The month of Ramadan is considered as one of the most sacred months of the year for Muslims, where they practice fasting from food and drink while the sun is up. In 2023, the occasion will take place from the evening of 22 March and end on the evening of 21 April.
I’ve asked my Muslim friends and have discovered that it’s common practice for families to cook during this special month for Iftar, but wouldn’t it be awesome to take a breather at times? You and your family can dine out at a nice restaurant or even order in to save all that hassle of food preparation.
As Ramadan is fast approaching, I’ve done all the hard work to hunt down the 15 best food spots and deliveries to break your fast for Ramadan 2023. I hope this guide helps!
1. Carousel (Royal Plaza On Scotts)
The award-winning buffet at Carousel showcases an authentic Heritage Flavours theme for the upcoming Ramadan. Before going for the awesome hot dishes in the buffet, why not spend some time exploring the lavish cold seafood counter?
Besides freshly-shucked oysters, there’s also Maine lobster, half-shell scallops, mud crabs, tiger prawns, a whole Atlantic poached salmon, and so much more! On weekends, there’s even Alaskan king crab legs and snow crab legs on Fridays and Saturdays. A seafood haven, I must say.
Pamper your taste buds with a selection of special highlight dishes in the buffet, which includes Gado-gado, Nasi Ambeng, Traditional Chicken, Beef and Mutton Satay served with Ketupat and Lobster Mee Soto.
Besides a whole array of homemade ice cream, you can sweeten your meal with a range of Southeast Asian desserts such as Gula Melaka Swiss-Roll, Pandan Coconut Cake and Durian Pengat.
The Heritage Flavours at Carousel will be running from 21 Mar to 22 Apr 2023.
2. Royal Palm Orchid Country Club
If you’re looking for a venue away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then head over to Royal Palm Orchid Country Club. The restaurant has a modern and elegant ambience together with a huge seating capacity of 350 pax. It’s the ideal venue for you and your family to have a cosy and comfortable Iftar.
What’s the best way to break your fast? I’d say going for a lush buffet with a wonderful spread of Halal international cuisine which will satisfy people of all ages. There are a total of 3 buffet menus, depending on which day you’re dining.
Jump-start your appetite at the salad bar with dishes like Royal Palm Mango Salad and Potato Salad. Then be treated to scrumptious fried snacks like Samosa, Bergedil and sweet treats like Mini Donuts.
When you’re ready for the main affair, head on over to their live BBQ station for some delightful Korean Spice Barbeque Chicken Wings and Barbeque Chicken Chipolata. You can also enjoy a slice of Hawaiian Pizza while sipping on a bowl of heartwarming Mushroom Soup.
There’s also delicious Royal Palm Laksa Goreng, Cajun Baked Fish with Almond Butter Sauce, Tandoori Chicken Served with Mint Chutney Sauce and much more for you to discover on your own.
To book yourself a table, click here.
To learn more about the restaurant’s Weekly Tingkat Packages and Hari Raya Aidilfitri Specials for self pick-up or delivery for the month of Ramadan, click here.
3. Atrium Restaurant (Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium)
Experience an extravagant BBQ feast like no other at the Halal-certified Atrium Restaurant at this year’s Ramadan Iftar which boasts over 40 dishes. It’ll run from 22 Mar to 1 May 2023.
This year, the restaurant shines the spotlight on its Whole Spiced Roast Baby Lamb (available for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only). It’s served with a plethora of delectable condiments like sambal belacan and spicy kicap manis for some heat that packs a punch. You can also switch things up by pairing it with pita bread, yoghurt dip, and tomato salsa with jalapeno.
For dinner from Mondays to Thursdays, the buffet also showcases a delightful range of yummy roasts on the carving station such as Turkey Breast and Rib Eye.
Relish in their irresistible BBQ delicacies daily, which include Otah–Otah, Honey Chicken Wings, Sambal Squid, and Grilled Fish.
Save some stomach space for a comforting bowl of Executive Chef Chua Yew Hock’s Signature Laksa which brought him closer to home when he was an apprentice overseas.
Be sure to also try the Slow-baked Whole Norwegian Salmon that’s served with some of their renowned chilli dips (like terasi, garlic chili, sambal chili and ikan bilis chili). Each will surely send you on a unique journey.
Click here to secure a table fast!
4. Peppermint (PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore)
This year’s Ramadan sees an exclusive collaboration happening between chef de cuisine, Leon Yee, of Peppermint, and chef owner, Beh Gaik Lean, of 1-Michelin-starred Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery from Penang, Malaysia.
You’ll be treated to a sumptuous spread of age-old Nyonya dishes that Aunty Gaik Lean picked up from her mother from the age of 12. Relish in her signature Brinjal Sambal and Egg Belanda (sweet and sour egg in tamarind sauce).
Seafood enthusiasts will enjoy her heartwarming Fish Curry Tumis (hot and sour fish curry) and aromatic Assam Prawns (prawns stir-fried in tamarind paste) which will be the ideal accompaniment to a piping-hot serving of Nasi Ulam (steamed herbed rice with ulam).
Don’t worry if seafood is not for you. You can also discover delicious meat dishes that pack a punch like Curry Kapitan (Captain’s chicken curry in coconut milk with potatoes) and Beef Rendang. To end off on a sweet note, desserts like Pulut Hitam with Fresh Santan and Ubi Kayu with Gula Melaka will hit the spot.
Chef Leon’s range of heritage Peranakan recipes from his great grandmother go hand-in-hand with Auntie Gaik Lean’s dishes.
Indulge in all-time crowd favourites like the Ayam Buah Keluak, Itek Sio, Black Angus Beef Oxtail Pongteh, the popular Wok-Fried Seafood Dry Laksa, and the iconic Blue Pea Rice Lemak served with Spicy Coconut Floss.
To top it all off, there are traditional desserts such as Pulut Hitam Cake, Pandan Kaya Cake with house-made Kaya, Bubor Cha Cha and much more. Be sure to come on an empty stomach to be able to enjoy all these delights.
This once-in-a-lifetime Peranakan buffet will be running from 17 Mar to 30 April 2023.
Click here to make your reservation!
5. Window On The Park (Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre)
Are you searching for a venue that serves nostalgic traditional dishes and a smorgasbord of local and Asian specialties all at once? Then look no further, Halal-certified Window On The Park presents to you their Santapan Ramadan Buffet.
Gather your family and loved ones and indulge in delectable appetisers such as the Malay Traditional Ulam Salad which will definitely kickstart your appetite. Then pamper your taste buds with the crowd-favourite Ayam Bakar Sambal Kicap that’s grilled over charcoal with fiery chilli paste and spicy soya sauce. It’s mouth-watering!
I’ve not met anyone who doesn’t love rendang, which is a lovely blend of chillies, coconut, and spices. The chefs at Window On The Park have innovated tradition and created the Lamb Chop Rendang Kerisik Sauce, something which I’m intrigued to try.
There’s something for everyone with their other favourites such as Kim Chi Fried Rice from Korea and western Creamy Salmon. To end your meal with sweet tidings, relish in their dessert offerings such as the chef’s signature hot Pengat Pisang with sago.
The Santapan Ramadan Buffet at Window on the Park will be running from 22 Mar to 21 Apr 2023.
Click here to make reservations.
6. Hjh Maimunah Restaurant
Renowned for their traditional, kampung-inspired cuisine, Hjh Maimunah Restaurant was inaugurated in the 90s. They’re famously known for their lineup of signature specialties like the juicy Sundanese Grilled Chicken, tantalising Lemak Siput and the wide varieties of Barbecued Fish.
Along with that, you’ll be left spoiled for choice deciding between a selection of more than 40 dishes like Sambal Goreng, Beef Rendang, Tahu Telur and Oxtail Soup (just to name a few).
With all the tedious preparations coming up for Ramadan, Hjh Maimunah Restaurant eases the workload by introducing their Ramadhan Feast (S$78 for 4 pax).
This set includes 4 servings of steamed white rice, 2 pieces of ayam goreng kalasan, 2 pieces of ikan asam pedas, a large serving of sambal goreng pengantin, 2 pieces of begedil, a large portion of stir fried veggies, 4 cups of bandung selasih and 4 servings of assorted bubur manis.
It’s available for reservations during Ramadan. You can also place your online orders by clicking here.
*Do note that their Jalan Pisang outlet will be closed during Ramadan. Special extended hours will be added to their Joo Chiat outlet.
7. Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop
For the first time ever, Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop (except the Sengkang Riverside Park branch) is launching their Tenderfresh Ramadan Platter (S$32.80), which is inspired by the ever-popular nasi ambeng from Mar to Apr 2023.
This platter is suitable for 2 to 3 pax. It consists of battered fish, garden greens, potato salad, onion rings, crispy skin chicken chop, 2 pieces of chicken broiler, fragrant rice, and sunny side-up served with masak merah sauce and tartar sauce.
To pre-order the Ramadan platter in advance before Iftar, click here.
If your attention diverts to the other options on the menu, you can also choose to feast on a myriad of yummy finger foods such as Onion Blossom (S$6.90), Cheesy Country Mushroom (S$5.90) or Fried Calamari Rings with Tartar Sauce (S$6.90).
The restaurant also has a selection of delicious fusion pastas such as Udang Kering Vongole (S$9.90) and Laksa Prawn Spaghetti (S$10.90).
8. Lagun Sari Wedding & Catering
Besides the fact that Lagun Sari Wedding & Catering is one of Singapore’s leading Malay/Muslim wedding service providers, you’ll be glad to know that they also provide Halal catering and food delivery services.
These services include a Ramadan Iftar Tingkat Delivery with several choices of dishes changed daily. To top it all off, they also have an island-wide delivery menu with an assortment of sets suitable for 1 to 5 pax.
If your family adores seafood, go for either the Lobster Shellout (S$100/S$155/S$200) or the Seabass Shellout (S$78/S$140/S$180), with sauces like chilli crab or masak merah.
If you’re looking for a dine-in Iftar buffet for Ramadan, well, guess what? Lagun Sari Wedding & Catering provides that option too. Amazing!
For starters, you’ll be able to enjoy Soto Ayam with Ketupat or even some Fried Seafood Wantons. Next, tuck into aromatic Kambing Semur, Sambal Udang Tomato, and pair all of that with Nasi Kerabu.
Sweeten your evening with a selection of desserts like Honeydew Sago, and a variety of Malay Kueh.
The buffet will be available at their Joo Chiat outlet on Fridays and Saturdays for S$35 per pax, and at their Bukit Timah outlet on Saturdays only for S$38 per pax. Do note that they don’t accept walk-ins, and a 2 day advance booking is required.
Take advantage of the early bird promotion where you can get 10% off (ends 26 Mar).
Click here to make a reservation.
Amigo’s is a Halal-certified Western chain of food stalls spread out across 18 different locations in Singapore. It’s a one-stop destination for all of your quintessential western delights with a mouthwatering selection of main courses and side dishes to boot.
How does tucking into a plate of Crispy Half Fried Chicken (S$7.90) or Crispy Wings with Rice (S$5.90) sound? There’s also Chicken Popcorn Rice (S$5.50) and Chicken Chop with Fries (S$7.90)— I’m getting hungry already!
Out of its 18 outlets, the 5 newer ones (65 Telok Blangah Drive, 273 Bukit Batok East, 132 Jurong Gateway Road, 421C Northshore, and 925 Yishun Kedai Kopi) offer Tex-Mex food options in their menus.
Satiate your hunger with irresistible treats like Tex-Mex Fried Chicken (S$13.90 for 5 pcs), Chicken Fajita Aglio Olio (S$6.90), Chipotle Mayo Hotdog with Fries (S$6.90) and Guacamole & Salsa Loaded Fries (S$4.90).
10. Rasa Sedap Seafood
The owner of Halal-certified Rasa Sedap Seafood, Chef Kelvin Yip, was previously the group executive chef for a F&B organisation that operates more than 30 zi char stalls across Singapore.
He decided to venture out on his own and opened a stall that showcases his specialty dishes which include Salted Egg Butter Crab (S$45 for 1, S$68.80 for 2) and Tiga Rasa Barramundi (S$32) (3 flavour barramundi).
For Ramadan 2023, Chef Yip has curated a special set menu for all our Muslim friends. At just S$79.90 for 5 pax, you’ll be able to enjoy a feast with your family and loved ones. The set includes fried chicken with turmeric, sambal kang kong, kampong fried rice, deep fried grouper, Nonya assam seafood (prawn balls and sotong) and dessert.
If you’re seeking something for a small group or are dining solo, you can take your pick from their à la carte dishes such as Pineapple Seafood Fried Rice (S$6.50), Tom Yam Seafood Bee Hoon Soup (S$6.50), Hot Plate Beancurd (S$10) and Salad Cereal Chicken Chop (S$15).
12 Haig Road, #01-323, Singapore 430012
+65 9863 5525
Daily: 11.45am – 10.45pm
If you’d like to break your fast and savour some authentic Turkish food, then head over to The Mediterranean Deli Turk located at the basement of Far East Plaza. The restaurant is headed by Chef Ahmet Akpinar who is a Türkiye native, but has become a Singapore permanent resident.
For this holy month of Ramadan, Chef Ahmet has arranged a special Ramadan Amal Iftar Buffet from 22 Mar to 21 Apr 2023 at S$59.95++ per pax. It will be an open buffet concept featuring traditional ottoman cuisine. Just imagine it to be like a Turkish interpretation of our local nasi padang.
There is no fixed menu and food selections will differ everyday, depending on availability.
During Ramadan, Chef Ahmet is planning to donate S$10 from every bill at the restaurant to relief efforts in Türkiye. This is to support the recent devastating earthquake disaster. A further S$10 from each bill will be used to support the poor in Pakistan. I’m all for a good cause, and this definitely caught my attention.
12. Bonda Intan
Bonda Intan is a small and independent Muslim-owned home-based business and is named after its founder, Intan. She adores cooking and will always cook up a storm whenever there’s a family gathering.
For the approaching Ramadan season, Intan has planned out a menu for Iftar, and it will be available on every weekend of the fasting month. As she doesn’t want to compromise the quality of the food, only limited orders will be available.
Bonda Intan will be collaborating with My Flavou-rite, who will be providing the drinks for all the food sets.
Order the Nasi Lamb Shank (S$55 for 9 Apr) set which consists of fragrant nasi minyak putih (rice infused with ghee and spices), lamb shank, dalchar sayur with beef coin (lentil-based stew with beef coin), half an ayam bakar, nenas pecuk (pickled pineapples) and 3 drinks of your choice.
You can also savour the Nasi Lemak Pandan (S$32 for 8 Apr) set which comes with a pandan-infused coconut rice, ayam goreng berampah, sambal bilis kering, sambal sotong, telur dadar (omelette) or sunny side-up, timun & kangkung belacan (cucumber and water spinach with red chilli shrimp paste) and 3 of your preferred drinks.
To secure your orders or view the other menu items, DM them on their socials.
13. Curry Times
Curry Times is an eatery that honours and showcases one of Singaporeans’ favourite delicacies: curry. From the same folks who brought you Old Chang Kee, this Halal-certified restaurant has all kinds of local dishes that will make grandma happy too.
Sink your teeth into their freshly-baked Signature Curry Chicken Bun (S$1.70++) which has a zesty combo of chicken, potatoes, and tangy curry paste enveloped in a golden-brown baked soft dough bun.
Or go for a bowl of comforting Signature Curry Chicken (S$9.50++ for single) which mimics the exact recipe and flavour as their iconic curry puff.
For something more satisfying, tuck into a plate of Dry Laksa Goreng (S$9.90++) filled with chicken slices, prawns, and sliced egg.
The vast menu also features other delicious dishes like Cold Tofu with Salted Egg Yolk and Century Egg (S$7.50++), and Cheese Prata (S$2.50++ per piece). There’s definitely something for people of all ages.
What’s more, Curry times is offering a promotion during Ramadan where you can order any 5 mains, and get 1 free. So what are you waiting for? Come down to any of their 4 outlets to have a satisfying Iftar with your family.
14. Fika Swedish Cafe And Bistro
Arab Street is filled with a sea of different eateries and shops selling carpets, ornamental Turkish lights and other knick-knacks. So I find it rather refreshing to see a Halal-certified dining spot like Fika Swedish Cafe And Bistro, which is one of the OGs there.
Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down and enjoy a dinner filled with traditional Swedish food? Fill your bellies with a delicious Mushroom Crêpe (S$18) filled with earthy sauteed mushrooms, leek garlic and cheese. The Swedish Meatballs (S$21), Swedish Lamb Stew (S$24) and Pasta Bake (S$20) do not disappoint as well.
If your little ones are fussing over what to eat, the Macaroni Stew with Sausages (S$10) and Kids Linguine (S$10) from the kids menu will solve all that.
Still got room for some dessert? Then share an Apple Crumble Pie (S$9), Chocolate Balls (S$6 for 3) and Swedish Pancakes (S$13) amongst your group to get a little taste of everything.
15. Makan Melaka
You’re probably thinking, “Aaron, why are you ending the food guide with a dessert spot?” Yes, to most of you, Makan Melaka is a place where you can get delicious bowls of chendol. But do you know that they also offer a Red Snapper Asam Pedas Set (S$9.90) at their Haig Road and Clementi outlet?
You’ll get a plate of blue pea rice, salted egg, ulam and sambal. To complete the meal, a piping-hot clay pot containing a red snapper fillet doused in asam pedas gravy is served alongside.
As most of you may know, Makan Melaka makes their green chendol (jelly) fresh every morning. After having a satisfying Red Snapper Asam Pedas Set, wouldn’t it be perfect to get a bowl of Traditional Melaka Style Chendol (S$2) as well? You can settle your dinner and dessert all at a single destination— super convenient!
12 Haig Road, Singapore 430012
+65 9363 1379
Daily: 8.30am – 9pm
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