Sunday, February 17, 2013
Pita Pan - Bayfront
Pita Pan is a 100% vegetarian Mediterranean eatery, that has recently opened its doors near to the infamous Marina Bay Sands complex. This exciting new Indian-run establishment specialises in Middle Eastern cuisine, which is a food genre so seldom found in Singapore, especially a vegetarian rendition. The restaurant interior is facing both indoors and outdoors - The inside is incredibly small, and thus you will struggle to get a free table, which is why most people seem to prefer taking away.
Location: #L1-87, The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 9.00am-12.00am. Fri and Sat 9.00am-2.00am
website. I kicked this meal off with the Baba Ganoush. This traditional Levant dish, consists chiefly of eggplant, olive oil (smeared on top) and a variety of spices added into the mixture. This version was delectably creamy, and mild in flavour. The olive oil - Which was generously distributed - Added good lubrication to the other ingredients. The glowing red paprika on top tasted strong and fresh, unlike most bottled paprika in Singapore. This dish is served with a fresh and well charred pita bread.
Price: $12.20. 8/10
Hummus With Mushroom. There are countless renditions of hummus that have spawned from the 'original' version. An often long debated issue with hummus is the amount of garlic that should be used. Personally, I prefer a generous amount. With that being said, this version has present garlic flavour, but it is certainly not over-powering. The texture of the hummus is moist and smooth (a powerful blender must have been used). The sauteed mushroom and onion were placed in the center. Once again, a fresh pita was served on the side.
Price: $11.90. 9/10
Full Pocket-Meal. There are a variety of set meals available on the menu, which are a little difficult to understand when ordering. Moreover, actually knowing what to do after ordering is not explained correctly. You must sit and wait, and then wait for your number to be called - Then you go up to the salad bar and customize your pita ingredients - None of this is explained. This set meal comes with fries and a soft drink of your choice. The customized pita pocket is delicious, especially the crunchy and fresh falafels that are put inside by default. Set meals typically represent the best value on a menu. But for this set meal, I found it the most over-priced and least value, compared to the other dishes I ordered.
Price: $15.90. 7/10
Conclusion - Marina Bay Sands is renowned for its casino. I am not much of a gambler myself, but perhaps before going to Pita Pan I should have tried my luck, so that I could fund the payment for this meal. It is expensive, there is no hiding from that. However, I was extremely impressed by the quality of the food, with this style of cuisine being so hard to find in Singapore. It made a refreshing change, but the price will keep me away from visiting regularly. Especially when nonsense like service charge ($4, and most the food I had to collect myself) is needlessly added.
Food - 9/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 5/10