From delicious sweet treats to a fine dining experience, I searched the streets of Singapore to find unique, contemporary halal-friendly eateries. I explored cafes and restaurants, and discovered the essence of halal food for foodies visiting Singapore and am here to share it with you.
The Cafe Culture
Coffee speaks an international language, and in Singapore it is as popular as ever. The locals love fine coffee, and demand nothing but the best. From flat whites and iced coffees to espressos and cappuccinos, I tried it all and loved every single sip.
One of the best coffee shops/cafes that will have your mouth watering is Penny University located in East Singapore. This trendy cafe is extremely popular amongst locals which put it high up on my list of must tries. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of going on a Saturday morning to get my coffee fix and grab some breakfast. The coffee shop was abuzz with customers and conversation, but there weren’t always tables to go around. To anyone wanting to visit this cafe, arrive early to grab a table. Both my muddy espresso and French toast were to die for, and I rounded off my breakfast with a strawberry & vanilla iced tea – scrumptious.
Interestingly called & Why, this rustic cafe creates the feeling of an old fashioned New York City deli, where coffee is king. Served alongside refreshing mocktails and warm pastries the food is superb. The cafe prides itself as being a completely halal restaurant and is a huge drawing point for any Muslim traveler visiting Singapore. I visited in the late afternoon and decided to try their Mad About Dolce mocktail which tasted even better than it looked!
Have a sweet tooth? For anything sweet there is only one place to go in Singapore and that is Fluff Bakery. This bakery has become an institution on the cake scene in Singapore, and because of its popularity you’ll have to arrive early before they sell out. I arrived after 10am and was told to take a number and then wait in line till my number was called. I browsed through their menu of heavenly, playful and delicious cakes, cupcakes and tarts, before deciding on what to get.
Although their menu looks so delicious I wanted one of everything, I went for their famous Nutella red velvet cupcakes, salted caramel cupcakes and chocolate orange coconut tart! As good as they sound, they tasted a hundred times better. With an ever changing menu you’ll never have to settle for the same thing twice.
Eating Out With Friends
Nothing says family like restaurants that sell authentic food, Rumah Makan Minang is a perfect example. Specialising in Indonesian halal cooking, the menu is largely made up of Nasi Padang dishes – white rice accompanied by a flavourful, curried sauce of meat or fish.
Recommended by my waiter, I selected the Beef Rendang, slow cooked beef in coconut milk with ginger, lemongrass and chilli. The juicy and tender beef was bursting with spice and heat. Kudos to our hotel staff for recommending this amazing place that had incredible service and an awesome atmosphere. This restaurant is perfect for a casual night out after a long day of sightseeing when all you feel like something homely to eat.
Much like a bowl of salad, Singapore is a cosmopolitan city filled with people from all over the world. Most of these people are young and trendy with good jobs and ambition. One of the spots that these trendy 20-somethings love is Wilder. Clean interiors, a minimal but delicious menu and packed with hipsters, you’ll find yourself being enthralled by everything about this place.
With Coffee and WiFi by my side, I spent most of the morning into lunch at this restaurant. For lunch I tucked into old-fashioned truffle fries and juicy pulled beef while my guest dived in the squid-ink tagliatelle. The food was absolutely delicious and was served with elegance while still being trendy.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to delicious foods in Singapore. Exploring the streets you’ll find a variety of eateries that will cater to your dining needs. Singapore is truly a place for foodies.