6 Reasons why it's worth it to make the trip to The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
by Shamsydar Ani Jun 17, 2017
On 1 June 2017, the Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens received its halal certification from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS). This news was received well among the Muslim community in Singapore as The Halia at Botanic Gardens has been around for a long time. You can now bask in the beautiful lush greenery of the gardens as you sip on a refreshing glass of Ginger Jive drink or tuck into delicious medium rare steak. Here’s six reasons for you to make the trip to Halia Singapore Botanical Gardens, which serves European cuisine inspired by Asian flavours.
1. You are dining at a UNESCO World Heritage Site
First of all, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognises the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a World Heritage Site on 4 July 2015, making it the first tropical garden on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This certainly makes me feel proud to be a Singaporean. Making The Halia a dinner or teatime destination gives you an excuse to take a long walk along around the gardens. Take this time to enjoy the fresh air for a change, away from the bustling city just outside the gates of the Gardens.
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
2. The Halia is the only food establishment with a Halal Certification in Singapore Botanical Gardens
Befitting the Garden’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens opens up it's doors to more visitors by being the only halal-certified restaurant in the area, certified by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. This is great news for Muslim visitors, both locals and tourists as Singapore was named in 2017, yet again, as the most popular destination for Muslim travellers, outside Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries, for the third consecutive year.
Alfresco dining at The Halia Singapore Botanic Gardens
3. Just like its name, The Halia uses ginger as an ingredient for most of the dishes… and drinks!
'Halia' means 'ginger' in Malay. If you don’t mind a little sting to your tastebuds, the taste of ginger in any of the food or drinks served here is very mild. Also, who knew chilled ginger-infused drinks taste so refreshingly good! Think ginger ale but more refined! If you don't really like ginger, well what are you doing at a restaurant called 'The Halia' ???
Heavenly Halia (left) and Ginger Jive (right)
Fresh Boston Bay Mussels with Coconut and Ginger Flower Broth
4. Halia's Singapore Style Chilli-Crab Spaghettini is a to-die for
The Chilli Crab Pasta is probably the most relatable fusion dish when it comes to Asian-inspired European cuisine. Even though I'm allergic to crustaceans, which is any sea creature with legs that has an exoskeleton, I must say that this Chilli-Crab Spaghettini was cooked well enough for me not to taste the juice of the crab thus triggering my allergies. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that you can't taste the crab at all. Instead the flavour of the crab has blended nicely with the sauce which is rich with tomatoes yet still spicy enough to tingle your tastebuds. I so badly wanted to eat more but was too scared it would eventually trigger my allergy.
Halia's Singapore Style Chilli-Crab Spaghettini
5. The Pan-Fried Barramundi is perfect for non-meat eaters
If you’re tired of salmon, calamari and prawns for you to choose from as a pescatarian (seafood-only diet), this glorious Panfried Barramundi served in Thai coconut cream, green asparagus, cherry tomato, pignolina, and basil oil will definitely have you wanting more. The barramundi, or Ikan Siakap, is cooked to perfection with its skin crispy and meat moist and juicy.
Panfried Barramundi with Thai coconut cream, green asparagus, cherry tomato, pignolina, basil oil
6. Awaken your tastebuds with their desserts
One of the most exciting desserts I had at The Halia was the Ginger Spice, All Things Nice. Essentially a coconut-based mousse infused with ginger, it’s topped with a dehydrated coconut flesh toasted lightly to give its nutty taste.
Ginger Spice, All Things Nice: Coconut mousse, compressed pineapple, dehydrated coconut flesh, Just LOOK at the presentation!
Only for the remaining days of Ramadan, enjoy a delicious sampling of the food at The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens when you dine for iftar. You can choose between the communal feasting menu for either 4 pax or 6 pax where you will be served all the dishes shown above. Otherwise, you can select from their ala carte menu if you'd prefer having a plate of amazing barramundi for yourself.
The Halia is located at 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue) Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569. For more information, click here.
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