The Place Located along Seah Street right opposite Raffles Hotel Singapore, I only managed to try Tess Bar & Kitchen during circuits breaker period this year and has since been keen to check out the restaurant proper. The restaurant is decked in modern industrial vibe, and serves modern Asian-influenced European dishes at a relatively affordable price point. You will be greeted by a bar near the entrance, where cocktails is also one aspect the restaurant and bar takes seriously.
The Food The menu is split into small plates, mains, pastas and desserts and it is quite a good variety in my opinion. I started with some fresh Sakoshi Bay Oysters (S$24/6 pieces).
Next up was the Oven Baked Camembert (S$18), a dish I was eyeing for as melted cheese sounds too good to pass. Served along with garlic toast, you get a lump of cheese with truffles and it is quite satisfying.
For mains, the Grilled Angus Grain-Fed Ribeye (S$26) with roasted pumpkin cream is quite a good value. The flavour of the medium-rare steak I had is not too bad, and I can’t complain much for the price.
Comparatively, the Herb Crusted Seabass (S$18) with Sicilian is less impressive. Served with caponata and toasted almond sauce, the seabass flavour comes across as singular though I can’t dispute the value as well.
Rants Some hits and misses on the menu.
Will I Return Again? The price point of Tess Bar & Kitchen is a draw for me. While I do recall having better standards of the food during circuit breaker period (it is strange how the takeaway experience feels better for me), the restaurant is worth a try for a causal date night or gathering without breaking the bank.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Tess Bar & Kitchen
38 Seah Street
Tel: +65 6337 7355
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 10:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter