The only Middle Eastern restaurant at RWS is an Aladdin's cave of delights. The rugs, hanging light fixtures and dim lighting will get you inthe mood for its Persian and Arab offerings. Choose from tasty dips, falafels, kebabs and seafood, and, unlike most Middle Eastern joints, this place serves alcohol. After all, nothing washes down baba ganoush better, and faster, than a fat jug of Tiger.
The buzz: Anar is newest and only Middle Eastern restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa, so there’s quite a buzz about this one.
The vibe: It’s all very full on. As if the numerous Persian rugs aren’t enough, hanging light fixtures and deep red velvet curtains bathe the venue in shades of red and yellow; fortunately, the dim lighting helps.
The food: The focus here is on Arabic and Persian cuisine, so you can look forward to classic dips like baba ghannouj ($12) and hummus with minced beef ($14). They also offer a range of dishes such as grilled haloumi cheese served with pine nuts and chili paste ($13) and falafel—balls of ground chickpeas ($12), as well as Persian spiced grilled lobster ($36) and kebab shishlik—lamb chops seasoned with saffron and black pepper ($45).
The drinks: Choose from a selection of cocktails including the Anar Sling—a mix of gin, peach schnapps, pomegranate juice, triple sec and a dash of grenadine ($20), Watermelon Pop—muddled watermelon with basil, lime juice, berry vodka, Midori melon liqueur and red berry tea ($18), or an Eastern Martini—crushed gooseberries with pink grapefruit juice, cane syrup and vodka ($16).
Why you’ll be back: You’ve just lost a fortune but still want to feel like a Persian king.