Break fast with friends, family and colleagues at these iftar buffet spots.
For Muslims, each day during the fasting month, which runs from 3 May to 4 June this year, is a mindful journey that ends with iftar or a dinner to break fast. Friends, family and colleagues gather over a meal for sustenance of mind and spirit. If you’re heading out in a larger group or hosting iftar meals, here are just a few buffet options to choose from.
Ramada Days Hotel Singapore has prepared Mediterranean and Asian dishes for their ‘MediterrAsian Bazaar’ buffet (from $48 per adult from Sundays to Thursdays; from $58 per adult on Fridays and Saturdays) from 1 May to 4 June. Expect dates, rice porridge and mezzes to go along with dishes such as lamb moussaka, beef rendang, lemon harissa chicken, sea snail in coconut gravy and Spanish saffron paella. If it’s the weekend, expect additional treats from the barbecue grill and satay station such as garlic & rosemary Australian lamb T-bone chops, fresh tiger prawns, chicken satay and otah otah. For dessert, there’s plenty of options the likes of Baklavas, homemade durian mousse, assorted flavoured churros and soft serve ice cream.
1 Jalan Rajah. Tel: 6808 6847
This Thai halal restaurant on the 5th floor of Park Hotel Farrer Park focuses on classic and regional Thai cuisine, serving international buffet breakfast, an all-day dining menu from 11.30am to 10pm, and a buffet dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. During Ramadan, they offer special Iftar buffets (from $58 per adult and $29 per child between 6-12 years old), such as this year’s Seafood Night buffet (13-19 May 2019) and Grill & Roast Night buffet (20-26 May). For nights of seafood, go with the Thai crab cakes with herbs, and move on to seafood lemak chilli api, a dish of mussels and clams in a spicy stew; or the ayam masak merah comprising marinated chicken thigh cooked with tomato paste and spices. If you’re up for the Grill & Roast Night, start with some spicy Devil Wings, and move on to an assortment of grilled meats at the live station.
Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park. Tel: 6824 8851
Conveniently located near the mosque on Bencoolen street, Straits Cafe at the Rendezvous Hotel features local favourites in its iftar dinner buffets running up to 5 June (from $54 on Mondays to Thursdays; from $62 from Fridays to Sundays). Expect a large spread, featuring appetisers such as gado gado, soto ayam and soup kambing; mains such as chicken buah keluak, chilli crayfish, and a wealth of desserts.
9 Bras Basah Road, level 1 Rendezvous Hotel, Tel: 6708 7745
Hilton Hotel’s popup iftar buffet from 9 May to 2 June (from $72 per adult from Sunday to Thursday; and $80 per adult on Fridays and Saturdays) returns for the third year on level 24 of the hotel. The lineup includes more than 90 dishes with a star highlight of lamb ouzi or a traditional whole roasted lamb that has been marinated for 24 hours and roasted for another three to achieve maximum flavour and char. If that’s not exactly what you’re looking for, check out the Moroccan specialties, chicken and mutton satay, and spicy beef rendang; or seafood such as Canadian oysters, tiger prawns and mussels.
Level 24 Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road. Tel: 67372233
Not quite a buffet, but a communal dining dinner of great generosity nonetheless, The Halia at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Ramadan communal feast ($240) running til 4 June is designed to feed four to six persons with a selection of 12 dishes showcasing the restaurant’s flair for modern European and Asian cuisine. As you admire the lush greenery outside, there’d be ample plates to share, ranging from goat’s cheese mousse, served with truffle honey, cream cheese and toasted baguette; Blackmore wagyu spare ribs; and desserts such as sticky toffee pudding for dessert. A glass of their herbarium mocktail—featuring rambutan, star anise and cinnamon—might be a good complement to the meal.
1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Tel: 8444 1148