Halal-certified international cuisine in Singapore
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As a Muslim teen growing up in the late 2000s, there weren’t many halal food options available for me. Eating out during after-school lepak sessions usually meant alternating between fast food joints or Swensen’s. From ramen to buffets, us Muslim peeps were missing out on a lot of good food back then.
Thankfully, you’ll find more restaurants serving halal, international cuisine now. Here’s a compilation of Halal-Certified eateries, so that fellow Muslims - or your Muslim friends - can satiate their cravings for international nosh, beyond the usual eateries.
1. The Ramen Stall
I can’t count the number of times I’ve found myself looking longingly at the menus of ramen stalls, only to come across the word tonkotsu - Japanese for pork bones. *cries internally* Luckily, The Ramen Stall - one of the few halal ramen joints in Singapore - solves that.
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The rich broth is prepared by boiling meat and bones for a whopping 30 hours. For those with a predilection for all things spicy, take on the Volcano Ramen ($11), which is available in 3 spice levels.
They also have kaisen dons and sashimi. Image credit: @whyugottobesorude
With a closing time of 6am, The Ramen Stall is perfect as a late-night lepak spot where you can eat your night away to your heart’s content.
Read our full review of The Ramen Stall here
Address: 787 North Bridge Road, S(198755)
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5PM – 6AM | Sat, Sun & PH: 12PM – 6AM
Telephone: 6655 0800
2. Flavour Flings
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Flavour Flings burst onto scene at the height of the salted egg yolk craze, being the first establishment to carry the Salted Egg Croissant ($6.90). A buttery crust and thick yolk sauce makes this the most popular item in the menu, with waiting times for as long as 15 minutes.
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For those looking for a complete meal to fill you up, opt for the Beef Steak and Raclette ($24.90), which comes with a gooey blanket of Swiss cheese over tender meat.
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Address: Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, 530121
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed - Fri: 11AM - 4PM & 5.30PM - 9PM | Sat - Sun: 9AM - 4PM & 5.30PM - 9PM
Telephone: 6286 0051
3. Citrus by the Pool
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Located within Woodlands Swimming Complex, Citrus by the Pool is the perfect spot to recharge at after a long day of soaking in the waters.
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Many have singled out the Molten Chocolate Lava Cake ($10.90) and Fried Chicken and Waffle ($10.90) as the restaurant’s best dishes. Given how sinful they look, it’s a blessing that the gym is located nearby.
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Citrus by the Pool also offers student meals - consisting of a choice of pasta, Citrus Iced Tea and a scoop of ice-cream - on weekdays from 2pm to 5pm. Best of all, this restaurant does not have GST and service charges!
Tom Yum Seafood Pasta. Image credit: @qiuuing
Address: 3 Woodlands Street 12, 3-3A Woodlands Swimming Complex S(738600)
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 11AM to 11PM | Sat - Sun: 9AM to 11PM
Telephone: 6366 6581
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“You only live once” - while most millennials use this mantra as an excuse to engage in dumb activities, YOLO aims to give you a full life - or a full tummy, at the very least. Serving nutritious yet delicious meals, including vegan and gluten-free options, there’s truly something for everyone here.
Salmon Steak with Peranakan Veggie Curry, Quinoa, Super Seeds and Curry Sour Cream. Image credit: @alexis_bauduin
Their Signature Dishes - from the low-calorie Tomato Soup ($9.90) to the protein-rich Beef Steak ($14.90) - are catered specially to suit various nutritional needs. You can also customise your dish with the Build Your Own Meal (from $12.90) option.
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If you wish to eat healthily but are too busy or lazy to prepare your own meals, YOLO also has a customised Meal Plan Programme (from $99/week). This subscription gives you 10 meals a week which can be collected from their Tanjong Pagar outlet or delivered via UberEats. If 1 week is too much for you to commit, there are also daily meal plans starting from $19.90, so you can have more flexibility in terms of how many days you'd like to be on the plan.
Address: Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, Singapore 78877
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 11AM - 9PM | (Closed on Sun)
Telephone: 6221 3029
5. Segar Restaurant
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Segar is the Malay word for “fresh”, which is exactly what Segar Restaurant guarantees their ingredients to be.
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Muslim diners can finally enjoy tze char dishes such as Assam Fish Head Curry ($20) and Oyster Omelette ($10), which are typically found in non-halal stalls at kopitiams and hawker centres.Portions are big enough to be shared by 2 people, so go easy when ordering.
Assam Fish Head Curry. Image credit: @norajas.aly
Address: B2-39/40/41, 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 11:30AM – 9:30PM daily
Telephone: 6444 1778
6. Paddington House of Pancakes
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Paddington House of Pancakes believes that it’s acceptable to have pancakes for any meal - whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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Meat lovers will love the Aussie Burger ($19), a thick and juicy chicken patty served between two buckwheat pancakes. For those with a sweet tooth, get your saccharine fix with the Big Treasure Box ($15) - American pancakes served with assorted fruits and topped with vanilla ice-cream.
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Address: #02-35/36 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
Opening Hours: 11AM - 9PM daily
Telephone: 6612 9029
Right along Jalan Klapa is Kumoya, a Japanese-French cafe serving up sweet treats that are almost too pretty to eat. Popular choices include the Sakura Yoghurt Parfait ($14.90) and assorted Petite Eclairs ($3/pc) which, despite their name, are chock full of flavoured cream filling.
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While they specialise in dessert, they’ve also got a bunch of tasty fusion main dishes too. Recommended mains include the Seafood Japanese Curry Udon ($16.90) and Tempura Soft Shell Pancakes ($18.90).
Address: 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: Tues - Sun: 12PM till 9PM | (Closed on Mon)
Telephone: 6297 3727
8. Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Serving mainly European cuisine, Halia is the only Halal-certified food establishment in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where you can eat atas (up) food while being bawah (down) with nature.
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Halia means “ginger” in Malay and true to the restaurant’s name, you’ll find it in most of their dishes - such as the Lemongrass & Ginger Prawn Salad ($16) and Chilli Crab Spaghettini ($26).
Address: 1 Cluny Road (Ginger Garden), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs : 9AM to 9.30PM | Fri & Eve of PH: 9AM to 10PM | Sat: 10AM to 10PM | Sun & PH: 10AM to 9.30PM
Telephone: 8444 1148
9. Katong Kitchen
DIY popiah station. Image credit: @jocielee
Most people know of Aquamarine as a go-to halal buffet spot, but for a more budget-friendly option, there’s also Katong Kitchen, an international buffet restaurant leaning more towards the Peranakan flavour. Diners will be greeted by an assortment of dishes, from sushi and shellfish to Peranakan staples like Nonya Assam Laksa and Ayam Buah Keluak.
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Part of the seafood spread at Katong Kitchen. Image credit: @jigglygingy
With buffet prices starting from $38 for adults and $19 for children, Katong Kitchen is sure to give you bang for your buck. They have regular promotions too, so do a keep a lookout for them on their Facebook page!
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Address: Level 4, Village Hotel Katong, 25 Marine Parade Road, Singapore 449536
Opening Hours: 6.30AM - 10PM daily
Telephone: 6551 2141
10. Santaro by Gion
Santaro by Gion lets you have the full omakase (from $56) experience right in the heart of the CBD - complete with tatami rooms to match its rustic facade. Omakase is Japanese for “I’ll leave it up to you”, so everything that’ll be on your plate will come as a surprise!
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Those who request for the omakase buffet will also be entitled to a free-flow selection of other dishes such as oyakodon, ice-cream and udon. Just a heads up - portions here are rather large, so arrive on an empty stomach.
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For those with smaller appetites, Santaro by Gion also serves a la-carte dishes such as Kitsune Udon ($14.80) and Sweet Potato Tempura ($10).
Address: #02-26 Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
Opening Hours: Lunch : 11.30AM – 2.30PM daily (Last order: 2PM) | Dinner: 5.30PM – 9.30PM daily (Last order: 9PM)
Telephone: 6444 9989
11. Butter Studio
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From its humble beginnings as a remodeled photo studio, Butter Studio has since expanded to include retail outlets in Takashimaya and OneKM Mall. Besides selling cupcakes and cakes, they also offer baking workshops so keep an eye out for those on their Facebook page!
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Brunch lovers will be glad to know that they’ve also got a good selection of hearty breakfast dishes. Highly raved by customers is the Wasabi Eggs Royale ($16.50), an eggs ben dish topped with wasabi hollandaise. For something both sweet and savoury, opt for their Pancakes Benedict ($15.50).
One of their bestsellers is the Sea Salt Nutella Tart ($6.90). Image credit: @yuumshar
Note: mains and eggs benedict dishes are not available from 3pm to 6pm.
Address: 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs: 12PM - 10PM | Fri: 12PM - 12AM | Sat: 10.30AM - 12AM | Sun: 10.30AM - 10PM | (Closed on Tues)
12. Kraftwich by Swissbake
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The bread at Kraftwich by Swissbake is full of grains like sunflower seeds, rye and oats, making the sandwiches here both delicious and wholesome.
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Vegetarians can opt for the Portobello Mushroom Kraftwich ($8.90), which is filled with juicy mushrooms and fresh greens. If you want some red meat to go with your greens, opt for the Beef Pastrami Salad ($9.90) which is great for a quick meal. Other light bites include croissants lthe Egg Mayo Croissant Sandwich and the Wholegrain Tuna Croissant ($5.90 each).
Top up $5 to enjoy a meal set which includes a side and drink, in addition to your main.
Read our full review of Kraftwich here
Address: #B1-04/05, One Raffles Place
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 7.30AM - 8PM | Sat - Sun: 9AM - 3.30PM
Telephone: 6438 5730
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Tucked in the corner of East Village is GREAThai; one of the few Halal eateries here serving up authentic Thai cuisine.
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Noodle lovers should opt for the Sliced Beef Soup With Stick Noodle ($11.90). With its light noodles, the generous portion of the dish will leave you full without being bloated.
Address: #01-06 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048
Opening Hours: 11:30AM – 10:30PM daily
Telephone: 6702 7707
14. Twelve Cupcakes
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Back in 2014, we featured Twelve Cupcakes on our list of best local cupcake stores. Since then, it’s gained a Halal certification all while holding firmly onto its position as one of the most loved cupcake brands in the island.
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Cupcakes are priced from $3.30 a piece. Out of their mainstays, I would recommend the Salted Caramel one as the mellow sweetness of the cake is complemented by the saltiness of the caramel.
Read our review of Twelve Cupcakes here
Address: Check their website to find the one closest to you.
Opening Hours: Depending on outlet. Generally between 10AM - 9PM.
Telephone: 6509 1255
15. Fish & Chicks
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Fish and Chicks serves fish and chips with light, crunchy batter, topped with sauces zhng-ed for local tastes. Popular variations include the Salted Egg Yolk ($9.90) and Chilli Crab Sauce Fish & Chips ($9.90). If you can’t decide on just one kind of sauce, get them both with the Best of Both Worlds ($12.90).
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If you’re not a fan of seafood, a recommended dish is the Chargrilled Chicken ($6.90) which comes with your choice of 2 sides.
Read our review of Fish and Chicks here.
Address: #01-2429, 531 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560531
Opening Hours: 11AM - 9.30PM daily
Telephone: 9828 3490
Taste the world while keeping it Halal
The next time you’re searching for a Halal makan place and wanna go beyond the standard local fares, visit these restaurants and be amazed by flavours from around the world.
Know of any other great Halal eateries we should visit? Drop us a suggestion in the comments below!