No pork, no lard, no problem
No pork, no lard, no problem
- By SG Staff
- | Dec 16, 2019
There are many well-loved halal cafes and restaurants all around Singapore, but when you're craving for something more unique—think halal Mexican fare, decadent beef ribs, traditional dim sum and creamy gelato—these are easily the best place to go to.
Unlike many Instagrammable halal cafes, the menu here goes beyond the usual sandwiches and pastas and delivers some pretty exciting dishes: crab cakes with a soft-boiled egg, smashed avo on sourdough, soy-glazed salmon rice bowls and shakshouka on the weekends. Best part? They only use naturally good ingredients with no artificial additives, trans fat or high-fructose corn syrup.
Not a hipster cafe, not a nasi padang stall and not an international buffet, Afterwit by the people behind Working Title is an industrial-looking, Mexican-leaning, halal joint with some pretty interesting offerings: sambal chicken burrito, torta ahogado, mud crab and avocado tacos, and huevos rancheros.
This Simpang Bedok gem switches up their menu ever so often, but fusion fare incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and Malay cuisine can always be found. Try their signature Badoque beef ribs glazed in homemade barbeque sauce and served with mashed potato. Portions are generous, so head down on an empty stomach.
Co-owned by Singapore Idol’s very own Taufik Batisah, this halal-friendly, Arab Street cafe serves up seriously crispy, Nashville-style fried chicken, seasoned with organic dry peppers (including ghost peppers) for an extra spicy kick. Other popular items are the sliders, as well as their chicken and waffles combo.
Halal dim sum spots are uncommon; ones that serve feast-worthy fare (as The Dim Sum Place does) are even more so. Tuck into mouth watering classics like xiao long bao and har gow, freshly served in steaming bamboo baskets. And try their authentic Cantonese and local offerings such as the Crispy Rice in Superior Soup and Assam fish.
This local-celebrity-owned burger joint has three outlets islandwide, all serving juicy Halal burgers, ribs, shakes and more. Look out for their Impossible Menu, which features plant-based meat across four dishes, including the Impossible Cheese Burger and Impossible Meatball Spaghetti.
Singapore’s first Muslim-owned izakaya offers an impressive variety of Japanese cuisine, from charcoal-grilled wagyu beef to scallop kushiyaki, bara chirashi bowls to ramen, and more. No alcohol is served here, but you can still wet your whistle on their refreshing mocktails.
This cosy eatery dishes out great Malay-Western fusion fare, but desserts are where they truly shine. Dig into indulgent cakes such as the Classic Ondeh-Ondeh layered with gula melaka bits and coconut drizzle, and chocolate-ganache-filled Ovomaltine. Their pies are worth trying too.
While some of our favorite halal cafes are in Kampong Glam, this one out in Changi Village has quite a following too, thanks in no small part to its extensive gelato selection, with interesting flavors like blood orange, bandung, Horlicks and more. The savory menu is simple, but extensive: pastas like turkey bacon aglio olio, fish and chips and teriyaki chicken.
While there are numerous prolific steakhouses in Singapore, it's hard to find one that's halal and worth the calories. Enter The Royals Steakhouse—a no-frills spot on Jalan Pisang that imports fresh prime cuts from Australia and New Zealand. All steaks are served separately from the sauces so you can fully experience the flavors in all its glory, no matter if you order the Australian rib eye, 150-day grain-fed Cote De Boeuf or Tomahawk steak.
The emphasis at this Italian spot is on fresh, handcrafted pasta, made with premium artisanal produce. Diners can customise their meal—from the type of pasta to flavourful sauces like Pomodoro, Tomyum and Beef Ragu, and additional toppings such as sous vide egg, salmon caviar and sauteed prawns. Or opt for Tipo's equally winning house specials if you can't decide.
Located just beside Tipo, its sister establishment, (Working Title) - Burger Bar’s menu offers more gourmet burger flavours, as well as mean brunch and snack options. Try their flame-grilled lamb patty Baaa-ger, along with Ribena wings and truffle tater tots. Thirsty? Grab one of their milkshakes or a cup of artisanal coffee.