Greek cuisine ranks up there near the top of our list of favourites for its strong focus on fresh ingredients and flavours. Try one of these three Greek restaurants in Singapore for your souvlaki or tzatziki fix today!
Pano Kato – Mediterranean & Greek food
This photogenic Mediterranean restaurant was started by the Greek husband-and-wife team behind furniture and homeware store House of AnLi! Located on the second floor of Tanglin Mall, the bright and airy space is decked out in white and rattan furnishings, and also has lovely green accents for a tropical touch.
On top of the relaxed resort-like vibes, you can look forward to a wide selection of family-friendly dishes that are great for sharing. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Must-try sides include the grilled halloumi ($16), pita with a trio of dips ($24) and horiatiki ($22), which is a classic Greek salad of cucumber, Roma tomato, black olives, red onion, feta, oregano and extra virgin olive oil.
You can also tuck into traditional family recipes served straight from the oven; crowd favourites include the spanakopita ($26), a vegetarian dish of filo pastry with fresh spinach, feta, onion and eggs. There’s also Maria’s moussaka ($32), an original recipe passed down from the owner’s mum. For those who love meat dishes, check out the selection of grilled items, featuring meats from Australia that are grilled using charcoal. The souvlaki ($28) is a popular pick, or go all out with your steak of choice. Visiting with friends? Order a sharing platter so you can try more!
Don’t leave without getting the homemade desserts. We’ve heard great things about the restaurant’s baklava ($16): layers of crispy filo, roasted pistachios and rosewater syrup, served with vanilla gelato and thyme honey.
Mykonos on the Bay – Greek restaurant by the sea
Beautifully located in Quayside Isle, this Greek restaurant offers a quiet exclusivity amidst the gorgeous harbour. The picturesque setting takes in a backdrop of yachts docked at the bay. Snag a seat outside, as it’s the best spot to people and dog-watch (the venue is pet-friendly), or opt for indoor dining if it’s too hot for alfresco dining.
From traditional mezzes to freshly grilled seafood and meats, the extensive food menu has the best of Greek cuisine. We recommend the Mykonos dip platter ($26), a trio of tzatziki (Greek yoghurt with garlic, dill and cucumber), taramosalata (cured fish roe), melitzanosalata (roasted eggplant) and handmade pita bread. Made with chickpeas, sesame paste, lemon juice and garlic, the hummus ($17) is another excellent starter. There’s also the htapodaki ($26) – grilled octopus with pickled octopus terrine – if you’re a seafood lover.
For mains, go for the pita gyros ($27.50), a generous serving of pork belly shaves, tzatziki, hand-cut fries and pita bread. If you’re a fan of lamb, the giaourtlou ($33) will tick all the right boxes with its rich and gamey meat beautifully offset by the layer of Greek yoghurt slathered on it. There’s also a mixed grilled platter for parties of two ($96), four ($187) or six ($269).
End on a sweet note with the pagoto giaourti ($14.90), a simple yet satisfying combination of Greek yoghurt and honey ice cream, with walnuts and light sponge cake. Another must-try is the iconic baklava ($15.90), pistachio pastry rolls bathed in sticky-sweet honey syrup.
Bakalaki Greek Taverna – Indoor & alfresco Greek restaurant
This Tiong Bahru gem has a great vibe with warm, unpretentious service that’s only made better with delicious Greek food. There’s alfresco dining available on the patio, and also a light and airy indoor dining room decorated with wooden furnishings and earthy tones.
Start with pita and one or more mezze spreads – definitely try the melitzanosalata agioritiki ($14.90), a smoky eggplant spread with red peppers, garlic and extra virgin olive oil – and don’t miss dousing your bread in the to-die-for oil imported from Greece. Do save room for other appetisers, like the keftedes (beef meatballs; $16.90) and the deliciously salty, grilled halloumi cheese with oregano and tomatoes ($16.90). For something lighter, order a side of horiatiki ($20.90), a traditional Greek salad of fresh veggies, kalamata olives, feta cheese and extra virgin olive oil.
For mains, there are plenty of meat options, from kebabs and gyros, to a moussaka ($25.90), a traditional recipe featuring baked casserole of minced beef, eggplant, potato and creamy béchamel. Alternatively, enjoy a spread of meats with the sharing platters ($97.90 to $188.90) for two to four people. The seafood selection also doesn’t stop short; highlights include the htapodi ($32.90) – perfectly grilled octopus with lemon and olive oil.
For dessert, a top pick is the baklava ($14.90), a glorious combination of filo pastry stuffed with walnuts, and infused with cinnamon, cloves and Greek honey syrup.
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This article first appeared in the February 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!