Thanks to globalisation and the internet, we are all pretty familiar with Mediterranean cuisine. The Mediterranean region spans across different countries like Greece, Italy, Lebanon and the Provencal region of France. That is also the main reason why Mediterranean cuisine is also further amplified by huge varieties of cultures.
The geographical region of the Mediterranean shores is a huge factor why main staples like olive oil, bread, grapes and fine wines can be commonly found in their cuisines. It’s also really common to find lots of natural ingredients like vegetables, seafood and different kinds of grains in Mediterranean cuisines.
Some of our favourites are tabbouleh, falafels, baba ganoush and hummus. But that’s not just all, because we are going to explore even more yummy dishes from some of the best restaurants that serve Mediterranean cuisine right here, in Singapore!
This restaurant offers a seasonal menu heavily influenced by the Mediterranean heritage. Using lots of seasonal vegetables, grains and legumes, you can be sure that you’ll be consuming some of the healthiest superfoods in the world. You also get to see influences from different Mediterranean regions in the dishes.
Artemis Grill had nicely curated a few packages ($92 – $290) just for this period! They include vegetarian and gluten-free options too, wow! These packages are great for families of 2 to 4 people. We’r totally eyeing the Mediterranean Package Menu With Wine ($195 – $290). Fixed dishes include half a loaf of fragrant Rosemary & Garlic Focaccia, Hummus, Burrata with Vine Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Fremantle Octopus, Gluten Free Pistachio Cake, Sicilian Lemon Tart and a Chocolate Brownie.
That’s not just all! You get to choose a bowl of cold or warm Mediterranean style salad, Pizza or Pasta, a Main Course and a bottle of wine! For the ultimate treat, opt for the Cote de Boeuf F1 Wagyu Rib-Eye for the main course and pair it with a bottle of 2014 Sergio Nero D’Avola, Italy. Perfect.
Kazbar means “a fortress, a gathering place” when translated into English. They promise to transport you to the Middle East with their food – which they describe as a kaleidoscope of flavours. Sounds promising yet? We can’t wait to explore their food already!
Mezze means sides of small dishes that are often served as appetisers in Mediterranean cuisines. The most common ones are dips served with a side warm, wholesome freshly made pita bread drizzled with fine olive oil. If it is your first time exploring Mediterranean food, we’d recommend the Mixed Cold Mezze ($24). It is an array of Kazbar’s homemade dips that consist of hummus (chickpea dip), moutabel (eggplant dip), mohammarah (roasted red pepper dip), babaganoush (eggplant & tahini dip) and tabouleh (finely chopped salad consisting of parsley, tomatoes, mint, bulgur) served with pita bread. Believe us when we say you won’t stop once you start dipping a piece of pita bread into those flavourful dips.
The meat-lovers are in for a treat. Get their Mixed Grill Platter ($44), for sharing! This ultimate platter consists of 2 lamb chops, shish tabuk (chicken skewers), shish kebab (chicken kebabs), lamb and chicken kofta kebabs. It’s also served with flavoursome condiments like harissa, pickled cucumbers and garlic sauce to enhance the flavour of the grilled meats. Stews are also classic dishes in Mediterranean cuisines. Check out the Beef Spinach Stew ($23) and Bazzalleh Stew ($23) as well!
Alaturka Mediterranean & Turkish Restaurant
Alaturka Mediterranean & Turkish Restaurant is found nestled in a corner of the beautiful Kampong Glam. Since their founding in 2005, they had been serving the classic Mediterranean dishes and modern Turkish food. With such awesome food quality, it’s no wonder why they were awarded the Michelin Guide Singapore Bib Gourmand in 2016.
If you’re in for some Turkish-style pizza, check out the range of Pideler that comes in different flavours. The base of the Pideler is elongated, then filled full with hearty fillings right in the middle. Try the Etli Pide ($25.70) and taste the rich, flavourful combination of lamb and cheese. Or if you’re a total cheese person, get the Peynirli Pide ($23.50) which is a traditional all-cheese classic.
For the ultimate traditional dishes, definitely give the Tas Kebab ($27.80) a go. It’s an oven-baked beef stew that is perfectly simmered in the oven, then served together with a side of mashed potatoes. Perfect food pairing!
Bakalaki is the combination of two Greek words.“Bakaliko” means a traditional neighbourhood store full of flavours and colours and “Meraki”, is a word that represents love, spirit and soul. These words serve as a reminder to Bakalaki to have a deep-rooted connection to their ancestry to ignite their passion to share their unique culture and cuisine with their customers.
Check out their range of classic starters like Tzatziki ($14.90) – a refreshing dish of greek yogurt mixed with cucumber, garlic and olive oil. If you want some dips that are even more flavourful, check out the Hummus ($14.90) and Fava ($14.90)(Santorini Fava Beans dip). Remember to also pair them with a side of Pita Bread ($2.90)
If you’re ordering to share, get the Mixed Grilled Meat. This dish can feed 2 to 4 people ($97.90 – $188.90) – beef skewers, chicken yiro (spice grilled chicken), kebabs, meatballs, lamb chops and sausages served with French fries. End the meal with some fine desserts. Try the classic Baklava ($14.90) and Rizogalo ($11.90)!
Beirut Grill had been serving authentic Lebanese style cuisine since 2009 with all their key spices and herbs imported directly from Lebanon! This restaurant also provides their patrons with a unique Middle Eastern experience. They went all the way out – watch bellydancers and live drumming performances when you dine with them during the weekends! While it’s impossible to do this right now, we can still enjoy get an authentic Mediterranean dining experience at home.
What’s Mediterranean cuisine without some kebabs? Check out one of their best-sellers – Mixed Grill Kebab Platter ($39), which is a mix of lamb and beef kebabs served with grilled vegetables and Oriental Arabic Rice. If you haven’t tried falafel, you totally should! Falafels are the vegan version of the usual meatballs. They are usually made with chickpeas and spices, then wrapped in rolls ($15)(something like a burrito) and we promise you that it is a flavour bomb!
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