Updated 29 Dec 2021 [because there's just new places that keeps popping up!]
When it comes to finding halal food in Singapore, you can usually find an eatery or two around every corner (or you can check out our food guides for more ideas!). But if you really
want to keep your options open, then the Bugis area is definitely one of the best places to head to for anything you're craving!
Historically, the Bugis area was where Arab and Muslim traders flocked to set up their stalls and shops, and the area has remained one of and most convenient places to grab a halal bite today across all sorts of flavours and cuisines. Fancy some authentic Italian, home-cooked Indonesian, or even some cutting-edge Impossible 'meatless' burgers? From Bugis Junction to Beach Rd, and to ever iconic historical landmark Kampong Glam, our Ultimate Bugis Food Guide has got you covered!
P.S. If you’re excited to uncover the hidden gems of Kampong Gelam, download our Have You Met Kampong Gelam
self-guided walking trail to get started! We have a few eateries listed, so read on to find out more!
47 Halal Eateries Around Bugis
Halal Eateries You Can Enjoy On The Kampong Gelam Trail
1. Wakuwaku Yakiniku (Bali Lane)
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It's difficult to find authentic halal Japanese cuisine in Singapore
but Wakuwaku is one of the latest additions serving up authentic halal yakiniku! Their Beef Platter
is loaded with different cuts of mouth-watering wagyu you can grill to perfection. They also have various Donburi
with toppings such as Karaage Chicken
that will leave you feeling satisfied by the end of your meal!
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We're turning up the satisfaction even more for our HWWT readers! You're getting a chance to indulge their Mala Ramen Set served with Peach Ice Tea ($16+)! Treat yourself to a slurp-worthy big bowl of mala ramen, cubes of beef tongue and some local chili padi for that kick of heat, then wash it all down with the specially made drink that comes with the set!
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Even more good news! WakuWaku Yakiniku is offering a free Shabu Shabu salad ($10+) with a purchase of the Premium Beef Platter ? All you have to do is flash the promo from the Have You Met Kampong Gelam
trail to get it! Check out here
to find out how you can score these sweet deals you just can't miss! Halal Status:
2. Rumi The Poet's Cup (Haji Lane)
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Rumi The Poet's Cup
has returned at their new location at 64 Haji Lane! Since their grand opening at their previous location, they've always been popular for their delicious drinks and now you can satiate your cravings of their signature drinks again! To make the most of your visit, download our FREE self-guided Have You Met Kampong Gelam walking trail
to explore the surrounding landmarks, shops and halal eateries in Singapore’s vibrant neighbourhood. You can also unlock amazing discounts and a secret menu that you can’t get anywhere else! Okay, we'll give you some hints: if you love matcha or coffee, or you love ice blended flavoured drinks, you will definitely not want to miss their promotions! It's going to end by 31st December, so hurry on and check out what are the promotions here
3. The White Label (North Bridge Road)
Credit: The White Label Grab a seat at The White Label and indulge in must-try French fusion signatures like Fusion Pasta, Squid Ink Spaghetti, Smoked
Duck Spaghetti as well as their newly launched brunch menu! Heading there for tea time? Claim a coupon to enjoy FREE long black, cafe latte or cappuccino
during Le Goûter, also known as tea time (valid from Monday to Thursday, 3.30PM-5.30PM).
4. Broti (Baghdad Street)
has come a long way, from a bazaar stall to a flagship store at Baghdad Street. For anyone who enjoys having something refreshing on a hot day, you’ll love their Thai Milk Tea, Gula Melaka Milk Tea, Taro Milk Tea, and more. Want to try their premium drinks? Claim a coupon to score yourself a drink from their Premium range at 50% off
(usual price: $6.50). You can also get a Peach Cooler for $4
when you claim and present the coupon at Broti.
5. MILK (Near Bussorah Street)
If you’re a huge fan of bubble teas, look no further than MILK
, a Muslim-owned bubble tea store in Kampong Gelam. Brimming with unique flavours, make sure to try their Matcha Mascarpone, Grape Cream Cheese, and Ice Kachang. Planning to treat a friend? Claim a FREE coupon to enjoy a 1 for 1 drink at Milk - and there’s more! Priced at
$5 each, customise your waffle toppings to make your own delicious one-ffle on stick.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Bugis Junction and Bugis+
The easiest way to get to Bugis is via the MRT - and the easiest meals to get once you're there are definitely the ones at the connected malls! Whether you're shopping for shoes and apparel in Bugis Junction or popping over to Bugis+ to catch a movie, these eateries will leave you feeling satisfied and ready for more shopping.
6. WOK HEY (Bugis Junction)
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If you're looking for a quick meal on-the-go, there's nothing better than some freshly stir-fried noodles or rice with toppings of your choice. WOK HEY's stalls are an up-kept versions of hawker stalls, where a glass-viewing screen stands in between the chefs and customers so you can witness the satisfying mixing of ingredients without having wok fumes lingering all over you on the way back to the office! Choose from Egg Fried Rice
, Shanghai-style Fried Rice
, and then customize it with toppings such as Braised Beef
to Sous-Vide Egg ! If you're
in a rush trying to score some sweet end-of-year deals, simply order through their website and they will send an SMS once your order is ready! Halal Status:
7. Soup Spoon (Bugis Junction)
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Some days, you just crave a delicious, savoury bowl of soup that will comfort and warm you up from the inside - and Soup Spoon is the place to go to satisfy those cravings! Choose from classics such as Boston Clam Chowder
or Velvety Mushroom Stroganoff
and add on a side salad, sandwich, or flatbread if you're really hungry. They also have a rotating menu of SouperChef Specials
that focus on particular cuisines such as Japanese, Bhutanese, or meat-free! There's definitely a soup available here for everyone.
8. Tuk Tuk Cha (Bugis Junction)
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This Thai cafe chain was finally granted halal certification by MUIS in 2019, giving us yet another place to sink our teeth into a quick bite and catch up with friends over a refreshing cup of Thai Milk Tea. Their signature mains include everything from noodles such as the Yammama (Dry stir-fried instant noodles with chilli and seafood) to rice bowls including the Tom Yum Chicken Ricebowl. End your meal with their sweet Shibuya Toast topped with ice cream!
9. Boat Noodle SG (Bugis Junction)
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If you're craving Thai food but looking only for a small nibble, head up to Level 2 of Bugis Junction to get your hands on some boat noodles instead. Each bowl here only costs $1.30 meaning you can get a small snack at an affordable price, or eat till you feel full! Their Pathumthani (sweet-and-sour dark soy sauce) and Ayutthaya (creamy and rich coconut) soup bases are delicious in their own ways, and their Flame Grilled Ayam is the perfect mix of crunch and flavour to top it all off.
11.30am - 8.30pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun); 11.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat)
10. Big Fish Small Fish (Bugis Junction)
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Big Fish Small Fish, or BFSF, is the place to head to for juicy cuts of salmon, dory and sea bass, dipped in a light and crispy batter and paired a portion of freshly sliced potato crisps cooked to perfection. Or you can try out their Battered Dory & Onion Fritters burger to get all of that flavourful goodness squeezed within 2 buns. Rice lovers, they even have rice dishes including a special Spicy Unagi rice platter on the menu that you can't miss!
We've got some updates for you! First off, they have added three specials that you can't miss: Battered Snow Cod with Garlic Butter Sauce, Spicy Thai Grilled Seafood and Grilled Snow Cod with Pilaf Rice! Word on the street is that Snow Cod tastes like Wagyu, so tell us your verdict!
Another special addition to their menu is their Mala range! There are 6 items for you to choose, including Mala Grilled Sea bass and Mala Shaker Fries! Think you got what it takes to handle the heat? Be our guest!
P.S. For more quick supper eats, check out our picks for some of SG's top supper spots!
Halal Status: Halal-certified
11. Eighteen Chefs (Bugis Junction)
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Right opposite Big Fish Small Fish is another well-known local halal restaurant chain that serves up a Western-style menu full of grilled meat, pasta, burgers, and snack platters that are affordable and will fill you up for a day around town. One of Eighteen Chef's signature dishes is their Heart Attack Fried Rice which you can order with a side of Angus Beef, Grilled Chicken, or even Lamb Rack! Their pasta selection even includes locally-inspired fusion dishes such as Thai Green Curry Grilled Chicken Pasta and Salted Egg Prawn Pasta.
Halal Status: Halal-certified
12. Jinjja Chicken (Victoria St)
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Just a short walk from Bugis+ is this Korean fast-food chain, which has 3 outlets in Singapore at the moment. Here's one of the few places in Singapore you can get halal Jjajang Myeon (black bean noodles) and Bibim Myeon (bibimbap noodles), and we can't forget their Korean Fried Chicken that comes in 3 flavours - Soy Garlic, Yangnyeom spicy, and Monster spicy!
Halal Status: Halal-certified
Bali Lane, Haji Lane, and Arab St
A short walk away from Bugis MRT station is the Kampong Glam area, beginning with the three streets of Bali Lane, Haji Lane, and Arab Street. The eateries here are mostly located within renovated shophouses, but don't mistake their small sizes - the cuisines all pack a punch!
13. I am… (Haji Lane-North Bridge Rd intersection)
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If you're looking for a halal cafe along Haji Lane, this is probably one of the first cafes to have popped up a few years ago and really kickstarted the trend. Its location right at the start of Haji Lane means it's always a vibrant and energetic space - even before you bite into a slice of their signature 7 Layers Rainbow Cake! The alfresco-style seating of I am... is what sets it apart - perfect for people-watching!
Halal Status: Muslim-owned
14. Moosh Softserve (Haji Lane)
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On a hot day out (which is to say, almost every day in sunny Singapore) you can find this tiny softserve cafe in Haji Lane packed with locals and visitors alike craving for something cold and sweet. Boasting a variety of unique soft serve flavours in their menu (such as Nutella Brownies
), their desserts are definitely irresistible when you need something to cool you down. Check out more unique desserts to help beat the heat here
15. The Mad Sailors (Haji Lane)
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The Mad Sailors is the place to be if you’re craving for authentic British grub! With a pretty extensive menu such as Fish & Chips
(served with fresh slaw and housemade tartar sauce), Bangers & Mash
(with halal sausages of course!) and even Fried Mars Bars
, you’ll be spoilt for choice! They are having a special new seafood centric menu, and if you're craving some classic British food, head on to their social media to find out more!
16. All Things Delicious (Arab St)
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Located in a conservation shophouse in the historic Arab Street, All Things Delicious is a bustling bakery cafe serving freshly-baked goods, hearty breakfast sets and the most delicious rice bowls! They serve up an all-day breakfast (until 5.30pm) that includes the unique Shashouka
(a North African stew), and of course lunch courses such as an amazing Soy-Glazed Salmon
. Make sure to try their pastries and cakes too, especially the Bread and Butter Pudding
that's creamy yet light on your tongue. There's a special festive promotion at All Things Delicious, and no, it's not for Christmas! Welcome the year of the tiger and pre-order their Chinese New Year promotion! Dishes range from Prosperity Poké Yu Sheng, Miso Salmon with Quinoa Crust, Fried Rice with Smoked Duck and more! If you're
in need for some halal CNY dishes to share with your colleagues or you're still in the festive mood, check out their website now! Halal Status:
17. Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro (Arab St-Beach Rd intersection)
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It may be rare to get a taste of authentic and halal Swedish cuisine in Singapore other than at the well-known Fika. Beyond getting your meatballs fix, head down to try out fascinating Swedish dishes with intricate names (don’t worry, the menu states what to expect ?). Fika has a static menu, and one that rotates with the seasons - ensuring you'll be spoiled for choice year-round! Make sure to try some Räksmörgås
(shrimp and egg sandwich) or Swedish Lamb Stew
while you're there, as well as their cakes and pies!
18. Jason Niang Dou Fu (Beach Rd)
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Niang Dou Fu (also called Yong Tau Foo) is a traditional dish that usually consists of a DIY selection of vegetables, fishcakes, and other ingredients with rice or noodles. But this small stall one street down from Fika takes it to the next level by offering up not just the traditional Yam Rice to eat with your chosen ingredients, but gravies in local flavours such as Laksa and Mee Goreng! They even offer Chee Cheong Fun (a type of Chinese rice cake) as another carbs option apart from the usual egg or rice noodles.
Halal Status: Halal-certified
Bussorah Street, Kandahar St, and Baghdad St
Walking further down from Arab St, you cross over into Baghdad St which then opens up into Bussorah St and leads right to the famous Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque)! On the other side of the shophouses of Bussorah St is Kandahar St, which is a popular mealtime spot for those working in the area too. This area is always busy with foot traffic no matter what time of day, and the many halal eateries around it are perfect for catching a bite before or after popping by the mosque to do your prayers!
19. Julie Bakes (Baghdad St)
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At Julie Bakes, you can look forward to local- and kueh-inspired slices of cake every day, with flavours such as Ondeh-Ondeh
that will truly remind you of home. If you prefer more modern flavours, try out their Speculoos Cookie Butter
or Peppermint Dark Chocolate
to get a taste of how versatile this tiny bakery really is!
20. Overrun (Baghdad St)
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It’s always a good time for soft serve ice-cream right? Here at Overrun, you’ll be overwhelmed with the flavours they have to offer. One of the most popular flavours is the Chendol
which comes with coconut shavings, gula Melaka and green jelly toppings. Other rotating flavours include local inspirations such as Ovaltine
, as well as kitschier options like Cotton Candy
. You could probably share a cup of the ice-cream with a friend as the portions are quite generous! Or you can opt to order in some of their 16oz pints for delivery, to indulge in the comfort of your own home.
21. Positano Risto (Bussorah St)
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When it comes to finding the best Italian food in town, it’s pretty hard to find an authentic one, what more a halal one. And then came Positano Risto, a quaint restaurant along the busy streets of Bussorah that serves 100% halal Italian cuisine and became a sensation overnight
! Try out their Chili Crab Pasta for
that perfect fusion twist packed full of juicy crab meat, spicy chili-infused sauce, and fresh tomatoes for an added kick. Or split the classic Margherita pizza
with your friends to really kick-start your journey into Italy. The roma-style thin crust pizza is nicely-browned and topped with slices of fresh tomato, melted mozzarella, fresh basil and Italy’s most-loved grana padano cheese.
P.S. Check out other 7 halal Italian restaurants
you absolutely have to try!
22. Malayan Council (Bussorah St)
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The Malayan Council is a cosy café to chill out with your friends, especially during a long weekend holiday. Known best for their Ondeh-Ondeh Cake
(served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream!), this is the ideal hangout for delectable eats while catching up with a loved one. The Malayan Council mainly serves Malay-Western fusion food, and in generous portions at that! You can easily save costs by sharing a meal with someone, so be sure to try their astounding Roti Kirai Beef Ribs
. The juicy, tender ribs drizzled with savoury sauce are served alongside Malay net pancakes and salad – a feast fit for a king!
23. LePak @ RAYZ/Rayz Bistro (Bussorah St)
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With a chic 1960s kopitiam interior, Lepak At Rayz brings you down memory lane and has the perfect ambience for a great chill out makan session with your loved ones. You might never want to leave once you’re here! They serve up a mix of modern, Asian, and familiar comfort foods, making it the perfect spot to visit with your family so everyone can pick out something they'll love. Their Lobster Briyani
and Kebab Platter
are great for sharing, and when it comes to dessert you'll be spoiled for choice with their halal gelato. Flavours range from the more normal like Dark Chocolate
and Teh Tarik
to unique stand-outs including Passion Fruit
and Salted Egg Yolk
24. Konditori (Bussorah St)
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If you've been to Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro and enjoyed the food over there, you'd be pleased to know that Konditori is opened by the same people. ☺️ Konditori's gorgeous treats are baked in-house without artificial flavouring, colouring, and preservatives. Try their Semla Bun , a best-seller that looks like a choux puff but with slightly thicker pastry and cream that isn't as cloyingly
sweet. Their Sausage Croissant
is a savoury bite that's large enough to be a whole meal, and their sweet Chouquettes
will be the perfect afternoon snack to share around the office!
25. Tash Tish Tosh (Kandahar St)
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Nestled in a line of shophouses along Kandahar Street is the ambient Tash Tish Tosh! Known best for their Buffalo Wings
, this cozy cafe serves American food with a Malay twist. If you're a meat lover you're definitely going to enjoy their Tash Toolang Stew
, a mutton bone marrow stew rich with local herbs and spices. And if you can’t miss out having eggs in your meal? Order the Tashookah
to have a runny egg crown atop your stew. They also have a couple of ribeye steaks you can dig into.
26. Sanobar (Kandahar St)
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Looking for authentic Lebanese food? Look no further and head on to Sanobar! Their grill platters are a must-try, if you're unsure where to start. Doesn't their Sanobar Grill Platter look good?! You and your foodie buddy will wolfing down until it's COMPLETELY clean!
27. Bumbu (Kandahar St)
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Bumbu's unassuming exterior along Kandahar St belies its gorgeous interior, with its traditional fixtures and finishings that will take you back to the Singapore of several decades ago. Serving up a fusion of Thai-Indonesian cuisine, this place is perfect for large get-togethers with old friends where you can sit back and reminisce about good memories over large plates of Green Curry Beef, Gado-Gado, or Tom Yum Seafood Soup.
Halal Status: Halal-certified
28. Taliwang SG (Kandahar St)
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This eatery only opened in April 2019, making it one of the newest additions to the area! Taliwang serves up traditional Indonesian fare such as Ayam Bakar Taliwang
(char-grilled chicken marinated in their special Taliwang spicy sauce) and Satay Rembiga
marinated with a mouth-watering spice mix. Even their pastas come with an added kick - try out the Beef Bacon Pasta
with chilli padi that'll leave you with a mouth-numbing burn. (If you're not good with spice don't worry - just let the staff know!)
29. Rumah Makan Minang (Kandahar St)
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This restaurant specialises exclusively in Indonesian Minangkabau cuisine. They serve a wide range of traditional Indonesian dishes from the ever popular tahu bakar and rendang, as well as other delicacies like botok-botok (fish marinated in a medley of ground spices and then steamed in banana leaf wrap). With a setup similar to nasi padang, you can pick and choose the dishes you want to have before finding a seat and enjoying your meal. We recommend visiting with your friends or family just so you can try a little bit of everything as it's all too good to pass up!
Halal Status: Halal-certified
North Bridge Rd, Jln Pisang, and Aliwal St
We definitely can't forget North Bridge Rd behind the mosque, and the smaller streets that branch off from it. You'll pass a halal eatery at every corner of this busy road serving up every cuisine imaginable, from small homegrown bakeries to international fare such as Japanese ramen and Chinese dim sum. Just a short walk down this road will give you an endless number of ideas, and you'll be spoilt for choice!
30. Sinaran Suria Cafe (Victoria St)
Credit: @noribsham on Instagram The Golden Landmark Hotel is located along Victoria St, right before the beginning of North Bridge Rd.
While the hotel itself has its own restaurant and buffet on the top floor of the building, you may not know of the hidden gems located on its lower floors! This small cafe may look unassuming, but its menu of local 'kampung' style dishes including Mee Soto
, Nasi Rawon
, and Mee Kuah
amongst other favourites are some of the most affordable and delicious options you can find in town. You can get a meal here for less than $5! Our office particularly likes their sweet Jemput-Jemput
(fried banana dough balls) too, which we highly recommend buying as a snack while you wander around the shophouses nearby ?
P.S. Do note that some dishes such as the Nasi Rawon or Laksa may only be available on certain days of the week!
31. Dahlia Cafe (Victoria St)
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Right next to Sinaran Suria Cafe is another hidden gem of the Golden Landmark. The Dahlia Cafe also serves up local fare including Chinese dishes such as Horfun
and Fried Kway Teow
, and Malay and Indian dishes such as Nasi Pattaya
, Nasi Goreng With Fried Chicken
, and their signature Ayam Penyet . The dishes
here are another wallet-friendly secret of the area - you can get a full meal for $10 or even less! Halal status
32. Limaa Cafe (Victoria Street)
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Limaa Cafe serves hearty AND healthy meals which are guaranteed to satisfy your tummy without all the guilt ? Choose from their wide range of breakfast sets, sandwiches, pastas and yummy sides! Their Open-faced Avocado Toast is a light and great way to start your day, but if you're feeling more indulgent there's always a heavier selection including Mussels In Tomato Sauce and Lamb Racks to choose from. They've moved from their old location in Haji Lane to Golden Landmark so it's still not too far off from the Kampong Glam area!
Halal Status: Muslim-owned
33. Singapore Zam Zam (North Bridge Rd)
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It wouldn't be possible to make a list of Bugis eateries without including Zam Zam. Famous for its Murtabak
(as well as its friendly rivalry with its neighbour - #36 on this list) this restaurant has been around since 1908 and is one of the most popular Indian Muslim restaurants in the country. Its Deer Murtabak
is its signature dish, but the menu also includes varieties of Briyani
, and other Indian dishes in generous portions.
34. Victory Restaurant (North Bridge Rd)
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Located right next to Zam Zam, this restaurant was first established in 1910 - meaning their rivalry has been ongoing for more than a century now! Their Deer Murtabak
is also a signature item on the menu, along with local Indian Muslim fare such as Briyani
, Mee Goreng
, Tandoori Chicken
and so much more. There are definitely fans who have strong a favourite between Zam Zam and Victory, but we think the best way to decide where you stand is to just try out both places and just enjoy how good their food is ?
35. Al-Tasneem (North Bridge Rd)
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Rounding up this trinity of Indian Muslim restaurants is of course Al-Tasneem! Their Murtabak
is a signature item, but make sure to try their Roti Canai
and Mee Goreng
too. If you're looking to treat yourself, we've heard that their Lamb Shank Briyani
is one of the best around!
P.S. Do note that they only accept cash payments. Halal Status:
36. Chix Hot Chicken (Jln Pisang)
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Co-owned by our first Singapore idol, Taufik Batisah, this cafe prides itself in being the first to offer halal Nashville Hot Chicken! It’s not just fried chicken as their Nashville Hot Chicken is breaded and coated with one of the world’s “spiciest peppers”, the ghost pepper, and has a crispy hot finish. It’s served with white bread and pickle chips. There are 3 levels of spice you can choose from for your chicken – mild hotness, extra hotness and insane hotness. So spice lovers, you’d definitely want to challenge yourself to this! You can also have your chicken in a burger with their Soul Sliders – 2 boneless chicken burgers served with slaw, pickles and pink mayo. If their spicy chicken is not for you, get the milder version, The Original – buttermilk fried chicken made from spices inspired from New Orleans ?
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Office workers, rejoice! Weekday lunches have gotten better with their new lunch promotion! From 12pm to 4pm every Monday to Friday, choose either one of the five burgers: Soul Slider, Pepperjack Slider, The Dip, Comeback Boy or Meat Free,
and you're only playing $9.99! The price includes a side of fries and a cool soda!
Halal Status: Muslim-owned
37. Fluff Bakery (Jln Pisang)
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With a rotating menu of desserts weekly, you almost never know what to expect when you visit this bakery at Jalan Pisang. Selling locally-inspired desserts is a big trend amongst these small bakeries (and we think it's a trend that works!) and Fluff is definitely no exception with their range of cupcakes (their signature) and some sliced cakes. Some of their flavours have included Ondeh-Ondeh, Apam Balik Sweetcorn,
and Triple Milo
alongside familiar flavours such as Red Velvet
38. Lina’s Cafe (Jln Pisang)
Credit: @quexotic on Instagram A visit to Lina’s Café at Jalan Pisang is more than just having a delicious meal – it’s a sign of solidarity for friends with autism. Branding itself as an autism-friendly eatery, Lina’s Café aims to raise awareness about autism visibility by providing a safe space for children with autism and their families and employing autistic individuals. Inclusivity is a key feature here where special needs children will never be judged or be faulted for if they become
“disruptive” or break anything in the café ? One of their crowd-favourites is this Mak Timah’s Special Mee Rebus
! Is this Mee Rebus with pasta, you might wonder? Yes! The cafe serves fusion Malay-Western food that’ll make you feel warm and cosy all over.
Here's another place for you to look for some Chinese New Year bakes! From a range of traditional favourites such as Pineapple Tarts, to gourmet cookies such as Cranberry Biscotti, you'll be spoilt for choice! Check out their social media page
for more information.
39. Hjh Maimunah's (Jln Pisang)
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If you're craving some familiar comfort food amongst all these hipster offerings, head over to this eatery in Jln Pisang that serves up a huge menu of local kampung (traditional village) favourites throughout the day – and many of the dishes are inspired by Indonesian cuisine too! ? Hjh Maimunah’s is often touted as one of the best Malay food in the country, and we can definitely understand why. Their signature siput sedut lemak (needle snails in coconut gravy) and beef rendang will keep you wanting more – and their assortment of traditional kuih and desserts will be the perfect end to the meal!
40. Koh Nangkam (Jln Kledek)
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Located in a street off North Bridge Rd is a halal Southern Thai restaurant that's another hidden gem in the area. Kohnangkam's fried Hatyai Chicken
, Pahd Si'yu
, Tom Yum Soup
and more will leave you surprised at just how authentic and delicious they taste. Plus the dishes come in various serving sizes, making it perfect for splitting a meal with friends! We would also recommend their Pandan-wrapped Chicken
which is an office favourite. It can get very crowded here even during weekdays, so we recommend booking a table ahead of time if you're planning to visit in a big group!
Here's one more reason why you should visit Koh Nangkam. If you love discounts, claim a FREE voucher to enjoy $5 off on all Sea Bass Family Set Meals
! To impress your loved ones, ask the staff for their secret menu to enjoy Yam Khai Sep (Crispy Chicken Salad) worth $10!
41. Mother Dough (North Bridge Rd)
Credit: @aprilyap on Instagram Mother Dough is a relatively new artisanal bakery situated along North Bridge
Road. Prior to setting up Mother Dough bakery here in Singapore, their baker, Naadhira spent 4 years in New York perfecting the art of bread-making! Some of the must-try delights here include their signature Almond Croissant
. If you’re a chocolate lover, then you should definitely go for their Chocolate Almont Croissant
– our office’s personal favorite! ? There isn't much seating available here, but if you're able to grab a space make sure to try out their Lemon Cake
too and pair it with a small but good cup of coffee to brighten your day.
At the time of writing, they are currently closed from 24th December to 3rd January. They will reopen on Tuesday 4th January.
42. Afterwit (North Bridge Rd)
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Halal Mexican cuisine is difficult to find in Singapore, meaning that this small cafe serving up a variety of unique tacos, cheesy quesadillas and ever so filling burritos is definitely a must-visit if you're in the area! ? What’s really interesting about Afterwit is that they infuse local flavours into classic Mexican cuisine. Some flavours include Nasi Lemak
(chicken, coconut rice, sambal), Beef Briyani
and even Dendeng
tacos! Though a little on the pricey side, the rich and unique flavours totally make up for it. ? Halal Status:
43. (working title) burger bar (North Bridge Rd)
This cafe used to be located at Arab St, but moved to its current spot along North Bridge Rd in early 2019
, with a revamped menu too! The small space is cosily decorated, making it a great space to just hang out with your friends and enjoy the ambience while you dig into your meal. One of the burgers that we really enjoyed was the Baaa-ger
. The lamb patty is flame-grilled and topped with provolone cheese, garlic aioli sauce and more! On the lighter side, their Truffle Tater Tots
and Bandung Latte
are favourites from the old location that remain on the menu and will definitely pique your appetite for later.
44. Tipo (North Bridge Rd)
Credit: @tiposg on Instagram Where else can you get halal, fresh handmade artisanal flavoured pasta? At Tipo of course! This eatery proves that Italian food doesn’t have to be pricey, and the interior's modern look with pastel colours and black walls with wooden furnishings makes it a great and chic spot for
a weekend meal out. The best part is that you get to customise your own pastas, from the type of pasta you prefer to what proteins and sauces you want! For a light option, you could pick Squid Ink Spaghetti
or a different combination of Beetroot and Garlic Fusilli
. There’s also coffee (roasted beans by Dutch Colony Coffee Co.!) and homemade iced teas to complete your Italian meal and satisfy your cravings!
45. The Ramen Stall (North Bridge Rd)
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Offering authentic Japanese food altered to suit the local palette, The Ramen Stall is a halal Japanese restaurant tucked away in North Bridge Road. The restaurant’s name is enough to give away its speciality dish but that’s not all it’s known for! Spice-lovers will love their Volcano Ramen
which has 3 levels of spice for you to try out! Their Kimchi with Chicken Ramen is a Japanese-Korean fusion dish that you should try at least once too - the sourness of the kimchi adds a kick to the soup you can't get anywhere else! There is also an amazing range of sushi for you to choose from at this restaurant! Apart from commonly found
sushi such as the California Roll
, indulge yourselves in torched salmon sushi and torched beef sushi. Since they open so late, they're also perfect for any late-night supper cravings you may have
46. The Dim Sum Place (North Bridge Rd)
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Halal Chinese food can be difficult to find in Singapore - thankfully The Dim Sum Place makes it so much easier with its huge menu! Dim sum is known for its wide range of small servings - making them perfect for any type of meal from a light brunch to a heavier dinner! From cute little Siew Mai
to Molten Salted Egg Custard Buns
, there are lots of yummy choices available here. If you’re looking for more carbs to fill you up, this place has entrees too like their Beef Brisket Noodle Soup
, Beef Congee
and Crispy Coffee Chicken with Rice
47. Soulfood Catering (Pahang Street)
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This small eatery located between North Bridge Rd and the Aliwal Arts Centre may look unassuming, but their speciality nasi lemak packs a punch! Their affordable meals are full of flavour and will leave you feeling satisfied after your last bite. Try out their classic Chicken Wing Nasi Lemak for a taste, or if you're more adventurous why not order the Smoked Salmon Nasi Lemak or BBQ Boneless Thigh Nasi Lemak? Their Seafood Platters are also perfect for sharing, and come loaded with generous servings of rice as well as salmon, shrimp, and smoked salmon!
Halal Status: Muslim-owned
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Let us know if we missed out any of your favourite Bugis spots, and happy eating!