Apr 2, 2016

Timbre+: Singapore's First Container & Caravan Food Court

Looking for a unique eating place to bring the family for a meal? Head to Timbre+, or Timbre Plus, at Ayer Rajah Crescent (beside JTC LaunchPad @ one-north) to dine at a venue constructed out of shipping containers, much like Bangkok's famed Artbox.

Newly opened on 1 April 2016, Timbre+ is home to 35 dining options - 21 hawker stalls and 14 restaurant brands - with seating capacity for up to 700 people during breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-hours drinks.

Instead of the typical hawker centre-type stalls, the hawker stalls operate out of repurposed containers, while some of the restaurant brands serve and cook food in vintage Airstream caravans transformed into food trucks.

To up the industrial-chic aesthetic nature, the large containers have been splashed with vibrant graffiti designs.

Internally, Timbre+ is essentially a huge food court... but with an uber cool ambience.

We headed there for dinner with the monkies last night on a whim (which explains why all the photos were taken using my handphone) and we all loved the novel concept. I have a feeling we will be back again soon!

And if you are planning to head down, here are a few things to take note:

- Timbre+ is located at 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC LaunchPad @ one-north.

- It opens from 6am to midnight (Monday to Thursday) and 6am to 1am (Friday and Saturday). It is closed on Sundays.

- Nearest MRT station is One-North station, which is approximately a 5-minute walk away.

- If you drive, park at the neighbouring JTC LaunchPad building but parking lots are extremely limited. Alternative parking can be found at Fushionopolis, which is approximately a 5-minute walk away.

- The 21 hawker stalls start operations from 6am onwards and all close by 6pm, some earlier if business is good. As you can see, none of the hawker stalls were open when we were there for dinner.

- Hawker stall food options range from chicken rice and ban mian to nasi padang.

- Yes, the famed Wong Kee Noodles from Maxwell Food Centre is at Timbre+ too.

 - Live music happens from Wednesday to Saturday nights. As we found out, music can get really LOUD during the performances so choose a seat away from the speakers and stage if you are not a huge fan of loud volumes.

- Timbre+ boasts a pretty impressive list of restaurants and they include:

Big Bern's American Grill - American food by the founder of Botak Jones
Chit Chaat Chai - North Indian Street Food
Dancing Crab Shack - Country-style Cajun seafood, lobster rolls and shrimp po' boy sandwiches.
Dusk by Slake - Peranakan-inspired cuisine
Food Anatomy - Food served in layers - like a lasagne - and comes sliced in cake-sized cubes
Garçons - Modern French food
Iskina Cebu - Philippines food with Lechon Cebu its highlight
Kush - Mod-Sin-inspired charcoal-grilled skewers and rice bowls
Portico Platos - Spanish tapas and paella
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh - Erm, quite self-explanatory
Teppei Daidokoro - Japanese cuisine, specializing in yakkitori
The World Is Flat - Revamped pizzas
Two Wings - Fried chicken

- Food from the restaurants typically starts from $8 and up.

 - Timbre+ operates a $1 return tray system. How this works is a $1 additional charge (a deposit if you like) is added to your food order for every single food item. Return the tray to the centralized collection point at the end of your meal and the $1 will be returned to you via a coin-drop machine. Pretty innovative system to get people to return their trays!

- The entire place is not air-conditioned so dress casually. Ventilation can still be improved though as our attire ended up smelling like food when we left.

Useful Information

Address: 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, JTC LaunchPad @ one-north
Opening hours: 6am to midnight (Monday to Thursday) | 6am to 1am (Friday and Saturday) | Closed on Sundays
Website: www.facebook.com/timbreplus and www.timbreplus.sg

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