Singapore, as many people know, is a multicultural country that is home to Malaysian, Chinese, British, Australians, Indians, Americans, Asians and other European descents. When we speak of culture this will include language, religion, cuisine, norms, music, and arts. So basically, we can infer that the culture of the people living in the country has been promulgated to every corner of the country.
That’s why, when I went here for vacation, my sister and I pledged that we will be trying different kinds of cuisines because most of the restaurants prioritize the authenticity of their dish– although for sure, it’s going to be pricey~
For tonight’s restaurant, we went to Derwish Turkish Restaurant for dinner. It is located at the busy street of Arab, which is dominated by European and Middle Eastern cuisines. Among the lavishly designed restaurants that we passed by, it was this restaurant that captured our attention– since the one who was offering us to check the menu was a Filipino. (#Bias #patriotism #kidding) He greeted us in Filipino, “Magandang Gabi” (Good Evening) and then he started talking about trying their dishes. Though he is not a pushy kind of server, he was in fact very calm when he was pointing at the overwhelming varieties of dishes, but later we just found ourselves saying, “Okay, table for 2 please.”
The restaurant is elevated, with an almost-3-steps stairs leading to the main door. They have tables located outside the restaurant, but we preferred the ones inside because the grandiosity of the interior was pleasing me. Besides it was warm outside since it has been unpredictably downpouring and sun burning. I almost believe a Goblin was on PMS. Kidding.
When we entered I found myself in awe with the flamboyance of its design. The tiled walls were occupied by different impressive patterns and in the middle, there was a frame of people carrying gold jars.
The white table complemented with the prints of the chairs. I think having blue prints on the chair and blue utensils holders gave an impression of being a royal blooded person. You know, it looked so first-class.
This is my first time trying Turkish food, and upon seeing this dish it gave an idea that probably the cream will taste sweet and that I don’t want to try that greeny-yellowish liquid in the middle because that might not taste good.
But thanks to my sister, she gave me a heads up of what will be the taste. The cream or dip is called Hummus, and according to the dictionary, it is a thick paste or spread made from ground chickpeas and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. So apparently, it won’t taste sweet and instead, it tasted a little salty and it did a great job complementing with the bread. And I would also recommend you to dip near the greeny-yellowish liquid a.k.a. the Olive oil.
However, the bread was cold and I would prefer if it’s warmer.
This is one of their appetizers, it a bloated bread while it’s warm then it deflates as it gets colder. I preferred dipping this bread to the Hummus because due its warmness the consistency of the Hummus with it is observed.
In this restaurant, aside from the Chicken kebab (SGD25) they also serve Lamb kebab. However, I am not used to the taste of lamb, so we chose this one instead.
The thick and tender kebab were skewed in a sword design skewer, and before it was even set on our table, its rich flavors are evident with the tantalizing aroma it comes with. It smells so good, you’d find yourself senseless to other things while swallowing that imaginary lump in your throat! It is also served with vegetables and short-grained rice. The servings are enough for sharing if both of you are not so hungry.
Although, Turkish restaurants, in general, are pricey. It is not only the architecture of the restaurant, the extravagance of its tables, chairs, and utensils, or the title of it being a Turkish restaurant.
You are actually paying for the authenticity of the culture enveloped in the dishes they serve. You are paying for the quality of the herbs and spices, the tenderness of the meat, the freshness of the dough, and the mastery of the chef in bearing these dishes for you. You are paying for the culture that they preserved and handed down to generations after generations.
Here are my solo picture and a picture with my sister! 🌻
So there you have it! If you want to visit a restaurant that serves authentic kebab with a touch of extravagance and cultivation of culture, Go to Derwish Turkish Restaurant! You can find it at 60 Bussorah Street Singapore 199476. Hope to hear your experience!
PS. There are a lot of Turkish restaurants that you’d find at the Arab St., and nearby streets, but please find this restaurant. It looks like this from the outside.