I have posted before on my love for the Arab st area here in Singapore. The small enclave of old shop houses is home to some quirky little shops as well as restaurants and fabric sellers and should definitely be on any tourist Itinerary when visiting Singapore.
One of my friends works near here so when we discussed the idea on twitter of meeting up for lunch, it seemed like a good location for us all to meet for a girlie lunch and a bit of shopping. I will lead you in the direction of http://carmenandnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/some-gems-found-in-haji-lane/ and http://mylifeinsin.blogspot.sg/2013/01/haji-lane-shopping-heaven-in-kampong.html for posts on the shopping options as that is more their area of expertise than mine but I did buy some lovely little nick nacks (most of which are presents for my sister and mother so I won’t post any more information on them incase they are still reading this blog) from the stunning “Salad Shop” and Green Poppies.
There are plenty of options for lunch in the area but in the end we settled on Derwish on Bussorah St as the rain and size of our group meant we would be better off inside and in a slightly more formal setting than say Zim Zam’s. We decided to share a few of the Mezze platters with freshly baked Lavosh Bread and Falafel between us.
Babaganush, Hummus, Saksuka (a spicy tomato based dip) Potato salad, Coban Salata (a coarsely chopped Turkish salad of tomatoes, onion and cucumber with lemon juice and olive oil) and an Italian style aubergine and garlic dip. There were some hits and misses with the mezze, I prefer the more spiced and pureed moutabele to babaganoush, adding tahini to just about anything seems to improve it! The hummus was also a little lacking, it could have benefitted from more tahini, olive oil and lemon juice (so everything really!) but the saksuka and eggplant dips were delicious. The Lavosh bread was served piping hot from the oven, it was like a pillow of air was enveloped inside it, completely delicious! On the other hand, not so easy to scoop up the dips with, a more sturdy bread would have been more use for this purpose.
I am always wary of being served a Turkish coffee too soon after ordering, these things take a little time to prepare when done properly and the one at Derwish was served incredibly quickly and as a result was a little thin but it still hit the spot. We had a fun “Ladies lunch” at Derwish, pleasant enough food and great company, what more could you ask for?!