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Global Mat Soul Kitchen a.k.a. the black metal-inspired briyani chef is doing a pop-up at Straits Clan

Global Mat Soul Kitchen a.k.a. the black metal-inspired briyani chef is doing a pop-up at Straits Clan

The Mat effect

Text: Janice Sim


There are restaurants that we have to wait weeks to snag a reservation, and then there's @globalmatsoulkitchen/chef Ahmad Zahid (who yes earned a cult reputation on Instagram) that has his following of 5,429 pining by the phone everyday just to get a shot at tasting his briyani.

Getting your hands on his coveted briyani isn't that easy. First, you have to request to follow his private Instagram account. Then wait, before he accepts your follow request. Once you're in, you have to wait again before he posts an update of what time he will be setting up shop. Even then, you won't be guaranteed a "seat" at his table. Packets of his sought-after basmati (that rotates between ingredients of goat, chicken, stingray) typically sell out like hotcakes. Chef Zahid's advantage lies in elusivity as well as his efferverscent portrayal of black metal nuances in his captions.

Clan cafe

This December, you don't have to wait by the phone no more. The man himself will be stationed at Clan Café at Straits Clan in a three-day pop-up from 19 December to 21 December. With only two seatings per day, we strongly encourage making reservations, stat. 

Email diningroom@straitsclan.com for reservations. 

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