth-feel without being overwhelmingly opulent. Cooked medium-rare, this sublime piece of decadence melts like butter and releases all its lovely succulent juices when it touches your tongue. Served on a slice of warm, toasted brioche slathered with fruit jam, it creates the perfect balance of sweet, salty, savory, creamy, fruity and earthy when eaten together, with the crunchiness of the brioche complementing the viscous texture of the foie gras.
Black Miso Foie Gras, $17.50
For foie gras lovers who prefer a stronger tasting appetizer, this black miso version won't disappoint. As you cut into the foie gras, the flavors of the foie gras' juice meld together with the savory and delicate black miso soup. The creamy texture of the foie gras, the bouncy and springy shimeiji mushrooms, and light miso soup creates a hearty starter bursting with flavors and depth.
THE WORLD IS FLAT
Throw out any preconceived notions you have of pizzas and sandwiches because The World Is Flat has revolutionized that industry. They take classic comfort food and pimp it up, creating top-notch dishes that are on a completely different pedestal, something only a true visionary in gastronomy can envision.
Smash Patty, $19
Yes, the patty is smashed prior to cooking, and for good reason. A ball of minced beef is placed on a hot, un-oiled grddle and smashed down firmly which greatly increases the contact points between the meat and the griddle, this in turn increases the Maillard reaction. That's the series of chemical reactions that creates a rich brown crust which amplifies the flavor. There is a concern with smashed burgers that the juices from the patty get squeezed out and is not as tender as a traditional burger, however at The World is Flat, all fears go unfounded because the chefs use a ridiculously giant ball of premium minced beef, so they can still obtain the results of a tender and succulent interior oozing with beefy juices with a crispy flavorful crust. Complemented with capsicum guacamole, tomato, butterhead lettuce, mushroom tempe, burnt onions, honey butter, mozzarella gruyere, and cheddar cheese, this burger is one massive flavor bomb waiting to go off.
Fat Samurai, $9 per slice / $49 whole pizza
A deep dish pizza made with an umami charcoal crust that is piled three inches high with toppings consisting of duck confit, prawns, burnt onions, smashed US beef, roasted cabbage, konbu mayo, balsamic okonomiyaki sauce, crispy bonito flakes, mozzarella and brie cheese. You have to unhinge your jaws like a boa constrictor in order to take a bite of the massive slice towering with all the succulent meats and savory sauces, but once you manage to cram a mouthful in, you will be in pure ecstasy from the evolving flavors of the Japanese-centered ingredients.
Butcher's Love, $8 per slice / $42 whole pizza
The Butcher's Love is meaty, creamy, and savory with parma ham, honey baked ham, salami, prosciutto, burnt onions, mushroom tempe, brie and cheddar cheese, truffle mayo, shio konbu all seductively assembled on a buttery and crumbly puff pastry crust. This pizza sucker-punches you in the face with the wide array of cured meats, relishes and scrumptious sauces that creates a deep lasting impact of flavors and textures that you will not be able to get out of your head for a very long time.
THE BOTTLE SHOP
Your experience in Timbre+ is not complete without a bottle or two (or a dozen) of ice-cold craft beers. The Bottle Shop has a rotating beer and cider menu of close to 200 different types of drinks from around the world. This means, at any one time you visit the Bottle Shop, there are at least 70 to 80 beers and ciders for you to choose from to pair with all that delicious grub. For non-hopheads, there is also a limited range of spirits (like Japanese whiskies) and wines.
With the huge myriad of alcoholic drinks fresh for your picking, Timbre+ also makes for the perfect venue to indulge in your tipples and have a blast with your friends while grooving out and crooning along with the live band.
Brewerkz Wheat Beer (left) and Honey Apricot Ale (right)
Brewerkz Wheat Beer and Honey Apicot Ale are brewed locally by one of the most famous microbreweries in Singapore. The Wheat Beer (5% ABV) pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head and a strong aroma of wheat, citrus, bananas and a hint of spice. It goes down the hatchet really easily with a light body, refreshing taste and a bright sparkle. The Honey Apricot Ale (5% ABV) pours a cloudy deep orange color with a medium white head that disappears. The aroma is that of honey, and it tastes exactly like what its name tells you – heavy in apricots with a mild honey sweetness, a perfect beer to perk up a dreary day.
With a 5.7% ABV, the Founders Rübæus achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five separate stage in the brewing process. This stunning berry red beer is optimal for sweltering hot days. It tastes extremely sweet, fruity and jammy on the palette with a strong bouquet of raspberries and malt. The carbonation is light and fine, creating a delicate sparkling effect.
A strong American ale of 7.2% ABV, this beer is not to be trifled with. It has a clear reddish brown hue with a thick, creamy and velvety head that lingers even to the very end. It has a complex aroma of caramel, roasted coffee bean, vanilla, chocolate, sugar and a faint whiff of honey and flowers. It has a toasted profile of coffee and chocolate, a fruity citrus taste, a rich caramel flavor with malts, vanilla and muted hops.
Thatchers Old Rascal
A medium dry cider made from a blend of apple varieties at 4.5% ABV. Gold with a small white head that quickly dissipates, with a significant aroma of green and red apples. The flavor is sweet, fruity, slightly acidic, and woody with a green note and a spritzy mouthfeel.
Moon Dog Bjorn to Boogie Watermelon Weizen
A 5.3% wheat beer brewed with watermelon, lime and fresh mint at different intervals. It pours a clear straw yellow with a frothy but lasting white head and lively carbonation. It smells of sweet watermelon, bananas, and cloves. It takes a little while to get used to the taste of the watermelon intermixed with yeast – it contains a sweet refreshing fruitiness, zesty and minty taste, a little bit of spiciness from the cloves and finishes with a distinct vanilla after taste.
Timbre+ gives diners the illusion of it being a living, breathing entity with its heart and soul focused on ensuring a fun and wholesome experience in conjunction with some of the best international cuisines Singapore has to offer.
Address: 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC LaunchPad @ one-north Singapore 139957
Opening: 6am – 12am (Mon – Thurs), 6am – 1am (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun
Live music performances from Monday to Saturday nights