Die-die-must-try: 8 halal makan places in Singapore

February 20 2019

What better way to experience Singapore than its unique food culture? We list down the top Muslim eateries where you can find delicious yet affordable local food that is popular among Indonesian tourists.

By Gojalanjalan

There is more to Singapore than shopping and Universal Studios.

In fact, if you were to ask any Indonesian visitors visiting our shores, they will tell you that they especially enjoy going on a foodie tour to sample the halal food that this tiny island has got to offer.

Here is our definitive guide on halal comfort food places that have made the cut among our very discerning Indonesian clientele:

#1: Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant
697-699 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198675
Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays: 7 am to 11 pm
Tel: 6298 6320

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant is well-known as a to go to place for your murtabak cravings. Photo: Gojalanjalan

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant needs no introduction. Situated just opposite the iconic Sultan Mosque, the eatery has built a strong and steady following among Singaporeans and tourists since its establishment in 1908. So much so that it has been featured as a must visit place in the Indonesian and Malaysian media. Specialising in some of best halal Indian Muslim cuisines, the restaurant is especially noted for its nasi biryani, murtabak and roti prata served in a fuss-free environment.

The first floor features a non-air conditioned space while the second floor offers a cool respite from Singapore’s hot and humid weather. Some of the must-try dishes include the mutton murtabak, kway teow goreng, chicken murtabak and many more. The murtabaks are reasonably priced from S$6 onwards. Be prepared for a long snaking queue particularly during lunchtime, after Friday prayers and on public holidays. You’ve been warned!

#2: Warung Nasi Pariaman
736/738 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198704
Opening hours: 7.30 am to 6.30 pm

The recipes at Warung Pariaman have been passed down for three generations. Photo: Gojalanjalan.

Warong Nasi Pariaman was founded in 1948 and is still going on strong now. What started out as a stall soon saw the founder taking over the entire coffeeshop. Helmed by Encik Jumrin Isrin and the third generation of his extended family, this Muslim eatery has been receiving rave reviews for their nasi padang and other side dishes such as their beef rendang, charcoal grilled chicken, bergedil (fried mashed potatoes with shallots and parsley). As in all good eating outlets, be sure to come early as its popular charcoal grilled chicken signature dish will usually run out by 12 noon.

#3: Mihrimah Restaurant
742 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198710
Opening hours: 7.30 am to 12 midnight

Mihrimah Restaurant serves authentic Malay dishes in a fuss-free environment. Photo: Gojalanjalan.

Just opposite Warung Nasi Pariaman is another popular Muslim eatery which serves some of the best Malay dishes in a casual and relaxed environment. Some of the popular dishes here include sambal goreng, rendang, ayam masak lemak (chicken cooked in coconut milk gravy) and bergedil. To encourage others to do good, the restaurant has a ‘pay-as-you-like’ policy on Fridays from 11 am to 4 pm.

#4: Minang Restaurant
18 & 18A Kandahar Street, Singapore 198884
Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 7 am to 8 pm
Saturdays to Sundays: 7 am to 5 pm
Tel: 6294 4805

Savour some of the best Minangkabau cuisines at Minang Restaurant. Photo: Gojalanjalan.

Tucked in the heart of the Malay heritage district and next to the Sultan Mosque is this popular Muslim eatery that was established in 1954. Included as part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s heritage trail, Minang Restaurant specialises in Indonesian Minangkabau cuisines. Some of its popular signature dishes include the Indonesian tahu telur (large fried tofu mixed with eggs, adorned with bean sprouts, grated peanuts and dark watered sweet soy), botok-botok (fish steamed in banana leaf marinated in a variety of grounded spices) and Indonesian Soto (yellow noodles served in a broth, shredded chicken, chopped celery leaves, chopped chilli) and bergedil.

#5: Mamanda
73 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198497
Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm
Email: enquiry@mamanda.com.sg
Tel: 6396 6646

Dine like a king or a queen with sumptuous Malay dishes at Mamanda. Photo: Gojalanjalan.

It is hard to give this iconic Malay-themed restaurant a miss as it is housed within an imposing royal yellow 173-year-old historical mansion. Once home to Tengku Mahmud, heir apparent to the Sultan’s throne, Mamanda offers authentic Malay cuisine in an exclusive ambience. Mamanda certainly lives up to its royal past as it has served many state dignitaries which includes presidents, royalties, ministers, public figures and celebrities.

Some of its signature dishes include sup ekor (braised oxtail soup), ayam percik Kedah (grilled chicken coated with coconut sauce) and udang belado (tiger-prawn sautéed with spicy sauce). Unfortunately, Mamanda will be closing its doors in April 2019. Be sure to enjoy its fine-dining ambience before it rolls down the shutters by then.

#6: Bumbu Restaurant
44 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198897
Operating hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11 am to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm
Tel: 6392 8628, 6392 1570
Email: kandahar@bumbu.com.sg

Bumbu Restaurant features a Peranakan-themed interior. Photo: Gojalanjalan.

Bumbu Restaurant prides itself in serving some of the best Indonesian, Peranakan and Thai cuisines that it is usually jam-packed during lunch hours. Housed within a pre-historic Peranakan shophouse, the restaurant provides a casual dining experience within the comfort of an air-conditioned environment. Some of the must-try signature dishes include the bumbu salad (shrimp, century eggs, onions, cashew nuts and lemongrass), gado-gado (a vegetarian dish served with sweet homemade peanut sauce), butter oat soft shell crab and crispy baby squid.

#7: Sari Ratu
20 Pahang Street, Singapore 198617
Operating hours: 10 am to 9 pm daily
Tel: 6294 9983

304, Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, #02-107, Singapore 238863
Operating hours: 10 am to 9 pm daily
Tel: 6294 9983
Email: info@sariratu.sg

Sari Ratu has branches all over Indonesia, Malaysian and two in Singapore. Photo: Gojalanjalan.

Sari Ratu is a casual fine dining restaurant specialises in Indonesian dishes. With two outlets in Singapore, seven in Malaysia and 21 across Indonesia, this restaurant is noted for its specialty dishes including ikan pari (stingray), gulai telur ikan (fish egg curry), sayur sawi (mustard leaves), urap (grated coconut with added spices), sayur bayam and sayur kailan (spinach). Do note that its menu is subject to change.

#8: Hjh Maimunah Restaurant
11 & 15 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199078
Opening hours: 7 am to 8 pm
Opens daily except Sundays
Tel: 6297 4294

20 Joo Chiat Road #01-02 Singapore 427357
Opening hours: 8 am to 9 pm
Opens daily except Mondays
Tel: 6348 5457
Email: hjh.maimunah@gmail.com

For an authentic kampung-style Malay dish, Hjh Maimunah is the place to go to. Photo: Screengrab from Hjh Maimunah’s website.

Hjh Maimunah is another halal food icon in Singapore. Renowned for its traditional, kampung-styled cuisine, dining here  will bring you back to the good, old days where life was much simpler and the food is oh-so-sedap!

Since its inception, Hjh Maimunah Restaurant has evolved to cater to a wider customer base for their daily meals, functions and events. For starters, you will be spoilt for choice with the wide selection of dishes that are on display. Some of the signature dishes that are not to be missed include the delectable and juicy Sundanese grilled chicken, lemak siput (snail in coconut milk gravy) and the wide varieties of barbecued fish.

Go on a foodie trip for your next trip to the Lion City!

Gojalanjalan Singapore provides private bus charter from point to point for your makan trip! Hourly bus bookings are also available. For more information, contact us at 5mins@gojalanjalan.com.sg or +65 8838 6444.

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