The 'break fast' club: Delicious dinner spreads for a Ramadan feast
Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore
Straits Kitchen has long been the place for locals and tourists alike to tuck into hawker favourites from our Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Peranakan cultures. The restaurant also boasts live cooking stations, where diners can watch their meals being prepared. While you’ll still find many of our traditional dishes at the Ramadan buffet (think satay, rendang, Nyonya kueh, chilli-crab and curry), this year’s spread also includes foods that are enjoyed in the Arab world, like charcoal-grilled chicken, beef and lamb, mohallabiah milk pudding, and baklava, a super-sweet dessert of paper-thin filo pastry layered with mixed nuts and honey. Price per adult: $78++; until June 24.
This award-winning restaurant never disappoints with its global buffet selection. It’s one of the few places in Singapore where you can enjoy food from all over Asia, the Mediterranean, and Europe. This year, for a change from the usual Malay and Indonesian dishes, the restaurant presents a spread of mouth-watering Thai food. Appetisers include Thai pancakes with seafood and herbs, deep-fried scallops wrapped in pandan leaves, and crispy pad Thai spring rolls. For main dishes, choose from classics like pineapple rice, beef massaman curry, red duck curry, and crispy tamarind fish. And of course, what’s a Thai feast without soups like tom yam goong and desserts like sticky rice with mango? Just for this buffet promotion, the hotel flew in chefs from The Dhara Devi in Chiang Mai. Price per adult: $83++; until June 24.
21 on Rajah at Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park
Step back in time at this restaurant’s Lauk Kaumpung Iftar Buffet, with traditional Malay dishes like beef rendang, sambal udang petai (spicy prawn sambal with petai seeds), ikan pari assam pedas, ketam masak lemak, and nasi dagang, made in-house using Halba seeds and coconut milk. On Saturdays, the spread also includes barbecued items like beef with kicap manis pedas, sambal seabass, and ayam panggang (barbecued chicken). Price per adult: from $45++ (dinner); until June 24.
With its kebaya embroidery-style prints, red brick walls and patterned tiled flooring, this restaurant has got to be one of the prettiest and chicest places in Singapore to enjoy a meal. This Ramadan, don’t miss the restaurant’s Thai buffet, featuring traditional and well-known dishes like spicy minced chicken salad, mango with sticky rice, green mango and papaya salads, and coconut-rich soups. Many of the ingredients are imported directly from Thailand, to ensure the best and most authentic flavours. Price: $38++; until June 24.
This halal-certified Ramadan buffet is just what spice fans have been waiting for. The live cooking stations present an array of flavour-packed curries, from the exotic chicken and jackfruit curry to the extravagant wagyu beef oxtail rendang. Fish lovers: don’t miss the salmon grilled with rempah (spice paste) and coconut. Friday and Saturday evenings feature a couple of extra-special dishes, like the Balinese roasted whole baby lamb, served with a tangy and spicy tamarind-pineapple sauce. Tip: Call ahead to ask about their family buffet discount. Price: $70++; until June 26.
You’ll want to head here on an empty stomach, because the iftar dinner buffet menu is simply staggering in terms of quantity and variety. For starters, there’s a range of seafood items including oysters, prawns and snow crab; the salad counter has the usual greens as well as gado-gado and the Middle Eastern tabbouleh; and for mains, choose from Southeast Asian and Arabic dishes, like biryani, shawarma with pita bread and dips, spiced roast lamb, laksa, padang satay, ayam panggang, beef kway teow, chilli crab, and salted egg prawns. Don’t miss the more unusual desserts, like pandan panna cotta and lychee bandung cake. If you love Nyonya sweets, there’s also an assortment of kueh, plus old favourites pulut hitam and bubur cha cha. Price per adult: $72++; until June 26.
You’ll find the Hilton’s halal-certified Ramadan buffet at their pop-up restaurant on the 24th level of the hotel. Enjoy awesome views of the city and beyond while you sample over 90 “buka puasa” favourites and specialty dishes, like ikan masak assam pedas, ayam percik with spicy sambal, beef rendang, Penang assam laksa, and roasted whole baby lamb. Other highlights include six carving and live action stations, and specialty cuisine corners (Moroccan, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Western). Price per adult: From $58++; until June 24.
The buffet spread at The Landmark spans Asian, Mediterranean and Western cuisines and includes more than 35 dishes. For mains, choose from dishes like ayam masak merah, chicken char siew, sambal lala, butter chicken, black pepper crab, ikan berlado and beef stew. There are also live cooking stations where you can order satay, pizza and roast beef, and different types of rice dishes, including chicken and mutton biryani. The desserts are to-die-for, with a selection including gulab jamun, honeydew sago, cheng tng, mango pudding, Malay kueh, and sago gula melaka. Price per adult: From $35++.
If there’s one word we can use to describe the Azur Ramadan buffet, it’s “sedap” (delicious). The lavish spread is a must for seafood lovers, with dishes like tiger prawns, Hokkaido clams and scallops, and Japanese sushi and sashimi. At the live cooking stations, you’ll find dishes like chicken and beef satay, roasted beef rib eye, grilled lamb chops and oyster risotto. And of course, what’s an iftar feast without Raya favourites like assam fish curry, sayur lodeh with lontong, and ayam masak merah? The desserts are a fantasy-come-true for fans of local sweets, with highlights like D24 durian fudge cake, kueh lopes with brown sugar syrup and grated coconut, kueh apom balik, chendol and ice kachang. Price per adult: From $55; until June 24.
Sous chef Teo tempts your palate with his sumptuous spread of Malay dishes. You’ll come across familiar, home-style treats, like prawn and pineapple curry, chicken in spicy coconut stew, and stingray in a spicy tamarind sauce. The carving station features dishes like ikan bakar – barbecued fish with sambal – and Balinese-style roast lamb. Price per adult: $40++; until June 24.
With this hotel’s location in the historic Peranakan district of Katong/Joo Chiat, what else would you expect but a traditional Peranakan buffet to break fast? The halal spread has classic Nyonya dishes like ayam buah keluak, Nyonya laksa, and the savoury kueh pie tee, which you can have fun assembling on your own. This year’s buffet also includes a tempura station for everyone who enjoys the deep-fried Japanese treat, as well as sushi, sashimi, and grilled seafood items. Price: From $48++; until June 24.