Pita Pan: You won’t miss the meat!

I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of activities as of late. University life is crazily hectic, so I do apologise for the lack of posts. I’m swamped with readings, essays, presentations, and homework, which I have to juggle alongside piano and driving practices. There’s barely anytime to try out any nice new food places or to play around in the kitchen.

Since I couldn’t sleep again, despite lacking desperately in the sleep department, I decided I should do a post before class!

This is a long overdue post, since I visited Pita Pan much earlier this year with one of my friends. Pita pan has been on my to-try list for ages, and I definitely don’t regret going all the way down to Marina Square to try it!

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Pita Pan is a vegetarian Mediterranean-inspired self-service restaurant with a few outlets located in Singapore! Think fast food, but healthier. I’m a huge fan of mediterranean food, especially hummus! They serve up a variety of dishes, from self-service pitas to falafel sharing platters and even hot food like ShakShouka.

I’ve had my eye on their Red Shakshuka for quite awhile, so I knew what I was going to order without even looking at the menu. I could barely contain my excitement when they placed the pan of bubbling red stew on my tray.

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The Shakshuka was served with a side of fluffy pita bread which was delicious to dip into the tangy tomato stew. I absolutely loved this dish. I prefer my eggs slightly more cooked as opposed to runny eggs, so I left my eggs in the pan for a while more for the yolks to solidify just a bit, before devouring them. This dish met all the expectations I had, and it was everything I envisioned. It wasn’t as spicy, so adding some Tabasco would add a nice kick if you like some spice in your life.

My previous encounter with Shakshuka was at Wild Honey, which was delicious as well. Both were tasty, but different renditions of this hearty dish. Wild Honey’s would veer more on the richer side since they use Chorizo sausages in the stew, and serve it with home baked brioche for dipping. Wild Honey’s version also has more textures since they add more things into the stew, whereas Pita Pan’s shakshuka is more like a thick chunky pasta sauce with eggs. There is even an option of adding cheese on top! Not the processed junk you get at fast food restaurants though, you get fresh cheese crumbled on top, I think it is feta cheese if I’m not wrong. Nonetheless, I love both versions.

Pita with 5 Falafels

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They have the option of either 3 falafels or 5 falafels in your pita. They’ll fill your pita with hummus, load up the falafels, and hand the pita over to you to fill with as many fresh and pickled vegetables as you can handle! There are loads of sauces as well, like salsa and a few more I can’t identify, for you to drench your pita in. I love this hands-on experience. It’s really hard to fill the pita with veggies though, since the falafels already take up so much space. Eating this is not easy at all cause everything will fall out.

But since it tastes good, I’ll take the messiness in my stride, it’s all in the name of fun! Not exactly a glamorous choice for your first date though ;P

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I previously had a rather nasty experience with a falafel at The Soup Spoon, so I was a little wary of this. Thankfully, it was so much better! Unlike the cold, dry, potato-dominated falafel at The Soup Spoon, this was hot, crispy and fresh! The chickpeas were mixed with some herbs and spices, so they were slightly green on the inside, but still yummy.

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Throwback to when my hair was much shorter!

I would be back here, without any hesitation, apart from the fact that it’s so far away! I wish they would open up more outlets, more spread out around Singapore! They have a brilliant concept of fast and healthy food, however, they only live up to half of that. The service is here is far from fast, and I daresay is one of the worst service I’ve encountered. The staff were slow, rude and could not handle the orders. They even closed the counter for 15 minutes to try to meet orders. Customers were getting angry that their order were not being taken, and the service staff were being rude in handling the customers. One guy even walked off.

If they could improve on their service and speed, Pita Pan is a concept that I see has a great future ahead! They would be a great option for healthy and fast eating on the go. I look forward to the day Pita Pan can be found all over Singapore as a healthy fast food option.

Rating: 8/10 (minus 1 for poor service)

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bay Avenue
Singapore 018972
L1-87, Bay Level

Operating Hours:
Sun – Thu 11am to 11pm
Fri and Sat 11am to 12midnight

Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard

Singapore 039594
#02-183A

Operating Hours:
Sun – Thu 11am to 11pm
Fri and Sat 11am to 12midnight

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