There’s something for everyone in all corners of the city — take the MRT across the island on the East-West line to uncover a different side of Singapore.
Make your way to the west side of the island for a variety of Halal eateries, including bakeries, cafés and restaurants.
Don’t be fooled by the warehouses and industrial estates that make up most of western Singapore—there are plenty of hidden gems and Halal dining options to be found here. Dine in the middle of a rainforest, tuck into authentic Japanese cuisine or indulge in Instagrammable desserts. The west is home to some of the best Muslim-friendly eateries on the island.
Bordering our city centre is the neighbourhood, Redhill. Otherwise affectionately known as Bukit Merah to locals or ‘ang suah’ in Hokkien, it derives its name from the red soil that was discovered in the area after an excavation.
Get ready to whip out your camera phones when ButterScotch’s decadent cakes arrive—these handsome treats are as gratifying as they are pretty. Further indulge your sweet tooth with the Mad Hatter, an enticing ice cream dessert built upon a meringue base. Its layers of toppings, which include whipped cream, cookies, brownies, churros and marshmallows, are gloriously heaped on top of one another. Other tempting options include a durian soufflé and rainbow cake.
Looking for a slightly more filling meal? The café also whips up hearty mains like its chilli crab burger. Served on a wooden platter, this burger’s thick crab cake is doused in spicy chilli crab sauce, and served with a side of potato wedges.
ButterScotch. Block 164, Bukit Merah Central #01-3625, Singapore 150164. +65 6271 1164.
Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am-10pm.
More than just bungalows and condominiums, the scenic Bukit Timah, also holds our last primary rainforest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, and the highest hill on the island, Bukit Timah Hill.
Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee
This modest bakery deserves to be next on your checklist of teatime spots. Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee has been steadily making a name for itself through its fresh beverages and baked goods. We recommend pairing a slice of Lynn’s raspberry lavender cake with a warm cup of earl grey tea. This tranquil neighbourhood hangout also bakes delectable carrot cake complemented with a cinnamon finish.
Getting to this café can get slightly tricky, though—there aren’t any bus stops or Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations nearby—but that’s exactly what adds to the allure of this unassuming brasserie. We suggest calling a taxi; it’s the easiest way to get you to this quaint café without getting lost.
Lynn’s Cakes and Coffee. 11 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598983. +65 6314 2886.
Tue-Thu & Sun 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat 11am-9pm.
Spize @ Temasek Club
Spize @ Temasek Club checks all the right boxes. With a comprehensive menu that comprises mainly Asian and Mediterranean dishes, Spize eases diners into a stylish setting accentuated by geometric elements and artistic motifs. From its dining area, floor-to-ceiling windows look upon lush greenery, which surrounds the Temasek Club in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Bestsellers include classic Singaporean dishes like nasi goreng (fried rice), and grilled Australian wagyu seasoned with garden herbs. Young diners can look forward to its kids’ menu that includes cheese burgers, spaghetti bolognaise and non-spicy egg fried rice.
Once you’ve fuelled up, stroll through the 163-hectare park and discover this nature reserve’s rich biodiversity. The Malayan colugo, lesser mousedeer and sunda pangolin are some of the critically endangered creatures in Singapore that roam the area.
Temasek Club@Rifle Range. 131 Rifle Range Road #03-04, Singapore 588406. +65 6337 7493.
Other than being an industrial estate, Jurong is also known for its rich history. Go back in time and check out heritage sites like Hong Kah Village, Jurong Railway and Jurong Hill.
Hajjah Mariam Café
While this Halal restaurant serves delicious renditions of traditional Malay favourites like mee soto (chicken noodle soup) and mee rebus (boiled noodles served in curry gravy), we recommend going for its star offering: nasi ambeng. This fragrant rice platter is meant for sharing, and comes with assorted side dishes including pickled vegetables, bergedil (fried potato patties) and paru goreng (fried beef lung).
If you plan to have lunch at Hajjah Mariam Café, be sure to grab a seat early. Come lunchtime, a queue starts to form as regulars stream in.
Westgate Shopping Mall. 3 Gateway Drive #B2-08, Singapore 608532. +65 9389 0534.
Besides housing one of the island’s four IMAX theatres and Singapore’s first Olympic-sized ice skating rink, JCube shopping centre in Jurong East is also home to a lesser known gem. Isuramuya is a Halal-certified restaurant that cuts no corners when taking its diners on an authentic Japanese dining experience. All of its dishes are prepared using traditional Japanese techniques, and its primary ingredients are flown in directly from Japan. Isuramuya’s maguro (tuna) is one of its most memorable nigiri sushi, while shellfish aficionados will fancy its raw hotate (Japanese scallop). While the conventional ramen (Japanese noodles) is made with pork, Isuramuya’s version is cooked with flavourful chicken broth.
The restaurant also features a mini marketplace where you can purchase the same premium ingredients used in its dine-in meals, like Siamese crab meat and dry ramen. Its range of groceries also includes bonito flakes, which is essential if you’d like to try your hand at making your own takoyaki (ball-shaped snacks that are typically filled with diced octopus) at home.
JCUBE. 2 Jurong East Central 1 #04-19, Singapore 609731. +65 6262 3008.
Daily 11.30am-3pm & 5-9.30pm.
Jenggood Jom Makan
In Padi Emas coffeehouse lies an experimental hawker stall that’s frequented by foodies in Jurong East. Jenggood Jom Makan is a modest establishment that cooks up laksa (coconut milk-based curry noodle soup) using Japanese udon, instead of the usual thick rice noodles. Other interesting cultural fusions on the menu include kirai bakso, which comprises of net-shaped crêpes also known as roti jala, that’s served with Indonesian meatballs and spicy Thai chilli sauce.
Beyond its rich food culture, Jurong presents many other reasons to visit the West. The Chinese and Japanese Gardens with their impressive bonsai collection will appeal to nature lovers, while science geeks can marvel at the mind-boggling exhibitions at Science Centre Singapore.
Jenggood Jom Makan. Block 214 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 600214. +65 8722 5341.
Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun 6.30am-10pm.