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Al Hamra

IranianLebaneseMiddle Eastern

Harking back to a time when Beirut was the cultural epicentre of the Middle East, this award-winning restaurant serves Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine in a pleasant, light-filled setting. Expect hearty grilled fare prepared by Lebanese chefs.

Mon - Thu: 11:30 - 14:30

Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 22:30

Fri - Sat: 11:30 - 14:30

Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 22:30

Sun: 11:30 - 14:30

Sun: 18:00 - 22:30

+65 66816418
$38 based on 28 submissions
Dinner (14 votes), Quiet (7 votes), After Work (6 votes)
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Wide variety of good Middle Eastern cuisine, including vegetarian items

Al Hamra's one of our old favorites, having enjoyed many good meals there over the years. This time we had a vegetarian guest, and Al Hamra was an obvious choice for its  good choice of vegetarian dishes complementing its many non vegetarian options.

Their Hummus is always excellent -- this time we also tried the Labneh  and Moutabbal to go with Zatar bread. Delish!

Two memorable vegetarian items were Fool Medames and Cheese Reqaq, in addition to their Tabbouleh

Their grilled meats are usually rather yummy -- this time we tried Ryash Ghanam and Shikaf Kebab. The former was overdone, while the kebabs were just right.

Both the Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir and the Antinori Santa Cristina Pinot Grigorio happily complemented our choices well, resutling in a highly enjoyable overall experience!

 

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Hummus with pita bread4 votes
  • Kebabs3 votes
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02 Jan 2014 • 20 reviews • 0 follower

Wide variety of good Middle Eastern cuisine, including vegetarian items

Al Hamra's one of our old favorites, having enjoyed many good meals there over the years. This time we had a vegetarian guest, and Al Hamra was an obvious choice for its  good choice of vegetarian dishes complementing its many non vegetarian options.

Their Hummus is always excellent -- this time we also tried the Labneh  and Moutabbal to go with Zatar bread. Delish!

Two memorable vegetarian items were Fool Medames and Cheese Reqaq, in addition to their Tabbouleh

Their grilled meats are usually rather yummy -- this time we tried Ryash Ghanam and Shikaf Kebab. The former was overdone, while the kebabs were just right.

Both the Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir and the Antinori Santa Cristina Pinot Grigorio happily complemented our choices well, resutling in a highly enjoyable overall experience!

 
30 Sep 2013 • 42 reviews • 0 follower

Delicious lamb dishes

We took up the groupon promotion with 50% discount on the food. We ordered 2 mains to share, the Halabi Kebab $25 and Dawood Badsha $26. One is lamb kebab with pita bread and roasted eggplant. The other is the minced lamb meatballs in stew which comes with rice. Both tasted absolutely delicious, meat is so succulent and flavourrful ! The quality of food is great, portions are ok and the service is good. The place is quite nice. Will come back again with the promotion for the lamb dishes.
06 May 2013 • 245 reviews • 1 follower

great middle-eastern/lebanese food in holland village

hotos and more: http://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/al-hamra-holland-village/   great – and almost definitely one of the best places locally – middle-eastern/lebanese food in the expatriate haven of holland village. the food is great, and while expensive, it’s more than good enough for me to return.   the dishes were well-done, and portions generous: the za’atar flatbread warm and fluffy; hummus on the tangy-sour side but very appetising ; and our grilled half chicken came surprisingly in a wrap of naan-type bread, moist and well-seasoned. our fattoush was refreshing with the heavier flavours.   I really liked this meal – we were lucky to have one of those deal vouchers which brought the meal from expensive to reasonable. we couldn’t finish our za’atar bread at the end – we kept trying because it was so good, but it was just too much. decently attentive service, and an open design letting in lots of sunlight, this looks set to be a regular weekend hangout.
30 Sep 2012 • 96 reviews • 1 follower

Good service, albeit price on the steep side

I've went to this restaurant thrice and everytime the service there never fail to impress me. The food may not be fantastic, neither is it value-for-money, but the service standards, ambience and novelty of eating Middle Eastern cuisine sort of makes up for it.

We ordered the combo meal for 2 which included an array of Mezzas - Hummus, Fela Fel, Lebanese Garden Salad and Pita Bread. The main course was the Exotic Mix Grilled Platter where there was Lamb chop, Grilled Fillet of Red Snapper, Chicken and beef kabab (and more Pita bread). The meal also came with either mint tea or turkish coffee (which was extremely bitter). Two things could be improved though - dessert could be included in the combo meal; and the pickles were very, very sour. Could the sour-ness be lessened (though I understand it's traditional cuisine)? Price a little on the steep side as well - given that the portions were not very big.

03 Jan 2012 • 1 review • 6 followers

A night of ups and downs....

Living near Holland V and having tried nearly all of the standard eateries in and around that area, we ended up stopping at Al Hamra to try something a little different.

The ambience and quaint interior decor were nice, and the air-con worked well. Granted it was not very packed.

But onto the important part, the food.

Appetizer:

We ordered the Cold Mezza Platter ($28), pita bread ($5) and Grilled Halloumi ($15). It would have been nice if we had been told that the pita bread was additional, the waiter made it sound like we had an option between the pita bread and another type of bread. However that aside, the food tasted decent, the Hummus, Moutabbal was flavourful, however I think the chef was a little olive oil happy. The portion size of the Fattoush and Tabouleh (both salads) left something to be desired, however the Fallafel was cooked brilliantly. Presentation wise it came on a plate that was much too small, would be great if there was some space between the various dishes so that they did not end up mixing together.

Grilled Halloumi was served on a wilted bed of lettuce, the cheese was grilled nicely, very salty though and would have appreciated the extra veggies to take the edge off.

Mains:

Ordered Chicken Shawarma ($22) and Cous Cous with Seafood ($25).

Chicken Shawarma was cooked well, full of flavour. However lacked the kebab flavour. Still it was a tasty main and portion of meat was very generous.

Cous Cous with Seafood, ahh this was a totally different matter. Prior to ordering we asked the waiter if the seafood was fresh. Was reassured that the prawns and fish were fresh and not frozen. Meal arrived and lo and behold, the prawns and fish tasted soft and mushy as if they had been previously frozen. Both lacked flavour and any form of seasoning. The seafood "soup" was watery and tasteless and frozen vegetables were used. Very disappointed. However the Cous cous was cooked well, light and fluffy, nicely seasoned.

Desert:

Did not order.

Service:

Wait staff was attentive and friendly and never needed to ask for water to be refilled etc. I think it would behoove any diner to look for the floor manager to ask about the food prior to ordering, they might have a better idea than the waiter who served us.

Overall:

Given the price and the quality of the food, it would not be someplace that I would visit often. Might be tempted to head back there to try some of the meat dishes when the next middle eastern craving comes along. However there are many cheaper and tastier options for the generic middle eastern food that was served here. Not sure how Lebanese it was either....