Food trippin’ in Bugis? Check out these Halal favourites

There’s no other place like Bugis, where foodies come together for a day (and night) of gastronomic exploration and compulsive selfie-taking. Located near the historical Arab quarter, it’s also a hotspot for casual Middle Eastern dining and hippie Halal-café hopping. Whether you’re in it for the classics or up for something new, here are 6 of the must-try Halal restaurants at this food haven.

1. Kaw Kaw SG

Kaw Kaw SG serves up Western food favourites in a so-hip-it-hurts nook of the Aliwal Arts Centre in Bugis. They have an extensive burger menu which includes deluxe options such as grilled portobello mushroom, duck breast, beef bacon, fried chicken thigh and lamb patties. If a bric-a-brac in their decor catches your eye, it’s worthwhile to ask if it’s for sale – you could be bringing home a one-of-a-kind art piece.

Address: 28 Aliwal Street, #01-01, Aliwal Arts Centre
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2. Istanblue Meze & Grill

Istanblue Meze and Grill is your go-to place for a taste of fine Middle Eastern cuisine. Tuck into smoky eggplant, lamb, and chicken grilled over a traditional Turkish charcoal fire. Be sure to order their famous balloon bread, perfect for tearing and sharing. This cosy and elegant food hub is ideal for intimate dining and a venue for all sorts of celebrations, whether you’re a meat lover or a vegetarian.

Address: 17 Baghdad Street
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3. Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant

Get into the spirit of adventure at casual dining restaurant Tabbouleh Lebanese Restaurant. Everything on the menu is fresh, tender, and full of flavour. Order the staples, such as lamb mandi, which is lamb cooked in a tandoor oven, and Wara’Inab, which is fresh vine leaves stuffed with parsley onion, tomato, rice, Middle Eastern herbs and fresh lemon. And of course, you must order the namesake salad, Tabbouleh: a concoction of parsley, tomato, onion, bulgur wheat, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

Address: 41 Arab Street
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NASRIN is an Iranian restaurant where you can kick off your shoes and soak in the atmosphere of Arab Street. Sip on a refreshing ayran – a frothy yogurt-based drink – while contemplating their extensive menu. With the ENTERTAINER, you can be sure you are getting good value for money as you order one main and get the second one free.

Address: 58 Arab Street

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Clean eating is healthy living. This is the mantra behind LIMAA, a Halal café founded by mums. They serve everything without artificial ingredients or artificial flavouring – from their fruits, juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and breakfasts. Their quirky and vibrant restaurant in the heart of Bugis is as Instagrammable as their creative dishes, which range from Trio Pow (a trio of steamed Chinese mantou with different toppings), Chic Platter (roast chicken) and Kinky Eggs (pulled beef served with two sunny-side-up eggs, Foccacia and greens).

Address: 51 Haji Lane

6. Afterwit Mexican Taqueria

Are you up for a Latin kind of night? Head over to Afterwit Mexican Taqueria for a Mexican-influenced taste with an indie-café experience. The brains and hands behind this restaurant prepare every meal like it’s for their loved ones. That means tacos with house-made salsa, burritos with hearty fillings, and oven-baked quesadillas oozing with mozzarella and cheddar. If you still have space for dessert, try their churros, which are rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a chocolate dip.

Address: 778 North Bridge Road

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