Head to the east of Singapore for a tasty meal at these Halal-certified dining destinations.
Mediterranean, Italian, Japanese, local—name a cuisine and you’ll find Halal-certified eateries that will satisfy your cravings. As you make your way around the idyllic eastern region of the island, fuel up at these Muslim-friendly restaurants and cafés.
Fun fact: The Tampines neighbourhood is actually named after the tempinis (Malay for riau ironwood) tree, which was largely found in the area. Formerly filled with swamps, forests and quarries, the estate is known for its green spaces such as Tampines Eco Green and Sun Plaza Park.
Brothers in Fine Food
Fusion dishes are the order of the day at this charming café tucked away on the second floor of a community club. Brothers in Fine Food serves entreés like steak with beetroot purée, and lamb with harissa sauce.
Don’t stop at entrées, though—the café’s all-day breakfast and brunch menu is popular for good reason. On it, you’ll find hearty platters such as the Mediterranean Breakfast, where hummus, eggs, spinach, falafel, avocado and sourdough toast make for a spirited start to the day.
For something lighter, go for the dashi (Japanese broth) noodles—the bowl is filled with an onsen (hot spring) egg, chicken and Japanese pickles in a light bonito broth.
Tampines West Community Club. 5 Tampines Avenue 3 #02-07, Singapore 529705. +65 9008 9314.
Tue-Fri noon-10.30pm; Sat & Sun 9am-10.30pm.
If you like your subs big, brawny and sloppy, then Toasties’ sandwiches have you sorted. Choose your type of bread, from garlic-oregano loaf to ciabatta—everything is freshly baked in-house. Then, have it stuffed with chipotle chicken, cheese steak, Mexican-inspired pulled beef, or other hearty meats. Have some greens, oven-grilled corn, or sautéed onions in the mix if you so desire. To complete your meal, add on a basket of crispy fries and wash it all down with a glass of iced lemon tea.
Once you’re done, hop next door to the 24-hour restaurant, Al Azhar, for dessert. Order ice kachang, a bowl of shaved ice topped with corn, red bean, nata de coco and a rainbow of syrups.
Tampines N2. Block 201D Tampines Street 21 #01-1171, Singapore 524201. +65 6786 8336.
Home to more than 250,000 residents, Bedok is one of our largest residential areas. Thanks to the cycling paths network that runs through the neighbourhood, you can easily get to East Coast Park by hopping on one of the bike-sharing bicycles.
It’s easy to get lost in Badoque Café’s menu. The cuisines served here range from Italian to Mediterranean to American, but the beef ribs are a good place to start. This generous slab of meat is drenched in home-made barbecue sauce, and served with a side of potato wedges and corn on the cob. Other highlights include the lamb shank that’s slathered with a sweet and spicy soya sauce, and a classic shakshuka (poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce).
Looking for a venue to perform your daily prayers after? Take a short stroll to Al-Taqua mosque. The Muslim place of worship has been around since the 1960s, when it was a prominent landmark for residents of the Bedok kampong (Malay village).
Simpang Bedok. 298 Bedok Road, Singapore 496454. +65 6446 6928.
Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun noon-11pm; Fri 3-11pm.
A hidden gem in the east of Singapore, Kembangan is chock-a-block with cosy cafés—perfect for a café hopping adventure for all you foodies.
The Royals Café
Malay food is a bedrock of our local cuisine, loved for its satisfying spiciness and heartiness. At The Royals Café, indulge in traditional Malay fare such as nasi lemak (fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, accompanied with an array of side dishes like omelette, fried fish and anchovies), beef rendang (braised meat cooked in coconut milk and spices) and ayam masak merah (chicken in spicy tomato sauce).
Consider yourself a spice fiend? Then try the café’s signature dish, nonya mee siam. The rice vermicelli noodle soup is equal parts sweet, tangy and savoury; with a lethal dose of chilli that will have you wiping sweat off your brow.
Walk off those calories by heading over to East Coast Park. It’s a long stretch that overlooks the Straits of Singapore, and is typically crowded with cyclists and families relaxing around barbecue pits.
Crescendo Building. 19 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455209. +65 8481 008.
One of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements, Geylang Serai is home to one of the most popular night markets on the island, and boasts a host of sumptuous halal dishes.
Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre
One of Singapore’s most bustling wet markets, Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre is an emporium of wares and a feast for the senses. Between traditional Malay dishes like beef rendang (braised meat coconut milk and spices), nasi padang (steamed rice with assorted side dishes) and goreng pisang (banana fritters), you’re bound to be spoilt for choice.
If you’re visiting during Ramadan, you should certainly check out the Geylang Serai Bazaar. While its distinct popularity has led to a rise of contemporary stalls at this night market, you’ll be able to find hundreds of stalls selling everything from IG-worthy snacks to traditional bazaar fare. If you’re breaking your fast here, be sure to enquire with the individual food vendors if their stalls are halal-certified.
Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre.1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001.
Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri 6am-9pm; Wed open 24-hours; Sat & Sun 6am-10pm.