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Singapore restaurant REVIEW:
Bakalaki Greek Taverna Chope

  • Bakalaki Greek Taverna
    Bakalaki Greek Taverna
  • Bakalaki Greek Taverna
    Bakalaki Greek Taverna
  • Bakalaki Greek Taverna
    Bakalaki Greek Taverna
  • Bakalaki Greek Taverna
    Bakalaki Greek Taverna
  • Bakalaki Greek Taverna
    Bakalaki Greek Taverna

The hype: This authentic Greek restaurant found in hip Tiong Bahru is proof that the bounties of the Mediterranean make for a veritable culinary gem.

The vibe: You can find many Greeks patronizing this decidedly picturesque space filled with faded woods, white walls and sparsely populated with pastel furnishings that give the place a nice spot of colour. Check out the eye-catching wine cabinet designed after the Greek flag; a beautiful showpiece that is equal parts practical and alluring.

The food: Executive Chef Spiros Palaiologos takes pride in staying as close to genuine Greek cuisine as possible, using many products directly imported from Greece, while still catering to the local palate here. You won’t regret starting your meal with a round of spreads—the Greek yogurt ($14.90) and smoky eggplant ($14.90) ones are divine—that is best eaten with pita bread ($2.90) lightly seasoned with sea salt and oregano. If in a big group, go for the mixed grill platter of meats ($188.90; feeds four) that comes with homemade fried or baked potatoes, or seafood ($168.90; feeds four) that comes with lemon sauce and boiled vegetables.

But if you’re like us and would rather go for variety, first try the pan fried feta cheese dressed with honey and sesame ($16.90). While feta is often an accompaniment in salads for flavour, the cheese takes centrestage here and doesn’t disappointment. Then get the well-marinated spiced grilled lamb chops ($32.90) as a main, or the grilled skewers ($23.90-$25.90) served with tomato onion, Greek yogurt spread and pita bread, if you haven’t already had your fill of the bread and dips.

Whatever you order, save space for the grilled octopus ($32.90) seasoned with lemon, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. The whole tentacle is a smokey, tender delight and is well cooked to the point that even the thicker portions of the appendage are soft enough for a butter knife to slice through.

The drinks: While there are cocktails and beers on the menu, it’s the wines—all sourced from Greece or its surrounds—that are the true standouts. It’s an extensive list filled with whites and reds ($67.90-$119.90 per bottle), as well as more unique ones like vinsanto (a dessert wine) and retsina, or Greek resinated wine.

Can’t get enough of the wines? Hop over to the adjoined grocery area and buy a few bottles home. While you’re there, add a few Greek produce into your shopping basket too.

Why you’ll be back: Not many places do Greek cuisine as well as Bakalaki. But beyond the sublime food and drinks, it’s the hospitality and warmth shown by the restaurant’s full-timers that will make you feel welcome time and again. You’ll find this place packed even on the weekdays, and for good reason.

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Phone: 6836-3688
Bakalaki Greek Taverna, 3 Seng Poh Rd., Singapore, 168891 Singapore

Nearest Train:

Outram Park

Website:

bakalaki.com

Opening Hours:

Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight; Fri-Sun noon-2:30pm, 6pm-1am

Price Range:

$$ - $$$

Open Since:

June, 2017
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Bakalaki Greek Taverna
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