A new place opened up just nearby and we decided to check it out. Whenever I pass it while travelling down Bukit Timah Road, the lights pouring out of the entirely glass walls almost always manages to catch my attention. I hear the owner designed it to be like a beacon, which seems like an appropriate word to describe this quaint corner bistro.
Let’s start with the food. I’d say it’s not too bad – simple and tasty; although, not really anything to shout about. I have to say though, my main course was rather interesting (and messy) to eat. But first things first.
Lime juice with mint (around $5, I think. I forget)… pretty nice with the blended ice and mint leaves, but it’s basically just lime juice with a more refreshing taste.
The Rosemary and Mint Lamb Sticks ($17) made for a rather nice appetizer – the meat absorbed the flavourful sauce which was infused with rosemary, making it succulent and tasty. Couldn’t really taste the mint, though. A bit pricey I feel, for just two sticks of lamb.
I quite liked my main, the Bouillabaisse of Red Snapper ($25) – the puff pastry was crisp and a bit savoury, and upon tearing it open, revealed a piping hot bouillabaisse stew inside.
The stew was quite tasty and had a strong seafood taste to it, which I liked. It was a tad too watery though; thought it could do with a little more oomph and thickness. The garden vegetables inside were a nice touch, though. The fish was also fairly fresh, nice biteable texture and didn’t flake or become powdery when consumed, which I dislike in fish. Only problem was that this dish was ridiculously messy to eat!
My companion had the Chicken Pomodoro ($19), which he said was unremarkable.
Ambience was quite nice, was quiet and dimly lit (for the romantic feel I suppose), with jazz music playing in the background. However, it so happened that a huge dinner party came in while we were there, making the restaurant rather noisy. Service was okay at first, but they took an inordinate amount of time to bring the bill, and when they brought it – it was the wrong one. Perhaps it was because it was a busy Saturday night, I can forgive them this time.
All in all – quite a nice place, worth a try, but I probably won’t be going there regularly. Not too easy on the wallet, and not a wide variety of food options on the menu too. But I think I might like to try it in the day, though!………………………………….Tin Hill Wine Bar & Bistro
797 Bukit Timah Road