Zam Zam Restaurant
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!