From Ramadan buffets to menus big enough for a royal feast, these restaurants are the best in Singapore for breaking your fast in a large group.
21 on Rajah (Days Hotel at Zhongshan Park)Features: Buffet, complimentary dates, hotel, parking, prayer space
21 on Rajah's offering what they call a "deconstructed nasi ambeng" experience for iftar. Dishes you pick from their buffet - these include beef rendang, sambal prawns and lamb moussaka - will be placed on a round platter to be shared among four people. Accompany these with nasi minyak or try their signature 21 Spice basmati and sultana saffron rice. Still hungry? Hit their mainstay antipasti, carving and cold seafood stations or give their renditions of mamak Maggi goreng and bubur lambuk a shot. Those with a sweet tooth shouldn't miss their seasonal fondue flavours, Rosehip Bandung and Milo Lava.
How much: $50++ for adults, $25++ for children aged 5 to 12 (weekdays), $55++ for adults, $27.50++ for children (weekends)
Additional promotions: 50 per cent off second diner during the Hari Raya period from Jul 6 to Jul 31 (maximum 8 discounted diners per reservation)
Atrium Restaurant (Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium)Features: Buffet, complimentary dates, hotel, parking, prayer space
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What's being dished out of their one-month-only halal certified kitchen? A rather eclectic selection including chilli crayfish, roasted duck, Spanish paella and tandoori fish, as well as freshly cut meats and cooked noodles (Vietnamese beef pho, anybody?). There's a slice-to-order sashimi station as well, plus cold seafood like bamboo clams, scallops, snow crab legs and of course, oysters.
How much: $78++ from Sunday to Thursday, $88++ from Friday to Saturday
Additional promotions: Quote "iftar specials" when you book to enjoy 1-for-1 prices
Bali Thai (Nex, RWS, Suntec City)Features: Multiple locations, parking
While they don't seem to have a special menu for the festive season, BaliThai's wide menu, ample seating space and outlets located islandwide prove it's one to be considered for iftar. Let everyone "create their own noodle" or order dishes to go with their signature belacan fried rice or Thai black olive rice.
How much: Around $30 per person
How to book: Call the outlet you want to visit or reserve online
Carousel (Royal Plaza on Scotts)Features: Buffet, central location, hotel, parking, prayer space
For an exotic iftar spread, look to Carousel, which is offering an "around the world" themed menu featuring dishes like saffron risotto with Balinese spicy scallops and asparagus, paella mixta, Turkish stuffed meatballs, Thai roast duck in red curry with lemongrass and Cantonese slow-braised spiced duck with eight treasures glutinous rice. Desserts include the Turkish pistachio puff pastry known as baklava and tuiles de granada (Spanish sesame seed tuile).
How much: $86++ for adults, $56++ for children aged four to 11
Crowne Plaza Changi AirportFeatures: Buffet, hotel, parking
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Those celebrating Hari Raya might not be too crazy about tucking into festive dishes like ayam masak merah, rendang and sayur lodeh this early in the season, but Crowne Plaza's first-ever Ramadan menu could be a hit at mixed-culture events. The real draw here, though, is the capacity. Work in a department of more than 100 people? It can be done.
How much: From $48++ per person
How to book: Call at 6823-5339 or email email@example.com at least three days in advance to book a small dome set for up to six people or a large group of up to 300. No walk-ins as the hotel needs to liaise with halal-certified partner Rajah Mas on the amount of food to be catered. Visit their website for more info
Enak Enak Hong Kong Tea House (East Coast)Features: Affordability, beach, outdoor seating, parking
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Have a big family and want to “makan besar” without breaking the bank? As with the other Enak Enak outlets, this one at East Coast Seafood Centre offers a large menu that includes halal dim sum (order their popular golden sand bun for dessert), seafood and Western favourites like beef steak, lamb chop and fish and chips. There are also barbecue and steamboat set menus for groups of two to 10 diners. And if you score a table outside, you might be treated to a glimpse of the sunset before you tuck in.
How much: Around $20 per person
How to book: -
Singapore’s household name in nasi padang is offering the aptly named Bakar Platter this Ramadan, which comprises barbecued stingray, “jumbo-sized” sotong, mussels in garlic butter sauce, Sundanese barbecued chicken wings, beef soup, fresh ulam and rice. It’s good for four people and can be served in-house or as takeaway.
How much: $55 per platter
How to book: Call 6297-4294 (Bugis) or 6348-5457 (Joo Chiat) to pre-order
In the mood to go big on seafood? Located along Joo Chiat Road, this increasingly popular joint has sets for groups of three to 10, made up of dishes like fish maw soup, crispy seabass with soy sauce, their signature black pepper or chilli crab, crispy beancurd and silver fish fried rice.
How much: $138++ and $408++ per set
How to book: Call 6442-5180. Visit their website for more info
Features: Buffet, central location, complimentary dates, hotel, parking, prayer space
Kintamani (Furama Riverfront)
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This Ramadan, key buffet items at Singapore’s first halal-certified hotel restaurant are roti jala with curry chicken, chilli crab, lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo), serunding (seasoned meat floss) rendang, bubur surau and grilled banana with cheese (also known as pisang epek or gorpis). Also look out for their carving stations, which offer grilled lamb leg and grilled chicken shawarma.
How much: $55++ for adults, $20++ for children aged five to 11
Additional promotions: 1-for-1 for UOB, Bank of China and other major credit cards
The Landmark (Village Hotel Bugis)Features: Buffet, central location, hotel, parking, poolside, prayer space
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This hotel restaurant situated within Singapore’s Arab quarter offers two seatdown sessions - one from 6 to 8.30pm and another from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. The buffet variety is wide-ranging with dishes like beef rendang, ayam masak merah, black pepper crab and ikan belado served alongside the restaurant’s more regular Indian offerings such as butter chicken and mutton roganjosh. The dessert menu goes the same way with items like bubur kacang, bubur terigu and gulab jamun.
How much: $35++ from Monday to Thursday and $45++ from Friday to Sunday for adults; $15++ on weekdays and $20++ on weekends for children aged three to seven (first session) and $45++ from Monday to Thursday and $$35++ from Friday to Sunday for adults; $20++ on weekdays and $20++ on weekends for children (second session)
How to book: Call 299-7786. Visit their website for more info
Penang St. BuffetFeatures: Affordability, buffet
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Penang St. Buffet’s Ramadan menu has some of their specials like assam laksa, Hokkien prawn noodles, rojak and durian chendol, but their buffet also offers variety in the form of lor bak, siew mai, green curry chicken, sweet and sour deep fried promfret, Hokkaido snow crab, salted egg crab and steamed egg with oyster. Also featuring are cold seafood items like crayfish, king crab legs, slipper oyster and Norwegian salmon sashimi.
How much: $34.90++ for weekdays, $38.90++ on weekends; $16.90 for children aged below 12
Straits Kitchen (Grand Hyatt Singapore)Features: Buffet, central location, hotel, prayer space
If it’s a jaw-dropping iftar spread you’re looking for, Straits Kitchen doesn’t disappoint. Truly, from the moment you step into the restaurant, there’s masterful cooking (and food styling) as far as the eye can see. As with previous years, the feast comprises favourites from around the world such as Hyderabadi dhum briyani, Lebanese shawarma, Bengali fish curry and Japanese maki rolls. There’ll also be dishes from closer to home like wok-fried crab with salted egg and double boiled superior Buddha Jumps Over the Wall. As promised, it doesn’t quite end there - you’ll also have the sustainable seafood bar to pick from, plus a dessert spread made up of items like fig, honey and walnut ice-cream, and baklava.
How much: $78++ for adults, $42++ for children aged seven to 12
Swensen's (Various outlets)Features: Affordable, outlets islandwide
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The variety of halal restaurants in Singapore today makes it easy for us to overlook the more obvious options - like family restaurant chain Swensen's, which today boasts a mind-boggling number of items on its menu. There's something for practically everyone, too with dishes like claypot beehoon laksa, steak and chilli crab spaghetti. We assume we don't need to remind you about their ice-cream selection...
How much: Around $30 per person
How to book: Visit the website for a list of outlets and their numbers, and call to reserve a table
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