Singapore has welcomed two new exciting venues, Fat Prince and The Ottoman Room, bringing the Middle East to Tanjong Pagar.
The venues offer two unique bespoke experiences. While the Fat Prince draws influence from the European cafe culture in Istanbul’s bohemian neighbourhood of Karakoy, The Ottoman Room provides a contrasting experience that emulates the Sultan era, with an emphasis on the feasts the period was renowned for.
The team members behind the new ventures include Rohit Roopchand, Director of Operations; Michael Macnab, Director of Marketing; Michael A. Goodman, Creative Director; and Hunter Moyes, Head Chef.
Expressing his excitement of bringing the Middle East to Singapore, Goodman said, “Singapore is extremely ready for new culinary experiences, so it is the perfect place to bring our New Middle Eastern concept. We were wowed by both the food and hospitality in Istanbul, and were inspired to bring our own version to Singapore, while still respecting authenticity.”
Chef Hunter J. Moyes, previously from Vancouver’s Tacofino and acclaimed TV Show, Chopped Canada, helms the kitchen. The Fat Prince’s main menu offers a mix of eight to ten variations of taco-sized traditional and contemporary kebabs, giving diners the option to mix and match. Highlights include okra falafel with eggplant puree and tahini tomato tam, and duck and pistachio kofte with fig compote, alongside Chef Hunter’s contemporary adaptations of side dishes including the duck fat hummus , red quinoa and mint tabouleh.
Offering a luxury contrast to the humble kebab shop cuisine, The Ottoman Room boasts a meze-focused menu. Highlights include vine-leaf confit duck wraps with aegean gremolata, and chickpea panisse frites. The wide range of hummus varieties is a must, with bespoke creations such beetroot hummus with pomegranate molasses, coriander and star anise, and chili sweet potato hummus with fried shallot on the menu.
The venues have incorporated the Middle Eastern drinking culture based on the drink called Raki, the term Raki-Sofrasi emphasising togetherness around food and drink. A variety of these spirits make up Fat Prince’s bar program. Also featured are regional wines from Lebanon and Morocco, amongst other old and new world wines, and specialty Lebanese and Jordanian beers. Of course, Singapore cocktails are a huge part of the drinks menu, as well as traditional cocktails with a Middle Eastern twist.
The Fat Prince and The Ottoman Room are located at 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317. For more information, visit www.fatprincesg.com.