New in town: UMMI Beirut – the hottest Lebanese restaurant in town you should know about

Sometimes, just sometimes, you have a ‘culinary experience’ and not just a meal. My visit to UMMI Beirut was one of those rare occasions.

ummi - entrance

Just over a week old, this slice of Lebanon lives and breathes its culture at the Intercontinental Robertson Quay. A simple glance as you walk past will tell you that this is the abode of fine dining. Step inside and the atmosphere envelops you like a comforting embrace.

ummi - outdoor dining area

A golden glow bathes the opulent furniture as modern lyrics-light music serenades the scene. Arabic lattice patterns adorn the massive windows that run along the restaurant’s length. There is seating outside as well, but I was too taken in by the plush interior to even consider it.

ummi - interiors

Service is impeccable; personal and attentive. If you are unfamiliar with Lebanese cuisine, the wait staff’s intimate knowledge of the menu will bring the right platter and glass to your table.

ummi - table full of dishes

Lebanese meals are shared journeys. UMMI Beirut begins yours with communal bowls of Cold Mezze, appetisers such as chickpea-based Hummus (S$20) and eggplant-based Mutabal (S$25) dips. I enjoyed the unexpected rich sweetish flavour of Muhammara (S$25) which is roasted sweet pepper dip.

They were accompanied by UMMI Bread (S$9), which was simply divine for its cloudlike softness. You can ask for Mezze Plates, too, For 1 (S$45) with 4 Mezze, For 2 (S$68) with 5 Mezze and For 4 (S$98) with 6 Mezze.

ummi - bread and dips

We asked for the Tabbouleh (S$26) from the Salads menu to accompany the Mezze. The chopped parsley, tomato, spring onion and lemon was a citrusy pleasure.

Eased into Hot Mezze next, we enjoyed selections such as the Meat Sambousik (S$28) which is fried dough stuffed with minced lamb, onion, labneh (greek yoghurt) and parsley.

ummi - meat grill

From the Grill, we were greeted by the UMMI Mixed Grill (S$68) consisting of marinated chicken, marinated lamb and minced lamb meat. Perfectly seasoned, juicy and dense with flavour, the minced lamb was my favourite.

ummi8 - knafeh

Dessert was the classic Lebanese Knafeh (S$24). This spun pastry layered with cheese and drizzled with sweet syrup is popular throughout the Middle East. I thoroughly enjoyed the subtle sweetness of Ummi’s version; it was far better than the overly sweet Turkish renditions I’ve tasted before.

For a new restaurant, UMMI Beirut has a very knowing finger on the pulse of the local culinary scene. By 8pm, the 50-seater was almost packed with people and overflowing with good vibes. Epicures should make their way down here.

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UMMI Beirut

1 Nanson Road, Intercontinental Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909

UMMI Beirut

1 Nanson Road, Intercontinental Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909

Telephone: +65 6970 1797
Operating Hours: 6pm - 11pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon
Telephone: +65 6970 1797

Operating Hours: 6pm - 11pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon
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