Ottoman Kebab & Grill hits all the right notes using a lava stone grill in the new Bedok Mall
Since opening its doors in early December last year, Bedok Mall (not to be confused with Bedok Point) is already home to familiar lip-smacking names like Hong Kong’s dim sum cha chaan teng Tim Ho Wan, South Korean fast food chain NeNe Chicken with its sauce-coated bites and modern French-themed bistro Poulét. Another option is Turkish bistro Ottoman Kebab & Grill with staples like homous ($6)–a creamy chickpea dip, pide ($2)–homemade flat bread with a bit of rise; and of course, the kebabs.
Some credentials to whet your palate: Head Chef Ali Kose who helms the Halal-certified eatery is not only a Turkish native 12 years in the industry, he’s also spent two years as sous chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Maze in London. Ottoman’s signature dishes include the hearty iskender mutton kebab ($18.50) that sits on pide croutons for an added crunch. For variety, get the Ottoman shish platter ($29) for beef, chicken and seafood skewers served with pide and pilav rice. Ottoman’s weapon of choice is a lava-stone grill that greets hungry passers-by, and they even use it to cook dessert.
If you have 20 minutes to spare, the made-to-order kunefe ($8.50) is a must-order. It appears as a round of golden-brown vermicelli topped with crushed pistachios sitting in a copper plate. Dig in and you’ll taste warm savoury-sweetness through stretchy nabulsi goat cheese and butter-sugar kaday?f (shredded phyllo dough). Sharing is optional. Other items on the menu are cheese borek ($6 for 6 pieces)–fresh skinny spring rolls with cheese, sutluc ($3.50)–rice puddings in milk and chocolate, and Turkish coffee ($4, black or milk)–known for its unique method of preparation. Weekday lunch sets start from just $8.50 (11am to 2pm) for the doner wrap served with apple tea and a daily soup. Dinner sets are served from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Mondays to Fridays.
Address: #01-75 Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Road. Tel: 6702 4031