I had a chance to visit Pita Pit on Friday, and was lucky enough to meet the Boss, James, as well!
Pita Pit has outlets in Canada, USA and Australia as well, and they sell healthy food options at affordable prices.
This outlet at Fusionopolis is still very new, and only opened in May this year. Unlike the usual salad and sandwich bars in Singapore, like Cedele and SaladStop!, Pita Pit offers healthy food with the added bonus of a cultural component.
Pita Pit sells freshly baked pitas (hence the name) which are thinner than the normal commercially made wraps. James uses a recipe for Lebanese pitas which he has improvised to make it even thinner, which is good news for the gym-junkies who want to cut carbs.
Pita Pit is also vegetarian friendly, and they even have a separate grill for the vegetarian options as you can see on the right. The vegetarian options include falafels, halloumi (if you take cheese) and grilled veggies. For the meat eaters, there are different types of meat to choose from including chicken souvlaki (for this month) and piri-piri chicken, as well as tuna.
Ordering style is similar to Subway, where you choose your pita size, and the spread (hummus, tzatziki, guacamole) and the toppings you like. Here, the toppings are unlimited so that’s pretty darn awesome. That said, take James’ advice and don’t take everything just because you can, since the flavours probably wouldn’t mix well.
You can choose from various types of cheeses, diced mangos, diced pineapples, jalapeños, pickles and olives.
For the veggies, there’s a fresh selection of finely diced cucumbers, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and corn. And you choose from a base of baby spinach, romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce (not too sure about this last one, I forgot!).
Something unique to Pita Pit is their O.M.G. Basically, if you want your Onions, Mushrooms and Green Peppers heated up on the grill, just tell them you want OMG! It’s fun to say, and once you become a regular, you’ll be thankful for this acronym. Fast and fresh at your service.
They steam the pitas upon order, so you’ll get a nice hot and soft pita.
The staff then heats up your meat/veggies on the grill, in my case I had the halloumi, which is a Cyrpriot cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk.
You then choose your veggies which will be loaded into the pita… as much as the pita can hold.
The freshly grilled meat will then be added in and the pita will be wrapped up and ready to go.
This is my friend’s chicken souvlaki pita, which certainly looks healthy haha. I spy some pineapple chunks in there.
I ordered the Halloumi Salad, which is basically a deconstructed pita… without the pita. Well, you know how salads are haha, I don’t really have to describe it.
After choosing the veggies and toppings, you get to choose a sauce for the salad dressing. It was my lucky day as they let me try their spreads (hummus, guacamole and tzatziki), all of which were homemade.
Tzatziki is a greek sauce made of yogurt and cucumbers and seasoned with salt and pepper. Their rendition was delicious! James told me that he learnt it from a real Greek, so you know you’re getting some legit stuff.
Hummus is a chickpea dip which is made up of ground up chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and salt & pepper. Some versions call for garlic, but James omits the garlic for the benefit of his customers. Personally, I prefer it with the garlic as it has more oomph!
Guacamole is an avocado dip made with tomatoes/bell peppers and lemon juice, seasoned with salt & pepper as well. Since James wanted to make more of a sauce, his version is more runny compared to the normal chunky dip. They also add onions which makes their guacamole more yellowish than normal. Tastewise, it was ah-okay, although it was more on the tangy side.
Here you see the server adding the freshly grilled Halloumi to my salad! The halloumi is sourced from Cyprus, so it’s the good stuff 😀
And there you have it! The finished product. They were so generous with all the ingredients, and everything tasted so fresh. The thing about freshly made food is that once the ingredients are of good quality, you don’t need sauces to try to make them taste better. The freshness of the ingredients will shine through, and that was certainly the case for Pita Pit.
You may argue that vegetables are vegetables, but when you source them from the right people, you can actually taste the difference. Compared to the quality of veggies you find at Subway, these are better. The variety (and generosity) is better too!
I found the Halloumi to be too salty for a salad, but I think it would be nice in a pita.
All in all, I would recommend Pita Pit for a healthy and affordable dining experience. James really takes pride in the food he serves, and he wants to educate people about the food they are eating. (Not many people are familiar with terms like Chicken Souvlaki and Hummus/Tzatziki unfortunately). He also makes it a point to make the pitas and sauces from scratch, which definitely makes a difference compared to commercial outlets.
I enjoyed my meal there, and I had fun talking to James (he’s a very friendly man, do say hi when you visit, I’m sure he’ll strike up a conversation with you!) Hopefully he’ll be able to keep this up even as business picks up and continues to grow. Everything made from scratch always tastes better. I like how he doesn’t want to dilute the quality and culture of the food that he sells by hopping onto the commercial bandwagon. It’s not easy, but with a good concept and passion, I’m sure Pita Pit will be just fine 😀
Do check them out to see what I mean!
Rating: 7/10 (+1 for health&culture)
1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis #01-15, 138522
Closed on Public Holidays.