Fat Prince opened their doors in the Tanjong Pagar hood a year ago, and while we always thought it had the potential to be a restaurant with a good buzz, we have to admit that we hadn’t been back since that first initial visit. However, we recently stopped by to see how this Middle Eastern spot by the same people as Neon Pigeon had fared, and we’re happy to say that it’s well and truly back on our map of go-to spots with a great vibe and food.
Why you should come here:
There aren’t too many restaurants in Singapore that serve really great Middle Eastern food, so Fat Prince is a refreshing addition to the scene with their superb selection of dishes spanning from Lebanon to Morocco and Turkey that are fresh, flavourful and perfect for sharing.
As for decor, they’ve gone all out with comfy velvet armchairs and leather topped stools and chairs, a sleek white marble bar, and elegant touches like gold detailing on mirrored columns and hand-painted basins in the bathrooms. It’s definitely a setting worthy of a prince, yet the vibe here is still chilled, so you can come and have a good dinner, then drinks at the bar without feeling like you overindulged too much.
What we love:
When we first visited Fat Prince around the time it opened, we remember not being super impressed, but our opinion has definitely changed. We recently went on a Saturday night and found the space to be full of patrons creating a buzz amid low lighting and good tunes. We saw tons of couples who looked like they were on dates, which makes sense given the sultry and stylish atmosphere going on here.
We’ve always been huge fans of Turkish food, so we jumped right into the menu with some mezze. The Cashew Hummus was our absolute favourite for it’s creamy texture and garlicky, smoky taste, so much so that we actually reordered it twice. The Fried Caulifloweris also a must, as it’s big on crunch and gets a bright kick from the sundried olives and green chili sauce.
The darlings of the menu are definitely the kebabs, and we highly recommend the Baharat Spiced Chicken, Halloumi Cheese Kebab, Turkish Pepper Lamb Kofteand the Okra Falafel. Each comes piled high with grilled meat or veggie fillings piled high on a fluffy pita with vibrant sauces and garnishes that taste so good you won’t mind getting your hands dirty to inhale the lot.
For drinks we were presented with the wine list from Fat Prince and Ottomani, which is their new supperclub converted from the former Ottoman Room bar. The wine list has an interesting mix of wines from Lebanon, Morocco, Croatia and Turkey, and they also have craft beers from various Middle Eastern locales. We opted for a Chianti, which we know wasn’t entirely keeping in the Middle Eastern meal theme, but we did appreciate the mix of other options!
There were four of us visiting this time and they placed us at a really big communal table, which made it a little bit hard to talk amongst ourselves, so if you can, try to ask for a table in the front of the restaurant next to the windows.
If you work in the area, they serve excellent coffee from Sarnies from 8am daily, but note that it’s coffee and only coffee until they open for lunch at 11:30am. They also have a Saturday brunch going from 11:30am to 3pm every week, so you might want to put that on your radar for when you want a bit of a change from the usual eggs and bacon fare.
About $85 a person for dinner, including a bottle of wine and a few drinks.
Where: 48 Peck Seah St.
Tel: +65 6221 3683
Hours: Mon - Fri: Coffee from 8am, Lunch from 11:30am - 3pm, Dinner from 6pm - 12am. Sat: Brunch from 11:30am - 3pm, Dinner from 6pm - 12am.