Middle Eastern Dinner @ Kazbar, Capital Square
I didn't drink any fresh camel's milk while I was in Jordan because I didn't come across any. Since we're on the subject of camels, check out the picture of the camel that I snapped sitting outside The Treasury in Petra. Doesn't it look cute and cuddly? :) A common question asked of me was, "What is there to see in Jordan?" For a start, Petra! Look at the pictures below and tell me if it rings a bell! I hope it does, as its one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!
Visiting Petra has been a longtime dream of mine (along with my goal to visit all the Wonders of the World - where possible and I'm glad to have visited a few so far). The fascination with Petra started with Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade almost 20 years ago! I'm a major Indiana Jones fan and have watched all the movies!
As I generally prefer visiting ruins to modern buildings, it was exhilarating to finally visit Petra! The experience was definitely worth every minute of the brutal flight from Singapore to Amman (coupled with a 7 hour waiting time in Doha as I flew with Qatar Airways)! :)
I'm a little bit of an Arabophile (I love Arabic cuisine, music and dance) so when a fellow Arabophile (of the foodie variety) JH suggested doing dinner at Kazbar, I was thrilled even though I'd had a week's worth of Arabic cuisine!
I first stumbled upon Kazbar in 2002 and was immediately drawn to it by its decor and music. Its a plush and cosy Middle Eastern "oasis" (as its also a bar cum restaurant and thus qualifies as a "watering hole") in the midst of the concrete jungle /desert (depends on how you look at it) that I work in. I especially love the cosiness of the little private rooms and was thrilled to get a table in one of them. We were lucky that some diners were just leaving when we arrived. Unfortunately, the lighting was too dim for my camera to handle, so please bear with my pictures.
Fried Chicken Wings @ S$14 Deep-fried chicken wings marinated in Arabic spices served with Harissa & Harissa Mayonnaise
Chicken Shawarma @ S$9 (Wed, Thurs & Fri after 6pm) Marinated grilled chicken served with pita bread & harissa
Mixed Grill Platter @ S$29 Lamb Chops, Shish Taouk & Kofta Kebab
Kofta Kebabs are similar to Turkish Izgara Koftes as they are made from ground meat. The lamb kofta kebabs were delicious especially when complemented with the garlic dip! As with all lamb dishes they must be eaten warm for maximum enjoyment. The Shish Taouk (grilled marinated chicken) was too dry for our liking and so we didn't finish it.
Kazbar 25 Church Street, #01-03 Capital Square 3 Singapore 049482 Telephone: +65 6438 2975
Operating Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 12 noon - 1am Saturdays: 5.30pm - 1am Closed on Sundays
PS: This place is worth checking out Wednesdays to Fridays (if you've never visited) just for the experience as there is a bellydancer who heats up the scene.