Got a date? (What? We meant kurma.) These restaurants are cosy, intimate and serve excellent food - perfect for when you want to catch up with an old friend or loved one as you break your fast.
From now until Jun 19, this Mexican-themed cafe is serving $25 dinner sets comprising one of their burritos or tacos (additional $2 for the rendang), a drink and either chocolate brownie or mango cheesecake for dessert. The same set will go for $30 each from Jun 20 onwards. Don’t worry if you’ve got a lot to catch up on - Sultan Mosque is a really short walk away.
How to book: SMS/Whatsapp 8501-0345 to pre-order your set. Visit their Facebook page for pre-order format and other info
And Why (top photo)Features: Central location, complimentary dates, nearby prayer venue
Featuring in the New York-themed cafe’s ever evolving menu this Ramadan - pulled beef sandwich with spicy barbecue sauce and chips, and grilled spatchcock with Asian chimichurri, cous cous and eggplant jam. Also close to the iconic Sultan Mosque.
How to book: Call 6291-0993. Visit their Facebook page for more info
Badoque (Upper Thomson, Simpang Bedok)Features: Multiple locations, complimentary dates
A pun-heavy menu and enthusiastic service have led Badoque to becoming an ever-popular option for date nights and this Ramadan, it’s no different. Order their massive seasonal Badoque Bukhari or regular hits like lamb shank, shabsouka and salmon fillet with potatoes to share.
How to book: Call 6446-6928 (Bedok) or 6552-1646 (Thomson). Visit their Facebook page for more info
If like so many people you're a big believer in hotcakes at any time of the day, you'll love Butter Studio's Ramadan menu. They have three flavours available - gula melaka banana ($14.90), Nuts about Nutella ($15.90) and Ispahan buttermilk ($15.90). They have some interesting savoury items as well, like a Mexican-themed burger with chips and sweet potato pancakes with curry chicken. The savoury mains can be ordered in a $22.90 set that comes with one of their jello floats - Sawadee Thai tea, ondeh tea and strawberry lychee tea.
How to book: Call 6294-7115
If you’re craving cafe food for buka, Hyde & Co’s a safe bet. Their regular dinner mains won’t be available a la carte throughout Ramadan, but their best performing ones will appear in their weekly dinner set. Priced at $25 nett, each set also includes a Soup of the Day and an iced Moroccan apple tea. Starters and desserts can still be ordered a la carte.
How to book: Call 6635-5785 or SMS 9383-8735 to reserve a table either for the first (6.30pm to 8.15pm) or second session (8.30pm to 10pm). Ramadan Week 1 specials are chilli crab pasta and har cheong kai burrito. Check their Facebook page for other weeks
Some of the city’s tastiest briyani can be had at this cosy restaurant right across the road from Sultan Mosque. It's hidden enough for a quiet meal, yet you're also only five minutes away from buzzy spots like Afterwit, Hyde & Co, The Lab SG and Working Title.
How to book: Call 6296-1161
For creativity and variety, look into The Lab’s iftar sets. Set A’s priced at $35 nett and comprises a drink, main and starter or dessert, while Set B’s $43 nett and comprises a drink, main, starter and dessert. As with last year, you have to pre-order your food preferences as you book your table.
To book: Call 6299-5681 or SMS/Whatsapp 8222-6560. Check out the full iftar menu (there are close to 20 food items to choose from) on Facebook
Across Masjid Abdul Gafoor is a gem of a hideout, which serves elevated (and delicious) versions of traditional Malay food. Order their specials - like salted egg softshell crab and mudcrab linguine, roti kirai beef ribs and kuih lopes cake - to share.
How to book: Call 9002-4414. See the full menu on their Facebook page
For relatively light, but still satiating and tasty nasi ambeng, come to this unassuming double-storey restaurant right on Arab Street. Not the best place for post-buka coffee, but again, there are plenty of other options in the area.
To book: Call 6291-3921 or Whatsapp 8798-7891
Features: Central location
For $68.80++, you get a starter of pumpkin soup plus a side of fries, then pan-fried Norwegian salmon and sirlion steak as your mains. You'll also get their jumbo crab cakes special, baked potato, a salad, grilled skewered shrimps and buttered corn. The set comes with a glass of iced bandung per person.
How to book: Call 6291-3326
The French-inspired cafe is one of the first in Singapore to serve alcohol-removed Lussory wines, which can be paired with dishes like their melt-in-your-mouth beef short ribs, rack of lamb and smoked duck.
How to book: Call 6293-0270
For $25, diners can enjoy a burger with fries, plus a bandung latte and cake or tart. Their burger bar is new, but the cafe itself is an old favourite, with an especially quirky back porch.
How to book: Call 8248-2841
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