Halal food is not difficult to find in Singapore, and delicious halal fare is definitely all-around. These days, you can find a wide range of cuisine that is Muslim-friendly, from Chinese beef noodles to Spanish tapas for sharing. Explore different cuisines with this nifty list we put together.
‘Not all who wander are lost’, a common saying around Wanderlost Lounge hidden within the CBD. The brainchild behind Atap Bar, The Halal Mixologist, opens this mocktail spot perched among the skyscrapers. Taking inspiration from classic books such as Harry Potter, The Little Prince and more, Wanderlost Lounge shakes up a storm of refreshing mocktails that fits perfectly with the unique concept and location of the lounge. Pair your storybook drinks with some bites like the Grilled Cajun Prawns ($12) or Argentinian Beef Striploin ($16).
Craving for some British classics such as Bangers&Mash or Fish&Chips? Head over to the den of The Mad Sailors located at the heart of Haji Lane. From the same blokes that gave us (Working Title), Afterwit, Tipo and The Co-Op, The Mad Sailors whips up good ol’ Britsh grub with a bit of Singapore twist. From the classic English breakfast ($23.90) to Masala Fish & Chips ($17.90), get a taste of quintessential London with a touch of Singapore flavour.
Who knew a cake shop would venture into the steak business? Founded by The Royals Cafe group, the Royals Steakhouse whips up mouth-watering steaks from Australia and New Zealand at affordable prices (starting from $26). Seasoned with just salt and pepper, these prime-cuts are paired with sauces that elevate taste and sensation.
Giving us another great eating experience, the brains behind (Working Title) collaborated with The Methodology Works and opened Afterwit for crazy good Mexican bites and refreshing drinks. Try out a variety of their tacos, from Pulled Beef ($12.90) to Cajun Spiced Chicken ($12.90). Vegetarian? Fear not, Afterwit also has savoury vegetarian options such the Black beans, corn and mushroom taco and Grilled Eggplant tacos (both $12.90). Quench your thirst with a Vanilla Horchata ($9.90) or the crowd favourite, virgin Lychee Mojito ($9.90).
Authentic Italian restaurants in Singapore? There are a couple. Authentic Halal Italian restaurants? It's harder to come by. At Kucina, it is all about quality. Tuck into hearty Italian fare like risotto, pizzas and the huge range of pasta dishes here. Highlights include the gnocchi quattro formaggi ($24) and the risotto de seppia ($22).
This iconic burger stand from Hollywood finally makes its way to Singapore, bringing with them their brand of fresh, authentic and tasty offerings – and it's Halal!
If you feel that the burgers you've had in Singapore have been pretty small, gear up for the tower of patties you'll find in most Fatburgers (you can swap your buns for patties if you're on a keto diet). Remember to complete your American diner meal with a side of fries, or buffalo wings and a milkshake.
Despite its name, Yi Zun Beef Noodle is also where you can sample a whole range of halal Sichuan cuisine. Despite the ostentatious decor – similar to typical Chinese family restaurants – the menu at Yi Zun is fully certified halal. Beyond the noodles (which are still, of course, its speciality), Muslim diners can try dishes like Suan Cai Yu (pickled vegetable fish), Xinjiang lamb skewers and more.
The star of the menu is – surprise, surprise – the handmade pulled noodles. Stick to the OG beef noodles in broth ($9.80) for a taste of its signature dish. If soup if not your thing, the dish also comes in a dry version. Other noodle dishes to try include the minced meat noodles ($8.80) and tomato and beef noodles ($8.80).
Think all American fried chicken is just KFC? Y’all got it wrong. Nashville-style country chicken is spicy as heck. Nashville hot chicken is typically marinated in buttermilk, fried and doused with a heavy application of cayenne pepper (often in the form of some magical pepper-infused oil), along with other spices like garlic and paprika. Curious? Save the plane ticket to ‘Merica, you can get some in Arab Street.
Go straight for the chicken and get the three-piece meal ($10.90) or try the grilled cheese sandwiches ($9.90) that are fried, dusted and loaded with cheese.
Known for its hearty localised pasta dishes and rich indulgent cakes, The Malayan Council is the best place to go in Little India of some comfort food.
Dig into a huge plate of smoked duck lemak chilli padi pasta ($28) or share a serving of Singapore chilli lobster ($48) – which comes with the mandatory fried mantou buns for mopping up the sauce. Finish off the meal with a slice of ondeh-ondeh cake ($8.50) which comes with crunchy gula melaka bits and coconut cream.
The name Tipo comes from the type of wheat flour ('doppio zero' or 'granero tero') in Italy used to make pasta which is smooth and silky to the touch. Tipo Pasta Bar is all about using premium ingredients in the handcrafted pasta produced in-store. From dill and lemon fettuccine to saffron fusilli, everything is made from scratch.
The fun part is that you get to create your own dish. Start by picking your pasta (it depends on what is available on the day), your sauce (alfredo, aglio olio, pomodoro, roasted red peppers, beef ragu) and additional toppings like sous vide egg, vinegared mussels, crumbled gouda, tomatoes and olives, just to name a few.
A popular family restaurant, Yassin Kampung had humble beginnings before branching out to a few outlets in Singapore. The menu has also expanded since, and now includes a lot of local favourites like hotplate dishes and even Mala, but also experimenting a little with interesting dishes like durian chicken.
When dining out with the family, stick to classics like sweet and sour fish ($13), chilli crab ($38), crispy oat prawn ($18), hotplate beancurd ($13) and other family favourites.
There's heaps to enjoy about AquaMarine's Halal-certified buffet which offers a diversity of food from all around the world. All is represented here – Asian cuisine, the freshest seafood and sashimi and a magnificent dessert table with nonya kueh, ice cream, mousses, pastries and cakes.
It's best to go on an empty stomach because some of the must-tried include the chilli crab, the seafood bar, roasted duck and at the dessert station, the durian pengat, apple tart and egg tart make for amazing after dinner options.
Hararu Izakaya is Singapore’s first Muslim-owned Japanese izakaya that offers tatami-style dining. Specialising in Japanese grilled cuisine using traditional charcoal grills, Hararu aims to make authentic Japanese food accessible to everyone. Besides yakitori and rice bowls, you can also enjoy the mocktails on the menu.
If a restaurant specialises in grilled stuff, make that the bulk of your menu! Starting with the chargrilled squid or Surume Ika ($16) and other dishes like grilled chicken teriyaki ($14) and grilled Wagyu beef skewers with garlic miso sauce ($44) make for great sharing dishes.
The Dim Sum Place is one of the few Halal-certified dim sum joints in town and probably one of the rare spots you can enjoy a halal Xiao long bao. This makes the place a perfect communal dining spot if you're dining out with a diverse group of friends.
Like its namesake, you can find a wide range of dim sum and Cantonese cuisine on the menu, alongside some Malay local favourites like beef rendang ($10.90) and Indonesian curry ($15.90). Besides piling on the baskets of siew mai ($4.20/3 pieces) and crystal shrimp dumplings ($5.20/3 pieces), remember in include the fragrant garlic egg fried rice ($9.90) too.
Located in Tampines, Brothers of Fine Food is another venture of the team behind popular East-side cafe, Penny University. Influenced by the culinary travels of the founder Mouss Kamal, the menu is kept small and changes seasonally which keeps things interesting.
From blueberry-cured salmon carpaccio ($8) to dashi noodles with pulled chicken ($8.90), it's evident that he is influenced by very different cuisines. Dishes here are creative, including the dessert, Japan on a plate ($9) which is a combination of soy curds, wasabi emulsion (which you have to spritz on the dish), crispy shiso, sweetened dashi sauce and kiwi gel. If you love the coffee at Penny University, you can find it here as well.
A hot lunchtime spot, you'll notice snaking queues outside any Hjh Maimunah store before the actual lunch hour. Of course there's a reason for this: everyone wants first dibs on the food because trust us, it will run out. How it works is exactly like any other mixed rice stall where you get to choose whatever dishes you want and face the consequences at the cash register afterwards.
If you've tried the tahu telor, Sundanese grilled chicken and the beef rendang, you'll understand why so many keep coming back for more. If you're feeling adventurous, try the lemak siput sedut – sea snails in a rich coconut broth. Stick around for some traditional Malay kueh and desserts after your meal. Best part is, it won't cost you more than $20 ($10 if you're real frugal with your dish choices).
Located in the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens, aesthetically this place ticks all the boxes when it comes to lush surroundings, full-height windows for beautiful lighting and the option of tranquil terrace dining. More recently the resaturant has been certified Halal so all the better for your Muslim guests in the group.
While there are menus for all-day, breakfast and brunch dining – which include the signature dishes like paperbag oven-baked halibut ($33) and the Halia's Singapore-style chilli crab spaghettini ($26), you can also opt for their communal dining menu ($240, serves four). Don't worry, some of the all-time favourites are so available on the menu.
Experience Catalan-inspired cuisine right in Little India at The Great Mischief. Located in lobby of the very picturesque boutique hotel, The Great Madras, the restaurant offers its own rendition of Catalan dishes, tapas-style.
Sharing plates include Spanish favourites like croquetas ($9), patatas bravas ($9), and grilled padron peppers ($8). For mains, there's squid ink paella noodles ($22) and yellowfin tuna with a herbed breadcrumb crust ($24).
For Halal Thai food in a lush and contemporary setting, head down to Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel Farrer Park. Dine indoors or sit by the pool outdoors to enjoy Singapore’s city skyline and the surrounding greenery.
From street food picks like the mango sticky rice to the crowd favourite tom yum soup, expect a classic Thai combination of ‘hot, sour, salty and sweet’ in the dishes. What’s more, dishes are served with four types of rice including the signature Blue Jasmine rice naturally dyed with blue pea flowers.
Set aside your utensils and put on a plastic bib, because it only gets messy from here on. The Halal Louisiana-style seafood restaurant’s second outlet at Plaza Singapura is here to satisfy all your crustacean cravings, offering an expanded menu alongside its classic seafood buckets.
Go for its platter for two if you’re dining with a friend and order The Naughty Platter ($31.90), which serves sea bass, fried squid, tiger prawns with either pilaf rice or aglio olio pasta. But it’s not just about seafood here. Try one of its premium beef burgers such as the Crusty Burger ($39.90), which features a juicy patty sandwiched between tomatoes, lettuce and grilled lobster. There are also additional à la carte and ocean box options, including lobster bisque ($6.90) and deep fried soft shell crab ($16.50). Don't forget to pair them with the restaurant's signature creamy sauces like Thai red curry and salted egg yolk to make the experience extra tasty.
Opened by Haji Isrin at the corner of Kandahar Street in 1948 – where it remains today – and now run by third-generation owners, the stall continues to churn out homely platters of authentic Malay dishes to a throng of people, including celebrities like former sports personality Fandi Ahmad and also us, simple, hungry people.
'Generous' is Nasi Pariaman's middle name. Plates are packed with rice covered in gravy of your choice – there’s gulai ayam (a chicken curry) and lodeh – and an assortment of side dishes such as sambal goreng, bagedil, ikan bilis, tofu and long beans. But the star here is the beef rendang ($3.50), a tender hunk of meat that’s drenched in spices, chilli and gravy. Pair this dish with a steaming cup of teh tarik ($1.30) to complete your meal.
Halal Swedish food on Arab Street is a rare sight, and modern bostro Fika certainly stands out in the mostly traditional area dominated by shophouses and heritage businesses.
Although many come for the halal Swedish meatballs that are served with roast potatoes and a dollop of lingonberry jam ($19), the desserts are the clear winner here, while the mains are only so-so; tea-lovers will appreciate the personal pot service and eclectic selection of Gryphon teas. Avoid the unwieldy, open-faced sandwiches and stick with the sweet stuff: a just-right Swedish chocolate cake, Kladdkaka ($8) and Swedish pancakes with fresh berries ($13) go down a treat.
The food court is given a facelift at this hotel restaurant. Designed by Tokyo-based restaurant design mavens Super Potato, the space is trimmed with steel, timber and marble finishes.
The fully halal buffet spread runs the gamut from laksa, sticks of satay and char-grilled stingray to chicken rice, naan, tandoori meats and Peranakan desserts. Lunch prices are at $52 for adults and $28 for the kids, and dinners are steeper at $62 and $35, respectively.
Located at Royal Plaza Hotel’s lobby, this popular buffet restaurant consists of four dining sections: The Living Room, The State Rooms, The Verandah and The Terrace.
On the buffet line’s an impressive international menu that spans Asian and Western cuisine, featuring dishes such as sushi and traditional rotisseries, while live food stations whip up hot dishes like laksa and pasta. Children dine from $20 to $56 and adults from $32 to $86, depending on whether you’re heading down for breakfast, brunch, tea or dinner. Remember to save some space for dessert(s)!
The decor of Islamic Restaurant is grander than you’d expect of a 95-year-old briyani shop. Then again, its regular patrons included the late presidents Yusoff Ishak and SR Nathan, and even the sultans of Brunei, Johor and Perak – literally providing meals fit for a king. Owner Abdul Rahiman was once the head chef for the wealthy Alsagoff family and his briyani was especially well-loved. Today, Islamic Restaurant is run by Rahiman's grandson, who still keeps the briyani recipe a secret.
While there are six versions of the dish, including chicken, prawn and vegetable ($10-13), the mutton briyani ($10) – with generous chunks of fork-tender meat buried under a mountain of fragrant basmati rice – is the indisputable star. The chicken tikka masala ($8) is just as sublime: the aromatic curry is thick enough to scoop onto warm garlic naan ($2.20), without compromising its crispy texture and you’ll be dreaming of it long after you’ve finished the meal. Thankfully, Islamic Restaurant does home delivery, too.
Opened by three brothers with a serious case of wanderlust, I AM Cafe is inspired by the city of Amsterdam. This prime people-watching spot sits on the corner of Haji Lane and North Bridge Road is probably the hippest on this list.
In-house specials include charcoal-grilled beef burgers ($14.90) and lightly battered fried dory ($15.90), which comes with your choice of lemon or malt vinegar to douse on the accompanying thick-cut French fries. The one downside to I AM is its sheer popularity – you’ll have to wait for a seat and deal with the slightly frazzled service.
At this bakery-slash-café, rustic cakes are whipped up using recipes tried and tested by owner Shannon Lua's grandmother. If well-made cakes are your ultimate comfort food, then invest in one of their homemade offerings.
The bakers here are quick to hop onto the minimally frosted cake trend with slices of salted caramel and red velvet ($7.90), and lychee rose ($7.90). Add on ice-cream at $4 a scoop, or pair dessert with Dutch Colony-brewed coffees ($3.50-$6.50). Standard café-issue fare takes fusion turns here: crab cakes are dressed with hollandaise and topped with poached eggs ($15), and chicken burgers ($14) are spiked with tandoori spices.
Eclectic decor and mismatched furniture dominate this casual chill-out spot along Arab Street. Head to the back of the cafe where you can dine under a sun roof (but still enjoy the comfort of air conditioning) where there's loads of natural light, should you need to indulge in the mandatory Instagram shot.
It does a mean double beef burger that’s topped with caramelised onions and veg ($22). Have it with a side of truffle tater tots ($5), seasoned with truffle oil and grated Parmesan. For a more localised spin, try the beef dendeng version of a burger, its patty dripping with satay sauce ($18). For drinks, sip on coffees from $3.50 or try the café’s bandung latte ($5) or dirt chai ($6.50) and for dessert, order a plate of its fancy goreng pisang ($11).
Located in a bustling food precinct in the CBD area, Royz et Vous holds its own, serving a straightforward Western menu - complete with Halal wine.
Dine in and order sweet potato fries ($11.90), Buffalo wings ($14.90), eggs Benedict ($18.90) and smoked duck ($26.90). What Royz et Vous specialises in is coffee – try its cold brew ($8) made from freshly roasted beans, or choose from an extensive selection of Italian La Marzocco coffee, also available as a macchiato ($4.50) and piccolo latte ($4.50).
Baked goods are the order of the day at All Things Delicious with various sweet offerings or opt for a hearty brunch at this Arab Street joint.
Go straight for the sticky toffee puddings ($6.90), carrot cakes ($6.90) and gula Melaka scones ($3), to name a few. For heartier offerings, try the colourfully plated wholesome breakfast ($16.90) that comes with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, Moroccan-spiced tomato relish and smoked salmon. On weekends, opt for the shakshuka – a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in tomatoes, capsicums and onions – topped with a dollop of sour cream and accompanied by slices of bread for dipping.
The East side is chock-full of quality halal cafes. Located along Bedok Road is Badoque Café, a restaurant that serves up a mishmash of Asian fusion, Greek and Mediterranean fare to keep things interesting.
To try on its menu is the beef ribs ($36) that come in generous portions and are served with homemade barbecue sauce. Other dish highlights include the pan-fried salmon with mashed potatoes ($24) and spaghetti with chunks of salmon belly ($22).