With Ramadan less than ten days away, Muslims all over the world are preparing themselves for the holy month of fasting. After a whole day of disciplined abstaining, a hearty, delicious meal is just the ticket, followed by a restful sleep. Iftar, the evening meal to break the fast, is the perfect occasion to enjoy good food and spend quality time with the family.
You won’t have to look too far to grab some amazing grub for iftar, as Singapore is a veritable hub for sumptuous halal eats, with restaurants and cafes all over town offering vibrant and comforting dishes from different corners of the culinary world.
We’ve gathered together a list of hot spots offering mouth-watering halal food for you and yours to sample this Ramadan.
If you’re craving the fine flavours of Italy, cast your gaze on and sink your teeth into the delicacies that Positano Risto, a spectacular Italian restaurant serving authentic tastes of the Amalfi coast. Rated one of the best Italian spots in town, TripAdvisor also calls it the 11th best restaurant out of more than 10,000 eating places in Singapore. It’s 100% Muslim-owned and certified halal, using only the freshest ingredients and herbs. With affordable prices, impeccable service and a nice ambience, it’s pretty much perfect.
Positano Risto / 66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479 / +65 6292 1866
For some of us, the need for cheese never curdles (pun intended!). While cheese can truly make any meal marvellous, there’s something utterly bewitching about Swiss raclette cheese poured over delicious food. Flavour Flings — a halal-certified, multi-cuisine cafe that was touted for having started the popular salted egg yolk craze in Singapore — offers robust comfort food with a generous helping of melted cheese. If you must have cheese, this is the place for you.
Flavour Flings / Block 121, Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121 / +65 6286 0051
Santap / The Daulat Hotel, 16 Madras Street, Singapore 208413 / +65 8768 0460
If what you need at the end of a long day is some perfectly-cooked steak, look no further than The Bravery Cafe, a rustic restaurant that loves to host big groups on memorable occasions. They offer a selection of great coffees plus amazing mains and lighter snacks to satisfy your hunger pangs. It’s really all about succulently-grilled, mouth-watering meats in this little gem of a spot. If you need something particularly substantial for iftar, this Muslim-owned cafe will definitely meat your needs (pun absolutely intended).
The Bravery / 66 Horne Road, Singapore 209073 / +65 8742 7245
If you cannot decide on only one dish for your iftar meal, why not get a spread of delicious Catalonian tapas or some tasty mains? The Great Mischief, a fun and vibrant, Muslim-owned restaurant, features the bold, playful flavours of the Catalunya region in Spain. For iftar, they’ve got four sets of special menus to share with your significant other, family or friends. Sets A (S$88) and B (S$98) serve two people, and sets C (S$108) and D (S$118) are perfect for three. The sets contain an exciting mix of tapas, mains, mocktails and desserts for your gastronomical pleasure.
The Great Mischief / 28 Madras Street, Singapore 208422 / +65 8768 0460