The Venue While the luxurious hotel lobby at the Taj Dubai Business Bay is steeped in rich Indian culture, heritage and traditional style, entering Miss Tess is a completely different experience. The daytime Peruvian eatery Tesoro takes on a spectacular transformation for its night-time alter ego, Miss Tess, turning into an Asian street market of food stalls, graffiti art and breakdancers. 

The Design Inspired by the fictional life story of a Korean woman who grew up on the busy streets of Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Bangkok, Miss Tess’ vibrant interior scheme was created by Infini Concepts. Her journey is captured through the colourful and iconic symbols, artwork, fabric and lighting that bring the street market vibe to life. The design and fit-out of the venue was managed by the award-winning firm Prospect Design International. Distressed wood and metal sheeting on the floor and ceiling, paired with exposed brick walls and industrial lighting fixtures draped in the narrow entrance, create the ambience of a secret alley. As you pass along the bar aglow with neon signs you’ll see a Koi mural stretching wall to wall, and Chinese lattice panelling showcasing a mix of Asian pop culture references, mismatched artwork and a colourful patchwork of graffiti. While the dining room is strewn with hanging light bulbs and paper lanterns creating a warm, inviting space, the focal point and most interactive Instagrammable design element is a multi-neon-coloured Tuk Tuk from Thailand in the centre of the restaurant.

The Experience Beyond the visual vibrancy of the interiors there is an unexpected theatrical component. Between your courses of Som Tam Thai, Sesame tofu salad on seaweed, Shogun maki and Kung Pao chicken, you’ll be treated to Sumo wrestlers dancing the Macarena, Samurai warriors breakdancing to Michael Jackson anthems, and table-top ninjas sparring quite convincingly.

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