Ottoman Kebab & Grill: Turkish Delights at Bedok Mall
Bedok Mall has been abuzz with lots of new restaurants and is now home to something exotic as well, Ottoman Kebab & Grill. Helmed by Turkish native Head Chef Ali Kose who has over ten years of culinary experience, of which he had spent two years as the Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Maze in London. Ottoman Kebab & Grill offers a concise menu of Turkish favourites to tempt your tastebuds, see Chef Ali and his team skilfully at work slicing meats off the vertically rotating Shawarma spits.
The authentic Homous ($6), a chick pea dip, is often the hallmark of a good Turkish restaurant. Chef Ali’s rendition is creamy with balanced flavours of tahini (ground sesame paste), lime juice, and garlic. This comforting dip is great with the pillowy homemade Pide Flat Bread ($2) which is cooked over lava stones for a nice char-grilled aroma. Fancy a Turk salad, the Tabouli ($6.50) is a riot of colours with bulgur, chopped parsley, tomatoes, onions and diced cucumbers. Other starters include the Cheese Borek ($6 for 6 pcs) Turkish spring roll of feta cheese and Falafel ($5 for 3 pieces), deep-fried patties made from ground chick pea and fava beans.
Main course not to be missed is the Iskender Mutton Kebab ($18.50), a generous helping for two to share. Grilled minced mutton patties atop a bed of crispy pide croutons, then slathered liberally with a rich sauce of sun-dried tomatoes, celery, carrots, shallots, and dried mint spoon over a dollop of tangy yoghurt. The quintessential Turkish street food, Doner kebab has a choice of chicken, beef, and mutton ($6.50 to $12), it is marinated with celery, onions, garlic, coriander, tomato paste, and milk before roasted on a vertical rotating spit. Enjoy the doner in several delicious options – as a wrap using lavash (a thin Turkish unleavened flat bread), stuffed in a pide, with a tabouli salad, or with pilav rice (rice cooked in broth with vegetables such as carrots, peas, and corn). Or get the classic Shish kebab where the meats and seafood are threaded onto metal skewers and grilled. It is available as individual skewers ($7.50 to $12.50) or pair with bread and pilav rice ($13.50 to $18.50). Choose from chicken, beef, mutton, and seafood (fish fillet and prawns) or get everything with the Ottoman Shish Platter ($29) that is a combination of chicken, beef, and seafood, alongside pide and pilav rice.
Ottoman Kebab & Grill is proud to be one of the few Turkish restaurants here to serve authentic Kunefe ($8.50). This traditional Turkish dessert is freshly prepared and requires 20 mins preparation time. Not for the faint-hearted, it comprises stretchy nabulsi goat cheese encased within a shredded kadayif phyllo pastry which is pan-fried with butter to a golden hue than drizzled with sugar syrup and crushed pistachios. Chef Ali has even specially imported the traditional kunefe cooking pan from Turkey as its unique aluminium base allows the heat to be evenly distributed during cooking. Pair this unique dessert with a sweet Apple Tea ($3), or a dainty tasse of Turkish Coffee ($4, black or milk) which is boiled the time-honoured way in a copper cevze pot. Kids can enjoy the Sutluc ($3.50) rice puddings which come in milk and chocolate flavours.
Not sure how to order, opt for the affordable weekday sets for lunch (11am to 2pm) and dinner (5.30pm to 9.30pm). Each set comes with an Apple Tea and a Daily Soup. You can also supplement the set with a Sutluc rice pudding for $2.50. Prices start from as low as $8.50 for the Doner Wrap Lunch Set (choice of chicken/mutton/beef/falafel) to $20 for the hearty Shish, Pilav, Bread & Borek Dinner Set (choice of chicken/beef/mutton).
Ottoman Kebab & Grill
#01-75 Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467360; Tel: 6702 4031
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm (Mon – Sun)
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