Attention, lovers of Greek food: an authentic, new spot has opened in Tiong Bahru, giving all other Greek restaurants in Singapore a true run for their money. Amy Greenburg checks out the recently opened space – read on for her review!
A nice, large venue, Bakalaki Greek Taverna has loads of seating, with alfresco dining available on the patio and an indoor dining room decked with wooden furnishings and earthy tones, an olive tree and a wine wall that resembles the Greek flag, plus a dedicated deli section where all kinds of Greek-imported goods can be purchased. The service is some of the best we’ve seen on the island, with the staff super knowledgeable about all the ingredients, 70 percent of which are air-flown from Greece, including all seafood and the house-brand extra virgin olive oil.
Grub on this:
Start with pita and one or more meze spreads – we especially loved the meliitzanosalata agioritiki ($14.90), a smoky eggplant spread with red peppers, garlic and extra virgin olive oil – but save room for other appetisers like keftedes (beef meatballs; $16.90) and the deliciously salty, grilled halloumi cheese with a delicious pesto-like oregano paste and tomatoes ($16.90); you also can’t go wrong with a fresh Greek salad ($20.90).
There are loads of meat options, from kebabs and yiros, to a beef moussaka ($25.90) and meat sharing platters ($97.90 to $188.90) for two to four people. And the seafood selection doesn’t stop short either; standouts include the htapodi ($32.90) – grilled octopus with lemon and olive oil – and a whole grilled sea bass ($67.90 for 600g) with boiled vegetables. For dessert, you just can’t beat the baklava ($14.90)! The portions here are very generous, so it’s best to come with a group of friends to taste more dishes.
Wash it down:
Wash it down with one of five Greek god-inspired cocktails ($21.90) or a wine from the restaurant’s large selection of Greek wines – order a bottle, grab a glass ($13.90-17.90) or try a half-litre portion ($36.90-38.90).
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