You know a Middle Eastern restaurant is authentic when you meet the chef. Levant’s kitchen is helmed by an Egyptian, Hany Moustafa. Even their tea sets are directly imported from the exotic Middle East – you can’t get any more real than that.
With a myriad of eateries popping up in the Greenwood area, some serious competition is expected but Levant is one tough cookie. Their authentic Middle Eastern cuisine keeps customers returning for more and they have in fact, been recently contracted as wedding caterers.
For starters, we had the delightful Hummus ($10). Levant’s rendition of Hummus is more sprightly than the typical fare you get along Haji Lane. Served together with warm pita bread, the lightness of the mashed chickpeas whet our appetite for what was to come.
The Lamb Shank Briyani ($32 for a portion of 2) was undeniably a hit. With a touch of saffron, savoury sauces seeped into the succulent lamb and coated the long grains of rice for that extra burst of flavour. For those who are normally turned away by the slight pungence of lamb, this dish will keep you coming back for more as the expected pungence seems to have evaporated and replaced with a soulful mix of sauces and meat.
How could we end the meal without the traditional Kebabs of the Middle East? Flavoured with well-rounded spices, the flavourful Kebab Koobideh ($29) was tender and kept us on our toes for dessert. The Baagh-lava ($6.50) and exquisite Saffron Ice Cream ($6.50) will most certainly satisfy your sweet-tooth craving.
For those with tighter purse strings, Levant feels you. Which is why you can get a generous 3-portion set meal for $15 during lunch (daily) and $30 during dinner (Tues, Wed & Thurs). To round up our experience, here is a visual story produced by Shiokalingam of what you can expect at Levant.
One word: Shiok!
Location: 8 Greenwood Ave. Singapore, 289198 Singapore
Contact number: +65 9640 4866
Email : [email protected]
Check out Levant’s latest updates here.
This was an invited tasting.