Greek, Turkish, Lebanese or Moroccan – here's where to go if you find yourself craving for some awesome Mediterranean grub
Wholesome, healthful, spice-heavy or rich — whatever you call it, Mediterranean food is serious business in Singapore. We at Honeycombers are absolutely crazy about the cuisine’s explosive flavours, which is a result of various culinary influences colliding together. So with our powers (of addiction) combined, we put together this list of top Mediterranean restaurants in the city, spanning from modern eateries and long-standing establishments to Halal restaurants and quaint little coffee shop spots. Get ready to lose your mind.
Artichoke Cafe & Bar
At one of Singapore’s best Middle Eastern-influenced restaurants, chef-owner Bjorn Shen puts out innovative creations that are great for sharing, from beetroot tzatziki to a falafel salad and a slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Don’t be surprised if you pop by and see something new on the menu, these guys are known for their spontaneity.
Artichoke Cafe & Bar, 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square, Singapore 188978, p. 6336 6949.
The Holland Village stalwart serves some of the best Mediterranean-veggie plates on the island – you won’t even miss meat. Don’t leave without trying their cheesy baked portobello mushroom with pesto and tomato basil sauce (aka the Magic Mushroom), and the vegetable and herb-layered lasagne that features zucchini and spinach.
Original Sin, #01-62 Block 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens, Holland Village, Singapore 278115, p. 6475 5605.
If you love lamb chops, souvlaki and baklava, you’ll be suitably impressed with this neighbourhood Greek restaurant in Bukit Timah. We dig the atmosphere of this small cosy spot, too.
Blu Kouzina, 893 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 589615, p. 6875 0872.
This casual eatery at Marina Bay Sands – a modest side of the glitzy mall – specialises in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern bites. Homemade pita bread (obviously), crispy falafel balls, hummus, shakshuka – you name it, they have it.
Pita Pan, #01-87 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, p. 6688 7450.
Sofra Turkish Restaurant & Cafe
Always a crowd favourite, Sofra has a food menu that’s pretty extensive. If you need help deciding what to order, the adana kebab, musakka, and pide are fab choices. Need a nice little pick-me-up? Order a cup of super potent Turkish coffee.
Sofra Turkish Restaurant & Cafe, #02-42/44 Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road, Singapore 189702, p. 6291 1433.
Fill a Pita
This CBD food stall that’s tucked away in a coffee shop on Nankin Row is terrific. Wallet-friendly prices, great service, amazing food – what’s not to like? The hummus is creamy – just the way we like it – and the falafel-filled wholemeal pita bread always hits the spot.
Fill a Pita, #01-29 China Square Central, Nankin Row, 3 Pickering Street, Singapore 048660, p. 9835 1446.
Mykonos on the Bay
Fantasising about sunsets along the Aegean Sea? Dining at Mykonos on the Bay (modelled after a genuine taverna) is the closest you get to being on the Greek party island. Feast on a large selection of hot and cold meze (appetisers), classic Greek salads, and traditional charcoal-grilled meats. One dish we can’t get enough of is the graviera saganaki, which is basically pan-fried cheese with ouzo and lemon juice. Sinful, but so, so awesome.
Mykonos on the Bay, #01-10 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, p. 6334 3818.
Go communal at Kazbar and order a selection of starters to share (cheese borek, falafel, sambousek… the list is endless) alongside mains like the lamb chops, prawn kebab, and fasolia stew. By the way, they make pretty mean mojitos so you might want to get some as well.
Kazbar, #01-03 Capital Square 3, 25 Church Street, Singapore 049482, p. 6438 2975.