Looking for the best Halal haunts in Singapore, mama? Trot around the island with our list in hand and start ticking off these halal restaurants!
More and more eateries here in Singapore are going the halal route to accommodate our Muslim friends. With a plethora of halal restaurants there’s no shortage of halal fare in a variety of cuisines all over our little island! Here you’ll find our ultimate guide to all the best Muslim-friendly food that this Little Red Dot has to offer – some MUIS Halal-certified, some halal-friendly and some Muslim-owned.
But firstly, what is ‘halal’? According to the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS):
‘Halal’ is an Arabic word which means lawful or allowable. Any food or drink which falls under this category is permitted for consumption. Most food and drinks are considered Halal unless they are stated clearly in the Quran (holy book of Islam) and Hadith (prophetic sayings) as forbidden or non-Halal.
And what constitutes non-Halal?
‘Non-Halal’, also traditionally known as ‘Haram’, means unlawful or unallowable. As the name implies, any food or drink which is classified as non-Halal is prohibited for consumption. In general, all harmful things are non-Halal. Examples of these include the meat of dead animals and birds, flesh of swine (pork), intoxicating drugs and alcoholic beverages.
MUIS Halal-certified establishments use halal ingredients and do not serve alcohol, whether in drinks or food. A restaurant chain would need to apply for MUIS Halal certification for all their outlets in order for them to be MUIS Halal-certified. This means that if one outlet is MUIS Halal-certified, it doesn’t mean another outlet by the same restaurant chain is.
Halal-friendly restaurants can be classified as establishments that serve halal food with halal ingredients, but may offer alcoholic drinks.
Muslim-owned restaurants are exactly what the name implies – restaurants owned by Muslims. Generally the understanding is that these Muslim owners should be responsible enough to serve their customers halal food that they wouldn’t doubt consuming themselves.
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FatPapas Burgers and Shakes
Locations: Bugis (MUIS Halal-certified), Punggol, Tampines and Yishun
The same dudes who brought us FatBoy’s The Burger Bar decided to venture out to their own halal-certified chain, FatPapas! On the same theme of mouthwatering burgers, to-die-for steaks and a menu of milkshakes as their original counterparts, FatPapas now brings all this and more to the heartlands. They even have an outlet in KL, Malaysia!
River Valley (MUIS Halal-certified)
Tanjong Pagar (MUIS Halal-certified)
If Indonesian food is right up your alley, IndoChili is where you’ll get a good taste of sambal. Expect traditional Indonesian flavours with a Singapore kick! The family-friendly eatery offers everything from yummy comfort food like Sop Buntut (oxtail soup), to authentic dishes like Ayam Goreng Cabe Hijau (Crispy fried chicken blanketed with padangnese green chili sambal) that goes great with piping hot white rice. Nikmat!
Locations: Bugis and Little India
While Malayan Council is famous for their Classic Ondeh-Ondeh and Durian Pengat cakes (seriously mama, so so good), their mains can also contend for the limelight. The best way to eat is to order a few of their generously portioned mains and share them in a group, communal style. Our top picks are the Smoked Duck Lemak Chilli Padi Pasta and Roti Kirai Beef Ribs – BRB, drooling.
Malayan Council Bussorah St, 71 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199484
Malayan Council Dunlop, 22 Dunlop St, Singapore 209350
Make a reservation via WhatsApp: (+65) 9009 7345, www.facebook.com/Themalayacouncil
The Orange Lantern
Harbourfront (MUIS Halal-certified)
Somerset (MUIS Halal-certified)
Comfort Vietnamese food is what you’ll find at The Orange Lantern. Their Killiney outlet is great as an after-work hangout over pho, hot pot and lemongrass tea. The sharing platters and sets give you variety while offering value for money.
Royz et Vous
Locations: Chai Chee and Telok Ayer
This chic cafe-slash-restaurant is a great place to kick back with a cuppa, or rally the fam to celebrate a special occasion. If you’re there during the day, make sure to try their specialty coffees. In the evening however, tuck into their menu of fusion western eats like the Spicy Beef Pasta, Soft Shell Crab Burger and the all-time favourite Smoked Duck.
Royz Et Vous Telok Ayer, 137 Telok Ayer Street #01-01, Singapore 068602, Tel: (+65) 6293 0270
Royz Et Vous Chai Chee, 750 Chai Chee Road #01-16, Viva Business Park, Singapore 469000, Tel: (+65) 6636 3537
Reservations available online at www.royzetvous.com.sg
Sakura International Buffet Restaurant
Locations: Boon Lay, Clementi, Downtown East, Tampines, Woodlands
If you’re after an affordable buffet with a wide variety of options, Sakura’s your best bet! It’s perfect for families with their huge range of cuisines, from classic local fare to scrumptious seafood and east-meets-west dishes. Kids will love the dessert spread!
Saap Saap Thai
Locations: Jurong East and Tampines (MUIS Halal-certified)
Love yourself some Thai food? Saap Saap Thai’s extensive menu of aroi mak mak street-side inspired eats will keep you coming back for more! Their boat noodle dishes are a hit, as are the authentic fried chicken, stir fried rice dishes and of course, Thai Milk Tea. Plus, there are so many variations of the classic Mango with Glutinous Rice dessert to choose from to end off your meal!
Saap Saap Thai IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, #01-48/K07, Singapore 609601
Saap Saap Thai Our Tampines Hub, 51 Tampines Ave 4, #01-100, Singapore 529652
Locations: Bedok, Bukit Timah, River Valley and Siglap
What first started out as a casual coffee shop in Bedok (which is still operating) has now branched out to three other establishments in central and eastern Singapore. Foodies all over the island flock to their restaurants at all hours of the day and night – with closing times as late as 6am, Spize is definitely your go-to for late night noms! You’ll find authentic Singaporean, Thai, Indian, Western and Mediterranean food all under one roof. Dining styles range from the casual coffee shop style of their Bedok outlet to more upscale, stylish dining in the Temasek Club restaurant at Bukit Timah with its high ceilings and classy interiors.
Citrus by the Pool
Every mama knows that swimming always works up an appetite with the kids (and adults too!), which is why Woodlands Swimming Complex is so lucky to have Citrus by the Pool on its premises. The casual dining concept offers a relaxed western menu with desserts and milkshakes that will have kiddos buzzing. We’ve got a soft spot for their Fried Chicken and Waffles!
Citrus by the Pool at Woodlands Swimming Complex, 3 Woodlands St 13, Singapore 738600, Tel: (+65) 6366 6581, www.citrusbythepool.com
21 On Rajah
Get ready to feast at 21 On Rajah! The buffet spread includes a wide variety of appetisers, main courses, and desserts at an affordable rate of $32++ per pax. Great for large groups.
Perched on level 38 of the new Andaz Singapore hotel is 665°F, the hotel’s premium steakhouse. The vibe is surprisingly intimate, almost like dining in a Chef’s kitchen. Interiors are richly masculine with hues of walnut, burgundy and copper yet the main attraction to feast your eyes on is the stellar view of Singapore. The famous Pira oven (the temperature for which the restaurant gets its name) is a main attraction. Appetisers include must-trys of Lime-cured Hamachi with Charred Cucumber and Watermelon Radish, and the creamy Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche in Lemon Vinaigrette. Don’t miss signature dishes like the USA Prime Short Rib with Barbecue Glaze and the superb Australian Lamb Chops – a generous dish of three double lamb racks, the exteriors grilled to crusty perfection, yet tender and pink inside. 665ºF is a date night must!
665°F at Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore, 189354, Tel: (+65) 6408 1234, andazsingapore.com
Located on level 4 of the 5-star Marina Mandarin Singapore, AquaMarine is a unique concept restaurant featuring a resplendent spread of Asian and international cuisines. Featuring a sumptuous buffet of perennial favourites, a mouth-watering array of desserts and a wide selection of à la carte dishes, there’s so much here to tickle your taste buds, mama. Surrounded by clear glass panels, AquaMarine gives diners a complete view of the hotel’s plush atrium, as well as a little touch of nature with textured stonewalls and a water feature at the outdoor terrace.
AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Hotel, L4, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594, Tel: (+65) 6845 1111, www.meritushotels.com/marina-mandarin-singapore/dining-en
Asian Market Café
From high tea to buffets, Asian Market Café has it all with their colourful offering of local and regional delicacies. The extensive menu includes live action stations and salad, appetiser and dessert stalls that complete the dining experience.
Nestled in the Farrer Park precinct you’ll find not just Park Hotel Farrer Park, but also Halal-certified Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine. Catch the lift to the fifth floor and you’ll be immediately impressed by the spacious and partially-sheltered outdoor seating shared with the hotel’s spacious pool. Blue Jasmine serves up the best of Southern Thai and Esarn cuisine, available in both à la carte and buffet options.
Blue Jasmine, Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park10 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217564, www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/farrerpark/blue-jasmine
Famous for their lattes and banana pancakes, this no-signboard cafe is definitely where the cool kids hang out. It’s in the middle of some hardware and automobile repair stores in Jalan Besar so can be a little hard to find, but well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
The Bravery, 66 Horne Road, Singapore 209073, Tel: (+65) 9388 2973, thebraverycafe.com
Dine with a lovely view of the Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy swimming pool overlooking the city. You’ll find local and international delights at the casual eatery with a modern ambience that’s perfect for enjoying lunch or dinner with the fam. Their specialty? Juicy and tender steaks straight from the grill!
Arguably one of the most popular hotel buffets in town, award-winning Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts is a one-stop destination for all your culinary cravings. The buffet menu changes often so you know you’re getting new options every time you dine in!
Chef Wan’s Kitchen [CLOSED]
Founded by one of Asia’s most notable chefs, Chef Wan’s Kitchen has a menu filled with Malaysian and regional delights that will tantalise the taste buds of those who can truly appreciate some spice! Tuck into yummy lontong, mee rebus, rendang or Peranakan laksa, all while overlooking the Bay area!
Chef Wan’s Kitchen, 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-14 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802, cho.pe/dineatchefwanskitchensg
The Dim Sum Place
Who doesn’t love a little dim sum?! No one does halal dim sum quite like The Dim Sum Place, which offers an authentic menu of Cantonese dim sum with some local flavour. Their classic Crystal Shrimp Dumplings and Vermicelli Rolls will not disappoint, and the Molten Salted Egg Custard Buns will leave you wanting seconds. One of the dishes that surprised us the most (in the best possible way) is the Chicken Feet with Special Sauce – soft, tender and full of flavour, the chicken skin falls right off upon the first bite. Don’t knock it till you try it! We also highly recommend the congee, which easily serves two per bowl. That’s value for money right there, mama!
The Dim Sum Place, 791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198281, Tel: (+65) 6655 8787, www.thedimsumplace.com.sg
Fika Swedish Café & Bistro
A veteran in the local halal cafe scene, Fika is best known for their cosy cafe setting and unbeatable meatballs. IKEA could never hold a candle to these guys! Every plate is heaping with top notch ingredients so you know what you pay for is what you get.
Fika Swedish Café & Bistro, 257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539, Tel: (+65) 6396 9096, www.fikacafe.com
The Great Mischief
The exterior of The Great Madras (the boutique hotel where The Great Mischief is housed) will be enough to make you want to pop in! Every corner of the space is a hipster Instagram feed dream, so come at golden hour (for the uninitiated, that’s the 5pm – 7pm window where natural lighting is at its best for photos) and snap away on Portrait mode. The food and service won’t disappoint, either.
The Great Mischief, 30 Madras Street, Singapore 208423, Tel: (+65) 8768 0460, www.thegreatmischief.sg
We’re huge fans of The Halia – by day it makes a beautiful brunch spot surrounded by the greenery of the Botanic Gardens, and by night it’s a romantic resto for date night! The Halia is not new to the discerning foodie in Singapore. Having been around since 2001, plenty of locals, expats and tourists are familiar with its signature modern European-Asian cuisine. But its halal certification in June 2017 has shaken the local culinary scene, sending halal food seekers all over the island to visit for their famous all-day brunch and dinner offerings! Make sure to make a reservation before you head down. Their WhatsApp reservation service staff are lovely to chat with and will make the process a breeze.
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, Tel: (65) 8444 1148, www.thehalia.com
If halal izakaya cuisine is what you’re after, Bussorah Street is where you’ll find it. This humble little restaurant hidden away among the bustling cafes and restaurants of the Kampong Glam precinct is authentically Japanese, from its decor and interior down to their wholesome ingredients. While the izakaya dishes are definitely the highlights here, we also recommend the range of ramen bowls on offer.
Hararu Izakaya, 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437, Tel: (+65) 6291 5373, www.hararuizakaya.com
Kaw Kaw SG
Best known for their Mac and Chik (spicy, crispy chicken drumstick in a bed of creamy mac ‘n’ cheese), you’ll sometimes find Kaw Kaw at weekend markets and bazaars like Artbox! Their cafe located at Aliwal offers much more than that with a menu filled with hearty burgers, pastas and plenty of kid-friendly dishes.
Kaw Kaw SG, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918, Tel: (+65) 6444 8349, kawkawsg.com
NOOSH Halal Noodle Bar & Grill
If you’re ever in the Esplanade area and need to sit down for a swig of butter beer, NOOSH is where you’ll find it! Accompany your huge mug of the good stuff with appetisers like Chicken Sriracha with Cheese and Curly Fries with Beef Bacon and Cheese, tuck into mains like Balinese Ayam Satay Pasta and finish it all off with Durian Creme Brulee or a slice of Cookie Monster Cake. Are you hungry yet?
NOOSH Noodle Bar & Grill, 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #01-13B Singapore 039802, Tel: (+65) 6755 4225, www.facebook.com/nooshnoodlebar
Ciao bella! Positano Risto is the halal Southern Italian spot we never knew we needed. Their Instagram-worthy dishes are enough to feed your eyes, but it seems the flavours are also just as punchy as they look! Customers rave about their no-nonsense pizzas and pastas and we’re sold!
Positano Risto, 66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479, Tel: (+65) 6292 1866, www.positanoristo.com
The Ramen Stall
It’s always a full house at The Ramen Stall, and for good reason! The Japanese fare on offer is as authentic at it gets, using fresh Japanese ingredients and techniques (we hear their ramen broth is boiled for up to 30 hours to achieve its rich flavour!). The Ramen Stall is open throughout the night, closing at 5am, so you party people can slurp up your ramen till the wee hours!
The Ramen Stall, 787 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198755, Tel: (+65) 6655 0800, www.theramenstall.com.sg
Here’s one hotel buffet with a difference! We love the luxurious yet cosy interiors of the Straits Kitchen restaurant in Grand Hyatt, and have never been disappointed by the spread. From freshly roasted items straight from the grill to Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan delicacies, Straits Kitchen is never void of Singaporean umami flair!
Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211, Tel: (+65) 6732 1234, [email protected], www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/straitskitchen
Okay, not so much a restaurant as it is a coffee shop, but we couldn’t resist mentioning Zam Zam because it’s just so good! This humble Indian-Muslim spot is the place to take friends from out of town to get a taste of the best murtabak in town, teh in all varieties and favourites like Mee/Maggi Goreng or Lamb Chop.
Zam Zam, 697-699 N Bridge Road, Singapore 198675, Tel: (+65) 6298 6320, zamzamsingapore.com
Bay Hotel’s halal Indonesian restaurant Rumah Rasa serves everything from Chick Kut Teh (the Muslim-friendly version of the classic Peranakan dish!) to Bebek Cabai Ijo (classic Indonesian braised duck with homemade green chilli sauce). The buffet may be tucked away in a corner of the hotel, but don’t underestimate its humble spread as they’ve got some really great standout dishes and outdoor BBQ live stations on the weekends that will have you going for seconds, thirds… even fourths!
Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel Singapore, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828, www.bayhotelsingapore.com/dining
Backyard Kitchen [TEMPORARILY CLOSED]
Backyard Kitchen, headed up by 1-Michelin-Starred Chef Muhammad Haikal Johari, serves up fine dining halal food. Think freshly made pasta with swimmer crab; Australian lamb rack with a side of Russet potatoes; crispy salmon with yuzu mustard, pickled apples & new potatoes or Australian wagyu beef bolognese with fresh fettuccine and burrata and to finish Calamansi with lychee granita Panna Cotta.
Backyard Kitchen, 248 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799472, Tel : (+65) 6481 1083, www.facebook.com/Backyard-Kitchen
Badoque has been in business for a decade and people still go to them to get their fix of the best halal beef ribs, steaks and ultra-spicy hot wings in town. Portions are incredibly generous so make sure you head down with the intention to share a plate or two with your foodie friends!
Badoque Cafe, 246 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469420, Tel: (+65) 6446 6928, www.badoquecafe.com.sg
Brothers in Fine Food
Looking for something different? The menu at Brothers in Fine Food boasts quirky flavour combos that may seem weird at first but are a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available, while carnivores can enjoy diving into hearty beef brunch sets and mouthwatering chicken and waffles served with crispy bacon.
Brothers in Fine Food, 5 Tampines Ave 3, #02-07, Singapore 529705, Tel: (+65) 6909 0502, www.facebook.com/brothersinfinefood
Smooth, gooey raclette cheese is the name of the game at Flavour Flings. Skim through the menu and you’ll quickly realise they put all that good stuff on everything – steaks, chicken, croissants… you name it! Breakfast and brunch are what they do best, so kick back and have a cuppa with your Salted Egg Yolk Croissant with Raclette Cheese, Eggs Dirty Benny or Beef Chili Cheese Fries the next time you’re in the Hougang ‘hood!
Flavour Flings, 121 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121, Tel: (+65) 6286 0051, www.facebook.com/flavourflings
Imagine the best of halal hawker fair, all under one roof! HAWKERMAN does just that with the grouping of Tenderfresh (crispy fried farm fresh spring chicken), Warong Kim’s (60s Hokkien Mee) and Ah Boy’s Hokkien (popiah) in one shop space at the Singpost Centre.
HAWKERMAN, Singpost Centre #B1-128/129, Singapore 409006, www.facebook.com/hawkermansg
You haven’t tasted authentic Lan Zhou cuisine if you haven’t had hand-pulled noodles. Stepping into Núodle at the Paya Lebar Singpost Centre will transport you to the Northwestern Chinese city with its simple, unpretentious interiors and the smell of their signature broth wafting through the air. Perfect for a rainy day slurp!
Núodle, 10 Eunos Road 8, #01-136 Singpost Center Paya Lebar, Singapore 408600, Tel: (+65) 6747 1588, www.nuodle.asia
For no-frills Japanese fair, Isuramuya at JCube will satiate your sushi, don or ramen cravings! With the mini on-site marketplace you can also grab some of your favourite Japanese products to take home. Top recommendations include the Japanese Curry Tonkatsu, Tekka Don (tuna) and Spicy Miso Ramen.
Isuramuya, 2 Jurong East Central 1, #04-19 JCube, Singapore 609731, Tel: (+65) 6262 3008, www.isuramuya.com
We’ve covered so much international cuisine, but where’s the Malay food?! We saved one of the best for last with this hidden treasure in Westgate Shopping Mall. Hajjah Mariam offers one of the best nasi ambeng platters in Singapore. Don’t know what that is? Once you find out you’ll never go back. According to Hajjah Mariam, “Nasi Ambeng is a fragrant rice dish consisting of white rice prepared with meat, vegetables, fried coconut flesh, Sambal Goreng as well as other dishes. It’s a popular Javanese-Malay cuisine that’s normally seen during festivities and served on a tray and enjoyed together in a tray that serves up to 6 people. It is only natural to eat Nasi Ambeng by hand and it is supposed to signify togetherness and peace at meal times.” It’s exactly what it sounds like mama – two to six people huddled around a large tray of rice and traditional Malay dishes feasting away with their hands (it’s the best way to eat!). They also provide cutlery if you prefer.
Hajjah Mariam, 3 Gateway Drive, #B2-08 Westgate Shopping Mall, Singapore 608532, hajjahmariamcafe.com.sg
Did we miss out on any of your faves, mama? Write to us at [email protected] and we’ll be sure to include them in our list!