Best restaurants to break fast at this Ramadan 2022
· 12 April 2022
Bond with your loved ones over specially curated Ramadan menus that feature flavours from the familiar and traditional, to the novel and lavish
Whether you need a table at the city’s best dining spot or a convenient yet luxe take-home spread, here’s a list of scrumptious dining options to break fast with your favourite people this Ramadan.
Revel in a lavish Iftar spread at 21 on Rajah, complete with Mediterranean-inspired dishes, a specially curated Ramadan À La Carte Buffet, and communal set menus that are bound to satisfy anyone at the table. Sumptuous highlights include the Assorted Grilled Lamb, Roasted Beef Rib-Eye with Rendang Sauce, Grilled Prawn Kebab in Mediterranean Style, Assorted Satay and Bubur Lambuk, as well as Turkish Delight Dessert.
At-home diners can choose from two Mediterranean Cuisine sets and another menu that features only the best of local hits. The latter includes Seafood Mee Goreng, Slipper Lobster in Chilli Crab Sauce with Deep Fried Buns, and a creamy, luscious Durian Pengat with Coconut Milk.
Go on a Southeast Asian culinary journey with an array of local and regional delights. The halal-certified restaurant’s Ramadan Iftar Buffet Dinner features live stations and delicious dessert displays named after Singapore’s neighbourhoods Joo Chiat, Serangoon and Pasir Panjang. Joo Chiat has a selection of fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi, and three live stations where chefs cook quintessential local favourites such as Roti Prata, Satay and Laksa.
Serangoon features hearty main dishes such as Wok Fried Singapore Chilli Crab, Stir-Fried Kampung Fried Rice, Thai Steam Fish and Malay Style Chicken Masak Merah, while Pasir Panjang is all about fruits and regionally-inspired desserts like Cempedak Crumble and Almond Pear Frangipani Tart. Available from 3 April to 2 May 2022, from $84++ per adult and $42++ per child.
Located in the heritage-rich district of Kampong Glam, Ginger at Parkroyal on Beach Road offers an irresistible range of local delights for both dine-in as well as takeaway. Enter the botanical garden to tuck into a uniquely crafted in-house Ginger “Ramly” Burger, a fork-tender dish of Beef Cheek Masak Merah, and the chef-recommended Crab Lemak Nenas. For the cosy, at-home affair, choose between two exclusively curated set menus featuring quintessential Malay dishes and decadent D24 Durian Cream Puffs. Available from 2 April to 2 May (from Tuesday to Sunday), Ginger’s Iftar buffet is priced at $49++ per adult and $24.50++ per child for dinner. The two takeaway options are available at $90++ and $160++.
Partake in a specially put-together menu that includes highlights like Ayam Gulai, Ikan Goreng Balado, and Rendang Kambing. The homely Minangkabau sharing set is inspired by West Sumatra’s Minang ethnic group, while the Nusantura set reflects the heritage-rich traditions of Indonesia’s culinary culture. Both sets include Kurma and traditional porridge to warm up your stomach before you devour their fragrant rice in banana leaf and Rose Syrup Mocktails. À la carte favourites include the Peha Kaki Kambing (Indonesian roasted lamb leg served with Kintamani’s special sauce) and Ketam Sambal (flower crab tossed in fiery chilli), perfect for taking the meal up a notch.
Available only once a year, Penang Culture’s ever-popular Nasi Ambeng Feast is back to satiate appetites this Ramadan. With White Garlic Chicken Cutlet, Satay Chicken, Beef Rendang, BBQ Stingray, Sambal Prawns, French Bean with Tempeh, Sambal Eggs, Shredded Coconut, Vegetable Cracker, and fragrant steamed white rice – talk about the perfect Iftar feast for four. Sip on a complimentary 1.5-litre bottle of Pepsi in between bites for that delightful fizz. As if that’s not enough, diners also stand to enjoy up to 50 percent off the Feast this Ramadan, available for dine-in, pick-up, and islandwide delivery.
Let the sundown feasting begin at Peppermint, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, and be spoiled for choice with an Iftar buffet of chef de cuisine Leon Yee’s greatest hits. Satiate your appetite with succulent Black Angus Beef Short Rib Satay; Bebek Rica Rica (slow-cooked Manado-style duck leg); Grilled Octopus with Urban Farm Calamansi and Sambal; Indonesian Lobster Kalio; and more – made even more indulgent with the hotel’s renowned lush landscapes as your backdrop. Available from 2 April to 2 May, Sundown Feasting at Peppermint is priced at $98++ per adult and $49++ per child for dinner.
Boasting one of the most enchanting locations – the historic mansion Gedung Kuning – on the island, Permata is all about reviving nostalgic dishes that tap deep into the rich Malay culture. This Ramadan, culinary director Mel Dean pulls back the curtains on an exclusive Iftar menu that includes a novel remake of Mee Maidin, an iconic dish from Kampong Glam that sprouted in the 1940s. The menu features signature Ramadan favourites as well as new dishes like Satay Madura, Rendang Rusuk Minangkabau, and Ayam Bekakak & Lalapan. Available from 2 April to 1 May, Permata’s Nusantara Iftar menu is priced at $78++ per person for dinner.
Ignite your evening with a lavish Iftar buffet spread at Grand Hyatt Singapore’s StraitsKitchen, complete with live show kitchens and free flow of freshly squeezed chilled juices and local beverages like Bandung and Teh Halia. The delightful mezza section is perfect for warming up the stomach before you head over to the BBQ kitchen where themed specials fill the grills. Expect flavourful Malay dishes such as Udang Bakar, Kambing Bakar, and the perennial favourite Otah Otah. Available from 3 April to 4 May, StraitsKitchen’s Iftar buffet spread is priced at $88++ per adult, and $48++ per child for dinner.
What’s a celebration without cake? An ode to Singapore’s local culinary heritage, Swensen’s limited-edition Nasi Lemak Ice Cream Cake has got to be the most fitting sweet-ender for the occasion. Their buzzworthy Fried Chicken ice cream takes centre stage, alongside a sprinkle of fragrant roasted peanuts, and fondant-crafted sunny-side up and sambal chilli. Available for takeaway only, this fit-for-the-gram cake is made with two layers of traditional flavours: Kueh Salat ice cream at the bottom, and Coconut ice cream on top.
Buka puasa in the warmth and comfort of home with thoughtfully curated Raya Family Sets by Tiffany Cafe. Fit for groups between two to four, their bundle options feature familiar home-cooked flavours we can never seem to get enough of. Choose to indulge in fragrant Beef Rendang, Butter Prawns, Braised Mutton, or Sambal Long Beans among many others. Better yet, festive-exclusive a la carte items include Tiffany’s Roti John as well as a show-stopping Roasted Whole Tom Yam Chicken.
Ignite your evening with a celebratory feast at the acclaimed restaurant, known for their contemporary twists on heritage favourites and warm, homely hospitality. Taking centre stage is a gastronomic rendition of Lontong Istimewa, featuring the addition of a whole lobster. The traditional Indonesian dish sees fragrant steamed rice cakes divided into bite-sized chunks, complemented by fried hard-boiled eggs, rich coconut Labu Siam (chayote) curry, young jackfruit, long beans, prawn crackers, and last but not least, Tok Tok Indonesian’s signature home-made sambal.
*Tok Tok Indonesian Restaurant is muslim-friendly but not halal-certified.
A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.