Whether you’re Muslim or dining with Muslim friends, never find yourself stumped for places to go for halal eats again
The great thing about living in Singapore is its diversity, and we’re not just talking about its people. Virtually any type of cuisine is found here – whether you’re nursing a craving for French food or sticking to a vegetarian diet, chances are you’ll find it in the Little Red Dot. Case in point? Halal food. In recent years, the city’s seen a huge surge in the Halal scene, with cafes popping up all over town with great grub, coffees and pastries in tow. Keep reading for a list of our top Halal restaurants and cafes in Singapore for Muslim foodies.
Changi Village remains one of our favourite go-tos for a breather out of town – which makes Saltwater one of the best, hidden Halal-certified culinary destinations on this island! Enjoy all of Changi Village’s flora and fauna, all within the air-conditioned comfort of Saltwater. Our tip: dinners on Friday through Sunday are equipped with the Chill & Grill live station, so you’ll get to enjoy meat cuts and fresh seafood grilled on the spot. The buffet also prides itself on serving local favourites like, laksa, kueh pie tee, ayam ponteh and more. Prices start at $38++.
Saltwater, 1 Netheravon Rd, Changi Village Hotel Level 1, 508502, p. 6379 7018.
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Recently certified halal, The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens has quickly climbed up the ranks as a popular spot for special occasions. Hidden in the Ginger garden of Singapore Botanic Gardens, Halia’s proximity to the city and tranquil setting makes it the perfect escape from the city. Through full-height glass windows, guests can sip their mocktails and brunch out while enjoying the warmth of the sunlight in total air-conditioned comfort. Post-sunset, head to the terrace, where majestic palm trees surround the facade of the restaurant.
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, p. 8444 1148.
There’s nothing more comforting and exhilarating like good Thai food. Meet Blue Jasmine, our current favourite halal Thai restaurant that’s doling out everything from delicious photek with deep fried sea bass (less feisty cousin of tom yum) and Thai style kway teow (yas, it’s a thing) to a fried egg roll served with hot chilli. Expect butterfly pea flowers to make several appearances. We particularly liked it in our summery mocktail… and the blue steamed rice with red curry. Oh and don’t miss that divine chendol that’s served with coconut milk, coconut ice cream and homemade rubies.
Blue Jasmine, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Singapore 217564
Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but halal ones? Not so much. As one of the few in the city, Positano Risto has a lot to live up to, and man has it been knocking it out of the park. Food is highly raved about – so much so that it’s ranked the number one Italian restaurant in Singapore on Tripadvisor – and authentic. Everything you’d want in an Italian restaurant is served here (sans the wine pairing of course), including fettucini with fresh whole lobsters, eggplant parmigiana and mushroom risotto.
Positano Risto, 66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479
We’re not sure how Gastronomad slipped under our radar, but boy has it piqued our interests. Quietly tucked away in Thomson, it dishes out modern European fare made with only (and they emphasise zero shortcuts here) fresh produce and ingredients. The lineup includes pan-seared duck breast, stuffed squid and Ghost chicken (chicken sous vide in 10 spices) – all plated up to perfection.
Gastronomad, 11 Sin Ming Rd #01-30, Singapore 575629
Still not over the raclette cheese craze? Flavour Flings has got your cravings covered – have yours over a juicy tenderloin steak and baked potatoes, or with a salted egg yolk croissant. Best recommended for an empty stomach!
Flavour Flings, Block 121, Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121
Kucina Italian Restaurant
As one of the few halal Italian restaurants in Singapore, expectations for Kucina are understandably high. But rest assured, its food is nothing short of deliciozso. On the menu, you’ll find hearty meals a Nonna would approve of: think gnocchi, al Granchio, as well as seafood risotto.
Kucina Italian Restaurant, #B1-09/10, OneKM mall, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437157
Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro
No need to head to Ikea for your fix of Swedish meatballs – Fika actually does it better. Here, you’ll find a small but serviceable menu of Halal Swedish classics like Panbiff and Pytt i Panna. With its whitewashed walls and light-filled interiors, the homey café is a breath of fresh air amidst the myriad Mediterranean eateries in Kampong Glam. Don’t leave before trying the much-raved about lingonberry cheesecake.
Fika Swedish Café & Bistro, 257 Beach Road. Singapore 199539.
Founded by Sheikh Haikel, Fat Papa’s is the halal counterpart of Fat Boy’s Burger Bar. Like the original, this American style burger joint really hits the spot with staples like the Wimpy ($15) and oddities like The Elvis ($12): a beef burger served with grilled bananas and creamy peanut butter. Alternatively, build your own burger with customisable patties, add-ons and sauces. Note that lines are usually crazy long for this, so make your reservations well in advance.
Fat Papa’s, 17 Bali Lane, Singapore 189853.
If it’s soul food you’re looking for, don’t miss Coba Coba: an authentic nasi padang haunt located in Yishun. We don’t blame you for mistaking it to as a cafe; with its brick walls, vintage decor accents, and kitschy trishaw located just outside its premises, it won’t look out of place in Kampong Glam (i.e. halal cafe heaven).
Coba Coba, Block 156 Yishun Street 11, #01-106, Singapore 760156.
Think tasty takes on traditional tacos here; chow down on the duck a la orange for a semi-smoky, semi-sweet rendition of the savoury dish, or dig into the wonderfully citrus-y and refreshing sriracha papaya crab – perfect for steering clear of that post-buka puasa (the end of the daily Ramadan fasting) crash. The burritos are no less delectable, with the sambal chicken taco playing right into our love for spicy flavours, and the deliciously bizarre brisket biryani tacos (yes, seriously) flawlessly melding classic Mexican and Malay flavours. Do yourself a favour and order the pulled beef tacos.
Afterwit, 778 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198746, p. 6299 3508.
This Muslim-owned cafe has got to be one of our top favourites. Its no-signboard, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it location hides a precious secret: the Bullseye steak, AKA the best halal steak we’ve EVER had. It’s served with a sunny-side-up, grilled spiced root vegetables and a mysterious, delicious sauce we can’t help smothering our steak with.
The Bravery, 66 Horne Road, Singapore 209073
Founded by the same people behind other popular Halal cafes like Working Title and Afterwit, Santap is located at Daulat Hotel, a quaint boutique property tucked away in Little India. Rich in greenery with standing and hanging plants dotting its vicinity, its alfresco area features pendant lighting over wooden tables flanked by colourful chairs, giving your evening meal a touch of cosiness and warmth. The food here is no letdown either, with healthy and hearty rice bowls and pizzas, as well as a decadent brunch menu for sweet tooths.
Santap, The Daulat Hotel, 16 Madras Street, Singapore 208413
This pastel wonderland is everyone’s favourite Instagrammable place in Haji Lane. Have your ice cream in an egglet waffle, and topped with all the sweet treats your heart desires: they’ve got everything from sprinkles and cookies to sauces and cereal.
Lickety, 34 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199452
Looking every part like an authentic izakaya, this halal eatery is tastefully adorned with Japanese art and even has a tatami-seating area on one of the floors. On the menu are classic kushiyaki like assorted grilled meats and vegetables on a skewer, signature charcoal-grilled dishes like saba fish flavoured with shio and salt, udon bowls and more. And if you want to drop by for after-work drinks with your Muslim colleagues, this place serves up mocktails instead. Safe to say you guys won’t show up to work the next day with a hangover.
Hararu Izakaya, 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437
Kaw Kaw SG
This Malaysian burger joint serves up some seriously incredible grub. Its speciality is burgers, particularly fat, juicy ones served with add-ons like beef bacon, fried eggs and turkey bacon. If you want to minimise the mess, the restaurant also delivers delicious pastas, and mains like pan seared salmon and steaks.
Kaw Kaw SG, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918.
The Royals Steakhouse
If you think you can’t get Halal quality steaks in Singapore, you’d be proven wrong at this popular steakhouse. The restaurant emphasises on using chilled meats for maximum freshness and flavour. Steak options here include Australian Striploin or Ribeye, New Zealand Tenderloin and Côte de boeuf: 150-day grain-fed Black Angus Beef good for two.
The Royals Steakhouse, 10 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199077
Arguably the most popular Halal buffet in Singapore, Carousel boasts an extensive, all-encompassing spread that has everything from Asian and Japanese to Mediterranean and Indian. Not only is the restaurant famous for variety, it’s also known for serving fresh, quality food. Top that with the exceptional customer service, and it’s no surprise that it’s often booked out on weekends and during festive seasons.
Carousel, 25 Scotts Rd, Lobby Level, Royal Plaza on Scotts, S228220, p. 6589 7799.
There’s no shortage of Indonesian restaurants in Singapore but – if we had to choose – our top pick is IndoChilli. Their classics like sop buntut, lontong, and ayam panggang are flavourful and authentic; it’ll feel like you’re dining on the streets of Jakarta itself (minus the grime). And when it gets too hot, cool down with the es cendol.
IndoChilli, 54 Zion Road, Singapore 247779, p. 6445 1766.
21 On Rajah
Days Hotel’s main restaurant gets our vote for its extensive selection of local flavours, Mediterranean cuisine, and seafood options in their Halal buffet spread. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s special offers throughout the year, especially during Ramadan.
21 On Rajah, Days Hotel, 1 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329133, p. 6808 6847.
Royz et Vous
Once located in Bali Lane, Royz Et Vous is now thriving in our very own Honeycombers ‘hood of Telok Ayer. Mains here are nothing short of spectacular, with classic dishes like herb crusted salmon, steak and smoked duck with roasted potatoes. But one thing that puts this restaurant ahead of the game is its Halal wines (yup, you read that right) – these have been dealcoholised through vacuum distillation.
Royz Et Vous, locations in Telok Ayer and Chai Chee.
Known for its traditional Balinese and modern Indonesian buffet, the tantalising spread here includes mains like ketam sambal (crab in a spicy sauce), peha kambing bakar (grilled lamb leg) and beef rendang. Tip: Don’t forget to sop them up with lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo) sprinkled with heaps of serunding (spicy fried coconut flakes). Got room for only one dessert? Load up on the pisang epek (grilled banana with cheese).
Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant, 405 Havelock Road, Furama Riverfront, Singapore 169633
Sakura International Buffet Restaurant
On a budget? This household name won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Plus, there’s something for everyone, from dim sum and American staples like meatballs to French food like Whelk a la Boueguignonne.
Sakura International Buffet Restaurant, various outlets islandwide.
Sofra Turkish Cafe & Restaurant
For authentic Turkish fare in a casual chic setting, Sofra is your best bet. This crowd favourite gets it right every time with its classic, hearty, and affordable Ottoman cuisine, served in very generous portions. Desserts-wise, the Kunefe (a sweet cheese pastry with sugar syrup) is simply ambrosial – one bite is all it takes to get you hooked.
Sofra Turkish Cafe & Restaurant, #02-42/44 Shaw Tower, Shaw Leisure Gallery, Singapore 189702
Loosen those belt notches for a gut-busting meal at this swish dining space within Marina Mandarin. It offers a hefty buffet spread and a la carte menu of Asian and international delights – from Hokkien Mee and lamb chop to Phad Thai and portobello cheeseburger, there’s something for everyone. A must-try: the restaurant’s signature Jumbo Laksa.
AquaMarine, Level 4 Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594, p. 6845 1111.
Variety is the name of the game at Grand Hyatt’s swanky in-house buffet restaurant. Expect lots of local favourites like Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, satay, and fried carrot cake. The mind-boggling choices require several return trips to the buffet line – so enter with a hearty appetite (and a pair of roomy pants).
Straits Kitchen, Lobby level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6738 1234.
The Orange Lantern
Not sure where to go when you’re in need of slurping up some Vietnamese pho goodness? The Orange Lantern serves up mighty fine bowls of pho with a few unorthodox twists. If regular beef pho doesn’t do it for you, try the chilli beef noodle soup for a spicy kick.
The Orange Lantern, various locations
Time for Thai
Though new to the game, Time for Thai is already killing it. Located in Bukit Timah, the food is as authentic as it gets. The menu includes all the classics you’re familiar with – think phad Thai, beef tendon soup and stir fry basil chicken – with unique ones we promise you’ll be excited about. Case in point? The dough fritters with sangkaya. The fried, doughty sticks dipped in the creamy, pandan-infused custard is heaven on earth.
Time for Thai, 15 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599739
You’re missing out if you’ve never tried Nasi Ambeng. Served communal style at Padi, you’re meant to eat with your hands while sharing the food with others. Around a heap of steamed white rice sit traditional dishes like begedil (fried potato patties), ayam lemak cili padi (creamy chicken curry cooked with birds’ eye chilli), beef rendang and sambal goreng (a spicy coconut vegetable dish).
Padi, 53 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199469
The Great Mischief
From the same brainchild behind Santap comes The Great Mischief, a Muslim-owned Catalonian-style cafe located in the lobby of new boutique hotel The Great Madras. The menu features only tapas, but perfectly forgivable as the options are plenty enough – 23 to be exact. Down it all with a mocktail; you might just forget the absence of booze in them, as they’re cleverly put together. The La Mamba Rambla, for instance, is an interesting concoction of cinnamon, egg white, kaya, lemon and milk.
The Great Mischief, 28 Madras Street, Singapore 208422
Get in the mood for Korean-Western food for Two Hana just got halal certified. Be sure to try out the East-meets-West fusion creations – the haebi prawn seaweed aglio olio, kimchi mac and cheese and the crispy fish bap that promises to be delectable. Vegetarian? Give the Korean mushroom bap a go – the kimanguru rice topped with shimeiji and shiitake mushroom will have you asking for more.
Two Hana, Century Square, #01-21, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509
Opened by the same founders of I am Cafe, & Why brings New York’s delicatessen culture to Halal eaters. Mains include club sandwiches, cheesesteaks and squid ink pasta. Don’t forget to end your meal with a delicious mocktail (these are said to be better than the real thing) like the Raspberry Kisses and Adam’s Apple: a minty drink which combines soda, green and red apple as well as watermelon.
& Why, 30/31 Bali Lane, Singapore 189867
This casual joint is the perfect no-frills hideaway serving up generous portions of dishes like braised lamb shank and salmon served with sundried tomato pesto. Do not leave without getting (your hands) down and dirty with their succulent beef ribs in BBQ Sauce ($24)!
Badoque Cafe, various locations like Bedok Road & Upper Thomson Road.
The Mad Sailors
Halal eaters don’t have to miss out on all the fun – at The Mad Sailors, diners can too enjoy a traditional meaty, English fry-up. Pork gets a swap out here for garlic and herb beef sausage and turkey bacon, with classic complements like hash browns, mushy peas and eggs.
The Mad Sailors, 24 Haji Lane, Singapore 189217. Available daily until 3pm.
When it comes to comfort food, Working Title has it down pat. Burgers here are crazy good – think beef or chicken patties wrapped in turkey bacon, smoked duck with emmental cheese and large portobello patties served with blue cheese dressing. Wash it all down with a chunky chocolate and banana or cookies and cream smoothie.
Working Title, 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745, p. 6298 8721
If you’re looking for a Halal joint to satisfy your sugary cravings, then Butterscotch’s your best bet! This neighbourhood café with its dreamy and delectable looking desserts is a must-visit if you have an uncontrollable sweet tooth. Go for the Chocolate Ecstacy – its rich, Valrhona chocolate waffle smothered in rich vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce will leave you swooning in delight.
Butterscotch, #01-3625, Blk 164 Bukit Merah Central, Singapore 150164, p. 62711164. Open Tue-Sun 10am-10pm Closed on Mon.
I AM Cafe
Helmed by three brothers and their love for Amsterdam, this rustic, open-air bistro serves up satisfying comfort meals like Fish & Chips and Rainbow Millie Crepe. A crowd favourite would be their charcoal grilled juicy beef burger – a burger patty that’s painstakingly grilled over charcoal-fuelled fire and topped up with pineapples, onions, melted cheese and barbecue sauce. Yes, you may start salivating.
I AM Café, 674 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 188804, p. 6295 5509.
Brothers in Fine Food
Run by the same originators behind Penny University, Brothers in Fine Food serves up affordable, quality cafe fare straight out of the ‘burbs. Swing by on a weekend for a gut-busting meal; these guys serve up impeccable brunch options, including massive breakfast plates, smoothie bowls and Moroccan baked eggs. Don’t forget to order dessert as the menu is pretty delectable.
Brothers in Fine Food, #02-07, Tampines West Community Club, 5 Tampines Ave 3, Singapore 529705, p. 6909 0502.
Tucked away at Bali Lane, Krave is a western cafe that offers a smorgasbord of palate-pleasing grub. Here you can find Asian Fusion, burgers, French, Italian, pizza, seafood, steakhouses, local delights, and even vegetarian. The best thing you can get from Krave is its deliciously famous Cempedak Creme Brulee – with one bite, it’ll send you straight to foodie heaven!
Krave, 28 Bali Lane, Singapore 189864, p. 9856 4249.
A collaboration between local juggernauts Tenderfresh. Warung Kim’s Seafood and Ah Boy’s Popiah, Hawkerman serves all your local favourites, with a twist. Ah Boy’s Popiah, for instance, offers up the skinny popiah with salted egg sauce and crispy chicken skin, as well as a ‘Kimcheese’ version of kimchi, cheese and crunchy chicken kaarage. Also available is Warong Kim’s ‘Lolex Hokkien Mee’, which pays homage to the restaurant’s rolex-wearing-Hokkien-Mee-frying founding father Tan Kue Kim. The hearty dish features 500g of fresh lobsters, prawns, clams and octopus.
Hawkerman, Singpost Centre, #B1-128/129 409006, 10 Eunos Rd 8, Singapore 408600
A perennial favourite amongst Easties, this quaint coffeehouse in Katong is perpetually crowded during the weekend – and with good reason. We can’t get enough of its amazing selection of desserts, like the to-die-for chocolate caramel pie. Grab a slice, a cappuccino, and settle down for a lazy afternoon of total indulgence.
Penny University, 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997.
Big Fish Small Fish
Operating out of a container along Punggol Park is Big Fish Small Fish: a cafe which offers Fish and Crisps. Choose from six type of fish – the selection includes salmon and mackarel – to be freshly battered and fried to order. Then take your pick from the slew of free sauces and dips available, which includes cheese, curry mayo and XO sauce.
Big Fish Small Fish, 50 Punggol East, #01-K35, Singapore 828826
FOMO (yes it really is the abbreviation for Fear of Missing Out) is Singapore’s first Hipster food court. Located in a shophouse in Kampong Glam, FOMO is home to three halal stalls. First up is Kakak Kentang, which serves up enormous kentang (meaning potato) balls in a thick beef broth or chicken soto soup. Mr Wholly offers Cajun-style buckets of seafood, while popular Thai stall Kane Mochi, is home to the sweet treat of ice cream wrapped in sticky rice.
FOMO, 38 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198486
It’s hard to miss Konditori while on Bussorah Street – simply follow the glorious scent of baked dough and freshly brewed coffee. Brought to you by the same people behind Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, Konditori serves up artisan bakes alongside comforting cuppas. Take your pick from croissants (there’s even a red velvet version) and crusty loaves, to cinnamon buns and delectable tarts.
Konditori, 33 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199451, p. 6209 8580.
All things delicious
Like its name suggests, bakes at this Halal charming bakery-cafe are nothing short of delish. While they aren’t your traditional rounded scones, these triangular, soft Scottish ones are no less scrummy, with toppings like Gula Melaka and orange cranberry calling out for liberal smears of salted butter. Those in the CBD, rejoice as they have recently opened a second outlet at Tanjong Pagar Centre so you can easily get your fix of daily delish.
All things delicious, 34 Arab Street, Singapore 199733, p. 6291 4252.
The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough
Contrary to its name, The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough is not located in Woodlands (you can heave a sigh of relief now). What started as a humble micro-bakery has now expanded into a quaint cafe in Serene Centre. Breads here are baked fresh daily from Wednesdays to Sundays. Tuck into sammies or toast (the sourdough bread is, naturally, the star of the show here) with a drip coffee on the side. And if you’re looking for a hearty meal, head here on Sundays – that’s when pizza night happens. Bonus points for Halal eaters: this cafe is Muslim-owned.
The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough, #01-05 Serene Centre, 10 Jalan Serene, Singapore 528748.
There’s nothing we love more than the buttery smell of baked goods, and that’s what pulled us into Butter Studio, which started off as a small store in Changi Airport Terminal 3. Their cupcakes are all-round winners – try the red velvet – and they get extra points for the nostalgic décor.
Butter Studio, 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865, p. 6294 7115.
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