I am not sure how many of you remember the Ally McBeal series where the cast always gather at a local bar for music and drinks. Yes, Vonda Shepard. TAB at Orchard Hotel exactly reminds me of that. Finally, a place in Singapore where you can chill out and indulge in good music.
Once you get past the rather dodgy Orchard Towers, you may be surprised at this live music venue, spanning three levels with a seating capacity of 250. The space is huge with an indoor mini-concert venue, think New York and London, think The Bowery Ballroom meets Ronnie Scott’s.
Food wise, it is the usual pub grub, American-type mains and pasta. I was recommended the TAB Burger ($16.00), their special creation topped with cheddar cheese, cornichons and caramelised onions. Fortunately, the size of the burger was medium, not some oversized American version, suitable for my Asian gut. The bread was pan-fried tasty, but the minced beef patty could have been a lot juicier.
I had a Linguine Al Funghi ($16), cooked in cream sauce with a medley of mushrooms. The cream sauce was thick and lacklustre. Let’s just say I had better.
The better selections here seem to be the deep fried items, such as the Fish & Chips ($16.00). The thick dory went well with the beer batter which helped locked the moisture in. The homemade fries on side are interestingly made of sweet potato, and you can actually savour the essence of the potato within the spicy crispy batter.
We had Malaysia singer Reza Salleh perform that night, and he is really one soulful crooner. Other acts include Michaela Therese, The Next Movement and Big Band group All That Jazz! (Thank you Calvin Timo for the blog birthday treat!)
TAB, 442 Orchard Road, #02-29 Orchard Hotel Tel: +65 6493 6952
Opening Hours Tue–Thu: 5pm – 1am Fri–Sat: 5pm – 3am