Tar & Roses has been on my “to-try” list for a while and I finally made it out there.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
On the fence. (between Good not great and Winner).
Some dishes were great and very memorable, but the experience as a whole sort of fell flat.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I made a reservation about a month in advance (reservations are pretty hard to come by last minute so I would definitely recommend you make one ahead of time) and were seated right as we walked in. The layout is fine (nothing special), the décor is simple with wood finishing and the long restaurant makes it feel less cozy. The service was my biggest gripe, I couldn’t hear the waitress and she wasn’t very nice. A huge tip, which I wasn’t informed of when I made the reservation a month before (and we were all pretty bummed about),… they have a select few items which must be ordered a week in advance. They all sounded very good, but since we didn’t have an order in they couldn’t serve it to us. It would’ve been nice to have that information at the time of booking since I was asked if it was my first time dining with them.
Mon – Sat 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun 5:30 pm – 9:30 p.m.
What we ate:
- Bone marrow ($12)
- Singaporean chili crab cake ($15)
- Oxtail dumplings ($10)
- Gnocchi ($12)
- Candied sweet potato ($9)
- Whole fried snapper ($58)
- Dry aged rib eye ($68)
- Hanger steak ($28)
- Strawberry ricotta crostata ($9)
I thought it was worth showing the bill because it is presented in a paper sleeve stamped with “the damage”. It’s funny and I like when restaurants pay attention to the details. Plus, there is nothing more boring that getting your bill in that out-dated padded booklet (with the plastic credit card holders notoriously ripped).
While I’m not rushing to go back, I would return again and only order a few of the better dishes. I really wanted to like this place, but for some reason I didn’t come out thinking “wow”. If I’m going to spend the money (and consume the calories), I want “wow” in every dish and I can’t say that Tar & Roses delivered.