Fasting Muslims all know how it goes down every Ramadan.
“Eh korang. Kita nanti nak buka kat mana?” (translation: Hey guys. Where are were going to break fast later?) someone in the old friends Whatsapp group says.
The whole chat starts erupting with life for the next minutes, bouncing between the issue and other unrelated topics. The “hahaha”, “lol”, “lmao”, “wth” all make their appearance, interspersed through the thread of 140 messages. Some messages are spent getting up to speed with what everyone’s doing in their lives. Tea is spilled, everyone mentions about how everyone misses each other.
15 minutes later, not a single solid recommendation has surfaced. The clownery.
Why should your discussions look like that? You can be the hero by coming through with the recommendations, which is what this list is going to help you out with. Get ready, because here are 7 places you will want to recommend to your friends for iftar.
[Disclaimer: You might want to consider reading on only when you’ve had food]
1) Chix Hot Chicken
Those fond and keen of the first Singapore Idol, Taufik Batisah, would already know by now that he has ventured into entrepreneur and cuisine by opening Chix Hot Chicken, which serves Southern-USA inspired dishes – think soul food like juicy fried chicken sliders slathered with pink mayonnaise, or just simply fried chicken with zingy, torturous spiciness that would have even the ones impervious to pedas pretty damn shook. The spiciness levels are divided in 3 different tiers, so choose your battles wisely.
They recently posted an Instastory, informing everyone who is interested in breaking their fast at the restaurant to reserve a place at (+65) 98390607.
Chix Hot Chicken
Address: 1 Jalan Pisang, #01-01, Singapore 199069
Price Range: $15 – $20
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Monday – Thursday), 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Friday – Saturday), closed on Sunday
2) Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut
Really? An ayam bakar/ayam penyet recommendation…in 2019? The answer to that – a straight-up yes!
You don’t have to look far for food that hits you right in the feels and the heart. In fact, an Ayam Bakar with rice, along with a side of Tahu Telur and Sambal Kangkong will send you into a state of bliss and euphoria. Just picture – meat so tender and delicate that it falls off the bones and the mesh of protein and meat fibres lap up the brown sauce so well, and the tower of fried tofu egg just disintegrating in your mouth and then the sambal kangkong giving it the crunch that completes it all.
They also have itik bakar/itik penyet which is basically the duck variation of the a above-mentioned classic.
Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut
Address: Tampines One, Lucky Plaza
Price Range: $8 – $15 per pax
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
3) Positano Risto
Nearly every Italian trattoria or ristorante in Singapore boasts about serving authentic Italian cuisine, but the ones that make it halal and Muslim-friendly? Few and far between, with the exception of a few like Positano Risto. This ristorante, located in the heart of the slew of halal cafes, was born when the owner Imran, together with his wife, was driven by a local Amalfi Coast Expert to the town of Positano in Italy and he was struck awe by the majestic beauty of the place. The passion, the love for the country and its cuisine translates into every aspect of the dishes and the relaxed, casual dining atmosphere.
If boxed pastas make your skin crawl, you can unclench – they use fresh pastas in the preparation of their dishes. Go for their Fettucine Carbonara, Truffled Mushroom Risotto or Arancini Balls (mozzarella-stuffed rice balls). The prices here can be a little steep, but we can safely assure you that you will be paying for quality.
Don’t forget to make a reservation though! It can be quite packed during the iftar hour.
Address: 66 Bussorah St, Singapore 199479
Price Range: $16 – $25 per pax
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm (Sunday – Thursday), 11:30am – 11:00pm (Friday), 11:30pm – 12:00am (Saturday)
4) Flavour Flings
Flavour Flings serves mostly Western dishes. They’re known to be in pole position when importing inventive food items that in vogue in other parts of the world, but remain unseen on our shores. They were the first to introduce the salted egg-stuffed croissant to the local crowd. Because they did it at the apex of the salted egg trend, they had people flocking to their phone lines to make reservations just so they could secure a piece of it. It went from being a seasonal item to a mainstay. They recently re-created the strangely fitting combination of Milo-dusted chicken pops with Sambal Belachan Mayo.
Their contemporary and trend-conforming ways is tastefully done, keeping the café fresh and relevant enough to pay a visit sometime. Perhaps a iftar date with your loved ones here is on the way?
Address: 121 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1341, Singapore 530121
Price Range: $15 – $22 per pax
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 4:00pm & 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday), 9:00am – 4:00pm & 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Weekends), closed on Tuesday
Last order 45 mins before closing
There’s a Geylang Bazaar every Ramadan. Find out if the bazaar is really worth braving the heat, if last year’s was anything to go by.
5) Crowne Plaza Sedap-licious Halal Ramadan Buffet
This one’s going to be perfect if one of your weekend plans includes a trip to Jewel Changi Airport. The Sedap-licious Ramadan Buffet at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is halal-certified and is back with a new spread. Fresh seafood galore, and a variety of traditional Raya favourites and unique desserts with a local twist is what you’ll find at Azur at Crowne Plaza.
Dinner buffet is priced from $68++ with a Ramadan special of 30% off with every group of 15 adult diners.
6) Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles
One of the most famous Lanzhou Lamian restaurants in China, Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles, made its debut on the Singapore shores sometime ago, at Tiong Bahru Plaza Level 2 and a second outlet at Chinatown Point Level 1. Piping hot beef broth soaking up beef slices, thick, white noodles handmade from scratch and garnished with radish, leek and chili oil – that’s one type of comfort food we can get behind. Period.
The halal-certified franchise has continued to expand, planting themselves yet another outlet in the West side, namely at Jurong Point. So Westies, rejoice!
While dining in, there’s a good chance that you’ll spend time debating – are you team Dry Noodles or Noodle Soup?
Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles
Address: Tiong Bahru Plaza, Chinatown Point, Jurong Point
Price Range: $10 – $20 per pax
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
7) Hanna’s Fusion & Japanese Restaurant
This one’s a little tricky. Hanna’s Fusion & Japanese Restaurant is open on all days (except for Sundays) from 11am to 8pm, which could potentially thwart your buka puasa plans if you’re intending to look for some place to eat AND chill. However, if you’re looking to have a quick, hearty meal before proceeding to another place, consider going here.
This is a hidden gem tucked away in the electronic products paradise (or a cesspool, if you prefer) at Sim Lim Square. They serve up the usual line-up of Japanese dishes such as ebi tempura udon and chicken katsu omurice, and in reportedly huge portions! You won’t leave this place still feeling hungry, that’s for sure.
Hanna’s Fusion & Japanese Restaurant
Address: 1 Rochor Canal Rd 4-02F, Sim Lim Square, 188504
Price Range: $10 — $20 per pax
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm
This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.
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