SanoBar Lebanese, One Fullerton
Here's a Lebanese place that I'd been meaning to try for a while (1 Fullerton Road #01-05, 6423-9182). We started with many of the usual favorites, including hummus and baba ganoush, the latter of which came out salsa-like, but both of which did very fine. One thing on the menu that did strike me though was the artichoke, something that I haven't been able to find in Singapore (and have gotten short-changed with bad seasonal timing on trips to Rome and California). So I was a bit surprised to find them offering this - in December, of all times. Granted, it was a pretty small artichoke, and was a bit heavy on the olive oil and lemon juice, but it all went down very quickly. I was happy with it.
Finally, for the main course, I got a kofta kebab, which came off as a bit dry (and had an interesting presence of chili on the side), but I still ate it all. The service here was quite rough though, and it was completely vacant at lunchtime today, which does make me worry about this place's future in such a high rent area. I did notice quite a number of drink specials and hookas on display, so this is probably another one of those places that depends more on evening entertainment (and yes, they boasted of belly dancing) than the food itself.
Well, given that this seems to be one of the only places around that serves artichoke, then I'm sure to come back. But I'm not hoping for much else.