During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world observe the act of fasting from dawn until sunset, and refrain from consuming food and drinks, amongst other taboos. At sunset, they gather with friends and family for Iftar which literally means break fast. Here, we gather 5 best Halal buffet spreads of 2018 in Singapore:
Atrium Restaurant, Holiday Inn
Returning for a third year, Atrium Restaurant’s signature Seafood Extravaganza Buffet is a sure delight for seafood lovers. Tuck into the freshest French Oysters, baby marron lobsters, and sliced-to-order sashimi. On weekends, the spread includes freshly-cracked snow crab legs. Local flavours are offered too, with cooked seafood dishes such as sambal zebra clams and sautéed sea prawns with salted egg. To load up on more proteins, head over to the outdoor barbecue station for freshly-grilled bamboo lobsters and lamb chop, or to the live carving station for succulent cuts of roasted lamb leg. Specially for the month of Ramadan, Atrium Restaurant will be halal-certified. The buffet spread includes dates, free-flow iced bandung and iced lime green tea. Price per adult: Sunday – Thursday: $90; Friday – Saturday: $100.
Holiday Inn Atrium, 317 Outram Road, Singapore 169705. Tel: +65 6733 0188. Website here.
Blue Jasmine, Park Hotel Farrer Park
Blue Jasmine’s themed buffet spread promises a gastronomic feast; each week of Ramadan features a different halal menu based on Thai and regional flavours. On Seafood Night, dive into a medley of grilled seafood, or tuck into the lobster khao soi, a luxe rendition of the comforting Northern Thai curry noodle. Curry Night serves up a variety of local and regional curries, as well as Indonesian beef rendang and Singapore-style laksa. Grill & Roast night is a must for meat lovers, with classic roast meats like duck, lamb or ribeye. Herbs and Spices night offers a burst of flavours, with appetising delights such as tom kar gai, a spicy and sour chicken soup with a touch of coconut milk. Desserts feature a good mix of Malay kueh and traditional Thai desserts, such as kueh dadar and durian sticky rice. Price per person: $58.
Park Hotel Farrer Park, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Level 5, Singapore 217564. Tel: +65 6824 8851. Website here.
Tuck into a spectacular array of over 90 dishes, topped with gorgeous sunset views, at the rooftop of Hilton Singapore this Ramadan. Located at the newly-renovated space on the hotel’s 24th floor, the well-loved Iftar buffet returns for another year, bringing back all-time crowd pleasers such as the bubur lambuk daging, nasi goreng kampong, and ikan masak assam pedas. Fresh seafood such as Canadian oysters and tiger prawns, as well as a spread of Indian, Moroccan, Japanese and Chinese cuisine ensure that there’s something delicious for even the pickiest of eaters. Hilton’s popular cheesecake is available for dessert, alongside an assortment of Nyonya kueh, a chocolate fountain, and traditional Malay sweets. Price: $68 (adult), $34 (child) from Mondays to Thursdays; $78 (adult), $39(child) from Fridays to Sundays.
Hilton Singapore, Level 24 (Panorama Venue), 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883. Tel: +65 6737 2233. Website here.
Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts
Carousel is where you need to head to for a barbecue feast. Mediterranean and Asian flavours are sure to fire up your appetite, especially with dishes like applewood smoked barbecue beef ribs, whose sticky sweet glaze is nothing short of addictive, or the Thai barbecue stuffed squid with spicy dipping sauce, where fresh squid meets an aromatic mix of Thai spices and herbs. Turkish appetisers and desserts switch up the bold flavours with a burst of freshness, such as patlıcan salatası (eggplant with yoghurt), sütlaç (rice pudding), and baklava (pistachio puff). Price: Weekdays at $78 (adults) and $46 (children); weekends at $83 (adults) and $49 (children).
Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220. Tel: +65 6589 7799. Website here.
AquaMarine, Marina Mandarin
In collaboration with Garuda Indonesia, AquaMarine presents a special Ramadhan buffet featuring dishes from guest chef Vindex Tengker, vice president of Garuda’s in-flight services. Traditional Indonesian cuisine will be showcased, such as rendang padang, ayam betutu, and a kampung-style slow braised leg of lamb, which sees a lamb gigot simmered for 16 hours, subsequently roasted, and served with peanut gravy and warm glutinous rice in banana leaf. On Fridays and Saturdays, look forward to a Middle Eastern-style roasted whole baby lamb that is as juicy as it is brimming with flavour. Cultural performances will also be featured on selected days, and diners can stand to win a trip to Bali and Belitung on Garuda Indonesia! Price: $72 (adult), $36 (child) from Sundays to Thursdays; $82 (adult) and $41 (child) on Fridays, Saturdays, and the eves of Public Holidays.
Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594. Tel: +65 6845 1000. Website here.
Straits Kitchen, Grand Hyatt
StraitsKitchen’s Iftar Buffet Dinner from 17 May to 15 June rolls out a range of traditional Middle Eastern-style dishes including Arabic mixed grill of chicken, lamb and beef, authentic Ouzi slow-cooked Arabic spiced lamb shanks served with oriental nut rice, and a range of homemade mezzeh and bread. The main highlight is the Date Bazaar which showcases a variety of fully ripened sweet dates, such as ajwa, mabroum, sukkary al qasim from Saudi Arabia, degleet nour from Tunisia, amary from Egypt, medjoul from Palestine or South Africa, or kuma madu stuffed with roasted nuts and dried fruits.There are of course local Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan favourites to feast on. Priced at $80 per person, the Iftar Buffet Dinner, happens daily from 6pm to 10.30pm. The Hari Raya Puasa Buffet on 15 and 16 June, 12.30 pm to 3 pm, and 6pm to 10.30pm, is priced at $88.
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211. Tel: +65 6732 1234. Website here.