Last Updated: November 22, 2020
I’ll admit, it’s a pet peeve of mine when a person equates halal or Muslim-friendly food to just nasi padang fare. They’re two different things altogether. I love nasi padang but I wouldn’t want to eat it every single day.
It’s truly a breath of fresh air to live in a country with a wide range of food options available to people of all races and religions. Whether it’s bangers and mash you’re craving or a good ol’ taco, a halal version isn’t too far off.
Here are 20 muslim-friendly restaurants that serve yummy food and are all about the aesthetics as well.
It’s hard to miss The Mad Sailors’ bold and bright shop front with decor that is a quaint, eclectic mix of bits and bobs reminiscent of British culture. The staff are friendly, adding to the overall ambience of being back in a cosy British pub. And the food, oh, the food.
Hearty portions of British pub classics await you and trust me when I say that you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Bangers and Mash (S$17.90) feature some of the biggest halal sausages I’ve seen in Singapore, atop a creamy bed of mash and if that’s too daunting a challenge, the Eggs Benedict (S$15.90) would more than suffice as a brunch option.
When it comes to Fish and Chips, The Mad Sailors’ version doesn’t disappoint. The proof for me is in the batter and the fish was just the right amount of crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside.
Choose from Dory (S$16.90) or Cod (S$18.90) and enjoy with a side of chips and slaw.
Also, here’s a little fun fact for you—the name Mad Sailors is actually a play on the colloquial term mat salleh, a playful nickname within the region for a Caucasian person.
The Mad Sailors: 24 Haji Lane, Singapore 189217 | Tel: +65 8248 2853 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Daily) | Website
Muslim-owned Afterwit is all I can taco about these days. Taqueria refers to a restaurant specialising in tacos and rightly so since the cafe is all about combining awesome Mexican flavours with some uniquely Singaporean twists in wonderfully crunchy tacos.
A vibrant and interesting interior beckons, lending to that siesta setting perfect for the equally colourful food that’s up for grabs.
When I think Mexico, I think quesadillas, tortillas, burritos and of course tacos. Afterwit has crafted a menu featuring these classic favourites like the Lamb Jalapeno (S$17.90) and the Chipotle Chicken (S$14.90).
Craft your own burritos and choose from a variety of fillings like Pulled Beef, Pulled Lamb, and Pulled Chicken (S$2). If you’re in for some spice, take it all the way with their special Infierno sauce made with habanero, jalapeno and garlic—don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.
As a side, get some Tortilla corn chips served with nacho cheese sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole and pickled jalapenos with their Full Works (S$9.90) set to accompany your meal.
Afterwit Mexican Taqueria: 778 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198746 | Tel: +65 8786 1948 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun to Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri & Sat) | Website
Primarily a burger bar, (working title) is nestled along the famous Arab Street. Having done away with their craft beers, the now halal (working title) draws a loyal following of customers, and for good reason.
Besides the food, the laid-back hipster interior makes this a space you’ll want to while away your afternoons at. The cafe is full of friendly vibes—you’ll never be short of a conversation.
I’m all about the food though and wouldn’t mind being left in silence to appreciate some of these towering burger beauties. The Beef Baconator (S$18.90) featuring a 150gm beef patty, monterey jack cheese, beef bacon, caramelised onions and homemade garlic aioli as well as the Magic Truffle Mushroom (S$15.90) (for those with a vegetarian diet) are layers of burger goals, juicy with every bite.
Don’t forget to try some Ribena Wings (S$9.90) and Speculoos Cheesecake (S$9.90) on the side. Don’t hate on Ribena-soaked wings until you try them!
(working title) Burger Bar: 783 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198751 | Tel: +65 8768 0463 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Daily) | Website
Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro is no stranger to the halal food scene, having made quite the impression since the opening of its first outlet on Beach Road (near Arab St). Halal Swedish food is not commonplace in Singapore and with an inviting minimalist concept to boot.
The Fika menu is filled with Scandinavian classics that incorporate a lot of potato, bread and pasta. A welcome change from rice if you ask me! The portions are quite large so be sure to leave room for some of the amazing desserts—like their authentic Swedish Pancakes (S$13).
Before IKEA started selling a halal version of its famous meatballs, Fika was probably the only place I could find something as authentic. The Swedish Meatballs ($19.00), or Hemlagade köttbullar med färskpotatis, gräddsås, lingonsylt, och pressgurka (wow) tastes just as good as it looks.
Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro: 257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539 | Tel: +65 6396 9096 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri & Sat) | Website
A good steak is hard to come by, and a good halal steak—even harder. The Royals Steakhouse on Jalan Pisang not only boasts a convenient location and sleek interior, but also good cuts of halal meat cooked to perfection.
The meats are imported from Australia and New Zealand and the restaurant truly focuses on quality. The refined and simplistic decor is a reflection of the food that The Royals Steakhouse serves.
I love that they let you season the meats yourself so that you can customize every single bite. I found myself salivating at the options of Angus Ribeye (S$32), Prime Tenderloin (S$36) and Lamb Chops (S$36), all served with mash, a side salad and grilled roma tomato.
If you’re a meat lover, grab a friend and order the Cote De Boeuf (S$95) which is approximately 820g – 960g of awesomeness. A slab of Australian 150-day grain-fed black Angus beef is cooked to your desired doneness and may take 20 minutes to be served, but trust me, the wait is worth it.
I haven’t even mentioned that the steaks are served with a choice of three sauces: Caramelised Onion, Black Pepper and Mushroom. I assure you though, good ol’ salt and pepper are enough so you can appreciate the quality and natural flavours of the meats here.
The Royals Steakhouse: 10 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199077 | Tel: +65 6291 3326 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 9.30pm (Fri to Sun), Closed on Mon to Thu | Website
Sound familiar? Royz et Vous had its humble beginnings at Bali Lane and soon became one of the best places for coffee in the area. It has since expanded and moved to the CBD, making sure the coffee tastes just as good, while reeling in new customers with an impressive menu.
Its formula clearly works since Royz et Vous has recently opened a second outlet in Sultan Gate—complete with its own musollah for Muslim patrons who wish to exercise their prayers on time.
Since its inception, the Smoked Duck (S$26.90) has been a hit with customers and given the generous portion, I can see why. Succulent pieces of smoked duck breast is served with roasted potatoes, salad and a homemade spice sauce that just elevates the dish to another level altogether.
If brunch is what you’re after, you have to try The Royale (S$19.90). Silky poached eggs sit atop Norwegian smoked salmon and toast, covered in a smooth hollandaise sauce and served with a side of roasted potatoes and salad.
Enjoy a variety of sweet, home-made mocktails such as the Sour Plum Mojito (S$9.90) and the Bubbly Lagoon (S$9.90)—guaranteed to soothe your throat and the perfect way to wash down all the good food with.
Royz et Vous: 137 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01, Singapore 068602 | Tel: +65 6293 0270 | Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm & 5pm – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm – 4pm & 5pm – 10pm (Sat & Sun) | Website
Located along Arab Street and the latest addition to the Black Hole group of restaurants (which owns other cafes featured on this list like Working Title and Afterwit), Tipo Pasta Bar is a quaint, cosy restaurant serving hand-made pasta and a menu that allows you to craft your own meal.
Choose from three different types of pasta, and go crazy with sauce options like the Pink Sauce—a combination of alfredo and pomodoro, or the house special, Beef Ragu—shredded beef in a tomato-based sauce. Additional toppings range from S$1 to S$4 per serving, and include premium choices such as Salmon Caviar, King Oyster Mushrooms and Smoked Duck Breast.
If you’d rather indulge in a ready-made dish, Tipo serves some house specials that are sure to satisfy your pasta cravings such as the Crazy Cabonara (S$15.90) and the Seafood Pomodoro (S$18.90). Once all pasta has been wiped clean off the plate, treat yourself to a nice Tiramisu (S$8.90) cake as the perfect way to end your meal.
Tipo Pasta Bar: 785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753 | Tel: +65 8768 0785 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Daily) | Website
Started by a pair of mothers who pride themselves in clean, healthy, and genuine food, Limaa Cafe stocks a refreshing contemporary menu amidst the Mediterannean-heavy cuisine typically found along Haji Lane.
Have breakfast at 3pm if you’d like with their all-day breakfast menu, which features their delectable Pancakes (S$12.90) made from unbleached flour topped with caramelised bananas and a home-made syrup. Lunch options include the Pasta Aglio Olio (S$11.90) and the Prawn Zoodles (S$17.90)—cooked in smaller portions, for a healthier meal with less calories.
Take your juice game to another level with their Avocado Smoothie (S$7.50), a milky Avocado drink with a drizzle of honey, or try their Super Specials (S$8)—a super health drink made with organic Acai pulp, apples, bananas and orange juice.
Limaa Cafe: 51 Haji Lane, Singapore 189244 | Tel: +65 8620 2041 | Opening Hours: 9.30am – 7pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun | Website
If you’re around Bugis and you’re looking for pastries, Mother Dough should definitely be one of your top choices to go to. Head baker Naadhira Ismail founded the bakery in 2018 after spending 4 years in New York working in a bakery while studying the detailed process of bread fermentation—her pastries are made with a copious amount of care and detail.
They have a seasonal menu, but their specials include the Almond Croissant (S$4.50 – S$4.80) and the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Sable Cookie (S$3).
Mother Dough: 749 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 198717 | Tel: +65 6909 6604 | Opening Hours: 11am to 5pm (Wed to Sun), Closed on Mon & Tue | Website
This restaurant has established itself as a household name amongst Muslim foodies across the island over the past few years, simply due to their excellent food and refreshing twists on Malay classics—like the Classic Ondeh-Ondeh Cake (S$9.50).
Roti Kirai is a favourite amongst many locals, but at the Malayan Council, you get them served to you with premium beef ribs, glazed in their finger-licking (and secret) special sauce (S$39). Also definitely worth a try is their Singapore Chilli Lobster (S$48), which is a Boston lobster that comes with a side of mussels drizzled in gooey mozzarella.
No meal is complete without dessert, and in the Malayan Council, this comes in the form of many delightful inceptions like the Durian Serawa Creme Brulee (S$11.50) and the Putu Piring Cake (S$10.50). When it comes to reinventing local classics and giving them a luxurious makeover, Malayan Council does it right.
Inspired after a particularly eye-opening trip to Naples by husband-and-wife founders Imran and Kamilah, Positano Risto serves classical Italian dishes to the halal market in a way that no other restaurant can.
Before you game your main course, nibble on some tasty snacks like the Bruschetta Pomodoro (S$8.95) and the Arancini Balls (S$11.95)—the former a toasted baguette topped with tomatoes, garlic and basil, while the latter, mozzarella-stuffed rice balls toasted to golden-brown perfection and served with a special homemade sauce.
It wouldn’t be an Italian restaurant if they don’t have pasta on the menu, and Positano Risto has a wide variety—like the Positano Vongole Linguine (S$22.95), the Soft Shell Crab Linguine (S$22.95) and the Squid Ink Seafood Spaghetti (S$24.95).
They have two outlets with differing menus in each, so if you’re keen on visiting, we’d highly recommend you go to both.
Positano Risto: 66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479 | Tel: +65 6292 1866 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Sun to Thu), 11.30am – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Website
Known for their one-of-a-kind pastries, you can find some really unique stuff at Flavour Flings—like a croissant filled with a salted egg filling and topped with Swiss Raclette cheese called the RacletteSant (S$9.90).
Other treats include the D24 Chocolate Fudge Cake (S$8.90/slice) and the Creme Brulee (S$6.90). Not impressed? They also have Milo Coated Chicken Popcorns (S$9.90)—that’s right, chicken popcorns caked in milo powder.
Flavour Flings: 01-1348 Hougang Ave 1, Block 121, Singapore 530121 | Tel: +65 6286 0051 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 4pm & 5.30pm – 10pm (Thu to Mon), 5.30pm – 10pm (Wed), Closed on Tue | Facebook
Rejoice Westies! Here’s our first entry for a restaurant in the west, and what an entry it is. Brio Cafe is a European street food restaurant located in Jurong Point which prides itself in a truly authentic pan-European dining experience catered for the halal consumer.
Choice selections include the Oxtail Bourguignon (S$17.80), which is slowly stewed for 36 hours to ensure that you get the tenderest of meats that fall right off the bone. The Scallop and Shrimp Risotto (S$15.80), made with edamame, mushrooms, parmigiano reggiano and sprinkled with red pepper coulis, is also a dish that you definitely must try.
For authentic European-style dishes that are also halal-certified, you’re seriously hard-pressed to find any better alternatives out there if its not Brio Cafe.
Brio Cafe: 1 Jurong West Central 2, Jurong Point, JP1, #02-24/K5, Singapore 648886 | Tel: +65 6795 9606 | Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm (Mon to Fri), 10.30am – 10pm (Sat & Sun) | Website
If you love all things Korean, then I assure you that Jinjja Chicken will make you swoon and fall in love with their famous chicken wings—that is if you haven’t already, of course. With outlets spanning across the island, they come in three different signature flavours—Soy Garlic, Yangnyeom and Monster and are available in 6-piece (S$7.90), 12-piece (S$14.90) and 18-piece (S$19.90) options.
Other dishes worth trying are their Tteokboki Fries (S$3.50 – S$4.50), the Chicken Bibimsalad (S$7.90) and the Jjamja Myeon 2-in-1 Noodles (S$10.90 – S$11.90).
Relive your Korean fantasies with these wings, I’m sure you’ll be coming back for more after your first visit (just like I did).
Last in our listicle, but definitely not the least, is Boms N Buns. This is a bakery that specialises in cute, little choux puffs that are freshly baked daily. The puffs come in a variety of flavours and they look absolutely adorable.
At one glance, they remind me of those cupcakes in cartoons that have always made you drool as a kid, and taste-wise they certainly deliver too. Popular flavours include Nutella, Kaya Butter and Salted Caramel (S$3.50).
You can get them delivered by placing an order online here, or you can also visit them at their brick-and-mortar outlet located in East Village, near Simpang Bedok.
Boms n Buns: 430 Upper Changi Rd, #01-54 East Village, Singapore 487048 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tue to Fri), 3pm – 8pm (Sat & Sun) | Website
Japanese ramen is the perfect food for a cold, monsoon day, and what better place to indulge in some chicken broth goodness than at Ichikokudo Hokkaido. With three locations islandwide near Sultan Mosque, [email protected] and Suntec City, this halal ramen outlet brings all the classic flavours Japan to you—complete with a traditional Japanese-style Minka-influenced interior.
Must-try dishes include the classic Ichikokudo Ramen (S$9.90), a chicken and seafood ramen dish with a soy sauce base and a rich, savoury soup to boot. Or if you’re into something more interesting, how about going for the Hokkai Jigoku Smoked Duck Ramen (S$15.90)—ramen with a deep, earthy flavour which differentiates it from its signature counterpart.
Ichikokudo is definitely a must-try if you’re looking for a halal Japanese option—we guarantee it won’t disappoint.
Another halal option for the ramen lover is Kure Menya, a new outlet which just opened in the heart of CBD. Located right beside Amoy Street Food Centre, this cosy little Japanese restaurant serves Japanese classics with a uniquely Singaporean twist.
Take, for example, the Tori Chashu Ramen With a Spicy Soup base (S$11.90), a bowl of ramen topped with thinly sliced chicken chashu and served with a chilli that is fried in the more familiar Singaporean-Chinese style.
Equally tasty is their Deep Fried Gyoza (S$5.50), which comes in a set of four and is drizzled in Nacho Cheese sauce and topped with spring onions—the yum value is high on this one. Kure Menya rests in the heart of Cecil Street, so it’s best if you come during non-peak hours to avoid the busy office crowd.
Kure Menya: 182 Cecil Street Frasers Tower #02-11, Singapore 069547 | Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Daily) | Website
Kucina appears as the second halal Italian restaurant in this listicle, and is located nearer to the heartlands of Serangoon—in NEX mall. As a halal consumer myself, I can’t thank my stars enough to be blessed with so many varieties of halal options, and quality ones at that—Kucina is helmed by Chef Gero, who has more than 25 years of experience in Italian cooking and had worked in prestigious restaurants like Da Paolo and the Garibaldi Group.
The visually outstanding dish is the Risotto De Sepia (S$27.90)—a careful arrangement of three well-cooked prawns sitting atop a mess of arborio rice and squid drenched in midnight black squid ink.
Also equally interesting is their Funghi E Tartufo (S$27.90), which is a pizza in the shape of a boat. That’s right—at one glance, this hardly looks anything like the pizza which we’re so used to seeing, but it sure packs a hell of a taste. The base is coated with a layer of stringy mozarella cheese, under a creamy mushroom sauce with black truffle pate and topped with scamorza smoked cheese. This is truly a unique pizza like you’ve never had before, and is definitely worth a try.
Kucina: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, KINEX, #B1-09/10, Singapore 437157 | Tel: +65 6493 2154 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Daily) | Website
As a member of the Malay community, I think I speak for all of us when I say we love our barbecues. Wakuwaku Yakiniku, a new store which is co-owned by famous rapper Sheikh Haikel, is a halal Japanese indoor barbecue restaurant that will surely set your hearts on fire.
700gms of Premium Beef Platter (S$108) will give you seven different chef’s choice cuts, including prime cuts—such as Jo Karubi (prime short ribs), Rib Finger, Rump, Harami (flank or skirt), Karubi (short ribs), Ro-Su (rib eye), and Tenderloin. A bowl of Sapporo Pearl Rice (S$2) can also be ordered as a side to be enjoyed with your beef.
Another option is their Truffle Yakiniku Don (S$18), which is a beef rice bowl topped with chilli strips, scallions and shredded white vegetables. The bowl is perfect if your a mushroom lover, for the force of truffle is strong in this one.
The next time you’re thinking of bringing the whole family out for Korean barbecue, why not try something different—a Japanese barbecue, and a halal one at that? Save this one for your next occasion.
Wakuwaku Yakiniku: 27 Bali Lane, Singapore 189863 | Tel: +65 6291 6891 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 9.30pm (Mon to Thu), 4pm – 9.30pm (Fri to Sun) | Facebook
Last, but definitely not the least, is Sultan Gate Restaurant, located within 1 minute walk from the Malay Heritage Centre. Sophisticated and classy, the restaurant is a finely curated array of dishes served in a Modern European Archipelago style.
Indulge in their Spicy Penne Chorizo (S$22.80), a Penne dish served with turkey chorizo and merguez. Or if you’re feeling fancy, why not go for their Exclusive Set Lunch (S$25++)—appetisers come as a choice of Wild Mushroom Soup or French Onion Soup, while mains feature the Honey Pommery Mustard Chicken and the Haddock et frites. Desserts come by way of the Creme Caramel, or the Pudding au Pain et au beurre (bread pudding).
This is definitely a great place to bring a date to—a cosy restaurant with great food to boot.
Sultan Gate Restaurant: 29 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198477 | Tel: +65 6802 6496 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon | Website