Type of Institution: Non-vegetarian
Address: 39 Arab Street, Singapore 199736
Tel: +65 6292 0979
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 10 am – 3.30 am, Fri, Sat & Eve of P.H. 10 am – 5.30 am
Café Le Caire is a sprawling complex in Arab Street offering simple, traditional Middle Eastern fare in a very casual setting. The baba ganoush came highly recommended but was unfortunately unavailable on the day of my visit. A few of their side dishes were above average but generally the food was second-rate.
Foul with Hummus
The combination of foul with hummus produced a fairly satisfying, protein-rich and savoury dish. The foul was made of slow-cooked fava beans seasoned with lemon juice, garlic, onion, parsley, mixed spices and olive oil, with intermittent chunks of partially mashed beans providing a pleasant texture. This surrounded a smaller serving of smooth and creamy hummus, which was jazzed up with tahini, lemon juice and olive oil.
The foul was served with thin and flat Arabic bread made with flour, water and salt. I was not impressed by its lack of texture. Pita bread is also an option. ($6.50)
Adas bil Hamod
These slightly spicy, firm and nutty lentils flavoured with coriander, olive oil and lemon juice made for a hearty and enjoyable side dish. ($6.00)
Avoid these flavourless and texture-less brown balls of play dough. The tasty tahini dip did not salvage them. ($9.00)
The assortment of marinated Portobello, button and abalone mushrooms did not look very appetizing but were fairly tasty, juicy and tender. ($12.00)
The vegetarian kebab, made of skewered grilled mushrooms, zucchini, and yellow and red capsicum, was mediocre. Fresher ingredients would have helped both the kebab and the green salad on the side. The dish came with a choice of rice (with different types of rice each day), mashed potatoes, fries and wedges (which were tolerable). Vegans should check before opting for the rice (e.g. their bakhari rice is made with butter). ($12.00)
Decently fresh lime juice. ($4.00)
Conclusion: Café Le Caire was a hit and miss experience. I wouldn’t particularly recommend it.