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8 New Halal & Muslim-Owned Eateries In Singapore

Exciting new cafes and restaurants around town for the Muslim community.

By Diana Najm      12 July 2021

If you’re a Muslim in Singapore, it may be difficult at times to find new halal-certified or Muslim-owned restaurants and cafes to dine at. But hope is on the horizon – things are changing! Over the past few months, there’s been an abundance of new Muslim-owned halal eateries popping up around town. Planning a lunch or dinner with family and your close friends soon? Here are the new halal eateries in the Lion City you should check out.

Momolato

A new botanical themed, halal-certified cafe has opened up in the heart of Kampong Gelam, with hand-crafted gelato made in-house. Founded by world-famous gelato chef Sharon Tay, Momolato was previously available only for delivery. Now, you can just walk in whenever you’re craving your gelato fix.

There are up to 18 flavours from tried-and-tested classics like Salted Caramel to locally-inspired ones like Salted Gula Melaka, HK Milk Tea and Maoshanwang Durian. Not to mention its brand-new Keto concept offering six Keto gelato flavours (Single $7.40, Double $10.50). Gelato lovers have three different cone flavours to choose from, too: Butter (+$1.50), Pandan (+$1.50), and Keto (+$3), wrapped with a single layer of Pandan leaves at the base.

34 Haji Lane
momolato.com


The Bravery Cafe

CBD folks listen up: A new Muslim-owned spot has opened up on Amoy Street. After seven years operating at Jalan Besar, The Bravery Cafe has moved into a quaint shophouse near the city centre. With the new space comes a refreshed menu featuring heartier additions, apart from the usual brunch offerings of pancakes and cheese toast.

Order up The Frenchie, where house made caramelised brioche toast is topped with mixed berries and served with a side of vanilla bean ice cream; or the Nova Cheese Toast for something more decadent. The new space also boasts a new in-house bakery on the second floor churning out freshly-baked goods like brownies, cakes and more.

50 Amoy Street
thebravery.sg


The White Label

Bonjour! This halal-certified fusion cafe nestled along North Bridge Road is a game-changer for Muslims who love French cuisine. The Parisian vibes start right at the entrance, flanked by white fences and greenery – taking notes right out of the design of bistros in France.

The menu is worth a shout, with all-star dishes such as the Squid Ink Spaghetti, TWL Vol-Au-Vent, Short Ribs Bourguignon and even a Creme Brulee A L’Pandan. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, definitely order up the Ondeh Ondeh Gateau.

734 North Bridge Rd, #01-01
thewhitelabel.sg


The Secret Garden by Zeekri

Looking for a romantic date spot to take bae? Wander into a secret garden at this floral-themed brasserie serving up French-inspired cuisine – located right across the road from Insta-famous cafe % Arabica Singapore. The interior at this brasserie is just as picture-worthy, with minimalistic furnishings boasting chrome accents, botanical-inspired wallpapers and more.

But the star of the show here is the delicious food. An all-day dining menu is available with favourites such as Braised Clams in Lemongrass Broth, Chicken Cordon Bleu, French Onion Soup, Tomato Burrata Salad, and Aglio Olio with Smoked Duck alongside weekday high teas and weekend brunches. You can even find an in-house florist who will dream up some gorgeous floral arrangements that you can gift your date.

19 Baghdad Street
www.tsgbyzeekri.com


The Buffet Restaurant

Steamboats are the perfect way to socialise with family and friends, but it may be hard to find one that is halal-certified in Singapore. Here’s exciting news! The Buffet Restaurant, located on the second floor of M Hotel Singapore, has recently reopened in April.

The restaurant aims to stay true to its origin of Chinese-style steamboat while elevating the experience to embrace Singapore’s diverse cultures. You’ll find a smorgasbord of fresh seafood alongside premium meat choices and signature Asian dishes by Chef Boz. Choose from your favourite steamboat ingredients to be enjoyed with the MSG-free broths like Imperial Collagen, Singapore-style Laksa, Thai Tom Yum and even Fiery Mala Peppercorn. The buffet costs $65++ per adult and $33++ per child.

M Hotel Singapore, 81 Anson Road, Level 2
www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/m-hotel-singapore/the-buffet-restaurant


Peppermint

Here’s another halal-certified restaurant buffet you should check out. Taking over the space occupied formerly by AquaMarine, Peppermint serves up a garden-style buffet with free-flow fresh seafood, lemak laksa and more at the newly refurbished Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay. Helmed by Executive Chef Chan Tuck Wai, Peppermint now offers a new menu that focuses on conscious eating, featuring plant-based dishes using local and sustainably-sourced ingredients.

Tuck into the all-you-can-eat menu boasting premium and fresh farm-to-table fare, priced from $65++ per adult. We’d recommend starting with light starters such as Nordic Smoked Cauliflower Cream Soup and Seafood Kueh Pie Tee before making your way to the mains like the yummy Vongole Aglio Olio and Boston Lobster Au Gratin.

Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, 6 Raffles Blvd
www.facebook.com/PeppermintSingapore


(L-R) The Original Vadai, The Fabulous Baker Boy

The Original Vadai

This beloved stall selling crispy and fluffy prawn vadai at Golden Mile Food Centre has just been halal-certified – the first vadai shop in Singapore to attain this. For those who need an introduction, vadai is a savoury fried snack from India, commonly made with legumes, sago and potatoes. The ones here, however, have been given a unique local twist. The famous prawn vadai here has been around as early as the 1970s, made with traditional lentil vadai topped with prawns.

Mdm Jumana Rani first introduced it at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar more than 30 years ago – and it’s now a crowd favourite. Other varieties are also available, such as ikan bilis, vegetable, chilli, dhal, onion and even cheese and chocolate.

Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-32, 505 Beach Road
facebook.com/TheOriginalVadai

The Fabulous Baker Boy

Following a short hiatus after leaving its Fort Canning digs, The Fabulous Baker Boy has moved into a new home at Aliwal Arts Centre. Chef Juwanda Hashim is renowned for his decadent bakes, especially his classic layered cakes. Some favourites include the Big Lub Carrot Cake, The Hossan Leong, Valrhona Chocolate Cake and Nutty Monkey.

The 70-seater space also comes with more room for new additions to the menu. The cafe’s new iteration also serves up wholesome and hearty brunch fare everyone will love. Must-order dishes include the Good Ol’ Eggs Benny, BBQ Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Corned Beef Hash or Uncle Jimmy’s Fish and Chips.

28 Aliwal St, #01-01
thefabulousbakerboy.com

Hungry for more? Check out the following halal-certified eateries at SAFRA clubhouses:

Eatzi Gourmet Steakhouse & Bistro
Heavenly Wang
Rasa Istimewa Restaurant
Sakunthala’s Restaurant
Siam Kitchen
Springleaf Prata Place
Suki-Suki Thai Hotpot

Share your favourite halal eatery with us at magnsman@sph.com.sg!

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