From the good people behind Zaffron Kitchen and Prata Wala, First Gourmet Pte Ltd hereby brings you Ottoman Kebab & Grill.
This new restaurant is helmed by Turkish native Head Chef Ali Kose, who used to work as the Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Maze in London.
Apple tea ( serves cold/hot), $3.
You can't go away from an authentic Turkish meal without drinking their apple tea. Though slightly on the sweet side, for a good reason though, which I will mention again later.
Homous, $6 and Pide, $2.
Dinner started with an authentic Homous and homemade Pide flat bread. Chef Ali’s rendition of this chickpea dip is extremely creamy with a goodbalance of tahini (ground sesame paste), lime juice, and garlic.
Special mention to the flat bread as it was cooked over lava stone for a characteristic char-grilled aroma before serving. Seriously, I could have homous and flat bread everyday, all day!
Falafel, 3 for $5.
Deep fried patties made from ground chick pea and fava beans.
A very popular Mediterranean snack which I adore to the max. However, some people may not be able to appreciate its dryness though.
Cheese Borek, 6 for $6.
Turkish spring roll of feta cheese.
Close cousin of our version of Chinese spring roll, it was very well executed with a nice crackling sound when bite.
Iskender Mutton Kebab, $18.50.
Minced mutton patties are grilled and arranged atop a bed of crispy pide croutons, then then generously slathered with a rich sauce of sun-dried tomatoes, celery, carrots, shallots, and dried mint; spoon over a dollop of tangy yoghurt before tucking into this rustic dish with gusto.
This substantial portion makes it a satisfying main course which can be shared comfortably between two!
Ottoman Shish Platter, $29.
Comes in a good combination of nicely grilled chicken, beef, and seafood, alongside pide and pilav rice. If you think this portion is too huge, no worries, individual sets are available too. :)
Everyone's eyes literally lighted up upon seeing this. Definitely the highlight of the night. I love everything on this plate, including the fragrance rice. Mine you, this is coming for someone who hardly eats rice.
Freshly prepared upon order, thus be prepare to wait at least 20 minutes. But I assure you. THIS IS REALLY GOOD STUFF.
Not for the faint-hearted, this ambrosial traditional Turkish dessert comprises of stretchy nabulsi goat cheese encased within shredded kadayif phyllo pastry before it is pan-fried with butter to a golden hue, then drizzled with sugar syrup and crushed pistachios.
I was secretly happy that I could enjoy almost the entire piece to myself as the rest found it to be a little on the sweet side. But what's dessert if it's not sweet ya? I need this again. T.T
Turkish Coffee (milk or black), $4.
Dinner all washed down with a cup of special Turkish coffee, which is boiled the time-honoured way in a copper cevze pot. Remember the best way to enjoy this cup is to let it sit for a while to allow the ground coffee to settle to the bottom of the cup.
If you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisine. Good news to you for sure. Ottoman Kebab Grill definitely worth a trip to the East!
PS: Ottoman Kebab & Grill offers affordable weekday sets for lunch (11am to 2pm) and dinner (5.30pm to 9.30pm), all of which include an Apple Tea and a Daily Soup; customers can also supplement each set with a Sutluc rice pudding for just $2.50. Prices start from as low as $8.50 for the Doner Wrap Lunch Set
(choice of chicken/mutton/beef/falafel) to just $20 for the hearty Shish, Pilav, Bread & Borek Dinner Set (choice of chicken/beef/mutton).