It’s no secret that I am quite the fan of Tresind. For me they’ve nailed it. Their food is insanely good and I love their unique concept and changing Season’s. If you’ve been you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about and if you haven’t I’d suggest you get down there ASAP! They’ve predominately been known as a restaurant with great cocktails on the side and are now trying to change that perception. They’ve started with completely revamping the bar and I was luckily enough to be invited to pop along and test-run some of their new cocktails and bar food offerings. Well, let’s just say they didn’t need to ask me twice. I was on it like a car bonnet!
The bar has undergone quite the makeover and is a far cry from the dining/lounge area it was previously. With dim lighting, high tables and lively music it’s definitely going for the “bar-bar” vibe. We were greeted upon our arrival by Head Mixologist John, who I’d met previously whilst reviewing Season 3 at their sister restaurant Carnival. He’d spent the whole afternoon at Carnival getting me and my dining partner rather tiddly with all his weird and wonderful concoctions so I was already very excited/slightly wary of the hangover I was bound to endure the next day. If you weren’t already aware John has been nominated for Best Bartender of the Year at the Leaders in Food and Beverage Awards UAE 2017 and seriously knows his stuff. His team also recently won the Glenfiddich Experimental Bartender Competition that was held at Le Cirque. I was there and can personally attest to their exquisite whisky creations.
We ended up spending almost 4 hours with John and the team at the bar in Tresind tasting about 16 (yes 16!) different cocktails between myself and the husband, so in the interest of time I’m going to give you a little rundown of my faves along with some of the tastiest, lip-smacking snacks we had the pleasure of trying.
For me the cocktail that hit the spot in terms of taste and presentation had to be the “Cup of Indian Tea”. Made with Tanqueray, fresh pomegranate, chaat masala and mandarin air it was light and refreshing with a unique flavour thanks to the chaat masala. It came in a dainty teacup and saucer with a spoonful of pomegranate seeds on the side to have after you finished the tea and was a lovely touch. One thing these guys know how to do well is presentation and every single drink was so different from the rest and really well thought through.
My husband’s tipple of choice had to be “Team Eleven” served in a mug reminiscent of the 80’s He-Man and She-Ra days. Made of eleven ingredients this was a VERY different drink. Three types of rum, brandy, pineapple, orange, fig marmalade, date syrup, honey syrup, lemon juice and half an egg white. It sounds like it has the potential to be sickly sweet but the rum and lemon juice that cut through it kept it on an even keel. And when you’re drinking out a mug that cool does it even matter what the cocktail tastes like?!
Other special mentions have to be made of “The Master” with the crazy, genius addition of peanut butter to a base of dark rum, martini bianco and pineapple. Don’t ask how it works, just try it. And lastly Tresind’s take on the Pisco Sour made with passionfruit. It was simple and beautiful and oh so tasty!
Lastly, no boozy night out is complete without a shot, and if you’re going to do it you may as well go all out with a Kamikaze right? These were your standard kamikaze shots (sorry to disappoint!) but placed on these funky, kitsch pirate thingy-majiggy’s (I don’t know what you call them!) they looked pretty cool and were fab for a piccie!
Now, let’s talk food… We had some great little tasters and in true Tresind style each came out in an extremely unique way. I think my husband and I both agreed that the Somosa Cones with ratatouille and ricotta were the winners. Half Indian-half Italian they were so packed full of flavour I could easily have devoured 10 of them. Another firm favourite had to be the fish goujons. They were lovely and soft on the inside and crisp on the outside with a subtle kick to them.
Next up we tried the Bombay Prawns. They were HUGE and I mean HUGE! They were literally packed full of flavour, fresh and succulent. And last but by no means least, these lamb kebabs had to be some of the tastiest, juiciest kebabs I’ve ever had. I’m not normally a sheekh kebab fan but these were divine, well cooked and well seasoned. And again the presentation was on point!
All in all I can’t give Tresind’s new bar menu anything other than a double thumbs up. The drinks were fun and insanely good and the food was super tasty and well portioned. If you don’t want to go all out with a full meal at Tresind I would definitely recommend visiting the bar and enjoying the best of both worlds!
For more information visit: http://www.tresind.com/ or call 04 308 0440