Filed in best middle eastern restaurants | July 05, 2018
You probably have not heard of Kazbar yet, but you’ve most likely passed by it during your quiet walks at the heart of Singapore’s CBD. Tucked amongst an array of restaurants and bars along Church Street, Kazbar is a good Middle Eastern restaurant specializing in authentic Lebanese cuisine. An affordable go-to place for brunch-goers by day but when the night takes over, time to dance to Arabian music and marvel at the belly dancers.
- Tasty and authentic Lebanese cuisine: When it comes to knowing which country has the best Middle Eastern cuisine, the consensus says it’s Lebanon. If you do agree, then look no further than Kazbar! They have a set lunch menu for S$19.50 and an extensive a la carte menu. From Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Falafel, Kebabs, Shawarma to Um Ali, the restaurant has got them covered and all taste authentic as they come.
- Copious food choices for both vegans and meat eaters: One of the reasons why vegans will not walk out of the restaurant hungry! Plant-based eaters can order salads in large servings such as the best-seller Tabouleh, Fattoush, and Feta Cheese Salad and then opt Mousaka or Couscous Khothar or Potato & Cawliflower Stew for the main. Carnivores can start with cold mezze platter (hummus, moutabel, mohammarah, babaganoush, tabouleh, pita bread) or hot mezze platter (falafel, cheese borek, spinach borek, sambousek and kibbeh) for only S$24 and indulge in the large selection of charcoal-grilled foods.
- Best Tabouleh outside of Lebanon: First-timers must order this if you want to have a complete Middle Eastern culinary journey. At Kazbar, this salad demonstrates perfect balance between the tanginess of lemon zest, mint, and tomatoes and the aroma of onion and parsley. Vegetarians will surely find it a perfect salad dish to add in to your daily food-list!
- Mint-flavoured drinks: Middle East natives understand how minty drinks have earned its spot in their local cuisine. Imagine dealing with extreme heat most days of your life in Middle East? With that, a glass of mint tea or Kazbar Mint (S$14) can serve as a refreshment. So for the natives, foreigners must try this beverage.
- Lively bar at night: Listening to loud Arabian music in the background can get you in the mood for a TGIF party with friends. Swing by Kazbar for kebabs, a wide variety of liqueur concoctions, and entertainment. Belly dancers perform live at the restaurant from 21:30 to 22:30 every Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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MENU: Kazbar’s menus are designed for sharing. Diners can always find delicious options of shobrat, hot & cold starters, salads, dips, pita bread wraps, side dishes, charcoal-grilled meat, seafood, and desserts on the restaurant’s menu.
- Roast Ouzi Lamb
- Kofta Kebab
- Shish Taouk
- Baba Ganoush
- Hummus Beiruty
AMBIANCE: At first glance, Kazbar looks like your typical bar and restaurant along Church street arranged with a spacious outdoor dining area and bar tables. But you’ll be surprised to know how it pretty much embody Middle Eastern décor through its Souk-inspired motifs and subdued lighting, making you feel like being transported to the Middle East. Kazbar has a pleasant ambiance ideal for casual meetings with clients during the day but can be a buzzing place at night.
AVERAGE PRICE/PAX: S$40
NOTE: Delivery service is available. Diners can order online via Kazbar’s website.