Halal restaurants for dates with dishes under $25
Though our pockets are getting lighter as we approach the end of the month, boyfriend or girlfriend duties are still in full swing. Thankfully, treating sayang to a nice dinner doesn’t mean you need to part with triple digits. Hidden all over Singapore are affordable halal date night restaurants to check out with dishes under $25.
Steak for date night doesn’t have to be a pricey affair, especially when it’s at Picanhas’. The new steak bistro-bar at Club Street only has two mains on the menu, a 200g Signature Picanha Steak ($21++), and a Picanha Don ($16++). Regardless, each is a delicious journey through the picanha cut that some deem the king of all steaks.
Apart from the main dishes, choose from sides like Potatoes ($7), double-cooked in Sriracha mayonnaise, or top your steak with Foie Gras ($11) for an extra-sinful treat. Non-alcoholic mocktails are also available to sip on as you banter under the neon-lit bar.
Read our Picanhas’ review!
Address: 90 Club Street, Singapore 069458
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
As a bit of a hidden gem, Co-op makes for a cosy date night option in the East, especially if you live in Tampines. Their menu is packed with mains that mostly fall under $25, with options like a juicy Wagyu Beef Burger for just $22.90+, or their Spicy Ikura Prawn Pasta for $20.90+.
If you decide to have a lunch date instead, Co-op has a lunch set menu where you can have one main and one drink, for just $16.90+, perfect for student couples on a budget.
Read our Co-op review!
Address: 1 Tampines Walk, #03-04, HomeTeamNS Tampines, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528729
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6214 9350
3. Flavour Flings
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Asking bae to lepak at the void deck can now be a romantic affair, thanks to Flavour Flings. The cafe is located on the first floor of a Hougang HDB flat, allowing you to have a date night that’s closer to the heartlands.
As home to Singapore’s first Salted Egg Yolk Croissant ($6.90++), you can expect to be wowed by similar dishes like the Salted Egg Yolk Dirty Benny ($15.90++). For more adventurous diners, try out their Milo-Coated Chicken Popcorn ($9.90++), where popcorn chicken is drizzled with condensed milk, then dusted with malty Milo powder.
Address: 121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121
Opening hours: Wed 5:30pm to 10pm, Thurs-Mon 11:30am to 4pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6286 0051
4. Noosh Halal Noodle Bar & Grill
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Few things are as quintessentially romantic as a bayfront dinner in Singapore, so enjoy that at wallet-friendly prices when you dine with your date at Noosh Halal Noodle Bar & Grill. The Muslim-owned establishment serves halal fusion cuisine, with bites like the Laksa Mussels Fried Udon ($16.90++), Golden Pulled Chicken Ipoh Hor Fun ($17.90++) and many more mains coming in under $25 per person.
Apart from their savouries, Noosh is also well-known for their sweets, so finish off the night with their Ondeh-Ondeh Cake ($9.90++), sandwiched with rich gula melaka.
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #01-13B, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Opening hours: Wed-Thurs 6pm to 3am, Fri-Tue 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6327 9396
5. Andes by Astons
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Astons has a halal offshoot called Andes, serving the same, affordable steaks we’ve all come to love.
You can never go wrong with their Chargrilled Chicken ($10.90) which is well-seasoned with a peppery kick. And just like Astons, every meal comes with two side dishes of your choice with their mac & cheese and onion rings being the most popular choices.
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Taste the whole of Europe simply by heading to Brio at Jurong Point. As you browse their gazette-styled menu, marvel at the wealth of options they have; from tantalising tapas to excellent entrees.
Take a break from the usual beef burgers by choosing their Frenchie Duck Confit Burger ($15.80++) which consists of sweet shredded duck confit, layered with savoury Emmental cheese. To up the romantic vibes, share any one of their enormous pizzas with your partner. My personal recommendation would be the Tartufo ($22.50++)─a pizza that’s loaded with truffle puree, mushrooms and mozzarella balls, making it super indulgent.
Address: 1 Jurong West Central 2, #02-24/K5, Jurong Point, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6795 9606
7. Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace
As halal Japanese restaurants become increasingly commonplace, Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace is standing out from the crowd by being one of the few to import their ingredients exclusively from Japan.
Their ramen is under $15.90 and comes with either a miso, shoyu or shio broth. They also sell an assortment of tempura like tori katsu ($9.50++) and soft shell crab ($13++). The restaurant also doubles up as a marketplace where you can get items like freeze-dried ramen, katsu curry and takoyaki flakes.
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #04-19, JCube, Singapore 609731
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6262 3008
8. I am…
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The red statue in front of I am… Cafe brings to mind the “Amsterdam” sign in the Netherlands, and rightfully so. The cafe serves Dutch-inspired food with signature dishes including the Fries & Mayo ($7.90++) and Bitterballen ($10.90++)─a set of eight crispy meatballs with mustard on the side.
While the first floor of the cafe adopts an al fresco dining style, couples who need some privacy can request to seat upstairs where it’s way quieter and cooler.
Address: 674 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 188804
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6295 5509
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Step into Afterwit and you’ll find yourself surrounded by all things Mexican, from its Spanish movie posters to its wooden stools and tin cans. If you’re looking for a well-rounded meal, get the Ban Me Tacos ($13.90), complete with your choice of beef, chicken, or lamb, and quail eggs too.
Inside, the edgy Mexican diner has a couple of neon-lit spots, making for perfect photo ops to commemorate your date.
Address: 778 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198746
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 10pm
Tel: 8786 1948
10. Kucina Italian Restaurant
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As one of Singapore’s pioneering halal Italian restaurants, Kucina Italian Restaurant offers homely antipasti, pasta, and more at wallet-friendly prices. Their ooey-gooey Lasagna ($18.90++) is made with fresh pasta, as well as a heaping dose of cheese, making it a must-order for fans of the dish. Otherwise, dine on chicken dishes like the Pollo Alla Milanese ($18.90++), where breaded chicken is served with spaghetti pomodoro.
Located in KINEX, the restaurant is also easily accessible for East-siders.
Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #B1-09/10, KINEX, Singapore 437157
Opening hours: Daily 11:30amm to 10pm
Tel: 6493 2154
11. Royz Et Vous
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Halal Western restaurant Royz et Vous has an extensive selection of affordable dishes, most of which are priced below $25. While you can get classics like Carbonara ($19.90++) and Beef Bolognese ($19.90++) here, the restaurant also has fusion dishes aplenty that makes them stand out. We highly recommend their Rendang Duck Pasta ($21.90++), where smoked duck is grilled and served with a homemade rendang cream sauce.
The eatery also has two outlets, one in Telok Ayer, and another near Bugis, so Royz et Vous makes for a convenient and central date night spot as well.
12. The Bravery
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After seven years in Lavender, The Bravery has recently moved to Amoy Street, and its new confines make for great brunch date material. This halal date spot seats forty, twice the size of its original outlet, and has a number of brunch and lunch bites to choose from.
Get their Nova Cheese Toast ($16++), a twist on smoked salmon on sourdough with an added scoop of ikura. If it’s lunch you’re keen on, then try out seafood dishes such as their Gambas Al Ajillo ($16++), starring slow-poached tiger prawns in a garlic oil. Accompany those with specialty coffees, including the likes of their Lavender Latte ($6.50++), a proprietary coffee blend that has followed them from their OG location.
Address: 50 Amoy Street, Singapore Singapore 069876
Opening hours: Tue-Thurs 8am to 6pm, Fri-Sun 8am to 9pm
13. Tipo Pasta Bar
Make date nights fun at Tipo, a halal-certified restaurant where you get to DIY your own pasta combinations, with prices starting as low as $9.90. Choose from sauces like alfredo, pink sauce, aglio olio, or top-up an additional $3 for beef ragu. Then, zhng-up your pasta with toppings that range from truffle oil to caviar.
If either you or your date is team #anything when it comes to dining decisions, then Tipo also has a range of pre-designed pasta dishes that start at $14.90.
Read our Tipo review!
Address: 785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 8768 0785
14. The Dim Sum Place
Date nights can mean dim sum suppers too, which is where The Dim Sum Place comes in. Open till late, this halal-certified dim sum joint serves a whole host of dim sum classics, from siew mai to xiao long bao. Apart from dim sum, they have items like Herbal Duck (from $13.90++), and congees from $7.90 for a more rounded meal.
Read our The Dim Sum Place review.
Address: 791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm, Fri 11am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 2am, Sat 11am to 2am, Sun 11am to 11pm
Tel: 6655 8787
15. Captain Kim Korean BBQ & Hotpot
Korean BBQ dates are a great option for group dates. If you live in the East, head down to halal-certified buffet restaurant Captain Kim Korean BBQ & Hotpot, where you get free-flow K-BBQ and army stew hotpot for wallet-friendly prices.
Choose from over 60 ingredients, with prices starting from $16.90++ for adults at lunchtimes on a weekday. If you’re a student, prices start at just $13.90++ with a valid student pass.
Address: 300 Tampines Avenue 5, #01-06, NTUC Income Tampines Junction, Singapore 529653
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6260 4247
Halal date night restaurants in Singapore
Admittedly, dining at atas places usually means you gotta shell out a whole lotta moolah. The next time you wanna pamper your date and your wallet, be sure to check out these halal places where you can santap like a king under $25 a person!
For more halal dining options, check out our guide to halal buffets in Singapore.
This article was originally written on 24 Spetember 2018.