Type of Institution: Vegetarian
Address: L1-87, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bay Avenue, Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 7450
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11am to 11pm, Fri and Sat 11am to 12 midnight
Pita Pan is a vegetarian café specializing in traditional Middle Eastern food like falafel, hummus, pita pockets, and salads, situated within The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands beside the Waterfront Promenade. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the location, the food was way too pricey given the quality and the portion sizes. Service was also slightly patchy – I had to wait more than 15 minutes for my first dish to arrive although the café was sparsely populated on a late Sunday afternoon. As for the level of friendliness of the staff, the manager seemed eager to help but that was offset by the fact that I was shouted at in the ear to move out of the way by a waiter once. And as for the food…
Half Pocket Meal
I started with a half pocket meal, since they promoted pita pockets as their biggest selling point. After a rather long wait (which they explained away by the need to freshly prepare the falafel), I was prompted by a lackadaisical server to select some toppings for the pita pocket from the salad bar.
I kept it simple – just some beans, salsa, corn and green olives.
As you can see, they were not very generous with their servings, which probably worked out for the best since the toppings were generally mediocre and the green olives, in particular, had that terrible chemical canned taste. The small plain falafel balls were average in taste and texture, as were the pita bread they came in. The half pocket meal came with a packet of fries that were slightly too salty and a soft drink (not depicted). ($13.90)
Hummus with Mushrooms
The classic hummus made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic was decently executed – smooth, creamy, and with a good flavour – though it was a tad too oily. The mushrooms, unfortunately, were overcooked and unsavoury. The hummus was served with some pita bread on the side. ($11.90)
Conclusion: I was sorely disappointed by the experience. You’d have a better chance of finding good Mediterranean food while stumbling around drunk in Arab Street.