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Where to eat: 15 best must-try halal restaurants in Singapore

Last Updated: November 25, 2021

Written by Guest Writer

Searching for halal 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.

Most Malays in Singapore are Muslim as well, an ethnoreligious group that follows the religion of Islam. According to Islamic law, only halal-certified food may be consumed by Muslims. With our high population of Muslims, it is no wonder there are numerous halal restaurants scattered all over the island.

Halal foods can be found all over Singapore but do you know which are the best must-try spots? Here, I present to you 15 of Singapore’s best halal eateries. You’ll definitely be able to impress with your knowledge the next time your friends jio you out to makan with them and there’s a need for a Muslim-friendly stall.

1. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

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Located inside Adam 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$3.90), 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 

Blk 603, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, #01-2683, Singapore 560603
Sat to Sun, Tue to Thu: 7.30am – 1pm
Closed on Mon & 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$5), 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.

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Other than the fried wantons on their menu, Puncak also has a great variety of zi char-style food choices available on their menu. Kway Teow, Seafood Noodle, Claypot Rice—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: 11am – 9pm
Sat: 11am – 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 in half a pineapple, NaNa Thai’s Pineapple Fried Rice (S$6.50) has been raved by many to be a sweet delight.

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
Daily: 11am – 9pm
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4. Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe

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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!

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) and Kampong Fried Rice (S$6.50).

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5. Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant

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.

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. There is definitely no need to worry about not being able to find something to your liking.

6A Admiralty Road West, Woodlands Waterfront Park, Singapore 757445
+65 6366 9339
Daily: 12pm – 11.45pm
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6. HJH Maimunah Restaurant & Catering

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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 do catering for big-scale events, such as weddings or special occasions. I will be sure to try out their signature dishes and various barbecued fish when I pay a visit to the restaurant along Jalan Pisang, myself.

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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.

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Should you find yourself stepping into Spize one day, I would recommend you to try their Spice Star Burger (S$8.90). 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.

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The burger comes with seasoned fries too but they weren’t the main attraction, that’s for sure.

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131 Rifle Range Road, #03-04, Singapore 588406
+65 8332 2694
Sun to Thu: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 8.30am – 11pm

336 Bedok Road, Simpang Bedok, Bedok Shopping Complex, Singapore 469512
+65 6337 7493
Sun to Thu: 11am –  2am
Fri & Sat: 11am – 3am
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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.

With dishes such as Champion Of The Spanner Crab (S$28) and Cherry Bass Balado (S$24), you’ll never have to worry about whether your food is Instagram-worthy. Because it always is with Badoque cafe. I’ve only heard raves about their Badoque Ribs (S$36), which has become another to-eat item added to my ever-growing list.

298 Bedok Road, Singapore 469454
+65 6446 6928
Tue to Sun: 12pm – 11pm
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 deserts. If you do happen to be a durian lover, Al-Azhar’s Durian Chendol (S$3) 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

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.

Priced at S$65++ for lunch and S$88++ for dinner, 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 1000
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30pm – 10pm
Sat to Sun: 12pm – 3pm & 6.30pm – 10pm
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11. Tipo Pasta Bar

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 almost fully booked out. Their main draw is their freshly handmade pasta, at a price point way below the average handmade pasta.

Besides their popular Build Your Own Pasta options that start from an unbelievably affordable S$9.90, with some tantalising options available such as Caramelised Sundried Tomatoes (S$1.50), Sous Vide Egg (S$2.50), Truffle Oil (S$2.50) and even the opulent Salmon Caviar (S$3).

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 Crazy Carbonara (S$16.90) with alfredo sauce, smoked duck, and sous vide egg or the rich and tangy Seafood Pomodoro (S$18.90) that’s bathed in a crimson Pomodoro sauce and topped with prawns and mussels.

785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753
Tel: +65 8768 0785
Daily: 11am to 10pm
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12. 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 Braised Beef Shank Noodle in Clear Soup (S$10.80/S$13.80) that will satiate everyone with the flavourful broth while the Braised Mutton Noodles (S$10.80/S$13.80) offers the same heartiness but with a gentle gamey whisper to accentuate its robustness.

For those nursing a craving for dumplings, it’s a no-brainer to head for the Dumplings in Spicy Sauce (S$12.80) which are made in-house daily, showering your tastebuds with the most glorious spice-tinged flavour explosion.

176 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068624
Tel: +65 9372 4321
Fri to Sun: 11.30am – 9pm
Tue to Thu: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 9pm
Closed on Mon
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13. Working Title Burger Bar

One of the stalwarts of the halal cafe scene, but 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.

Served with a side of golden crispy fries, Working Title serves up indulgent halal burgers that include the likes of the Baconator (S$18.90) which features a juicy home-ground beef patty, beef bacon, Colby Jack and luscious caramelised onions as well as the ridiculously over-the-top triple-decker Tower of Power (S$25.90) which also has a crusty chunk of rosti.

If you’re not a big fan of beef, then you can also go for the unique Black Sheep (S$19.60) that features a lamb patty, labneh, and pickled red dill onions all given the warm embrace of a jet-black charcoal bun.

783 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198751
+65 8768 0463
Fri to Sat: 9am – 11pm
Sun to Thu: 9am – 11pm
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14. The Bravery

The Bravery is perhaps best known for its quaint and rustic old spot at Jalan Besar, raved by many as one of the best halal brunch restaurants you can find in Singapore. They’ve since shifted from their original home to the trendier neighbourhood of Telok Ayer with a new look.

It’s much more modern and much more minimalistic with swathes of greens and blues popping against the elegant whites. But the new Bravery menu is still 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 9388 2973
Tue to Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri to Sun: 9am – 9.30pm
Closed on Mon
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15. Cherry & Oak

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 expand on their smoked meat empire.

If you get one of Cherry & Oak’s signature smoked sharing platters, you’d get a side of Nasi Lemak Bakar, which essentially means burnt nasi lemak. Some of their most popular smoked meats include the Beef Brisket (S$29/200g) made from Pure Natural Black Angus from Australia.

Other favourites include Beef Rib (S$68/500g), Lamb Cutlet (S$9), 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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