Singapore takes pride in being a food paradise, but its significance goes deeper than just having a wide variety of multi-racial cuisine. It means that ethnic food is often authentic, fusion dishes carry a purpose, and people put passion into their food. You already know where to find the best rooftop bars, but did you know that there is a halal one in Kampong Glam? It would be impossible to encompass all the amazing halal places to eat, so we've highlighted a handful of lesser-knowns and must-trys.
Traditional: Coba Coba
The family-run establishment boasts a full weekday crowd and even a visit from Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. That and hipster interiors aside, the classic Nasi Ambeng and Nasi Padang is worth the long travel to the Devil's Ring.
Must-try: Paru Goreng
Coba Coba is located at 156 Yishun Street 11 #01-106, Singapore 760156.
Modern fusion: The Halia
Meaning 'ginger' in Malay to reference the famous Ginger Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens where it is located, the restaurant also incorporates the ingredient into its dishes due to the many health benefits. With the impeccable service and relaxed open veranda seating, we're not surprised it earned the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence just last year.
Must-try: Singapore-style Chili Crab Spaghettini
The Halia is located at 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569.
How many halal taquerias in Singapore can you name? Churros to burritos, this Mexican food joint gets it right, especially portion-wise. The setting is laidback and occasionally hosts live band performances in the evening.
Must-try: Garlic Mayo Shrimp Taco
Afterwit is located at 778 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198746.
Owned by a Swedish/Singaporean couple, the brainchild bistro was created out of a yearning for authentic Scandinavian food. There's more than just meatballs served here, but the meatballs here have a real taste and texture.
Must-try: Yes, the swedish meatballs
Fika is located at 257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539.
Japanese: Hararu Izakaya
The first muslim-owned Izakaya has been getting consistently good reviews since its inception a year ago. We'd say it's because they stay close to form in terms of ingredients, technique, and ambience to what you see and taste in Japan.
Must-try: Wagyu Kushi
Hararu Izakaya is located at 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437.
Chinese: Tang Tea House
We can get uncertain about franchises, but Tang provides Chinese food and dim sum as good as any famed standalone establishment. With four outlets across the island, it's a clear fan favourite.
Must-try: Golden Sand Bun
Tang Tea House is located at 357/359 Bedok road, Singapore 469545.
The Mocktail bar presents Asian-inspired drinks with mostly Malay names that pay tribute to heritage. Surprsingly, the drinks sans alcohol are not overbearingly sweet, and include herbs from the bar's own rooftop garden. Together with the tapas, the combination will get you high without the hangover.
Must-try: Raffles @ Geylang Serai
Atap Bar is taking a temporary break before moving back to its location at 48 Arab Street Level 5, Singapore 199745.