Restaurant El Sheikh, Pahang Street
This was a bit of a random find. After a late night at the office, we were actually on our way to go try some of that "saliva chicken", knowing that they were open until 2 AM. Yet on our way there, we stumbled across a nearby place (18 Pahang Street, 6296-9116) with Arabic music playing and people smoking hookahs outside. Whoa - another Lebanese place! (Lebanese-Turkish to be precise) And they were open until 2 AM too. OK, screw that other place...we're checking this one out instead.
I grabbed the usual hummos and shish kebab, both of which turned out better than I had expected. The hummos came in generous portions, and the shish kebab came complete with marks of flame broiling and half-raw-half-scorched onions too, all seasoned to the right degree. It wasn't all perfect though: the pita bread could have been fresher, and the stubby sticky red-colored rice seemed eerily reminiscient of that oddly-named "Spanish rice" that one usually got with "Mexican" food back in your elementary school cafeteria. The service was also a bit kooky.
Still, it was better than that Alaa El Din place. Whether or not I like it better than Al Hamra will demand a few more repeat visits to be sure, but this place is off to a good start. We'll have to come here for lunch one of these days. Note to self: they also had a place two doors down selling John Smith beer, albeit in a can.