Halal restaurants in Singapore are a dime a dozen but these ones score best on quality and variety.
1market by Chef Wan Asian
You've seen him on the telly, on just about every cooking channel there is, now taste Malaysia's renowned celebrity Chef Wan's creations at his first restaurant, right smack in the heart of town. Look forward to a buffet spread of delicious dishes inspired by his travels in Southeast Asia.
We once gave this cozy spot in Simpang Bedok a four-star review and for good reason: The wait staff are especially accommodating, the menu creative (and we don't just mean 'cos it looks good—try their chicken and orange salad) and the servings, wildly generous. Make a reservation—East siders book up the place all the time.
If you're not in favor of any particular cuisine, Bumbu's a great halal restaurant pick in that it offers Indonesian, Peranakan and Thai dishes on its menu. A central spot that doesn't necessarily attract throngs of people (unlike Carousel below), Bumbu is known for their tahu telor, century egg salad and beef rendang.
This darling hotel restaurant has been a hot buffet favorite with our Muslim friends since its inception and is almost always packed to the brim on weekends and during the month of Ramadhan. Among the halal restaurants in Singapore, this one's got the best variety—a succulent seafood spread, yummy Mediterranean fare and a delightful chocolate fountain. Worth braving through the Orchard crowd.
Casa Bom Vento Peranakan
Arguably one of the best Peranakan restaurants Singapore has to offer, Casa Bom Vento offers all the mainstays of the popular cuisine, including itek itim, ayam buah keluak and Nyonya chap chye.
Derwish Turkish Restaurant Turkish
This Turkish restaurant certainly has the Middle Eastern vibe down to pat with blue tiled walls and a chill atmosphere. They serve traditional halal food like baba ganoush and baklava.
We may not have warmed up to Fika when it first opened but it looks like things are looking up for the Swedish bistro, which launched a second (and just as pretty) outlet in Millenia Walk. Definitely worth your time if you want to sample what our Swedish friends say "tastes just like home", but also great for tea—they've got a yummy dessert menu.
If you're game for some tongue-numbing sambal, head down to Gurame, which offers up a variety of them as accompaniments to delicious signature dishes like the fried Gurame fish. You're going to have to drive or take a cab down for sure—though a shuttle service is available from Tanah Merah MRT station—but the calming sea view and overall dine-in quality are worth the trip.
Located deep inside the Furama Riverfront hotel, this small yet cozy restaurant is a bit of a pain to get to even if you're driving. But Kintamani has managed to sustain over the years on a great reputation—their service staff are consistently affable and their offerings of gado gado, barbecued sambal prawns, durian pengat and more, almost always delicious.
A halal food joint that serves up some of the most authentic Thai dishes, with must-trys such as the pandan chicken and mango salad.
New Shah Alam Restaurant Indian
The simple menu consists of Indian-Muslim staples like mee goreng, naan, dosa and murtabak, but the runaway winner are the biryanis which come in huge portions. This is your new go-to CBD lunch option.
The Orange Lantern Vietnamese
There are not many halal restaurants in Singapore that serve bona fide Vietnamese fare so we're keeping this one in our little black book for awhile. Come for beef or chicken pho, of course, but don't forget the spring rolls.
Straits Kitchen Asian
The last time we reviewed this place, we found it to be a suitably pleasant dining experience and we haven't changed our mind. A great variety of Asian delicacies like beef rendang, oyster omelette, kung pao chicken and palak paneer is available at one of the halal restaurants in Singapore situated in a hotel.
Thai To Go Thai
Have your spice fix at this restaurant, which serves an extensive menu of affordable and authentic Thai food. You can't go wrong with crowd favorites like pineapple rice, and of cos, tom yum goong. They also have a delivery service, if you're hankering for some Thai when you're homebound.
Vintage Delicafe Western
This homey Western cafe in the Mediterranean-heavy Arab quarter has attracted only positive feedback from the grapevine. Their menu features all the comfort food: crinkle cut fries, grilled meat and pasta (your choice of pasta type, sauce and spicy level), and there's no service charge. Score.
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