Ramadan has always been well known as a blessed month for the Muslims. Apart from developing a deeper relationship with God, Ramadan is also a time for us to improve our relationships with other people. It is the month where we seek forgiveness for past mistakes, race with one another to ensure that our neighbours and the less fortunate have food to eat and to collectively, practice more good deeds. It's a time for not just cleansing of the spirit and the body - in terms of being more mindful of the words we speak and controlling our base desires and in terms of health, reducing the consumption of unhealthy food, it is also when we seek reconciliation and forgiveness for intentional or unintentional past hurts amongst one another. Fittingly, this is also why many Muslims also make time to iftar together with friends and other communities to help facilitate bonding and foster new relationships. It is a time where our non-Muslim friends get to share part of the experience with us and have educational discussions about Ramadan and for us to rejuvenate our existing friendships. However as we have terawih prayers, it can be tough to slot in time for gatherings so to enable you to benefit from both, we have gathered a list of places that are open until late so that you can manage it better.
1. Sweeten your gatherings with Hyde & Co's invigorating brews and treats
For 29 May to 23 June 2017, Hyde & Co is well prepped to receive you with open arms all the way until 11pm from Monday to Saturdays! With Masjid Sultan and Masjid Malabar within walking distance, you have plenty of time to complete your prayers before making your way down to Hyde & Co. to meet up with your friends for desserts.
Take your pick of desserts at Hyde & Co.![/caption] Desserts range from cakes like Apple Crumble, Salted Caramel, Moist Chocolate Cake and more. They are also available on a daily rotational basis so you can call in to 66355785 in advance to find out what they have that day!
Unicorn Dreams at Hyde & Co.[/caption] New on their menu is the Unicorn Dreams, a whimsical creation of Buttermilk Waffles with Banana Brulee, Buttered Popcorn and Summer Berries Ice Cream. For a nostalgic finishing touch, Hyde & Co. has also brought back childhood memories with a drizzle of "Paddlepop" fondue to brighten up this beautiful dessert.
Hyde's Kaya Toast If unicorn dreams are not your kind of thing, there is also the trusty Hyde's Kaya Toast for a signature comforting dessert.
Masjid Sultan or Masjid Malabar Ramadan Operating Hours (29 May - 23 June):
Monday - Friday: 6pm - 11pm
Saturday: 11.30am - 11pm
Sunday: 11.30am - 6pm
Call 66355785 for reservations on weekdays.
Hyde & Co.
Area: Arab St Halal Status: MUIS Certified For full address & opening hours, refer here.
2. Split the feast with a friend for supper at T Bob's Corner
For those who usually can't eat much right during Iftar, you might hear your stomach start grumbling after prayers. If you'd like to eat a bit more to calm it down a bit but would prefer to share, T Bob's Cranberry Briyani is great for splitting between friends. The Cranberry Briyani platter for two is priced at $42 and comes with kacang pool, two katira drinks, a dessert and kunafa cheese. It is served with a choice of Lamb Shank, Beef Rib, or Chicken.
Cranberry Briyani at T Bob's Corner (Images used with permission from T Bob's Corner)[/caption] The platter is recommended for those who usually break fast on dates and not much else because you're uncomfortable eating on an empty stomach, so you can fill up on this satisfying meal after prayers. On the other hand, if you're hungry but don't think you can eat that much, there's always the option to share it between a group of friends so you can chat and take your fill leisurely. On a side note, we hear they will be at Bussorah Street's Ramadhan Bazaar this year so for those who'd like to have their infamous Beef Ribs, Lamb Shank, and Lamb Shoulder to enjoy with family, you can visit them there.
Closest Mosque / Musollah:
Masjid Ansar. Prayer space is also available on the 2nd floor of T Bob's Corner. Ramadan Operating Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 12nn - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 12nn - 11pm
Call 64498527 for reservations.
T Bob's Corner
Area: Bedok Halal Status: Muslim-Owned For full address & opening hours, refer here.
3. Catching Iftar at Kucina Italian Restaurant after trawling the Geylang's shops and bazaars
After shopping for clothes and new items to decorate your home for Raya, catch Iftar at Kucian Italian. Walk in early, in time for the first round of seats and order by 7pm or if you're planning to come by after Maghrib at Darul Arqam's surau, there is a second seating at 8.30pm.
Pasta at Kucina Italian
Dessert Platter at Kucina Italian[/caption] We recommend making reservations through their FaceBook's book now button
. The restaurant has also revamped their menu to include Antipasto, Truffle Pasta, Homemade Tortellini and Ravioli, New White Pizzas, Chef Pizza, Calzone and the new dessert platter. They have also extended their gelato list, of which we have raved about the durian one before here
(the Pistachio is really good too).
Closest Mosque / Musollah:
Masjid Wak Tanjong. Surau available at Darul Arqam's Convert Association. Ramadan Operating Hours:
Daily: 11.30am - 10pm
Call 64932154 for reservations or make a booking here
Kucina Italian Restaurant
Area: Paya Lebar Halal Status: Muslim-Owned For full address & opening hours, refer here.
4. Refresh yourself with Segar Village's halal zichar menu
Live Seafood at Segar Village[/caption] Alternatively, we also share a love for other signature Singaporean cuisines that our friends eat like Chinese and Indian food so it's great that Segar Village serves up halal Zichar dishes. The have the classic range of live seafood from fish, sotong and crab to the accompanying side dishes of vegetables, soups and omelettes. The seafood are cooked in various styles - from Hong Kong Steamed, the sweet and sour to deep fried styled for the fish and likewise for each type of seafood on their menu. For the full extensive menu, you can view it here
. They also have a compilation of different sets consisting of barbecued items, a mix of local dishes and more available for viewing here
. Best of all, they are open until 11.30pm everyday with the last order at 11pm.
Not Available. We recommend heading there after terawih. Ramadan Operating Hours:
Lunch Daily: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner Daily: 5.30pm - 11.30pm
Call 65471031 for reservations.
Area: Sims Way Halal Status: MUIS Certified For full address & opening hours, refer here.
5. Brothers in Fine Food
Open up until 11pm, Brothers in Fine Food is a fine place to chill and eat for Iftar or even after terawih. They are going all out with a special menu for the first week of Iftar that will feature up to 18 distinct items, including the house favourites. A full buffet comes at the price of $38.
Some of the tantalising plates featured for this buffet are the Soft Shell Crab with Thai Red Curry, the trademark Dry Aged Roasted Sirloin served with Beetroot Thyme Puree and the desserts are also as intricate. There is the Lebanese Milk Rice Pudding with Rose Blossoms and Pistachio, Churros with Salted Caramel and Liquid Cheesecake dips and plenty more. Even though it is a moderately sized buffet, the items are well worth the price and each is carefully constructed and flavourful.
We recommend the Sambal burg for after terawih because it has quite a kick and it might be a little rough on the stomach for Sahur and right during Iftar. You can get your burger at Kaw Kaw SG at Aliwal St itself from 4.30pm onwards - last orders at 9.30pm or you can get it from Geylang Bazaar from 4pm to 11pm for takeaway if you plan to hang out at someone's house or another place.
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