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2018 Iftar Guide: Top 15 Places To Break Fast In SG


Faruq Senin •  May 16, 2018


Ramadan’s just round the corner and you’ll surely be thinking of places to break fast with your family or friends ? Credit: giphy With so many halal eateries in Singapore, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. But fret not, we’ve prepared the ultimate iftar guide you’ll need this Ramadan. What’s more, many of these eateries will be having Ramadan specials so you better read on to find out!
1. Hararu Izakaya
Who says you can’t break fast with Japanese cuisine? Being Singapore’s first Muslim-owned Japanese izakaya, Hararu Izakaya has the perfect ambience you’d need after a day of fasting, and their selection of mouthwatering authentic Japanese food will keep you satiated.
One of the things that Hararu is known for is their charcoal grilled meat and seafood. If you’re a seafood lover, don’t miss out on their Surume Ika (grilled whole squid). This tantalising treat has just the right amount of chewiness and will leave you wanting more!
Don’t worry meat lovers, Hararu has got you covered too. Sink your teeth in their Gyu Nitsuke (stewed tender beef ribs) or indulge in their Wagyu beef selection. You can even have your grilled meat on skewers or what the Japanese call kushiyaki. We highly recommend their 8 sticks skewers if you want a taste of everything ?
If Japanese cuisine for you means sushi and sashimi, you’ll be happy to know that Hararu has just rolled out its maki and sashimi menu. Not to mention that Hararu Izakaya also serves your usual Japanese fare like udon and donburi (rice bowls). With almost every type of Japanese cuisine available at Hararu Izakaya, looks like you can definitely add it into your iftar list and have that hearty meal with your loved ones. #HHWT Tip: While Hararu Izakaya accepts walk-ins for iftar, we recommend that you reserve a slot as it is very popular during Ramadan! Address: 16 Bussorah St, Singapore 199437 Ramadan opening hours: Mon to Sun, 5pm – 11pm (last order 10.30pm), CLOSED 14 – 17 June Reservations: Call 6291 5373 or book here Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. Jinjja Chicken
Fried chicken for iftar, anyone? We say YES! Nothing speaks more about sharing meals than having a Korean fried chicken party and Jinjja Chicken is the place to go. The best part is, Jinjja Chicken has set meals which are perfect for iftar gatherings ?
If you’re breaking fast with a group of about 4 to 6 people, we highly recommend that you get Jinjja’s Big Bang Set Meal. With 16 pieces of their signature wings, 4 large drumsticks, Chicken Kimbap (Korean seaweed rice roll) and Seafood Mandu (dumplings), you and your loved ones won’t need to fret about what to eat for iftar! If your iftar party has 8 to 10 people, get their BIGGER Bang Set Meal which has two times the portion.
Other than fried chicken, Jinjja also has other Korean favourites like Bibimbap, Seafood Jjamppong (spicy noodle soup) and Jjajangmyeon (black soy sauce noodles), so all you K-pop fans can relive your Korean drama food scenes ?
Finish off your meal with what is probably the most affordable bingsu in Singapore. With 3 flavours - Oreo, Strawberry Cheesecake and the traditional Patbingsu (starting from $5.90), your sweet tooth cravings will definitely be satisfied. Outlets: Bugis Street – 249 Victoria St, Singapore 188034, open 11am – 10pm Clementi - #B1-28/29, 3155 Commonwealth Ave W, The Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588, open 11am – 9pm Yishun – #01-45, Northpoint City, North Wing, open 11am – 10pm Website | Facebook| Instagram
3. Makan Simple
West siders rejoice! Here’s one cozy café in Upper Bukit Timah which you probably haven’t heard of. Makan Simple specialises in Indonesian food for the soul, and it was born out of the owner’s love for travel and food. If you’re here for iftar, don’t miss out on their grilled meat dishes, which comes with rice, fried tahu and tempeh, and a serving of kangkong belacan. Get a taste of their Japit – grilled fresh black tiger prawns glazed with sweet and spicy sauce. The charred taste, appetising sauce and freshness of the prawns blends perfectly to give you a delicious treat you can’t resist!
P.S. Did you know that the chef’s recipes were also inspired by his travels to Bandung? There, he experienced different styles of cooking and a variety of delectable Indonesian food which he’s brought back to share with his customers at Makan Simple. If you’re a meat lover, you absolutely have to try their Iga Bakar – beef short ribs glazed with a savoury soy and spicy sauce. The marinated sauce goes really well with the meat and is lip smackingly good ?
Makan Simple also has a range of interesting desserts such as their Lumpiah Chempedak. With chempedak wrapped in popiah skin and topped with chocolate sauce, ice cream and a side of berry compote, biting into this dessert will leave you craving for more. Did we also tell you that they have Thai Milk Tea and Matcha Lava Cake ?!
This Ramadan, Makan Simple is also launching a special menu with unique offerings like their Rendang Rack of Lamb – a heavenly treat of baked lamb rack slathered with Minangkabau rendang sauce. This is as original as rendang can get, so you’d definitely want a bite of this! Address: 106 Jln Jurong Kechil, Singapore 598604 Opening hours: Tue – Sun (except Fri), 12pm – 9.30pm, Fri, 3pm – 9.30pm, CLOSED on Mondays Reservations: Only through Facebook message Facebook | Instagram
4. AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin
Here’s a buffet place to add to your list, AquaMarine! This well-known buffet restaurant is having a special Ramadan Iftar Dinner spread. Check out their Kampung-style Slow Braised Leg of Lamb, which is simmered for 16 hours, before it’s roasted and served with peanut gravy, spicy coconut, crushed peanut and warm glutinous rice in banana leaf. Keep your eyes peeled for their tantalising Oven-baked Fish with Assam Curry. Marinated with dried assam spice and baked in banana leaves, you won’t want to miss this aromatic treat. Don’t forget to savour their Ayam Penyet too and if you want to watch how it’s prepared, you can see it “smashed” at the live station ?
If you’re here on Fridays and Saturdays, look forward to their Middle Eastern special – Roasted Whole Baby Lamb with Mint Yoghurt, Spicy Tomato Salsa and Chilli Dip. The whole baby lamb is prepared with more than 20 ingredients, including saffron, cumin and coriander seed. Roasted to a tender perfection, you’ll definitely be able to taste the juiciness of the lamb!
This Ramadan, AquaMarine is also collaborating with Garuda Indonesia and you’ll get to indulge in dishes prepared by notable Indonesian chef Vindex Tengker, who’s now the Vice President of Inflight Services at Garuda and judge for Masterchef Indonesia. Feast on the top five Indonesian food officially set by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism – namely the Rendang Padang, Gado Gado, Ayam Betutu, Sate Lilit and Nasi Goreng Kampung ?#HHWT Tip: While you’re indulging in AquaMarine’s yummy treats, stand a chance to win a pair of return tickets to Bali! Keep a lookout for the contest on Marina Mandarin’s Facebook page.Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin, Singapore 039594 Opening hours (dinner): 6.30pm – 10pm Price: Sun – Thur: $72++ per adult, $36++ per child Fri, Sat, eve of Public Holiday: $82++ per adult, $41++ per child Reservations: Call 6845 1111 or email [email protected] Website
5. Commons
Tucked all the way in the east of Singapore at Our Tampines Hub, Commons is ideal for an iftar gathering with your loved ones. After all, it’s an eatery where everyone can come together and share good food, which also reflects the spirit of Ramadan. The sharing platters at Commons is the perfect way to bond with your loved ones over food ❤️
They have platters for starters, main course and even desserts! Start off your meal with their Commons Appetiser Platter ($14) which includes their Breaded White Fish Fillet, Hashbrowns, Cheddar Cheese Sticks and Caesar Salad. You definitely won’t be able to resist this platter of fried snacks!
For mains, we recommend getting their Meat Hero Platter ($62) – a delectable combination of Roasted Half Chicken with mushroom cream sauce, 200g beef tenderloin, lamb shoulder and Italian chicken sausages. It also comes with sides of mashed potato and beetroot coleslaw. Savouring this platter with your friends or family during iftar will definitely be a memorable experience.
Finish off your meal with the Commons Merry Desserts Platter ($20). Treat yourself to their French Toast topped with fresh fruits and 2 scoops of Kraftwich x Udders ice cream (which is halal-certified!) plus a dessert in a jar on the side. Take your pick from the Bananas & Chocolate or Strawberry & Cheesecake Ice Cream. Either way, this will definitely complete your iftar meal with a bang ? Address: 51 Tampines Ave 4, #01-103 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684 Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 10pm, Sat, 8am – 11pm, Sun, 8am – 10pm Contact: 6386 6917 Website|Facebook | Instagram
6. Asian Market Café
If you’re looking for a place to indulge in a hearty buffet, Asian Market Café is just the place to go. With a wide variety of cuisines from Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern to even Japanese food, Asian Market Café has something for everyone!
Check out their Middle Eastern live station which offers not just your usual kebabs and shawarma but also other specials like Turkish Roasted Beef Brisket. The tenderness of the beef brisket will just melt in your mouth. Adventurous foodies will love their Whole Lamb Quozi – an Iraqi national dish consisting of lamb stuffed with nuts, dried fruits and spices over a bed of rice. Trust us, you’ll enjoy every bite of this flavourful dish ?
Seafood lovers, you’re in for a treat with Asian Market Café’s selection of chilled seafood on ice! With fresh prawns, crabs, scallops, mussels and oysters, this is definitely any seafood lover’s dream come true.
You can’t say you’ve been to Asian Market Café without trying their delicious spread of Southeast Asian food. Delight your tastebuds with well-known favourites such as laksa and prata. This Ramadan, don’t forget to keep a lookout for their addition of interesting dishes like their Baked Seafood Biryani and Penang Sweet & Spicy Mutton! #HHWT Tip: If you need to do your prayers after having your meal, there’s a prayer room located conveniently just outside the restaurant. Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, Fairmont Singapore Dinner buffet opening hours: 15 May – 1 July 2018, 6pm – 10.30pm Price:Dinner (Sun – Thur): $73++ per adult, $37++ per child= Dinner (Fri and Sat; first seating: 6pm – 8.15pm): $75++ per adult, $38++ per child Dinner (Fri and Sat; second seating: 8.30pm to 10.30pm): $68++ per adult, $36++ per child Reservations: Call +65 6431 6156, email [email protected] or book online at asianmarketcafe.com.sg Website
7. The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Looking for somewhere fancy for iftar? The Halia’s got you all covered! Tucked away at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, you can break fast with some lush greenery while indulging in their scrumptious Ramadan Buffet at The Villa. One of the things to look forward to in the buffet is their signature Chilli Crab Spaghettini ? With generous amounts of crab meat in a mix of sweet, spicy and tangy sauce, the restaurant gives a twist to this Singaporean specialty and perfects it.
If you’re a meat lover, keep a lookout of their all-time favourite Australian Grain-Fed Beef Ribeye at the carving station. Watch as this succulent and juicy meat is cut right in front of your very eyes! Their Ramadan Buffet is only available on weekends but if you’re at The Halia on a weekday, you can have their Ramadan Communal Feast which serves 4.
The feast will start off with some fresh dates before you’ll be treated to a full course meal. Some of the specials in the communal feast include their Panfried Barramundi. Crispy on the outside and fresh on the inside, this fish is perfectly paired with beetroot salsa, pickled raisins and macadamia nuts. Other specials to look out for will be their Roast Rangers Valley Wagyu which will definitely leave you feeling satisfied ☺️
For desserts, their Die Die Must Have Chocolate will please your sweet tooth. This heavenly mix of milk chocolate mousse cake topped with raspberry sorbet and chocolate marshmallows is too good to resist! Note: The Halia has two separate dining areas – The Halia Restaurant and The Villa. The Ramadan Buffet is held at The Villa while the Ramadan Communal Feast is held at The Halia Restaurant. #HHWT Tip: If you need to do your prayers, The Halia has a prayer room which you can use but do remember to bring your own prayer garments ? Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569 Opening hours: Mon – Thur, 9am – 9.30pm, Fri, 9am – 10pm, Sat, 10am – 10pm, Sun, 10am – 9.30pm Prices:Ramadan Buffet (The Villa) – only Fri and Ramadan weekends: $50++ (Adults), $20++ (Children) Ramadan Communal Feast (only dinner): $220++ Reservation: Book online Website|Facebook|Instagram
8. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (Azur Restaurant)
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s Azur Restaurant is back this year with their Sedap-licious Ramadan Buffet and the spread is even better and more festive! Expect a mix of Asian and Western cuisine with their tasty selection of Whole Salmon with Laksa Gravy, Seafood Paella, Barbecued Spring Chicken and Lamb Slab Biryani. There’s definitely more than enough to please your palate ?
If that’s not enough for you, their signature Satay-marinated Australian Beef Short Ribs will definitely win you over. This succulent and appetising dish will surely melt in your mouth. Be sure to look out for it at the carving station!
And if you’re a seafood lover, don’t miss out on their Seafood on Ice which has all the seafood you love from Flower Crabs, to mussels, and prawns. Rest assured, they are all freshly prepared ?
Once you’re done savouring the mains, be sure to check out their dessert bar which has both traditional sweets and desserts with a local twist. Their Teh Tarik Tiramisu and Chendol Panna Cotta are an absolute must-try. Not to mention that they have Chilli Crab ice cream too. You’d definitely want to find out how this one-of-a-kind dessert tastes like! P.S. You can get 30% off the total bill with every group of 10 adult diners so this is the ideal place for an iftar gathering if you have a large group! #HHWT Tip: For Ramadan, the restaurant has specially dedicated a room for Muslim diners to pray in and it’s complete with prayer rugs, so you can perform your prayers with ease. Address: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, 75 Airport Boulevard Singapore 819664 Opening hours during Ramadan: 7 May to 30 June, 6pm – 10pm Price: Mon – Sun (Dinner): $68++ per adult, $34++ per child Reservation: Call Azur at +65 6823 5354 or email [email protected] Website
9. 21 On Rajah at Days Hotel
Known for their Mediterr-Asian signature dishes, 21 On Rajah is a crowd favourite when it comes to buffets. This Ramadan, they are introducing a fusion of Mediterr-Asian, local traditional Malay favourites and traditional home-styled dishes themed as “Lauk Padang” - with a selection of dishes which are perfect for sharing throughout the month of Ramadan ?
Savour their spread of mouthwatering Padang dishes like Assam Ikan Tongkol (Braised Fish in Tamarind Sauce), Clam Masak Lemak (Clam in Yellow Curry) and Beef Cheek Rendang.
If you’re familiar with their usual Mediterr-Asian fare, you won’t be disappointed as well! Their signature items like the Roasted New Zealand Beef Rib-Eye with Asian Spice Rub and Ayam Bakar Berempah (Roasted Chicken) will still be available at the carving stations so you can eat to your heart’s content!
Credit: @garyhojx on Instagram#HHWT Tip: 21 On Rajah has a prayer room prepared in one of the hotel rooms at Days Hotel. All you need to do is ask the staff and they will direct you to the room. Address: 1 Jalan Rajah, Days Hotel Singapore At Zhongshan Park, Singapore 329133 Opening hours: 17 May – 14 June, Mon – Thur, 6pm – 10pm, Fri – Sat, 6pm – 11.30pm Prices: Mon to Thur (6 – 10pm): $46++ per adult, $22.50++ per child Sun (6 – 10pm): $56++ per adult, $27.50 per child Fri & Sat - BBQ (6 – 9.30pm): $59++ per adult, $29.50 per child Fri & Sat – Supper (9.30 – 11.30pm): $39++ per adult, $19.50 per child Reservations: Visit their website at www.21onrajah.com, call 6808 6847 or email [email protected] Website | Facebook | Instagram
10. Positano Risto
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Credit: Positano Risto on FacebookAddress: 66 Bussorah St, Singapore 199479 Contact: 6292 1866
11. Ambeng Café by Ummi Abdullah
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Credit: @nurfnvrf on InstagramAddress: 430, Upper Changi Road East Village #01-65, Singapore 487048 Contact: 6755 4225
12. The Great Mischief
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Credit: @thegreatmischief on InstagramAddress: 30, Madras Street, Singapore 208423 Contact: 9392 2762
13. Time For Thai
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Credit: @timeforthaisg on InstagramAddress: 15 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599739 Contact: 6909 3903
14. Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant
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Credit: @4guysnalady on InstagramOutlets: Bukit Timah – 11 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599736, Contact: 6466 5052 Tampines – Blk 201D Tampines Street 21 #01-1105, Singapore 524201, Contact: 6785 1265
15. Wow Wok
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Credit: WowWok on FacebookAddress: 280 Woodlands Industrial Park E5, #01-47, Singapore 757322 Contact: 8181 6086
So that completes our list of the ultimate iftar guide you'll need this Ramadan! From Japanese and Korean cuisine to local Chinese and Malay food, we’ve got you covered. And whatever your budget, we hope we’ve provided you with a comprehensive list. So, time to plan your iftar calendar wisely and here’s wishing you a blessed Ramadan ❤️