It’s not always easy to find good Mediterranean food in Singapore, after all, what makes it so delicious is fresh, locally sourced produce served up in a simple yet delicious fashion. And we all know that getting our hands on anything fresh in SG can be a challenge. But these restaurants and cafes serving classic and contemporary dishes championing flavours of the sun from countries like Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey prove it can be done. Our search took us from Telok Ayer to Boat Quay and even all the way to Sentosa, and we reckon we’ve found 10 stellar spots where you can sample authentic Mediterranean flavours. Think light mezze bites to share, smoky grilled seafood and meats, freshly baked pitas, and thick Turkish coffee. Yum.
Named after the ancient Greek word for salt, Alati focuses on fresh seafood hand caught by fishermen in the Aegean Sea, then packed on ice and flown overnight to Singapore. Try the Mediterranean mussels with ouzo and fresh herbs, the smoky grilled octopus, or the carabinero prawns with ladolemono (lemon and olive oil). Not a huge fan of fish? They also have great veggie and meat options like the phyllo-wrapped feta with honey and the grilled lamb cutlets with potatoes, herbs, and mustard.
Alati, 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892. p. +65 6221 6124. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 2am, Fri - Sun & PH 6pm - 11pm
Buzzy Bakalaki is a contemporary Greek taverna where the ambiance is just as alluring as the food. Step inside the all-white space and you find soaring ceilings, blonde wood tables, and diagonally slanted shelves of wine. The owners hail from Greece and work with Greek suppliers to get fresh ingredients from their homeland, so the dishes are about as authentic as you can get. Do yourself a favour and order the seafood platter with crispy fried squid, grilled octopus and prawns.
Bakalaki, 3 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168891. p. +65 6836 3688. Open daily 6pm - 1am, Fri - Sun 12pm - 2:30pm
Blu Kouzina has always been one of our go-to Greek spots, and even more so now that they’ve moved to a gorgeous location in Dempsey Hill. The main dining room is bright and cheerful with blue and white decor, while the back room with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls looking out over the garden is simply divine. Some of our favourite dishes here include the the grilled lamb chops, fava dip with yellow lentils, onions, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil, and the baklava.
Blu Kouzina, 10 Dempsey Road, Singapore 247700. p. +65 6875 0872. Open Mon - Sun 6pm - 10pm, Fri- Sun 12pm - 2:30pm
Inspired by Istanbul and brought to us by the same folks behind Neon Pigeon, Fat Prince offers splashes of colour at every turn and exotic Middle Eastern flavours. Start with a raki cocktail or aromatic Turkish coffee, then move on to mezze plates like the homemade cashew hummus and smoked pepper squid. The kebabs are also to die for, as they come on fluffy homemade pita bread with your choice of grilled meats, prawns, or halloumi cheese and an array of vibrant sauces and fillings.
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317. p. +65 6221 3683. Open Mon - Fri 8am - 3pm, 6pm - 12am, Sat: 11:30 - 3pm, 6pm - 12am
If you’re looking for a fun little spot to grab Mediterranean-inspired shared plates with friends, Lolla is your spot. The menu here leans heavily towards Spanish and French influences with options like the Iberico pork collar, Spanish tortilla with smoked eel, and duck fat potatoes. Snag a spot at the long counter in front of the open kitchen to watch the chefs work their magic or head to the champagne bar or private room downstairs for a more intimate experience.
Lolla, 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069702. p. +65 6423 1228. Open daily 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 11pm, Sunday brunch 10:30am - 3pm
Tucked away in a cosy back room behind Fat Prince, Ottomani is a seductive Middle Eastern supperclub where oil lamps and candles lend a soft glow to the leather sofas and armchairs decked out in soft cushions. Great for a date night, this romantic restaurant focuses on sexy charcoal-grilled bites like the pit-roasted sticky pork with a Turkish coffee and Szechuan pepper rub and the coral trout with pomegranate and curry leaf.
Ottomani, 48 Peck Seah Street (inside Fat Prince), Singapore 079317. p. +65 9231 9316. Open Mon - Sat 6:30pm - 12am
Featuring a mash-up of Mediterranean, Asian and global flavours, Moosehead is a eclectic, easy-going eatery in the Telok Ayer hood. The energy here is spot on with cool tunes playing in the background, sleek banquettes filled with happy diners, and vibrant dishes flying out of the open kitchen. Definitely try some of their contemporary plates like the INKA fried eggs with chorizo, aioli, and chives, or the burrata with zucchini, Thai basil pesto, and curry leaves.
Moosehead, 110 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068579. p. +65 6636 8055. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm, Mon - Sat 6pm - 10:30pm
Mykonos on the Bay
As far as scenic settings go, Mykonos has it nailed with their seaside spot in Sentosa Cove. Grab a seat on the blue and white themed patio or inside amid rustic stone walls and you almost feel as though you’re in a taverna on one of the Greek isles. Adding to the authentic vibe is their menu of classic Greek fare like the crispy fried calamari, saganaki cheese dressed in lemon and ouzo, and the spanakopita with spinach, feta, and dill.
Mykonos on the Bay, 31 Ocean Way #01-10, Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375. p. +65 6334 3818. Open Mon - Wed 6pm - 10:30pm, Thurs - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 10:30pm, Sat - Sun 12pm - 10:30pm
Just like the name suggests, Souvlaki Gyromania focuses on gyros, a wildly popular Greek ‘fast food’ that consists of pitas filled with slow-roasted rotisserie meats. Here you have your choice of chicken or pork topped with tzatziki, tomatoes, and onions. They also have a decent selection of meze like dips, marinated olives, and dolmadakia (stuffed grape leaves), as well as hearty meat platters for up to four people.
Souvlaki Gyromania, 9 Circular Road, Singapore 049365. p. +65 6532 2440. Open Mon - Sat 11am- 10pm.
For Mediterranean bites that go behind the usual Greek fare, make your way to Urban Bites where head chef Haroutioun Ara Sayegh showcases Lebanese dishes along with a few Turkish and Tunisian creations. Their weekend brunch is particularly popular with tasty treats like the Cheese Manouche, freshly baked flatbread stuffed with four different cheeses, and the lamb shashouka with poached eggs and pulled lamb in a tangy tomato sauce.
Urban Bites, 161 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068615. p. +65 6327 9460. Open Mon - Sat 10:30am - 10p,