Timbre @ The Substation

Sign of Timbre @ The Substation.

Sign of Timbre @ The Substation.

Timbre is a live music restaurant and bar that not only serves food, but showcases local music talents. Timbre is actually by Timbre Group, a group that is dedicated to cultivating local musicians and creating a sustainable audience for them. The Group has a range of business from restaurants and bars, festivals music academies & an artist management agency, all which are involved with the local music scene one way or another.

Substation's stage.

Substation’s stage.

The bar area of Timbre @ The Substation.

The bar area of Timbre @ The Substation.

One of the huge posters that is reminisce of HMV.

One of the huge posters that is reminisce of HMV.

Now Timbre has already been quite established locally, everyone has basically gone to either one of their 6 restaurants and bars, or at least heard of them. My friends basically all had the same reaction (Shocked!) when I told them that I had never been to Timbre (until now), especially since I was a “foodie”. I finally went to Timbre’s Substation branch one day to try the food and try the food only. I did not experience the live music as I went way too early. (Some people mentioned that the music – along with the food – is what Timbre is all about. It’s all in the collective experience that you get with a group of friends. Bah, sorry, but I’m all about the food only.)

Aesthetic
Timbre @ The Substation is actually Al fresco dining. The place has a basic look of medium dark wood, with wooden patio floors, chairs & tables. There are shelters covering the main area that faces the stage, along with another shelter extension that is made of white canvas & metal stilts. (Which I thought could be spruced up as it was weathered by rain, leaves & gunk.)

The place is dedicated to live music, with a large main stage with musical instruments facing the common dining area. The musical performances tend to start later in the night and unfortunately for me, I went when Timbre just opened and the Sun was still out.

Sample of their drink menu.

Sample of their drink menu.

Sample of their food menu.

Sample of their food menu.

Food
Timbre makes use of iPads for their menus, which makes ordering fairly easy & quick once you take a minute to get used to the menu. The food of Timbre is more focused towards bar food & snacks like tapas, with things for a group of people to share. You can check out their menu here. They do also have mains, pastas and pizzas though, with their pizza menu being the most dominating. The most famous item on their menu is basically their “Roasted Duck Pizza”, anyone who has ever told you about Timbre will ALWAYS mention the duck pizza and tell you that it is a must-order. Prices for Timbre are all very common for bar food, generally above the 10 dollar mark while most mains are hovering around 20 dollars.

Do remember that Timbre is focused more on music, and that their food is more of a companion piece, though they do have a few hits.

Sidenote
Timbre makes use of the typical “Bar Tab”, even when it comes to ordering food. I didn’t really like this system as to keep the “Tab” open, you would have to leave a credit card with them. If not, you would have to pay immediately as they can’t keep it open without one. As I wanted to use cash, I decided to just pay and close the tab. Of course, when I ordered dessert after, I had to pay on the spot again. So this was kinda annoying.

Grasshopper ($12) Bols Creme de Menthe, Bols Creme de Cacao, Milk Having noticed this on the drinks menu, I just had to order it. I have wanted to try a Grasshopper ever since "The Big Bang Theory".  As I said before in my other reviews, I'm not really an alcohol drinker, so I can't really comment much on drinks. This was pretty nice though, it was smooth and minty.

Grasshopper ($12)
Bols Creme de Menthe, Bols Creme de Cacao, Milk
Having noticed this on the drinks menu, I just had to order it. I have wanted to try a Grasshopper ever since “The Big Bang Theory”.
As I said before in my other reviews, I’m not really an alcohol drinker, so I can’t really comment much on drinks. This was pretty nice though, it was smooth and minty.

Truffle Fries ($10) Fries, Truffle Oil, Truffle Mayo Timbre's truffle fries are quite popular, every table I saw had ordered it. It's a pretty good version of the dish. Nothing THAT special, but it was a good starter.

Truffle Fries ($10)
Fries, Truffle Oil, Truffle Mayo
Timbre’s truffle fries are quite popular, every table I saw had ordered it. It’s a pretty good version of the dish. Nothing THAT special, but it was a good starter.

Timbre Buffalo Wings ($15) Deep-fried Chicken Wings, Timbre's Devil Sauce, Roasted Peanuts I actually found the taste of the wings to be quite interesting. It basically tasted like Sambal Stringray. Don't get me wrong, it still tasted pretty good and it was addictive but it was more "Asian" when I expected something more "Western".

Timbre Buffalo Wings ($15)
Deep-fried Chicken Wings, Timbre’s Devil Sauce, Roasted Peanuts
I actually found the taste of the wings to be quite interesting. It basically tasted like Sambal Stringray.
Don’t get me wrong, it still tasted pretty good and it was addictive but it was more “Asian” when I expected something more “Western”.

Roasted Duck Pizza ($20) Roasted duck breast, Sautéed shiitake Mushroom with Hoisin sauce, Crispy popiah skin, Mozzarella cheese Ah, the most talked about dish from Timbre. I would think what makes it so popular is the crispy popiah skin and the Hoisin sauce. The pizza is pretty big by itself, great for sharing. Perhaps it was overhyped by my friends, but when I tried the pizza, I felt that it wasn't anything special. Sure, it was unique because of the sauce & addictive crispy popiah skin and while it tasted quite good, I didn't experience any "Oomph".

Roasted Duck Pizza ($20)
Roasted duck breast, Sautéed shiitake Mushroom with Hoisin sauce, Crispy popiah skin, Mozzarella cheese
Ah, the most talked about dish from Timbre. I would think that what makes it so popular is the crispy popiah skin and the Hoisin sauce. The pizza is pretty big by itself, great for sharing.
Perhaps it was overhyped by my friends, but when I tried the pizza, I felt that it wasn’t anything special. Sure, it was unique because of the sauce & addictive crispy popiah skin and while it tasted quite good, I didn’t experience any “Oomph”.

Bailey’s & Chocolate Marshmallows ($12) Chocolate coated marshmallows, Pistachio nuts, Dried cranberries, Bailey's white chocolate sauce By this point, my friend & I were pretty full, but as usual I couldn't help myself and decided to try their desserts. This attracted me because - Bailey's! The Bailey's white chocolate sauce was divine and the whole dessert was pretty delicious. It was light and had a great taste. After a while though, you'll realize that you are just eating marshmellows.

Bailey’s & Chocolate Marshmallows ($12)
Chocolate coated marshmallows, Pistachio nuts, Dried cranberries, Bailey’s white chocolate sauce
By this point, my friend & I were pretty full, but as usual I couldn’t help myself and decided to try their desserts. This attracted me because – Bailey’s!
The Bailey’s white chocolate sauce was divine and the whole dessert was pretty delicious. It was light and had a great taste. After a while though, you’ll realize that you are just eating marshmallows.

Shot of the dishes together.

Shot of the dishes together.

As the night progressed, the lights of the stage were turned on, getting ready for the performance for stage. (I left long before it started though.)

As the night progressed, the lights of the stage were turned on, getting ready for the performance on stage. (I left long before it started though.)

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Timbre is definitely one of those places that you gotta visit & experience once in your lifetime. It’s best to go with friends, the place has more of a social vibe with more of a bar scene and live music performances. The food is pretty good and it’s a great companion to the surroundings & music. Their menu is pretty extensive as well, and it’s gonna garner more than one visit to try most of their food.

Rating

Food
7.5/10
Aesthetic
6.5/10
Price
6/10
Service
7/10

Timbre @ The Substation

45 Armenian Street , Singapore 179936
(Nearest train station: City Hall)
Contact: 6338 8030
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thurs & Sun: 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fri –  Sat: 6:00 pm – 2.30 am
http://www.timbregroup.asia/timbresg/main.asp
https://www.facebook.com/timbrevenue

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