Timbre, Armenian Street
This place (45 Armenian Street, 6338-8227) seemed interesting enough: an alfresco spot across from SMU featuring local bands and an all-night thin crust pizza menu that we were told was pretty good. While the location was pretty cool (smack in the middle of the city yet just a touch of the beaten path enough to feel removed from the concrete jungle), we left rather unsatisfied.
The garlic shrimp listed under the tapas section naturally made us think of gambas al ajillo, but what we got instead were mushy shrimp sitting on a bed of leaves and almost literally blanketed with what seemed to be bottled pre-minced garlic (ugh!). The fish and chips sounded interesting with its chickpea batter, but that made the batter so hard that it was like eating peanut brittle (and yes, a puzzled look appeared when we asked for vinegar). And the pizza? Well, the crust certainly was the thinnest I'd ever seen, but it was so thin that it was completely limp...it was almost like an open-faced burrito of sorts, yet filled with pizza toppings. Granted, the ingredients actually did taste OK in the end, but if I wanted pizza from a bar, then I'd rather go to Emerald Hill.
Then again, I don't suppose these guys were really looking to make food the main selling point...instead, it's clearly geared at music. In that sense, I wouldn't mind coming back to get a beer and check out some of these bands (just the other day, a friend and I discussed how there seemed to be a lack of live music venues around here). But I'll be sure to eat beforehand...or at least, I'll just stick to the burrito...err...pizza.