For someone who is seriously thinking of moving somewhere in the Middle East, I was more than happy to sample Middle Eastern cuisine in the city of Singapore. Countless great thing have been used to describe Middle Eastern food; exquisite; the perfect dichotomy of the modern and the ancient; healthy; traditional but also contemporary. It gets me excited just reading about it.
One of the most popular Middle Eastern restaurants in the city of Singapore is Café LeCaire, located in Arab Street. Established in 2001 by Dr. Ameen Ali Talib, an Arab-Singaporean accounting professor who left his post at the National University of Singapore, the restaurant offers some of the widest range of Arab food in the city of Singapore.
So, it was with great excitement and anticipation that my friends and I dined at the restaurant to sample exotic food. We went to Arab Street to sample their food and I must say I was disappointed with the ambiance. The restaurant was dark and dingy. Not quite what I expected but then I thought if the food is excellent I wouldn’t care about the ambiance.
We could barely contain ourselves while looking at the menu and the mouth-watering appetizers, main courses and desserts. After much consideration we settled on the mezze, which is a selection of small dishes served as appetizers before the main dish; Riyesh (freshly grilled French-cut lamb chops); Meshawi (different kinds of kebabs); Falafel (deep-fried ball or patty made from ground fava beans or chickpeas or a combination of both); mixed sausages; and for dessert we had Bagalawa with ice cream and banana split.
The mezze, composed of olives, chickpeas, baba ganush, hummus bil laham and tahinas were just perfect with the pita bread. As a matter of fact we could not get enough of it that we ordered a second helping of pita bread.
The lamb were tasty, however, it was cooked well done which didn’t sit well with me as the lamb chops became too tough and I had difficulty even slicing it. My friend’s plate of mixed sausages was also dry and quite tough. Only the meshawi was good. It was good but not great. Thankfully, the dessert was quite delicious and it saved what would have been an otherwise disappointing night.
There was nothing special about Café LeCaire or its food and if given the chance, I won’t go back there again. I would look for other restaurants that serve Middle Eastern food.
Rate: 3 out of 5 stars