So, you’re a Muslim traveller in Singapore and you don’t know where to get the best food? In a country where Muslims make up 14.3 percent of the population, there’s bound to be an abundance of Halal eateries, located all around the island. So, the real question is, which eatery or restaurant sells the best food? As a Singaporean Muslim with a great love of food, I’ve come up with 10 of the best Halal-certified restaurants, in Singapore. So empty your stomachs and get ready for your next gastronomical adventure!
1. Gurame Indonesian Restaurant
Gurame Indonesian Restaurant is located on Changi Coast Walk and serves authentic Indonesian cuisine, with a seaside setting. And since it is on Changi Coast Walk, you can enjoy the views of the ocean and the aeroplanes that fly past, every ten minutes because it is so close to Singapore’s Changi Airport. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and I would recommend sitting outside, especially during the evenings because that’s when you can enjoy the amazing views of the sunset and the evening breeze!
Food wise, the restaurant is known for their speciality, Gurame Goreng, which is a type of fish, mainly popular in Indonesia. Although the food is kind of on the expensive side, the ambience and quality definitely make the trip worthwhile. The venue is also a little difficult to access. The best way is to take a train to Tanah Merah MRT Station and take a short taxi ride from there!
Gurame Indonesian Restaurant
Address: 11 Changi Coast Walk, 499740
Opening Hours: 11am - 2pm, 6pm - 9:30pm daily.
Access: Nearest MRT station: Tanah Merah
Contact: +65 6542 2038
Website: Gurame Indonesian Restaurant
2. Tang Tea House
Probably the most well known Halal dim sum place, in Singapore, Tang Tea House has three locations in the city, Simpang Bedok, Jalan Kayu and Jurong West. Selling a wide range of Chinese, Cantonese and Hainanese cuisine, Tang Tea House is definitely a go-to place for Muslims. Their restaurant at Simpang Bedok is much bigger than the one in Jalan Kayu and Jurong West, so if you’re with a large group, Bedok is definitely the recommended location. Also, the Bedok outlet is closer to the airport.
Must-try menu items include the famous Hainanese Chicken Rice (because what’s a trip to Singapore if you’re not going to eat chicken rice), Special Fried Beehoon (a fried vermicelli dish and in this case, one of the restaurant’s specialities), and of course, the dim sum. The dim sum served here comes with generous fillings and at affordable prices!
Tang Tea House
Address: 355 Bedok Road, Singapore 469545 / 242 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799466 / 414 Jurong West St 42, #01-783, Singapore 640414
Opening Hours: Bedok: Sundays - Thursdays: 11am - 2am; Fridays, Saturdays & Public Holidays: 11am - 3am. Jalan Kayu: Mondays - Sundays: 12pm - 2am. Jurong West: Sundays - Thursdays: 11am - 11pm; Fridays, Saturdays & Public Holidays: 11am - 2am
Website: Tang Tea House
3. Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
Ask any Singaporean where to get the best Kampung-style Malay food and the answer you will get is the Hajah Maimunah Restaurant. This restaurant has been around for almost 20 years and serves traditional Kampung-style cuisine. They have been featured in the media several times, including on celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s television show. They are located in Kampung Glam, a place where the Malay culture of Singapore is the most vibrant. The area is also home to the very famous and historical Sultan Mosque.
Must-try menu items include the Tahu Telur (soft beancurd dish dressed with peanut sauce and vegetables), Ayam Lemak Chilli Padi (a spicy chicken dish with coconut gravy), Lemak Siput (snails in coconut milk), Ayam Bakar Padang (grilled chicken) and Ox-tail soup. These dishes can be a tad spicy but they are guaranteed to be very tasty!
Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
Address: 6 Jalan Pinang Singapore 199138
Opening Hours: Mondays - Fridays: 9am - 5pm
Access: Nearest MRT Station: Bugis
Contact: +65 6291 3132
Website: Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
AquaMarine is one of the top Halal buffet restaurants, in Singapore and they are known for their very famous Singapore chilli crab, grilled beef striploin, and Assam fish head curry. They offer a wide range of options that will probably have you feeling too full to even move! From local delicacies to international delights and desserts, it might not be possible to finish everything on your plate. It is also located near very famous sites like the Esplanade and Suntec City.
They mainly sell seafood, thus the name and their seafood spread is splendid! They have fresh oysters, mussels, several different types of crab as well as their amazing huge Alaskan king crab legs. They also serve seasonal and promotional buffet items such as Japanese and Thai. For desserts, local delights such as the ice kacang (shaved ice dessert with beans and sugar syrup) and the pulut hitam (a black bean dessert) as well as all-time favourites like ice cream, chocolates and macarons.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin, 039594
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30am, 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm–10pm daily.
Access: Located in the Marina Mandarin Hotel
Contact: +65 6845 1111
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But what if you’re looking for Halal Mexican cuisine? Well, head down to Afterwit for generous portions of tacos, burritos and everything else Mexican. It is located on the very bustling North Bridge Road, just a short walk away from the Sultan Mosque. The owners of this cafe also own the very famous Working Title, that is located nearby, as well. Also, there aren’t many Mexican eateries in Singapore, much less Halal ones, which made Afterwit famous very quickly and they are almost always fully booked!
They offer a wide variety of classic Mexican dishes and beverages. The must-try menu items include the carne asada tacos, nachos Pancho de Pollo Cajún and the Pato Jarabe de Arce burrito. Their burritos are their main attraction, especially when they come in sizes bigger than your palm and paired with sides, so huge.
Address: 778 North Bridge Road, 198746
Opening Hours: Mondays - Thursdays: 12pm - 10pm, Fridays - Saturdays: 12pm - 11pm, Sundays: 12pm - 10pm
Access: Nearest MRT station: Bugis
Contact: +65 6299 3508
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8. Cajun On Wheels
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Trust me when I say that Singaporeans love seafood. In fact, almost every hawker centre or food court will have at least one seafood stall. However, finding Halal seafood can prove to be a feat. But with Cajun On Wheels, gone are the days when Singaporeans have to travel across the Causeway to Johor Bahru to feast on seafood. Cajun On Wheels serves up buckets of seafood dressed with seasoning and sauces that cater to local taste, such as the chilli egg sauce, salted egg yolk sauce, and sambal belachan. The buckets are filled with many different kinds of seafood, such as mussels, prawns, crayfish and much more.
You can choose your type of seafood bucket and the kind of sauce you want it to be paired with. The seafood buckets will also include chicken spam, baby potatoes, and corn! Cajun On Wheels is definitely the place to go for seafood lovers who want to get their hands dirty, or simply for large groups of friends looking to have a good time!
Cajun On Wheels
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City Mall Level 1 North Wing
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily
Access: Nearest MRT station: City Hall
Website: Cajun On Wheels
9. Straits Kitchen
If you’re looking for a world class Halal buffet and don’t mind stretching the budget, seomwhat, then Straits Kitchen is for you. First off, let me say that the buffet WILL be worth your money. Straits Kitchen is located in one of the grandest hotels in Singapore and the world, the Grand Hyatt. They offer a wide range of Halal buffet options in a posh setting and they have a dress code. The buffet stations are divided into 6 areas, with 5 of them “live” as chefs behind them cook up meals, made to order.
The food here is mainly Malay, Chinese, Indian, Peranakan, Western and Middle-Eastern, so you can expect to savour the kebabs, curries, fried rice, chicken rice and well, I could go on forever! There are also a wide range of local and international desserts that you can choose from. The place is mostly always packed, so reservations are highly encouraged!
Address: 10 Scotts Road, Grand Hyatt Singapore 228211
Price: from 58 USD
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30am, 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 11:30pm daily.
Access: Nearest MRT station: Orchard
Contact: +65 6732 1234
Website: Straits Kitchen
10. Jinjja Chicken
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Last and definitely not least, Jinjja Chicken is the place to go if you’re looking for Halal Korean fried chicken. In Singapore, the Korean food scene has steadily been gaining lots of love amongst the locals and Jinjja Chicken isn’t the first Korean eatery to set foot in Singapore. However, it definitely is the first Halal one that sells Korean fried chicken! Jinjja Chicken serves up Korean delights in a fast food concept, with sit-down restaurant quality food. What’s not to like?
Certified Halal, Jinjja Chicken has been welcoming customers, both Muslim and non-Muslim, who want to have a taste of their Korean menu that includes jjajangmyeon (black soybean paste noodles), seafood jjamppong (rich spicy noodle soup), Korean bingsu (shaved ice dessert) and more. Located in the very busy Bugis Village, home to the biggest street shopping complex in Singapore, Jinjja Chicken is definitely here to stay. They offer a wide variety of sauces you can pair with your chicken, as well. The best selling sauce? The cheese sauce because cheese goes well with everything!
Address: 249 Victoria Street Singapore 188034
Opening Hours: Sundays - Thursdays: 11am - 10pm, Fridays - Saturdays: 11am - 11:30pm
Access: Nearest MRT station: Bugis
Website: Jinjja Chicken
Empty your stomachs!
Don’t feel that you’re going to miss out on your visit to Singapore, you can eat like a local at all the halal-friendly joints, with this list. So on your next trip, prepare for one of the best gastronomical adventures yet! You can appreciate multi-cultural Singapore through your stomach and try to tick everything off this list. Happy eating, everyone!
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