Miss Tess

Lively Asian restaurant with a decent range of dishes, but more about the vibe
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Time Out Says

There seems to be two things happening to the Dubai food scene right now. Asian street food is the new trend (we’re looking at you, Mr Miyagi’s) and restaurants are opening with a story about a fictional character that’s supposedly in charge (also see Little Miss India).

While the latter can be a twee and tiresome – you’re not fooling us, marketing teams – the former can paint a venue into a troublesome corner. For one, real Asian street food is extremely cheap and, for another, it’s unlikely to be on many menus in Dubai.

With both of those things in mind, we find ourselves in Miss Tess “a street food restaurant inspired by the story of an Asian woman who grew up on the streets of her continent”.

Is Miss Tess real? We don’t know. Is there someone at the entrance claiming to be her? Yes, there is. But there is also Mario and Luigi riding a bike, a Chinese dragon dancing around the dining room, a couple of ninjas doing acrobatics and a fellow diner’s two children dressed up in creepy costumes prodding our faces mid-meal. What does it all mean? We don’t know, but we have a brilliantly bonkers time trying to work it out.

You’ll find food from around Asia – Thai fish cakes, gyoza, spring rolls, tempura, sushi, noodles, rice and grilled meats are all here.We keep things quite safe, with spicy tuna and salmon Super Mario rolls (good), prawn tempura with tentsuyu sauce (also good), grilled teriyaki beef (somehow managing to be overdone and chewy), yakisoba noodles with prawn and chicken (the highlight of the meal) and spicy fried rice with prawns (decent but nothing special).

In all honesty we had to refer to the receipt to see just what we ate. The food was totally overshadowed by the almost constant performances and especially those creepy kids. If only those faces were as forgettable as the food.

The Bill (for two)
1x Super Mario Maki Dhs48
1x prawn tempura Dhs48
1x grilled beef Dhs108
1x mie goreng Dhs68
1x Szechuan fried rice Dhs58
Total (inclu service) Dhs350

The bottom line
Head here for fun, rather than the food.

By Time Out Staff Writer  | 15 Nov 2017

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6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Monday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM / 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMFriday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMSunday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 050 650 4988
Dubai, Business Bay, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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