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As a dessert that was recommended on the menu, this was pretty disappointing, albeit unique. From Wikipedia, the dessert originates from Egypt and literally means 'Ali's Mother'. Typically, pastryย is divided into pieces and blended with pistachios, coconut flakes, raisins and plenty of sugar. Milk, sometimes with cream, is then poured over the mixture and may be sprinkled in cinnamon. While it can be served either hot or cold, the variation at Le Rida's was hot. In essence, it contained filo pastry mixed with a variety of nuts and pomegranate seeds all of which are then soaked in a cloyingly sweet milk mixture. It reminded me of a watered-down version of Bircher Muesli with less texture and a whole lot more sugar. As all the ingredients were soaked in the milk mixture, the filo pastry became soggy which was unfortunate, especially when compared to its firm and crumbly counterpart found in the Baklava. The nuts still provided that crunchy texture I was craving for but overall, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐˜† ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜…๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ '๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜†' ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜€. In fact, I required 3 more glasses of water to finish it up. While it is still a unique dish that I was thankful to try, I will definitely not order it again.
Taste: 4/10

Full review at:ย https://thankgodjournals.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/restaurant-review-le-rida-bukit-timah-road/

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-MRTn_nvkY/?igshid=8r16jwmx9yp0