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Zam Zam Restaurant is arguable perhaps the most famous Muslim restaurant in Singapore, a legendary eatery that specializes in serving up authentic Indian-Muslim dishes. Located in Arab Street, this unassuming restaurant is wildly popular with Nasi Briyani fanatics and is packed all day long.
This landmark Indian-Muslim restaurant opposite Sultan Mosque has been serving nasi biryani, murtabak, roti prata and other dishes for over 100 years, and is rumored to be the favored eating place of the Malaysian Sultan.
Come on down for lunch, dinner, or even supper. A definite icon of Singapore's dining culture which deserves a try!
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A place for great murtabak
I went here during lunch hour on my way to Arab Street. I have no idea on what to eat but I saw people gulping down on Briyani and murtabak, so I decided to order the latter.
I had chicken murtabak and that was the best murtabak ever. The filling is great with thin outside layer. Top it off with curry, and you'll be blown away.
This place is crowded and packed especially during peak hours. You might have to wait for a while to find an available seat. However, the service was a let down. Our food arrived half an hour later and I almost want to storm out of the restaurant if they don't send my food anytime soon.
I only go to this restaurant for their murtabak, and that's it.
Good briyani and murtabak!
I keep hearing how good their food is so I decided to give it a try to see whether their food lives up to its name. Boy was I glad I did. Okay, it took a while to get a seat seeing as to how there was so many people during lunch hour.
I really like the briyani because unlike most briyani I’ve tasted, I can clearly taste the spice and the thickness of the curry is a big plus for me. The servings were a little small though. Apart from that, you should also give the chicken murtabak a try because it’s just so damn good. It may be a little oily though for the health-conscious. They are very generous with the ingredients and the dish is served piping hot. It goes down really well with their curry. I would definitely go there again!
Kill for the chicken murtabak
If i were to come here, I am only there for the chicken murtabak. FULL STOP.
I know the biryani is good and I am a sucker for their lamb biryani but their chicken murtabak i would dare say is their signature dish.
I don't like to eat in here because of the lack of seating space. The place is always full especially during meal times and more often than not service could be a little slow. Which explains why I like to do take aways here.
Watching the action in the kitchen is quite fun, just don't look at the griddle as the amount of oil that they use would make you want to swear off murtabak for the rest of your life. So, what you don't know, won't kill you. Yet again, in the long run, a steady diet of their murtabak will!
Awesome authentic Indian-Muslim food
There was a time when I thought, like most of my Singaporean friends, that the best briyani in Singapore could be found Alauddin's in Tekka Market. I was so wrong. Zam Zam wins, hands down. My parents one day thought of going on a food spree across the island, and I got dragged along. It wasn't such a bad idea after all.
I had the chicken briyani there, followed by hot 'teh tarik' (pulled milk tea). Best. Combination. EVER.
The briyani is moist enough for the appetites of most people and the chicken is tender, unlike a lot of places that seem to only serve the toughest portions. My parents shared a mutton murtabak. Stealing a piece of it, I felt... meh. I now how most people say it's the place to go for murtabak, but I've had better.
The only downside I felt Zam Zam's had was their mediocre service levels. They don't really smile at you, and seem to take forever to clear your tables so you can start ordering your food. Also, the tables and seats aren't always clean, and I recommend bringing along tissue papers to clean your seats yourselves. Other than this issue, I feel Zam Zam's is worth the visit.
Oh, and I mention they have deer meat? 0.0
Authentic cuisine, Unhealthy option.
I went to Zam Zam for a late night supper with my friends and was actually to re-visit the restaurant after so long.
I ordered a Mutton Briyani for myself and an iced Bandung to go along with it. My order came in less than 10 minutes, and the Briyani serving was quite sizeable. So I recommend sharing it with a buddy if you're not too hungry. The Briyani had all the goodness of Indian-Muslim food, and the Briyani was actually prepared by mixing the mutton together with the rice! This ensured that the flavours of the meat and the fragrance of the rice all blended into each other.
While I do highly recommend this place, I have to add that it's not a wise choice for calorie-counters to eat here as the curry and prata are rather oily and may not be appetizing.
Finger lickin' Briyani.
My friend and I had our fair share of experience of Zam Zam's menu a couple of days back after much positive recommendations given by our friends and family. Located in the middle of Arab Street, it was easy for us to find the Indian Muslim restaurant because it was located just right beside a traffic light stand. It was rather packed at that moment as it was during the lunch time and despite so, we were greeted and well taken care of by the waiters.
We specifically ordered 3 dishes from the menu which were the Chicken and Mutton Briyani as our main courses and a medium Mutton Murtabak as our side dish. When the food arrived, we were both surprised by the portions because it was rather big, bigger than the ones we eat at the normal Indian Muslim stalls. The Briyani rice was so fragrant and not oily nor soggy. The chicken and mutton were succulent and cooked to perfection. I mean, they literally fell off from the bone! The Chicken Murtabak , on the other hand, wasn't the best part of our experience though because the one we got, the minced mutton that was stuffed inside it was rather dry and not moist at all. It was such a bummer because it was the Murtabak that were highly recommended by our friends and family. However so, the dough was light and fluffy, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, a little oily but when dipped into the spicy curry gravy, it gives it a total kick! Pair these dishes with a cup of piping hot , 'Teh Tarik', and there you go. Simply, magnifique ! A definite place to go if you are craving for some Indian Muslim food.
I've only been to Zam Zam once but it has made a very good first impression for me. My boyfriend brought me there to try, he said, arguably Singapore's best Murtabak. There were plenty of seats to settle down and have a nice meal. However, I have to say that there are so many seats there that it makes it difficult to leave your seat without bumping into the person seated behind you.
I noticed was that the floor, walls and table were quite oily. Also, it was relatively noisy because it's an enclosed area. I would not suggest Zam Zam to people who seek peace and quiet when they dine.
The waiter was very warm and friendly. He asked for our orders with a bright smile and even cracked some jokes along the way. However, he seated a group of 6 or 7 right next to us on the same long table without checking if we were okay with it. There were plenty of other tables that wasn't taken that could easily seat a table of 8.
The food took quite a while to be served but the Mutton Murtabak was worth the wait. The huge Murtabak was already cut up into bite size portions. The fillings of the Murtabak was still warm and there were so much that it couldn't be contained within the wrap. The wrap was crispy and the spiciness of the accompanying curry was just right. I would definitely go back to try their Murtabak again.
Best Nasi Briyani in singapore for sure!
Want some magnificent Briyani? Come down to Zam Zam restaurant, just off haji lane and right opposite Sultan mosque. I really love this place for the fact that they sell simply the best Nasi Briyani in Singapore, and most importantly not overpriced!
I have been here since I was a kid, and up till now I make it a point to come here whenever I feel like having authentic Briyani. The mutton is simply fanstastic. It melts in your mouth and the tastiness of the rice really makes you want more. Lastly, the serving is HUGE so that everyone can have their big helping of this National briyani.
Synonymous with 'Good Indian Muslim Food'
The most vivid memory I have of this place is actually eating here with my team mates after touch rugby training on a field nearby. Having fatty food laden with oil, salt and what not after exercising is not exactly the best idea ever, I'll agree to that, but having a piping hot meal full of meaty goodness after a tiring workout, what's there not to like about that plan?
Although Zam Zam is more known for it's murtabaks, I'm not a fan of those, preferring to have their pratas and fried dishes like nasi goreng and mee goreng instead. I have to say though, despite me not liking murtabaks in general, I could actually palate theirs which is... weird. Has to mean that it's good though!
You can get a brimming plate of any rice or noodle dish with a drink for less than $5 - a meal that could actually be shared if you just got another drink. Very filling, very affordable, very delicious - definitely a place to go if you're in the area, or just lemming for some Indian Muslim food.
Not to die for, but you could probably die from eating too much. Just a word of warning.
Famous for it's murtabak?
Whenever I'm sorta short of cash and around Arab Street, feeling hungry, I'd go to Zam Zam. Sure, it's not the trendiest place to be seen in, and the interior of the restaurant is kind of pitiful, but I know I'm going to eat some pretty darn good food, so there.
I heard somewhere that Zam Zam serves the first murtabaks in Singapore, and I'm not surprised if they did. Up till now, I've never had better murtabaks. Always so generous with the meat, one bite would probably send thrills up your spine. And for the huge portion of murtabak, it's totally worth the price you pay.
Besides the murtabak, I've had their pratas and nasi goreng (fried rice) which was all very delicious, also. I don't think I've ever not had anything good there in Zam Zam, actually.
The customer service is sorta friendly and efficient. Though sometimes, when it's crowded and full of people, it'll take a while before they'd notice you and take your order and stuff. But it's alright, because the food makes up for it!