Thursday, May 22, 2008

El Sheikh Restaurant, Pahang Street

I've noticed this place (18 Pahang Street, tel: 6296 9116) from quite a long while back. We happened to be roaming around the vicinity, came upon the restaurant and decided to check them out. The place sold itself as Lebanese, but it was also a little bit of generic western as well? Like penne arrabiata or crinkle cut fries in the menu? But then again, I haven't been to Lebanon, so what do I know?

The food were a few hits and misses. But I guess there were more hits than misses. Service however, was very spotty with very disinterested looking waitresses who didn't even know what's in the menu.

We started off with a couple of warm appetizers which was a hummus with lamb and chicken liver with mollasses.

I was quite taken in by the lamb and hummus. The creamy chick pea puree was enjoyable despite the lack of lemon and garlic. There were some toasted cashews and pistachios scattered sparingly on it, but those didn't taste freshly toasted. Also, I found it a little strange that the flat bread came wrapped in plastic instead of being freshly made. The chicken livers were also pretty good. Good like I wouldn't mind eating them again. There was something in them that made them tangy.

That's the 1/2 kilogram mixed kebab platter which the waitress insisted, consists of only lamb. But the truth was that we got a couple of chicken and lamb shish kebabs, a couple of lamb chops, and chunks of grilled chicken and beef. They were okay. The accompanying spiced rice was pretty good though.

What caught my interest was, this place actually serves a whole lamb/goat for $400. Hmmmm....goat party!

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