Middle-eastern Food & Tea Pairing
Updated: Dec 5, 2022
In Persian culture, having a cup of tea every few hours is a way of life. Tea is life as Persian tea was traditionally known for its medicinal properties before it became a beverage of leisure.
At Shabestan, we carry the finest range of artisanal tea from Julius Meinl. Julius Meinl started importing its own premium tea in 1894 from high-quality plantations in leading tea regions in China, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
East meets West, Julius Meinl combines the tea-drinking culture of the East with the Western tea-time tradition, where the emphasis lies on enjoyment and socializing.
The new menu offers guests a choice between a 1 dish + tea or a 3 course meal paired with tea. There are three options available for each course: Vegetarian, Chicken and Lamb. Each option includes a selection of dishes, which include rice, salad, bread, pickles, hummus, pomegranate juice, fresh herbs, nuts, olives, and dessert.
FOOD & TEA PAIRING MENU
SALAD & WILD BERRY TEA PAIRING $22++
WILD BERRY TEA
A fine balance of sweetness coming from apple pieces, berries and the sweet blackberries on the one side and a pleasant, refreshing sourness from hibiscus and rosehip on the other side
TABOULI SALAD ⓥ
Chopped parsley, onions, tomatoes, olive oil and couscous
SHIRAZI SALAD ⓥ
Freshly chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions with Shabestan's Shirazi dressing
GULF SALAD ⓥ
Lettuce, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese with Shabestan’s Gulf Dressing
CAESAR PERSIA ⓥ
Our classic Caesar salad comes with a unique Persian dressing that consists of mayonnaise, zereshk (barberries), apple cider, salt and crushed black peppers
CHARCOAL GRILLED KEBABS
LAMB & PEPPERMINT PAIRING $60++
The cooling freshness of mint tea satisfies your thirst on a scorching day, refreshes and calms you down.
Tender chunks of spring lamb on the bone, charcoal grilled to perfection with grilled tomato. Served with Basmati rice
Duo of tender lamb fillet and minced lamb kebabs served with 'chelow', Steamed Persian saffron rice
Tender ground lamb leg and lamb shoulder with whole tomatoes skewered and charcoal grilled to perfection
2018 / 2019 - Singapore River’s Signature Winner
CHICKEN & OOLONG PAIRING $48++
Tea-Picking Region: China
Hard, tightly rolled and lightly fermented tea leaves, vaporized with milk steam. Thanks to this effect the natural delicacy and sweetness of this tea type – creamy-milky note that spoils your taste buds.
Tender chicken ground with saffron, vegetables and herbs, all grilled to perfection.
Served with saffron basmati rice
Tender and fresh whole spring chicken marinated in our special sauce, charcoal grilled with tomato and bell peppers. Served with fresh lemon & rice
VEGETARIAN & ASSAM PAIRING $36++
Tea-Picking Region: North India, the state of Assam
Established in 1870, Harmutty Estate offers tea with incredible full-bodied smoothness and a mat sweetness. Assam teas are famous for their full-bodied, intensive taste. Aromatic black tea – strong and robust, but wonderfully balanced. Also perfect to enjoy with a dash of milk or cream.
VEGETARIAN KORESHT-E-BAMIEH ⓥ
Okra cooked in tomato sauce & garlic, served with basmati rice
VEGETARIAN GHORMEH SABZI ⓥ
Savoury medley of red beans, herbs, sun-dried lime and fresh vegetables. Served with Persian rice
ROOIBOS & DESSERT PAIRING $18++
ROOIBOS STRAWBERRY CREAM
The smooth, creamy character of rooibos tea and the fruity flavor of strawberries go together very well.
In the shiny, intensive infusion you will find a hint of the sun setting over the African savanna.
Classic Middle-eastern pastry made of many layers of filo pastries, filled with chopped nuts,
sweetened with honey and rose water
PERSIAN SAFFRON ICE CREAM
Homemade special recipe ice cream with pistachio, cream and saffron
EARL GREY & DESSERT PAIRING $20++
Tea-Picking Region: North India, foothills of the Himalayas
An absolute specialty from China with a fascinatingly creamy taste. Hard, tightly rolled and lightly fermented tea leaves, vaporized with milk steam. Thanks to this effect the natural delicacy and sweetness of this tea type–creamy-milky note that spoils your taste buds.
Freshly baked in-house daily
Homemade cheesecake infused with Arabica coffee
3-Course Food & Tea Pairing Menu is available too!
Vegetarian $75++ per person | Chicken $85++ per person | Lamb $95++ per person
Available from 1 November 2022!