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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timbre @ The Substation
45 Armenian Street , Singapore 179936
(Nearest train station: City Hall)
Contact: 6338 8030
Mon – Thurs & Sun: 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fri – Sat: 6:00 pm – 2.30 am