In a stretch with such a dense concentration of eateries as Holland Village’s Lorong Mambong, it takes something extra for a place to stand out. In Al Qasr’s favour is Lebanese head chef and owner Ghazi Georges Khanashat. Astonishingly, he uses no salt in his cooking – herbs and spices are cleverly mixed to create flavour; though in the case of the eggplant, garlic and walnut salad, this translated into a rather bland dish. But most flavours are clean and pure, whether it’s the astringent green of rice wrapped in vine leaves, a creamy hummus fragrant with toasted pine nuts, a fresh halloumi cheese salad or the fluffy pita wraps of shredded lamb scented with cloves.
I went to this restaurant when I was in a business trip and I have tried almost everything in the menu. The FOOD taste was great, as it is done in its original countries. The fatoush Hummus Baba Ganooj. They even have Moroccan food and it was really nice.