Fun & Delicious – Here’s Why You Need To Book A Table At Miss Tess
Dubai’s newest Asian eatery has everyone talking so we checked it out and loved it!
As half term was on the horizon, the hubby and I were practically climbing the walls at the thought of going out for dinner sans children. We needed some good food, and – more importantly – some good fun, and there seemed no place more perfect than the newly opened Miss Tess.
What is Miss Tess? Dubai’s coolest new Asian street food eatery that will transport you to the bustling streets of Bangkok faster than you can say “tuk tuk” speaking of which, there’s a real neon one in the middle of the restaurant. Casual… There’s literally everything you could possibly want to eat from the East, from Japanese sushi and sashimi to Thai curries, Korean BBQs, Chinese noodles, and much, much more. But, more importantly – who is Miss Tess? Although seriously mysterious, she’s actually real – and she’s the host of the culinary show. She’s traveled the streets of Asia, collecting inspiration and experiences, and has brought them all back to Dubai to create a dining experience like no other. Hostess with the mostest doesn’t quite cover it. You might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her during the evening, if you can get your head out of your bowl of noodles, of course.
Enter Miss Tess’s playground. It’s easy to forget you’re in Dubai, because as soon as you step through its doors, Miss Tess takes you with her on one of her far-flung adventures. You have to start at the bar area and treat yourself to a cocktail (or four) which look so cool you (almost) won’t want to drink them. The menu itself is Miss Tess’s passport, and features cocktails served up in old Canon cameras and beverages disguised as a box of noodles (queue some serious Instagramming).
Miss Tess is the epitome of quirky and kitsch, and a true feast for the eyes as well as for your tummy. From the graffitied walls to the giant lanterns and the cheeky slogans scattered throughout, everywhere you turn you’ll be delighted and surprised. The big outdoor terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa is the cherry on top, and the perfect place for a romantic aperitif with the Mr.
I honestly don’t know where to start; we probably ate our way around Asia and back again. Twice. The menu has so much on offer, and it all sounds so good, that we made things easy and went for the Izakaya Set Menu. 12 different dishes to tantalize your tastebuds? Sold. Fresh and crispy salads (the seaweed salad is probably the best I’ve ever had), moreish maki rolls, assorted sashimi, crunchy prawn tempura, noodles, fragrant fried rice, deep fried chicken karaage, and melt-in-the-mouth grilled beef. You name it, we ate it. The only problem is, now we need to go back and try everything else…
Room for improvement
If I had to find something to quibble about (which has proven pretty tricky), it would be that the music is just a tad too loud, so sometimes it was hard to keep up conversation. But who knows, maybe that was a blessing! Only joking, hubby… Also the cocktails were so good that I’m sure they were the cause of a rather uncomfortable headache the next day… But I can safely say, they were worth it.
What we loved
This is hands-down the funnest date night spot in Dubai, and ticks all the boxes when it comes to a memorable (and delicious) experience. The attention to detail is amazing, from the cheeky names on the back of your waiter’s t-shirts like Karate Kid and Dragon’s Trainer, to the impromptu surprise performances that suddenly come to life throughout the night. Without ruining the surprise for you, expect some giant sumo wrestlers, incredible break-dancers, and things that will leave your mouth hanging open. Not for long though, those noodles won’t eat themselves.