The holy month of Ramadan runs till 27 July this year, when Muslims fast during the daylight hours. We’ve picked out a slurping selection of buffets to buka puasa (break fast) at with family and friends.
1 Market by Chef Wan
For limited edition global Ramadan specials, make a beeline for Malaysian celebrity chef Wan’s 500-seater Halal-certified buffet arena. Specials include Moroccan chicken tajine, Siam laksa, Portuguese fish ball curry and Turkish imam bayildi (stuffed eggplant). As an added bonus, a group of four dines for the price of three.
Till 27 July. Dinner: daily 6-10pm, Mon-Thu $38.80++, Fri-Sun, eve of PH, PH $42.80++. #04-45/49 Plaza Singapura Atrium, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6341 9159
Relax in the al fresco area after making your rounds for their perennial Singapore chilli crab, rogan josh and seafood au gratin, before sweetening the deal with delish desserts. All their food stations, including the central kitchen, are certified Halal.
Dinner: daily 6.3010pm, Sun-Thu $70++; Fri-Sat $80++. Level 4 Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6845 1111
Asian Market Café
Iftar specials here encompass local Malay favourites and Middle Eastern dishes from the hotel’s Halal-certified central kitchen. Males and females have separate prayer areas at the side of the café, and dates are served at each table. Tuck into food from live stations and salad, appetiser and dessert stalls where you’ll find everything from Egyptian breads to roast lamb.
Till 27 July. Dinner: Sun-Thu 6-10pm, Fri-Sat, PH 6-10.30pm, $60++. Level 2 Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6431 6156
Bokhara Biryani & Kebab
This Halal Indian and Mughlai buffet eatery is small but has gained quite a following when it comes to authentic dum biryani and kebabs, both Ãƒ la carte add-ons. Find them opposite Serangoon Plaza, which houses a Mustafa branch.
Dinner: daily 7-10pm, $18.90. #01-02 Fortuna Hotel Building, 2 Owen Road. Tel: 8399 7795.
Take three other friends to dine at this spacious new Farrer outlet, which offers an Ãƒ la carte buffet menu for a minimum party of four. Tuck into the rich flavours of Thai-Indonesian cuisine: tahu telor, tom kha chicken soup, century egg salad and beef rendang are dishes to order out of a generous 23. Dinner: daily 6-10pm, $18.80+. #02-101, Block 4 Queen’s Road. Tel: 6479 4075
This longstanding halal Indonesian buffet restaurant has been around since 1985. You’ll find a mix of comfort traditional fare (gado-gado, soto ayam soup, spicy ayam mesak merah) and fusion offerings like butter prawns accented by curry leaves.
Dinner: daily 6-10.30pm, $55++. Level 3 Furama RiverFront Singapore, 405 Havelock Road. Tel: 6333 8898
Royal Kublai Khan Steamboat Buffet & Seafood Restaurant
For a Halal hotpot meal that’s worthy of warlord Genghis Khan, this Mongolian BBQ buffet restaurant boasts a soup base brewed from an army of 60 plants and spices. They have sambal lala, black pepper crab and salted egg lotus roots. There’s free Wi-Fi too. $23.50 nett. #01-56 Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen Street. Tel: 6836 2389
Sakura Charcoal Grill and Shabu Shabu
There are a few Sakura outlets on our little red dot, but our definite vote is for the one at Punggol. Apart from the huge spread (over 200 items) that includes seafood, meats, yong tau foo, green and various dipping sauces, we love that the Halal buffet restaurant provides a free shuttle service from Sengkang MRT station, and has a prayer room on site.
Dinner: daily 5-10.30pm, Mon-Thu $28.80+; Fri-Sun, Eve of PH, PH $31.80+. Marina Country Club, 600 Punggol Seventeenth Avenue. Tel: 6385 8197
Head to this Korean-styled BBQ buffet’s latest outlet in the west for all-you-can-eat sizzling meat on the grill while hanging out with your kawan-kawan. Free flow marinated meats, vegetables and beverages await.
Dinner: Mon-Thu 5-10.30pm, $24.99++; Fri-Sun, Eve of PH, PH 4-10.30pm, $27.99++. Prices exclude free-flow soup base. #B1-45/46 Jurong Point, 63 Jurong West Central 3. Tel: 6686 3448
Tiffany Café & Restaurant
From its Malay kitchens come an array of international offerings for Ramadan. Diners pile up on the buffet restaurant’s sashimi and desserts, especially the durian pengat. Iced peach and lemon teas are free-flow.
Dinner: daily 6-10.30pm, $58.80++. Level 2 Furama City Centre Singapore, 60 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6531 5366