If you’re expecting this article to whip up your appetite just like all our other food reviews, then we’d advise you to manage your expectations. Because that’s what we didn’t do.
To stay true to the Beirut Grill attitude, let’s start this critique on a lighter and happier note.
Tucked towards the end of Bussorah Street, this cozy two-storey restaurant is ideal for those who’d prefer an intimate and comfortable gathering with family and friends. It’s also nicely situated away from loud street performances and pesky buskers — although since it’s a one-way street, you’d have to go through all the “no, thank you” formalities before reaching destination.
One look at the 9-year running establishment’s façade and you know it stands different from its competitors. Fairy lights adorn the entrance all the way to the rooftop. While this may sound like a gimmick to lure customers in, it’s one that’s forgivable anyway, given the shop’s location. There weren’t servers (or ‘Genies’, as they’re known) cajoling onlookers in as well, which, to be perfectly honest, is a god-given rarity along that stretch. Where we were seated, everything screamed Aladdin, from the glittery emerald blue curtains to purple sofas.
Prior to arriving, we were told that we’d be prepped their best selling dishes to try. Their menu boasts an extensive range of dishes and dips, from mezza (small dishes) to heavier ones like platters and wraps. However, we only had the opportunity to try one main, a side dish, and a dessert of our choice.
Sizzling Kefalotyri Cheese with Caramelised Onion ($16)
We were asked to choose between the Sizzling Kefalotyri Cheese with Caramelised Onion ($16) or Mezza Platter ($25). We opted for the former instead, because we were told it was more interesting, though we wish we could have tried the latter as well. The bread served with the cheese was gone from the table too fast, for it was the highlight of the dish and absolutely delicious. With just enough dough and fragrance, it’s a carb you could relish in for days without feeling the need to hit the gym.
The cheese, on the other hand, fell slightly below expectations. To be fair, it could be because we didn’t consume the dish immediately upon being served. By the time we tried it, the cheese coagulated into a stale product. It definitely could do with less oil, but this is coming from someone who has a low salt and oil tolerance. The caramelised onions didn’t really add star power either, for the cheese’s presence was way too dominating. Perfect for those with strong palates however, if you may.
Mixed Grill Kebab Platter ($39)
Credit will be given where it’s due — this platter is indeed a bestseller, as proven on the menu and the recurring number of times we saw replicas of this eye-catching dish exit the kitchen and to another customer’s table. The meats, which consist of lamb chops, lamb kebab kofta, beef kebab and shish taouk (marinated chicken) were grilled tender enough. Bonus points for the Arabic style rice, which went well with the different cuts. Our only wish was that they served their own proprietary sauces instead of something that could be found out of a bottle.
Baklava Platter ($12)
For dessert, we opted for baklava. I’ve tried this filo-layered nutty pastry at a few other places, and the ones served at Beirut Grill won’t be the reason to make a second trip back. However, they’re enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Beirut Grill left us hungry — for more. This tasting alone isn’t enough to justify what this Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant has to offer, and we wish we were given the pleasure to do so.
Address: 72 Bussorah St, Singapore 199485
Opening hours: 12pm – 11pm
Social Media Page: Facebook
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis