20 best must-try Muslim-friendly restaurants in Singapore

Searching for Muslim-friendly food in Singapore? I’ve always felt incredibly blessed to reside in a multi-racial country such as Singapore; where no matter where I turn, I will be able to indulge in a plethora of food originating from different ethnicities. With its unique, aromatic and alluring blend of spices and herbs, Malay-Muslim cuisine is one of my personal favourites.

Muslim-friendly foods can be found all over Singapore but do you know which are the best must-try spots? Here, I present to you 20 of Singapore’s best Muslim-friendly eateries. You’ll definitely be able to impress with your knowledge the next time your friends jio you out to makan with them!

1. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

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Located inside Adam Road Food Centre, Selera Rasa has unconsciously become a synonym of nasi lemak to me; whenever I think of nasi lemak, Selera Rasa immediately pops into my mind. If I had to give out an award for ‘The Best Nasi Lemak, this stall wins hands down.

Being a nasi lemak stall, Selera Rasa offers an array of side dishes to go along with your order: fried egg, fried fish, fried chicken wing, and otah.

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Inside their Chicken Wing Meal (S$5), their fluffy, irresistible imported premium basmati rice is wonderfully fragrant and is good enough to eat on its own. But of course, why would you do that when their tangy and spicy sambal complements it so well?

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The demand for their nasi lemak is so high that the stall has even put in place an online delivery system.

2 Adam Road, Adam Road Food Centre, #01-02, Singapore 289876
+65 9843 4509
Mon to Thu: 7am – 5pm
Sat to Sun: 7am – 3pm
Closed on Fri

Block 603, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, #01-2683, Singapore 560603
Mon to Thu: 7.45am – 5pm
Sat to Sun: 7.45am – 1pm
Closed on Fri

2. Puncak

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Nestled high up on Far East Plaza, Puncak describes itself as having the ‘best noodles and halal Malay food’. Well, they did make it to this list, and what I do know is that they serve the most wonderfully Fried Halal Wantons (S$7.30), stuffed with vegetables.

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Have you ever eaten wantons where the skin was so thick you felt like you were just eating deep-fried flour? Puncak’s Fried Wanton is thankfully nothing like that. When paired with the sauce graciously provided by the stall, the satisfying crunch will please even the fussiest eater.

Other than the fried wantons on their menu, Puncak also has a great variety of zi char-style food choices available on their menu. Fried Kway Teow (S$7.10), and Claypot Rice (S$7.60) —you name it, and they’ll probably have it!

14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, #05-94, Singapore 228213
+65 6738 4348
Wed to Fri & Sun to Mon: 11.30am – 9pm
Sat: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Closed on Tue
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3. NaNa Thai Restaurant

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If you happen to be in town and are craving some halal-certified Thai food, NaNa Thai Restaurant at Far East Plaza will be the eatery to head to. Served with prawns and a slice of lime, NaNa Thai’s Pad Thai (S$8) is sure to bring back memories of sunny Thailand!

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Their servings also tend to run on the larger portions, which is great if you have big appetites. Not to mention, extremely value-for-money too.

14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, #04-22 to 24, Singapore 228213
+65 6333 8263
Sun to Fri: 11am – 9.30pm
Sat: 11am – 12.30am
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4. Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe

Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe

Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe prides itself on being ‘the most happening restaurant at Simpang Bedok and you’ll want to make a trip down to taste their halal-certified dim sum such as chicken pauhar gausiew mai, and even steamed chicken dumplings!

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All of Tang Tea House’s halal-certified dim sum are exquisitely prepared by authentic Shanghainese chefs as well as Muslim cooks; which probably explains why I’ve heard only good things about it. Other than dim sum, Tang Tea House also offers signature zi char dishes such as their Pan Fried Crispy Bee Hoon (S$11.50/S$17) and Kampong Fried Rice (S$6.80/S$13/S$18).

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5. Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant

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A dine-in experience is never quite complete without a magnificent view and Rasa Istimewa excels in giving customers a feast for their eyes. The Johor skyline is visible right from the restaurant due to it being situated right on a jetty at Woodlands Waterfront Park.

It is also extremely convenient to go for a walk along the jetty after you feel your stomach bursting at the seams from ingesting all that wonderful food.

Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant - Black Pepper Crab

The variety of items available on Rasa Istimewa’s menu is impressive; they have nearly everything ranging from fish, prawn, chicken, vegetables, cuttlefish, soup, rice, noodles, to even hotplates. Apparently one of its must try is its Black Pepper Crab that’s priced seasonally!

6A Admiralty Road West, Woodlands Waterfront Park, Singapore 757445
+65 6366 9339
Daily: 12pm – 12am
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6. HJH Maimunah Restaurant & Catering

Due to its unpretentious, kampung-style cuisine which is reasonably priced, HJH Maimunah Restaurant has often been described as a ‘must-try’ restaurant. As a testament to how delicious their food is, they also cater for big-scale events, such as weddings or special occasions.

Enjoy your nasi padang as a single dish or have it as a hidang, where each dish is served to you on a smaller plate, just like a mini banquet! Be sure to try their Ayam Bakar Sunda (S$4.50) which is chicken doused in sweet and savoury kecap manis sauce. Another good shout-out goes to the Sayur Lodeh (S$5/S$7), a concoction of vegetables simmered in coconut broth.

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7. Spize

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If you suffer from frequent late-night hunger pangs like me, you’ll understand the absolute importance of restaurants that open till the wee hours of morning, which is why I absolutely love Spize.

halal food singapore Spize-star-BurgerShould you find yourself stepping into Spize one day, I would recommend you to try their Spice Star Burger (S$14.90). A huge slice of tender, handmade beef burger patty is packed right in the middle of the burger, then topped off with a sunny side egg, a slice of cheese and a dash of BBQ sauce— the meal definitely pleased my taste buds.

Spize-Star-BurgerThe burger comes with seasoned fries too but they weren’t the main attraction, that’s for sure. Spize is no longer halal-certified but is in the midst of re-applying!

131 Rifle Range Road, #03-04, Singapore 588406
+65 8332 2694
Daily: 8.30am – 11pm

336 Bedok Road, Simpang Bedok, Bedok Shopping Complex, Singapore 469512
+65 6337 7493
Sun to Thu: 10am –  3am
Fri & Sat: 10am – 3.30am
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8. Badoque Cafe

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Hipster cafes are aplenty in Singapore, but to hear about a halal-certified one? I certainly do not come across many, which is why I was pleasantly surprised by Badoque Cafe‘s existence along Upper Thomson Road. It’s no wonder they have quite a tight Muslim following.

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With dishes such as Lamb Shank (S$24++) and Chili Chukka (S$5.50++), you’ll never have to worry about whether your food is Instagram-worthy because it always is with Badoque Cafe. I’ve only heard good comments about their Beef Ribs (S$36++), which has become another to-eat item added to my ever-growing list.

298 Bedok Road, Bedok Shopping Complex, Singapore 469454
+65 6446 6928
Tue to Fri: 5pm – 10pm
Sat to Sun: 3pm – 10pm
Closed on Mon
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9. Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant

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I don’t think Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant needs any introduction. Situated in Bukit Timah, the place is always brimming full of hungry supper-seeking customers whenever I head over in the middle of the night with my friends.

In spite of its deceptively small kitchen size, the restaurant serves a large variety of halal food: Thai seafood, Western food, Malay food, and even Indian food. You’ll definitely find something to suit your palate here.

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Other than their famous dishes of prata, murtabak, and super satay, you can expect to end off your meal with a wide variety of affordable desserts. If you do happen to be a local dessert lover, Al-Azhar’s Chendol (S$5.50) will be right up your alley.

It was rich and full of flavour, topped with a copious amount of bright green chendol strips. In my opinion, this beats all other bingsu I’ve ever tasted, and it’s at a fraction of the price of a normal Korean shaved ice dessert!

11 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599736
+65 6466 5052
Daily: 8am – 2am
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10. Peppermint

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Formerly known as AquaMarine, Peppermint is one of the most highly-regarded halal buffet restaurants in Singapore—located in the luxurious PARKROYAL COLLECTION at Marina Bay, no less.

Peppermint offers a tantalising spread that’s an eclectic mix of Asian and International favourites and flaunts a lush garden theme following its renovation, with plenty of greenery at every corner as well as a farm-to-table concept.

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Its buffet is priced at S$68++ for lunch and S$88++ for dinner, and customers can expect a halal smorgasbord of seafood including tiger prawns and half-shell scallops, and also unique Hong Kong dishes such as Hong Kong-style braised Black Angus Beef Brisket and Steamed Rice Rolls with Clam and Chicken Oil.

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6 Raffles Boulevard, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Level 4, Singapore 039594
+65 6845 1111
Mon to Fri: 6.30am – 10.30am & 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 6.30am – 10.30am & 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 10pm
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11. Tipo Pasta Bar

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Tipo Pasta Bar is not just one of the best halal restaurants you can find in Singapore, it’s also probably the most popular affordable pasta restaurant around, with long waiting times during dinner time and seats that are almost fully booked out. Their main draw is their freshly handmade pasta, at a price point way below the average handmade pasta.

Their popular Build Your Own Pasta options start from an unbelievably affordable S$9.90, with some tantalising options available such as Caramelised Sundried Tomatoes (S$2.50), Sous Vide Egg (S$2.50), Truffle Oil (S$2.50) and even the opulent Salmon Caviar (S$5.50).

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If you don’t want to rack your brains over what could be the best potential combos, you can get some of their house specials such as the Classy Carbonara (S$18.90) with alfredo sauce, smoked duck, and sous vide egg, or the rich and tangy Seafood Sensation (S$18.90) that’s bathed in a crimson Pomodoro sauce and topped with prawns and white clams.

28 Aliwal Street, #01-07, Singapore 199918
+65 8768 0785
Daily: 11am – 10pm
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12. Restaurant Aisyah

Storefront of Restaurant Aisyah

A rather unique addition to the halal food scene in Singapore, Restaurant Aisyah provides a completely novel experience in terms of food selection, bringing a niche of halal Chinese cuisine to the Muslim community.

If you’ve been hankering for a piping hot bowl of noodles, there’s the hearty Beef Shank Noodle (S$13.80) that will satiate everyone with the flavourful broth, while the Stewed Mutton Noodles (S$13.80) offers the same heartiness but with a gentle gamey whisper to accentuate its robustness.

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For those nursing a craving for dumplings, it’s a no-brainer to head for the Chicken Dumplings Spicy Sauce (S$13.80) which are made in-house daily, showering your tastebuds with the most glorious spice-tinged flavour explosion.

176 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068624
+65 9372 4321
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Closed on Sun
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13. Working Title Burger Bar

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One of the stalwarts of the halal cafe scene, Working Title Burger Bar is probably also one of the most well-known burger bars in Singapore, having gone through two outlets but still drawing in many loyal fans coming in for a bite of their succulent burgers.

Working Title serves up indulgent halal burgers that include the likes of the Baconator (S$20/S$23) which features a juicy home-ground beef patty, beef bacon, Gouda and luscious caramelised onions. All burgers are served with a side of golden crispy fries.

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If you’re not a big fan of beef, then you can also go for the unique Black Sheep (S$19/S$22) that features a lamb patty, feta cheese, sumac onion and green harissa aioli, all which are given the warm embrace of a jet-black charcoal bun.

783 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198751
+65 8768 0463
Daily: 12pm – 10pm
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14. The Bravery

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The Bravery is perhaps best known for its quaint and rustic spot old spot at Jalan Besar, raved by many as one of the best halal brunch restaurants you can find in Singapore. Though our visit in early 2021 wasn’t so promising, judging by its Google reviews, it seems that the cafe has upped its standards in recent times.

After having moved to 50 Amoy Street, it’s comforting to know that the new Bravery menu still has the same comforting selection of brunch favourites such as Pancake Stacks (S$16) that are available from as early as 9am.

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One of the most popular breakfast items here has to be the picturesque Avo & Eggs (S$14), an IG darling that features one slice of guac-laden toast and another scrambled eggs-loaded monster. Besides the breakfast items, they also have more filling lunch items like the Salmon Rice Bowl (S$20).

50 Amoy Street, Singapore 069876
+65 9248 4391
Tue to Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri to Sun: 9am – 9.30pm
Closed on Mon
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15. Cherry & Oak

Cherry & Oak entrance

It was a welcome surprise for many fans of halal cafe extraordinaire Asap & Co. when they announced a second concept at Jalan Besar. Meat aficionados were clamouring to see how the popular smoked meats experts expanded on their smoked meat empire.

If you get one of Cherry & Oak’s signature smoked sharing platters, you should definitely get a side of Nasi Lemak Bakar (S$1++), which essentially means burnt nasi lemak. Some of their most popular smoked meats include the Beef Brisket (S$24++/200g) made from Pure Natural Black Angus from Australia.

Cherry & Oak dishes

Other favourites include Beef Short Rib (S$58++/500g), Lamb Cutlets (S$25++), Half Chicken (S$16++), and Rainbow Sausages (S$16++) while they also have premium satay available—Smoked Chicken Satay Madura (S$18++ for ½ dozen) and Smoked Wagyu Satay Madura (S$24++ for ½ dozen).

95 Owen Road, Singapore 218907
+65 9119 4074
Tue to Sun: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Mon
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16. Mum Daughter Kitchen

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Mum Daughter Kitchen is a nasi padang stall located at Chinatown Complex, and it is run by Jahan and her husband, Clarence, a Chinese Muslim convert. The business started in mid-2020 as a home-based business selling and delivering nasi padang.

Mum Daughter Kitchen - Nasi Padang

I had the absolute honour of reviewing it and wow, am I still blown away by their Sotong Masak Hitam (S$3.50) and the super creamy and savoury Ayam Masak Lemak Chilli Padi (S$2.50). I haven’t even gotten to the best part— if you choose your dishes correctly, your order can go as low as S$2.50! Oh, and gravy is free of charge! 

335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex, #02-158, Singapore 050335
+65 8157 6616
Mon to Fri: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Sat: 8.30am – 2.30pm
Closed on Sun
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17. Ashes Burnnit

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One of the good things that have come out of the hawker scene over the last few years is the emergence of Western food for the younger audience. Ashes Burnnit is no exception with its handcrafted beef patty. Started in 2019, Ashes Burnnit now has seven outlets, with one at New York!

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When we tried it, we found the Truffle Mushroom Burger (S$8/S$11) to have the perfect balance of earthy truffle cream that went well with the rustic savouriness of the sauteed mushroom. The homemade patty was also grilled beautifully. Be warned, the Grilled Chicken Mac & Cheese (S$7.50) is seriously addictive!

505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #B1-24, Singapore 199583
+65 9843 0071
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 8pm
Fri to Sun: 11.30am – 8.30pm
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18. SALAI by MeatDrop

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Continuing with modern hawker developments, SALAI by MeatDrop specialises in selling grilled premium meats like whole chicken, lamb ribs and steak since 2021. They are an extension of MeatDrop, a Muslim-owned premium halal meat provider.

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One of the must-tries is the SALAI by MeatDrop platter (S$60), which has a whole grilled chicken, smoked lamb ribs and grilled Angus. When we had it, each piece of the grilled Angus was cooked to a perfect medium rare. Even the lamb meat was sliding off its bone. A meal here would make you wonder if you’re really eating at a hawker!

31 Commonwealth Crescent, Commonwealth Crescent Market and Food Centre, #02-71, Singapore 149644
+65 8874 5690
Tue to Wed: 12pm – 8pm
Thu: 12pm – 6pm
Fri: 5pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Closed on Mon
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19. The Great Mischief

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For something slight abroad, The Great Mischief is a restaurant serving Catalan-inspired dishes at the National Gallery. The Great Mischief belongs to The Black Hole Group, and you might be familiar with their other brands such as Tipo and Working Title Burger Bar— both of which are on this list!

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Expect to be treated with flavours of España with both lunch and dinner menus. Options include the Arroz Negro (S$46++), which is squid ink paella served with baby octopus and lemon curd. Do also consider The Grande (S$28++) that has a choice of herb chicken sausage or lamb merguez with pimento beans, fried potatoes and petite salad with an egg, cooked to your preference.

1 Saint Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Singapore, #01-17, Singapore +65 8721 3150
Daily: 10am – 5pm & 6pm – 10pm
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20. Buttrmilk

Buttrmilk Shopfront

The battle for the best fried chicken is a never-ending one, but to me, that’s a blessing in disguise. The more options, the merrier! Speaking of which, Buttrmilk is one of them. This Southern-style fried chicken and waffle eatery first opened its doors in 2021 at Kinex.

A variety of food items at Buttrmilk

All its chicken goes through a 24-hour marination, which uses a secret blend of spices and seasoning, and this turns out to be a game changer.

The Two-piece Drum and Thigh Combo (SS$12.90) has an ASMR-worthy crunch and tangy heat. As the name suggests, it also has waffle options such as Buttrmilk Waffle (S$5) that is pillowy and dense at the same time.

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