For the past two weeks I’ve been hanging out at Arab Street during the weekends. They’re putting up the Eid lights all over the Kampung Java area. It’s kind of funny, it’s not even Ramadan yet and all these merriments are on display. We picked my brother up from uni and headed to Arab Street with the intention of having dinner at Alaturka. Previously the owner had informed us that they close at 2am, but when we arrived there at 10, the staff told us that they were closed and that their restaurant’s closing time is at 11pm? 11pm on a Friday night on the eve of a holiday? Does that make sense at all? And the owner wasn’t around so we decided to go to Sufi, and there were alot of people sitting on carpets along the corridors of the closed carpet shops. Our usual seat was unoccupied, right by the door underneath the airconditioning. We ordered something new this time around: Balik Shish Kebab, Salmon Steak, Sucuk Pide, Meze Tabagi, Adana Kebab, Kuzupirzola, Borek, Mousaka, Imam Bayldi ice mint tea and a pot of apple tea.
The balik shish kebab was cubes of cod(or some white fish) and lemons that were skewered and grilled. The Salmon steak was cooked just right. The sucuk pide was different from the pide we had tried at Anatolia on Mummy’s birthday, so much more yummier and cheesier and kinda tasted like a pepperoni pizza. There were rounds of pepperoni like meat topped on top of a crispy and cheesy pide. The pide round from Anotolia was on the other hand softer and chewier and have a different texture, especially with the egg in the middle. The Meze Tabagi had my favourite dips served with a piping hot lavash. I had the Adana Kebab, ground meat on a “sword” like thingy that was mixed with some herbs and grilled. What was great about the dish was that it came with a salad, that for the life of me can’t figure out the flavours. When mixed with the meat and rice the salad made the perfect combination or “glue” that links all of them together. Imam Bayldi were eggplants that were filled with tomatoes and cheese and baked. It was so good when dipped with the sucuk pide. The Moussaka was great with rice as well and especially wonderful with the Borek. The borek was crispy and the cheese filling was not at all salty and when dipped in the moussaka it was delicious! This time round, I ordered the Baklava…sigh..I have to make an exclamation…those were the BEST baklavas in Singapore! The ones from Deli Turk, Cafe le Caire nor Alaturka were not as moist as the ones from Sufi. The layers of filo didn’t taste like paper in your mouth but instead just melts in it. Heavenly! And to wash it all down, hot tangy apple tea and ice cold mint tea 🙂 A good way to end an utterly busy Friday evening.