Epoch Times Staff
Hunting for the best halal restaurants along Orchard Road? Here are the top 13 halal outlets, ranging from Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese to fusion cuisine! The restaurants are listed according to price range, from most economical to most expensive.
1. Lucky Chicken Rice
Tucked discreetly in a corner on the second floor of Lucky Plaza, Lucky Chicken Rice is much more than what meets the eye. From the fragrant rice to the garlic chilli sauce, this restaurant has nailed it all.Economical and delicious, this is a must-try!
Address: Lucky Plaza #02-110
Phone: 6738 4175
Average spending: $7/pax
2. Minang House
On the other side within the second floor of Lucky Plaza is Minang House, another hideout to delight your taste buds.
While taking in the restaurant’s warm décor and homey ambience, you’ll be guaranteed to enjoy some authentic Indonesian food. Their ayam panggang is a definite must-try – juicy, tender meat with the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and char. To top it off, the portion sizes are generous!
Address: Lucky Plaza #02-04
Phone: 6887 4702
Average spending: $10/pax
3. Ayam Bakar Ojolali
Third in the $10-and-below tier, Ayam Bakar Ojolali is located on the third floor of Lucky Plaza.
As the restaurant’s name suggests, their signature dish is ayam bakar ($7.30), or grilled chicken in Malay. Paired with a sweet chilli sauce that packs a good amount of heat, this dish is indeed “ojolali” or “unforgettable”.
In addition, frequent diners often recommend the restaurant’s ox-tail soup ($8.90), which boasts a rich broth and tender meat. Definitely worth a visit!
Address: Lucky Plaza #03-39,43,93
Phone: 6235 3597
Average spending: $10/pax
4. Puncak Best Noodles
Fourth and last on the $10-and-below tier, Puncak Best Noodles in Far East Plaza is where you can satisfy your cravings for Chinese food.
From wanton noodles to curry noodles, this restaurant has it all. Those hot, crispy wantons dipped in savoury mayonnaise and black sauce will certainly leave you wanting seconds. Sedap!
Address: Far East Plaza #05-94
Phone: 6738 4348
Average spending: $10/pax
5. Ayam Penyet President
Located just a few stores away from Ayam Bakar Ojolali, Ayam Penyet President is a popular dining spot for fans of Indonesian food.
Their ayam penyet is crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside – definitely one that everyone would love. Served with the restaurant’s signature chili paste, this dish is almost too difficult to resist.
Their ayam bakar ($6.90) is another must-try dish. Coated with a savoury honey glaze outside, the meat remains incredibly juicy on the inside. Grilled to perfection!
Should the popular avocado juice be sold out, complete your meal with a teh botol sosro instead.
Address: Lucky Plaza #03-36
Phone: 6735 1262
Average spending: $12/pax
6. Jai Siam
Taking a detour from Indonesian food to Thai cuisine, Jai Siam in Dhoby X’change is the next destination to spice up your taste buds.
Dedicated to serving authentic Thai cuisine since 1999, Jai Siam has a wide range of 100 dishes, available in both the a-la-carte and set menus. The pineapple rice set ($11.80) is a value-for-money choice, as it comes with a variety of side dishes and a signature sweet-and-sour chilli sauce.
Address: Dhoby X’Change #B1-12
Phone: 6338 5766
Average spending: $13/pax
7. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut
Almost fully occupied as soon as it opens as 11:00AM, the popular Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut is well-known for its namesake.
Their well-marinated Bebek Goreng is crispy yet not oily – a bonus for health-conscious diners.
In addition, with chilli being an irreplaceable part of Indonesian cuisine, you can challenge your palate with the five different types of chilli sauce provided by the restaurant.
Mr Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, dined here last November 2018. ‘Nuff said.
Address: Lucky Plaza #01-42/43/44
Phone: 6734 4787
Average spending: $16/pax
8. So Pho
Located at basement 1 of Paragon Shopping Centre, So Pho by Katrina Group is one of the few Vietnamese restaurants here that is halal certified.
With rich broth, tender sliced beef and fresh herbs, the Vietnamese beef pho is one of the restaurant’s recommended dishes. This dish is normally served with Vietnamese sriracha and hoisin sauce, which enhances the broth’s flavours.
Address: Paragon #B1-20
Phone: 6235 0414
Average spending: $17/pax
Also run by Katrina Group, IndoBox is a great place to satisfy your Indonesian food cravings, especially if you need a lunch break while on a shopping spree in ION Orchard.
IndoBox has a good variety of over 30 Indonesian dishes, with the nasi kuning ayam panggang set ($12.50) being one of the highlights. Diners can be sure to find their favourite Indonesian dish here, alongside a classy ambience and generous servings.
Address: ION Orchard #B3-24
Phone: 6509 8600
Average spending: $23/pax
10. Tambuah Mas Indonesian Restaurant
If you are a fan of hot and spicy Indonesian food, be sure not to miss out Tambuah Mas at Paragon Shopping Centre.
Tambuah Mas’s tahu telor (deep fried tofu with egg) is said to be among the best in Singapore. Among the other classic dishes like beef rendang and ikan pepes, special mention goes to their ayam goreng – a “traditional chicken accented with crispy golden spice blend”.
Address: Paragon #B1-44
Phone: 6733 2220
Average spending: $26/pax
Detour from the main strip of Orchard Road to Zion Road for IndoChili, your next must-try destination.
Having received various culinary awards over the years, IndoChili covers a wide range of authentic Indonesian cuisine, with only the finest ingredients in each dish.
Some of the must-try dishes are the sop buntut or oxtail soup ($16.80) and the tahu telor ($9.80).
IndoChili also serves a respectable range of cakes and desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Definitely a place worth visiting!
Address: 54 Zion Road
Phone: 6445 1766
Average spending: $29/pax
12. Straits Kitchen
The next restaurant on our list, the Straits Kitchen in Grand Hyatt Singapore, poses a significant price jump from the last at double the average spending per pax. But what you do get in return is a grand dining experience in a beautifully furnished interior, with a feast made from top-notch ingredients.
Beside being halal certified, some stations in the Straits Kitchen are vegetarian-friendly as well. Among the Indian, Malay, and Chinese food stations, the must-trys include the mutton rendang, ayam buah keluak, as well as the roti prata with high-quality curry.
The dessert station at the Straits Kitchen is known to serve great ice kachang and goreng pisang as well, so do save space for that!
Address: 10 Scotts Road, Grand Hyatt Singapore
Phone: 6732 1234
Average spending: $68/pax
13. The Halia
The champion on our list is The Halia, which serves up culinary masterpieces in the relaxing atmosphere of the Botanic Gardens.
Some of the must-try dishes here are The Halia’s Singapore-style chilli crab spaghettini ($26), served in spicy, sweet and tangy sauce; the delicate roasted barramundi ($25); and the umami-packed paperbag oven-baked halibut fillet ($33).