Clarke Quay, Merchant’s Court
3A River Valley Road #01-06
+65 6334 2282
As I don’t eat out often, when I do I want a place that’s consistently good. Shiraz gives me that security: I know my meal is always going to taste good.
Large main course portions mean that you really don’t need a starter, but I do love all the different flavours. The Persian-style salads are always wonderfully different from anything else you can find in Singapore, especially the zeytoon parvardeh salad ($14): olives marinated in pomegranate sauce with walnuts and fresh pomegranate. If you like to try lots of things, the starter platter is a good option. Try not to fill up on the pita-style garlic bread at the beginning – it’s moreish!
The dolmeh ($9, a version of the Greek dolmades, stuffed grape leaves) are succulent, and this time I also ordered two special dishes: a warm spinach blend called borani esfanaj ($14), and an eggplant concoction called halim bademjan ($14). Both were delicious.
The charcoal grill works wonders for whatever I am in the mood for – prawns, chicken or lamb – and all are perfectly seasoned and cooked. There are also several stews, and they do their basmati rice in a special way that makes it light and tasty. I am a bit of a carnivore but there are also plenty of vegetarian options that are equally as tasty.
If you’re short of time, try a takeaway kebab from across the road at Mezzah; other outlets are at Forum and Equity Plaza, and they all stay open late.