Gimme mezze

Originating and borrowing from a wide range of cultures, Mediterranean cuisine is one of the most diverse ones out there. The fact that it's (sorta) healthy, thanks in no small part to the generous use of legumes, yet packed with flavours, is a big part of its allure. When the mood strikes for a Mediterranean affair, here are the places to go to.
 

Alati Divine Greek Cuisine


Sea-to-table dining is made possible at Alati, a Greek food haven that’s worth its salt. Their seafood selection is unbelievably fresh, flown in thrice a week directly from the Aegean sea. Our usual order includes their grilled greek octopus with balsamic onions and confit tomatoes and the grilled European seabass.
 

Artemis Grill


This rooftop CBD restaurant may impress with their views, but it’s the food you’ll keep coming back for. From the standout Hokkaido scallop crudo served with curry oil, to some of the best meat and seafood mains in town, choices are aplenty here. The many (and we mean many) vegetarian and gluten-free options are just icing on the cake. Head out to the sky bar after dinner and soak in the night vibe.
 

Artichoke


Chef-Owner Bjorn Shen’s Artichoke prides itself as the least authentic (yes, you read that right) Middle Eastern restaurant around. Ironically, its food is fun, flavourful and utterly fabulous. Order funky dishes like the falafel-crumbed fried chicken or cuttlefish shawarma. Then wash your meal down with a drink from their sizeable list.
 

Bakalaki Greek Taverna


This Tiong Bahru establishment serving authentic Greek cuisine has a loyal following. From savoury appetisers and dips to meat and seafood platters plus premium specialities, Bakalaki never disappoints. Many of the ingredients used and products (like their fragrant and smooth olive oil) are imported directly from Greece.
 

Blu Kouzina


Not a fan of Greek food? A trip to Blu Kouzina might change your mind. Nestled amongst Dempsey Hill’s enclave of F&B establishments, the family-owned restaurant whips up tasty plates of souvlaki, mousaka and keftedes, prepared with their organic extra virgin olive oil from Messinia, Greece. Don’t miss out on staple mezedes like the dolmades with rice, dill, mint and tzatziki.
 

Fat Prince


This Istanbul-themed eatery serves an unconventional mix of kebabs and cocktails, earmarked with an opulent Middle-East-meets-modern-hipster vibe. The flavourful mezze and salads are worth trying, as are their melt-in-your-mouth meat dishes like the Lamb Shoulder with chilli, spiced molasses and sumac.
 

Pita Tree Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar


Now with four branches, this Mediterranean food place serves a variety of kebabs, dips, grills and stews, packed with healthful ingredients like sumac berries, yoghurt, and saffron. Head down around noon to enjoy a Gourmet Lunch Buffet at the low price of $15.
 

Shabestan


Headed by Iranian-born Executive Chef Hamid Hosseini, this cosy eatery presents authentic Persian cuisine – savoury kebabs, fragrant rice dishes and charcoal-grilled meats, highlighted with traditional Middle Eastern spices. Dine outdoors by the river for a more romantic evening.
 

The Butcher’s Wife


The Butcher’s Wife is a gluten-free bistro with no compromise on taste. Its modern European-inspired menu is filled with fantastic items like their Crispy Pig’s Ears, a lettuce wrap with piquillo peppers, pickled kohlrabi and sriracha mayo. Drinks and desserts are 100 percent gluten-free as well, so feel free to indulge.