Reese Yau Leng •
03 Jan 2012 • 1 review • 5 followers
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.
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.
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.
Did not order.
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.
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....