K and I have become such experts at dining outside ( and THAt must NOT be interpreted as my inability to cook or laziness to either 😛 ) that we seem to have (acquired ?) this uncanny ability to pick the restaurant by just looking at it from a distance. And we usually show off our finds to other friends and feel proud when they concur – to such an extent that we take it for granted that we are running those restaurants and every friend who likes it is a customer earned. It is funny at times.
K and I love to catch up with Hindi movies here and we usually frequent the Jade Cinema at Shaw Tower along Beach Road. Once it so happened that we were there too early for a movie and the only sound we could hear were the rumbling noises of our own tummies. We do sometimes stay hungry you know. I understand if you cannot believe it with all that food I share on my blog.
Well, Shaw Tower is quite a quiet place with few shops operating such as little trinkets at whimsical prices, a little store that teaches the art of serving Chinese tea, a music shop that sells classical Mandarin music CDs and DVDs, a foot reflexology spa, a small Indian beauty parlour that also features bridal make-up in bold, a small boutique that sells astronomically priced salwars and hand-worked chunnis – well, you get the drift as to how the place looks like. Oh and ofcourse, there is Starbucks. I mean, obviously. But of all the Starbucks, this has to be the really sad one. Their capuccino, latte, mocha and espresso all taste the same – hot water, coffee flavoured.
So, when K and I landed there way too early and were longing for an early dinner before we sit through the 3 hour movie, we had spotted this cozy, non-populated restaurant, tucked away at the corner of the corridor. As we peered to take a look at the name, we had both echoed together – S-O-F-R-A.
Sofra serves Turkish cuisine and by that I mean, authentic Turkish food prepared by Turks.
I have a few choices that are totally vegetarian and I am so happy that I keep ordering the same dish everytime we are there. I love their Musakka that is basically a Turkish speciality consisting of sauteed eggplant and tomato. If you are non-vegetarian you will be served musakka with minced meat but I just chose the vegetarian version. It is served with pilaf, the Turkish rice. The rice is yummy too and it is fragrant, a bit oily and shiny and definitely tasty. It is made in a different way and we found vermicilli in our rice too.
Just look at how good that rice looks. and I love those clay pots in which they serve. It has such an authentic feel to it.
And K had Turkish baked chicken with chicken rice pilaf. And ofcourse, he said it was good though not anything out of the world. He usually has vegetarian options with me but this time he tried chicken.
Please excuse me for the poor quality of pictures. The lighting is a bit on the dim side.
Oh and ofcourse we had the red lentil soup and Turkish tea. We did not click the red lentil soup because you can imagine the elegance with which we must have dived into it. Some other time!
Now this picture is something I have shared before as well here
The ambience of the place is really pleasant and the light is dim. We never forget to choose that corner table overlooking the Beach Road. You can hear small groups of college-goers celebrating birthdays and groups of elderly couples huddled in another corner laughing over family jokes. It is such a warm place to go to before you catch a movie, I mean, the whole experience is something we love to go over and over again on some friday evenings like a ritual.
The chefs are a bit generous with oil. I love oil, like totally can live on ghee, butter and oil at times. Since we do this once in a while, we don’t really find that to be a turn-off. It is priced at an average of 25-30 SGD per person or a bit lesser maybe.
Would we take you here if you come to Singapore? If you are game for Musakka, a generous serving of oil and come equipped with some good humour and lots of time, we have the perfect seat for you! 🙂
P.S. I know this looks like such a food place to be around but lets take that to be a happy coincidence, shall we?