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Halal food guide: 8 new cafes in Singapore you should check out

Craving for something uniquely Singapore on your next getaway here? How does Japanese, Korean, or even fusion cuisine sound to you? Get ready to be spoilt for choice with Skyscanner’s list of newly opened and newly certified Halal restaurants around the island, covering cuisines from East to West, mains to desserts!

1. Hararu Izakaya

The first-ever Muslim owned Izakaya in Singapore, and maybe even around the globe, Haruru Izakaya offers an authentic Japanese feel with Halal-certified Japanese cuisine – think rice bowls, skewers, char-grilled, onigiris, and miso soups – that aims to bring the best to her Muslim diners. While Izakaya usually refers to a gastropub, this unique eatery abides by the Halal guidelines and offers dealcoholized wine for those who want “a drink”.

Price: Approximately RM 60 per person

Address: 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437

Operating hours: Daily 12pm to 2.30pm (lunch), 5pm to 11pm (dinner). Closes one hour later (12 am) on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed on Mondays.

2. Chef Wan’s Kitchen

Opening his restaurant at the Esplanade in July, internationally renowned celebrity chef, Chef Wan, bring his mouthwatering dishes such as Oxtail Soup (RM 53) and Beef Rendang (RM 69) to the diners in Singapore. Facing the Esplanade Waterfront, diners get to enjoy a great view in a cozy environment, coupled with flavorsome eats at Chef Wan’s Kitchen.

Price: Approximately RM 90 per person

Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-14, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802

Operating hours: Daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm

3. The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, spend a relaxing afternoon amongst the stunning foliage in the Singapore Botanic Garden and have your lunch at The Halia. Nestled amongst Ginger Garden’s lush leafage, the 16-year old restaurant was awarded the Halal certification recently. Along with the certification came an overhaul in its menu, bringing new items such as the Cauliflower and Shallot Bake (RM 72). Fret not as crowd favorite – Singapore-style Chilli Crab Spaghettini (RM 78) – remains on the All-Day menu.

Price: Approximately RM 90 per person

Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore 259569

Operating hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm-9.30pmm, Friday & PH Eve 12pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday & Public Holidays 10am-9.30pm. Brunch 10am-5pm (Weekends & PH)

4. Mukshidonna

An extremely popular restaurant chain in Korea, Mukshidonna opened her first outlet in Singapore in 2016, and is recently Halal-certified (August 2017)! Bringing their famous Army Stew to our Muslim friends, Muslim foodies now have a new place to enjoy authentic Korean Army Stew at an affordable price of RM 42 per pax, which includes bulgogi, sausages, fish cakes, and more! You can even have ramen, cheese, ham, and more as add-ons at only RM 9 per serving.

Price: Approximately RM 51 per person for a group of four

Address: Market Square @ Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, E!Avenue #02-324, Singapore 519599

Operating hours: 11:30 am – 10:00pm Daily

5. The Dim Sum Place

Opening its doors in February 2017 and attaining the Halal certification subsequently in April, The Dim Sum Place offers Cantonese Dim Sum with a local twist to our Muslim foodies. Dig into the classic Carrot Cake ($2.90/3 pieces), traditional egg tarts (RM12/3 pieces), and the Halal version of Siew Mai – chicken meat instead of pork is used – at only RM 12 for 3 pieces. Even the usual Vermicelli Roll has its fillings changed from Char Siew to Beef Rendang (RM 27)!

Price: Approximately RM40 per person

Address: 791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759

Operating hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm. Friday & Saturday: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 5am.

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6. Swissbake

A familiar brand of bakery in Singapore, Swissbake’s delicious and nutritious European pastries are well loved by the locals, and now our Muslim friends can enjoy them too! With the recent Halal certification for Swissbake in July, the brand and all of her subsidiaries – Commons, Kraftwich by Swissbake, PastaMania, and ZAC Butchery – are now Muslim-friendly!

Price: Approximately RM 30 per person

Address: Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard B2-47

Operating hours: Weekdays: 7.30am – 10pm. Weekends & PH: 9.00am – 4.00pm

7. Omoomodon

Make a journey to the West to try out Japanese meets Korean fusion cuisine at Omoomodon. While both Japanese and Korean food center around the use of pork in their dishes, the recently halal certified Omoomodon employs the use of mouthwatering chicken and fresh seafood to create the unique fusion cuisine. You can build your own don from RM27 or try their delectable dishes such as the Bird Nest (RM30) – spicy chicken on Korean glass noodles, topped with onsen egg and tobiko, and the Octagon Pop (RM29) – spicy octopus coupled with Kimchi omelet. The eatery at Star Vista is usually packed during lunch hours, so be prepared to wait for a seat!

Price: Approximately RM 30 per person

Address: The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, 02-14/15 Singapore 138617

Operating Hours: 11.00 – 9.30pm Daily

8. Ridhuan’s Muslim Delights

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The last Halal-eatery on this listicle is a hidden gem – Zi Char, the Chinese stir-fry dishes better known for the use of wok and large fire, received a halal makeover at Ridhuan’s Muslim Delights. The owner, Muhammad Ridhuan Kho, was Alex Kho just years ago, and had converted to Muslim to marry the lady of his dreams. Nestled in the Tuas industrial area, Ridhuan reinvented the traditional Chinese Zi Char dishes such as Hor Fun (RM12), Dry Chili Beef Rice (RM13.50), and Salted Egg Chicken Rice (RM13.50), to suit the Muslim palate. While it is not located in the usual touristy areas in Singapore, it is a great place to grab value-for-money, delicious and unique Chinese cuisine with a Halal twist.

Price: Approximately RM 14 per person

Address: 25 Benoi Road, Singapore 629914

Operating hours: Monday – Friday : 10.30am – 06.30pm (closed at 1 – 2pm for Friday prayers) Saturday: 9.30am – 2.00pm

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