Sunday, May 4, 2014

Media invite: Ottoman Kebab & Grill @ Bedok Mall

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. 

Kunefe, $8.

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).

Ottoman Kebab & Grill
#01-75 Bedok Mall
Tel: +65 67024031
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm Daily (Last orders 30 min before closing)


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