From the same folk that brings you Zaffron Kitchen and Prata Wala, the group has opened another new concept at Bedok Mall in Ottoman Kebab & Grill offering culinary delights from Turkey. Helming the eatery is Turkish native Head Chef Ali Kose who has ten years of culinary experience with 2 years working as the Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay's Michelin starred Maze in London.
Kick start the dinner with a glass of Apple Tea ($3) that is served both hot and cold. The apple tea has many health benefits such as strengthening the immune system, helps fight arthritis and other type of inflammations.
Homous 4.2/5 and Pide 4.2/5
Ordered a plate of the Homous ($6) to go with the lava stones cooked Pide ($2). The delicious creamy chick pea dip paired excellently with pillowy flat bread.
Falafel ($5 for 3 pieces) is a Middle East snack that is deep fried to a delightful crusty exterior and filled with chick peas and fava beans that is flavoured with aromatic spices. My advice is to take bite size of it and not the whole piece at one go due to its dryness in texture to enjoy it to the fullest.
Cheese Borek 3.8/5
Wrapped in thin flaky dough, the Cheese Borek ($6 for 6 pieces) filled with feta cheese is like the Middle East version of deep fried spring roll. Nice crackling texture that is very enjoyment. I only wished that the cheese can be more prominent.
Iskender Mutton Kebab 4/5
The huge servicing of Iskender Mutton Kebab ($18.50) which is good for two comes with grilled mutton patties atop a bed of crispy pide croutons smeared with a rich sauce of sun dried tomatoes, celery, carrots, shallots and dried mint. Enhance the flavour further with the tangy yogurt.
Ottoman Shish Platter 4/5
If you think that the portion of the Iskender Mutton Kebab is huge wait till you check out the Ottoman Shish Platter ($29). Served with well marinated beef, chicken and seafood that were threaded onto metal skewers and grilled. They were flavourful and succulent. It also comes with pide and pilav rice.
If the portion is too huge for sharing, individual skewers ($7.50 to $12.50) is also available on the menu.
My knowledge of Turkish dessert is only Turkish Delight which is quite embarrassing. Nevertheless that is also the beauty of food blogging learning and exploring new food along the journey. The Kunefe ($8.50) i a traditional dessert that is freshly prepared upon order. It takes about 20 mins of preparation. The nabulsi goat cheese encased within shredded kadayif phyllo pastry is pan fried with butter to a golden brown. I was told that the chef needs to constantly flip the kunefe during the cooking process to avoid burning it. Drizzled with sugar syrup and topped with crushed pistachios, this dessert is really suitable for those that have a very sweet tooth.
Turkish Coffee 4/5
Wrapping up the dinner with a cup of Turkish Coffee ($4) served either black or with milk. Not commonly available in Singapore, the coffee beans are roasted and finely grounded. It is then boiled in a copper cevze pot with sugar. Do let the ground coffee to be settled down to the bottom of the cup before drinking.
I have to confess that Middle East cuisine is not my thing but the food at Ottoman is pretty good with its reasonable pricing. For greater value, one can check out their weekday lunch set from 11am to 2pm or dinner set from 530pm to 930pm.
Ottoman Kebab & Grill
311 New Upper Changi Road
Tel: +65 67024031
Nearest MRT: Bedok (EW Line)
Daily: 11am - 10pm
1) Alight at Bedok MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Bedok Mall. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]