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Singapore - Fab Israeli Snacks by Reena Pushkarna

klyeoh Jul 21, 2012 09:28 AM

Israel's "Queen of Curry", Reena Pushkarna, opened her distant outpost at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Resort late last year, churning some of the best falafel and shakshuka I'd ever tasted on this side of the Pacific.

What we had for lunch today:
- Falafel - crisp, fresh, absolutely delicious with pita bread & tahini;
- Red shakshuka, a delicious ratatouille-like tomato-onion-capsicum stew with two eggs coddled inside - divine!
- Green shakshuka, which consisted of spinach, basil, sweet peppers & cumin-corinader,topped with halloumi cheese. Not as tasty as the red verson, but still delicious.
- Baba Ghanoush (which has the "rough" texture I preferred over the smooth version) and Hummus (a bit too thin & liquid here) dips,served with pillowy-soft pita breads.

Have to come back again to try other stuff on the menu.The place really made one feel like one's in a cafe in Tel Aviv.

Address details
Pita Pan (Marina Bay Sands)
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
#01-87, 2 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018972
Tel:+65 66887450

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  1. makanputra RE: klyeoh Jul 21, 2012 06:19 PM

    I tried this place after visiting the Titanic exhibition at the Arts & Science Museum a few months ago. I loved it!
    My favourite are the falafel patties anf fattoush salad.

    1. M_Gomez RE: klyeoh Jul 22, 2012 09:00 PM

      I've not tried this place yet. Punjab Grill is my favourite place at the moment when it comes to Marina Bay Sands. I really need to move past it ;)

      Don't like Makanpura - too expensive and the food there aren't great (sorry, KF Seetoh!)

      Like Mozza, CUT, DB Bistro Moderne, Hide Yamamato, Imperial Treasure, Moluccas.
      Don't like Guy Savoy, Waku Ghin - over-priced, under-deliver.

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      1. re: M_Gomez
        akated RE: M_Gomez Jul 22, 2012 11:50 PM

        m_gomez: how does the sushi at hide yamamoto compare to places like kanesana or sushi ichi?

        1. re: akated
          M_Gomez RE: akated Aug 12, 2012 08:18 PM

          I like Hide Yamamoto more, but maybe because ofthe ambience and the wonderful service. Foodwise, I think you only need fresh, high-grade seafood since no cooking is involved.

          By the way, I tried Pita Pan (FINALLY!) and loved the red shakshuka. I'm dreaming of it now even as I write this :)

          1. re: M_Gomez
            akated RE: M_Gomez Aug 20, 2012 09:19 PM

            icic. will try hide yamamoto some time! thanks for the recommendation!

            almost made it to pita pan yesterday, but was worried it might not be open because of the holidays (and no one answered the phone). ended up at imperial treasure super peking duck at asia square. the cutting is not as good as the paragon branch - too much actual meat was cut, which destroyed the duck skin-meat ratio.

            1. re: M_Gomez
              FourSeasons RE: M_Gomez Aug 24, 2012 10:14 PM

              @ Gomez: Perhaps you should watch "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (currently showing in Singapore) if you think it is just "fresh, high grade seafood since no cooking is involved"...

              1. re: FourSeasons
                M_Gomez RE: FourSeasons Aug 25, 2012 08:31 PM

                Is it a movie about the old man who owns Sukiyabashi Jiro? I heard they are very rude to foreigners, unless you are 'pretty-looking' :)


                Unfortunately for me, I'm on the 'grandmother' side of looks ;)

                1. re: M_Gomez
                  huiray RE: M_Gomez Aug 26, 2012 06:01 AM

                  You might want to get the DVD.

            2. re: akated
              FourSeasons RE: akated Aug 24, 2012 10:14 PM

              @Akated: I have a few reliable sources that say Yamamoto is not good, way way below the standard of Shinji Kanesaka.

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            Uncle Yabai RE: klyeoh Aug 26, 2012 06:50 AM

            That's funny she's called Reena. In Israel, she probably goes by Rina, a very Israeli name!

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