Esquire (Singapore) - - Man At His Best -

It tick­led us to find out from the own­ers of BAKALAKI that the word doesn’t ac­tu­ally mean any­thing. A port­man­teau and diminu­tive com­bined, the name is meant to de­scribe a lo­cal joint for Greeks to gather at while be­ing sim­ple enough for any­one to pro­nounce. This Greek tav­erna, beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated with­out hav­ing to rely on the typ­i­cal colour pal­ettes evok­ing San­torini, is sit­u­ated in Tiong Bahru—pos­si­bly the last place one would think to find Greek cui­sine close as it is to the old pre-war build­ings in the her­itage dis­trict. Here, they serve un­fussy Greek clas­sics along with a slew of Greek tip­ple, even some so­das to ex­pand your li­ba­tion vo­cab­u­lary with. But what we are es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in is the corner of the restau­rant ded­i­cated to food prod­ucts and in­gre­di­ents flown in from Greece. You’ll find ev­ery­thing from olive oil to the Greek ver­sion of Nutella. If you’re in­spired enough by the food, per­haps it’s time to try your hand at recre­at­ing some dishes at home.

BAKALAKI Greek Tav­erna is at 3 Seng Poh Road. For reser­va­tions, con­tact 6836 3688.

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