Budget halal food options in Orchard to save your wallet
So, you and your troops want to hang out in town. It’s central, convenient, and it is where the life is at. There’s just one problem: having a meal in Orchard can get real pricey. So we’ve sussed out a list of budget halal food places in Orchard that’ll let you and your buds makan in town at $10 or less per person – time to assemble your squad!
1. Na Na Thai Restaurant
Na Na Thai Restaurant is a hidden gem in Far East Plaza, and remains a frequent haunt for those in the know. The restaurant sells Thai dishes with some Chinese influences, so you can expect dishes such as Chicken Tom Yum Soup ($10) and Fried Beef Kway Teow ($6). The mains here are mostly $10 or less, so you guys will still be within budget even if you order a few plates to share!
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #04-22, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11:30am to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6235 0136
Na Na Thai Restaurant is halal-certified.
2. Selera Cuppage Food Corner
Nestled among the restaurants at Cuppage Plaza is Selera Cuppage, which offers hawker fare such as Wanton Noodles ($6.50) and Claypot Chicken Rice ($5.50/$8.50/$12). If you’re feeling up for zi char, you can also get a few dishes to share. They’ve got a range of vegetables, seafood, omelette, and bean curd options. Affordable and tasty dishes make the joint popular among the lunch crowd or those looking for a quick meal.
Address: 5 Koek Road, #01-11, Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6235 0520
Selera Cuppage Food Corner is halal-certified.
3. Ayam Bakar Ojolali
Ayam Bakar Ojolali rests inside Lucky Plaza and serves delicious grilled meats. Check out their signature Ayam Bakar Ojolali + Rice ($7.30), which includes a huge piece of grilled chicken and a plate of white rice. Another signature dish here is Bandeng Tanpa Duri + Rice ($12), or grilled boneless milkfish, but if your budget is tight then go for their Ikan Bawal Bakar + Rice ($8.50) – AKA grilled pomfret- instead.
4. Puncak Best Noodles
Puncak’s crispy Fried Wantons ($5/$7/$10) are a perennial favourite, but it’s their signature Honeydew Chicken Noodles ($4) that steal the show. The latter’s orange gravy might put some off initially, but many have been converted with just one mouthful. If you are looking for a dish to share, check out their Cereal Sotong ($14) as well.
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-93/94, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6738 4348
Puncak Best Noodles is halal-certified.
5. Jtown Cafe
Jtown Cafe features Indonesian street food such as Bakmie Ayam ($5.90), which is a type of dry chicken noodles. The cafe is Muslim-owned, and says the ingredients they use are 100% halal. Don’t leave without trying Martabak Manis ($6.20), which is a thick, chewy pancake that comes with fillings such as cheese, chocolate, and even durian!
Address: 220 Orchard Road, #B1-04/05, Midpoint Orchard, Singapore 238852
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 9pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 9pm
Tel: 9230 5040
Jtown Cafe is Muslim-owned.
6. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut
Those who have been to Bali would probably know what bebek goreng is. This duck dish is to Indonesian cuisine what chicken rice is to Singaporean food. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut is found on the first floor of Lucky Plaza and they have delicious Bebek Goreng ($9.90) served with rice, some vegetables, and tempeh. The duck is crisp without being greasy, as they pan-fried it without oil.
Address: 304 Orchard Road, #01-42/43/44, Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6734 4787
Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut is halal-certified.
7. Warung M Nasir
If your friends are picky, there is something for everyone at a nasi padang spot. A basic plate with one meat and three vegetable sides will set you back by about $9 at Warung M Nasir. While not the cheapest nasi padang compared to neighbourhood spots, it’s definitely a pocket-friendly option in the Orchard area.
Address: 69 Killiney Road, Singapore 239526
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6734 6228
Warung M Nasir is Muslim-owned.
8. Cahaya Restaurant
Cahaya Restaurant has been around for a long time, and there’s a good reason why. They serves delicious halal dishes, with most going at less than $10. While a bulk of their menu consists of typical zi char fare such as Hokkien Mee ($4), you’ll find interesting options including Oyster Sauce Chicken Rice ($3.50) and Mee Swa Soup ($4.50).
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-91/92, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
Cahaya Restaurant is halal-certified.
Nasi lemak fans would be familiar with Selera Rasa at Adam Road Food Centre. Well, their signature dish has been brought to the basement of ION Orchard, under the guise of Crave. Set meals start at $4.90, depending on the ingredients you pick. Savour some crispy fried chicken, fragrant basmati rice, and their famous sambal, all in an air-conditioned setting!
10. Ayam Penyet Ria
People flock to Ayam Penyet Ria in Lucky Plaza for their Nasi Ayam Penyet ($6.90). Each plate includes rice, deep-fried tofu, and tempeh, but the highlight is definitely the large piece of smashed chicken that’s topped with crumbs. If chicken is not your thing, they’ve also got smashed prawns, beef, bean curd, and fish on the menu.
BONUS: Butter Studio
Because you saved money on your meal, you can now indulge in some dessert. Butter Studio has a kiosk at Takashimaya Food Hall, and they offer adorable cupcakes and sweet treats. Don’t miss their Sea Salt Caramel Red Velvet Cake ($7.90) and “Over the Rainbow” Cupcake ($3.50)!
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #B208-4A, Takashimaya Food Hall, Singapore 238873
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6734 6153
Butter Studio is halal-certified.
You don’t have to go broke dining at Orchard
Whether you’ve spent too much shopping or simply want to save up, there are quite a few places for you to dine at in Orchard at under $10. For more halal food options, check out these late-night halal food places or halal food delivery services that are not fast food!