From traditional dishes to Halal international delights and fresh seafood, these buffets are truly fit for the festive season. Chilli crab ice cream anyone?

Ramadan is the ninth and most sacred month in the Islamic year, during which our Muslim friends practise fasting and abstinence from pleasures, and take to prayer to become closer to God. As the fasting month approaches (from 15 May to 14 June this year), Muslims will soon begin their daily Ramadan fast at dawn, and will break fast at sunset with their evening meal of Iftar. Ramadan is also a time of gathering with one’s family to celebrate – and what better way to observe the festive season than to break fast with great food?

Bay Hotel Singapore: Rumah Rasa

Conveniently located next to Masjid Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim mosque is Bay Hotel’s Indonesian restaurant, Rumah Rasa. After your evening prayers, head down for the Ramadan Iftar buffet available from 16 May to 14 June, for halal delights like an overnight-cooked Chick Kut Teh, and Lemak Gudeg (braised young jackfruit in spicy coconut broth). You can also expect Ayam Woku Belanga, a fiery chicken spiked with pandan and kemangi (lemon basil), and Bebek Cabai Ijo, Indonesian braised duck in green chilli sauce. Pop by from Sundays to Thursday (6.30-9.30pm: $35++/adult; $20++/child between six and 12 years) for Laksa Assam and Roti John prepared a la minute, or visit on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays (6.30-9.30pm: $42/adult; $25/child between six and 12 years) for barbecued favourites like marinated sotong, fresh tiger prawn, kembong fish, sliced beef, assorted satay, and more. Dessert comes in the form of Bubur Kacang Ijo (mung beans porridge with coconut milk and palm sugar), assorted kueh, and Cengkodok Pisang (homemade fried banana balls). Or, opt for a serving of tropical fruit like longans and mangosteens for a refreshing, sweet finish to the feast. Bay Hotel Singapore, 50 Telok Blangah Road. Tel:  6818 6681 or email dining@bayhotelsingapore.com

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport: Azur

The Sedap-licious Ramadan Buffet at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s Azur offers a tempting Seafood on Ice selection featuring flower crabs, prawns and mussels amongst other fresh shellfish. Live stations dole out international delights like Whole Salmon with Laksa Gravy, Seafood Paella, Barbecued Spring Chicken and Lamb Slab Biryani. Their Satay-marinated Australian Beef Short Ribs is not to be missed too, a signature at the carving station. Iftar is kept interesting with their well-stocked dessert bar featuring traditional Nyonya kueh and creations with a local spin – think Teh Tarik Tiramisu, Chendol Panna Cotta, and to spice things up, a Chilli Crab ice cream. Muslim diners can also look forward to a dedicated prayer room with prayer rugs made available. Available 7 May to 30 June 2018. Lunch from $58++/adult and $29++/child; dinner at $68++/adult, and $34++/child for all days; 30% off with every group of 10 adult diners. 75 Airport Blvd Crowne Plaza Hotel. Tel: 6823 5354 or email azur.cpca@ihg.com.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy: Breez bistro.bar

Head over to Level 4 of Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy for an evening feast with a relaxing pool view. Break fast at their Ramadan buffet available from 17 May to 14 June, and enjoy smokey grilled Satay, a moreish and piquant Beef Rendang and other traditional favourites. Savour the dishes in the comfort of the restaurant, or opt for an al fresco dinner by the pool. Available daily, 7-10.30pm: $38++/adult; $19++/child; $32 nett/ Pioneer Generation cardholder. 50 East Coast Road. Tel: 6344 8000

Hilton Singapore

This Ramadan, you can look forward to breaking fast against stunning sunset views at Hilton Singapore’s Halal-certified Iftar buffet pop-up restaurant on the hotel’s highest floor (level 24). Featuring over 90 dishes, the buffet spread spans six carving and live stations that serve roasted whole baby lamb with ketchumber salad and mint chutney, and succulent whole roasted beef sirloin. Expect Singapore laksa prepared a la minute, as well as fruit rojak with a secret house sauce, Ramly burger and ice kacang. Traditional highlights make an appearance too with bubur lambuk daging, soup kambing, beef rendang, udang balado, ayam masak merah, and ikan masak assam pedas. You can’t miss the seafood on ice, as well as kerabu, grilled otah-otah, and satay. For variety, the buffets also boasts international flavours like aloo gobi and dhal makani at the Indian corner, and bass chermoula and kefta tagine with poached eggs at the Morrocan corner. End off with a classic Hilton cheesecake and chocolate fondue, or indulge in bubur cha cha, pengat pisang, and Malay festive cookies to round off the meal. Available 16 May to 14 June. Mon-Thur: $68++/adult; $34++/ child. Fri-Sun: $78++/adult; $39++/child. Early Bird: Book before 10 May 2018 and enjoy 25% off with a minimum of four diners. Group Bookings: Save 20% off with a minimum of six diners (maximum 15 diners). Level 24 (Panorama Venue), Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 2233 or email sinhi.f&b@hilton.com

Chef Wan’s Kitchen

Also available from 16 May to 13 June this Ramadan is Chef Wan’s Kitchen’s first-ever Ramadan buffet. For $35.50++/adults $15.50++/child. The buffet spread will feature mainstays like Chef Wan’s Selangor Beef Rendang, tender meat drenched in a fragrant spiced gravy, and the Ayam Lemak Chilli Padi, succulent chicken in a decadent, piquant, yellow coconut gravy. Try the Ayam Gulai Kawab, Ikan Balado and Javanese Beef Stew while you’re there; seafood fans would enjoy the Lala Masak Kunyit, Sambal Petai Udang and Sotong Masak Hitam. Don’t leave without trying Bibik Neo’s laksa, kambing soup and bubur ramadas. Wash it all down with house-made bandung and induleg in some pulut hitam and assorted kuehs. 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-14, Esplanade Mall. Tel: 6397 4911

Carousel

Of course, this round-up would be incomplete without Carousel’s well-stocked halal buffet. From 17 May to 14 June, you can expect to be blown away by the Mediterranean and Asian counters for their barbecue selection. The buffet highlights feature a smorgasbord of barbecue delights from different cuisines –  perfectly roasted Applewood Smoked Barbecue Beef Ribs, Chinese Grilled Stingray with Sambal and Chincalok, Thai Barbecue Stuffed Squid with Spicy Dipping Sauce, and Traditional Malay Boneless Ayam Percik (Spiced Chicken) marinated in Turmeric and Coriander! To add on to the festive spread, the kitchen will be doling out special Turkish appetisers and desserts as well. Don’t leave without trying the makarna salatası (macaroni salad), patlıcan salatası (eggplant with yoghurt), sütlaç (rice pudding), and baklava (pistachio puff). Available 17 May to 14 June6.30-9.30pm on weekdays at $78++/adult, $46++/child; weekends at $83++/adult, $49++/child. Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Rd, Lobby Level. Tel: 6589 7799