Ramadan begins on 23 March and is expected to last until 21 April 2023. During this holy month, a day of fasting is often marked afterwards by the iftar, a meal eaten at sunset. It’s a joyous occasion for family and friends to come together and share a meal, and there’s no better way to do that than with a moreish Ramadan buffet spread. Enjoy a hearty treat at these restaurants, each offering a varied iftar menu filled with traditional Malay and Indonesian cuisine, plus other must-try buffet bites.
Iftar is a hearty affair at this halal-certified buffet restaurant; this year’s palatable spread will include a live carving station with roasted whole baby lamb as well as a variety of grilled meats and poultry. A BBQ Corner will serve portions of sambal sotong (squid in a spicy sauce) and otah-otah (ground fish cakes wrapped in banana leaves), all of which pair well with staples like beef rendang (dry beef curry), ayam masak merah (chicken cooked in a gravy made with dry chillies) and sambal kang kong (water spinach cooked in spicy sauce). The restaurant’s signature laksa (noodles in a coconut-based soup) will also be available, a rich and umami-laden dish that will leave you wanting more. Additionally, diners will receive dates and a glass of bandung (rose syrup milk) as refreshments to break their fast. The 2023 Ramadan buffet menu is available until 1 May 2023. Book here.
You’ll be pleased to know that Carousel is bringing back its mouthwatering nasi ambeng (a blue pea flower rice platter with dishes like deep-fried turmeric chicken, begedel (potato fritters), chili ikan cantik (fried fish tossed in a spicy chilli sauce) and sambal goreng (fried chilli paste with vegetables) in its Ramadan buffet menu this year. In addition to the usual buffet spread, the popular buffet restaurant is also upping the ante with other delights such as the lobster mee soto, gado gado (Indonesian salad), an assortment of chicken, beef and mutton satay with ketupat (steamed rice cakes) and savoury peanut gravy. End your meal on a sweet note with a delicious gula melaka swiss roll, pandan chocolate cake and a selection of kueh (bite-sized snacks) or durian pengat (durian cooked in coconut milk). Carousel’s 2023 Ramadan buffet is available from now until 23 April 2023. Book here.
It’s a celebrity affair this Ramadan at this stunning tropical-themed restaurant, as the team has collaborated with popular Malaysian personality Chef Wan to present the best heritage dishes often served to Malaysia’s royalty. Its 2023 Ramadan buffet spread will include dishes such as kerabu meehoon ayam nyonya (rice vermicelli noodle salad with chicken), ayam percik Kelantan (Kelantanese spiced roasted chicken), rendang udang galah Perak (giant freshwater prawns in a dry curry), kuzi kambing Johor (a thick Johor-style mutton curry) and laksa Johor (noodles in a coconut-based soup from Johor) – all served alongside Ginger’s existing Ramadan buffet spread, which includes elegant plates from various international and local cuisines. Look out for the special Milo “Dinosaur” soft serve, with condiments like sea coconut, almond flakes, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Ginger’s 2023 Ramadan buffet menu is available until 30 April 2023. Book here.
Tuck into a mouthwatering Ramadan buffet filled with classic Indonesian dishes such as ikan asam pedas (fish in spicy, sour gravy), paru sambal (fried beef lungs), ayam rica rica (a hot and spicy chicken dish from North Sulawesi’s Minahasan cuisine), traditional lopis (assorted traditional sweet cakes) and much more. Prefer to break your fast at home? Kintamani is offering its Ramadan family sets, which comprise delights like rendang sapi (beef in a coconut-based dry curry), udang mentega (butter prawns), sayur lodeh (vegetable stew in coconut milk) and more. Kintamani’s 2023 Ramadan Buffet menu is available until 21 April 2023. Book here.
5. Lagun Sari
Lagun Sari is one of the Lion City’s most popular destinations for Malay weddings, but it’s also dishing out a tantalising dine-in Ramadan buffet this year. Swing by its Joo Chiat or Bukit Timah outlets on Fridays or Saturdays to enjoy the best of Malay cuisine, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Ramadan menu highlights here include sambal udang tomato (prawns in a tomato puree chilli sauce), gado gado (Indonesian salad), ayam betutu (Balinese spiced chicken), nasi kerabu (blue rice), vegetable popiah (spring rolls) and a live station that churns out steaming hot roti jala (savoury crepes) to go with rich chicken curry. You’ll find delectable desserts aplenty at Lagun Sari’s Ramadan buffet too, with favourites such as bubur cha cha (coconut milk dessert), honeydew sago and assorted Malay kueh (bite-sized snacks). Lagun Sari’s 2023 Ramadan buffet is available until 21 April 2023. Book here.
There are five stations at Permata’s decadent 2023 Ramadan buffet in Singapore, each with something delicious to discover. Start off with seafood on ice at the Laksamana station, where you can pair freshly caught scallops, prawns, salmon, clams and mussels with a selection of Nusantara sambal and dips. Then, savour the iconic heritage dish, mee maidin (yellow noodles in shrimp gravy) at the appetiser station before taking your pick of roast beef, botok botok barramundi (barramundi fish with shredded coconut wrapped in banana leaves) and roti jala with potato curry. The Sri Paduka station will dish out Permata’s famous rawon (beef soup) risotto, where the rice is cooked in beef broth and served alongside rendang tenderloin (tenderloin cooked in a dry coconut-based curry), asam pedas kupang (clams in a sour and spicy gravy) and more. Your iftar meal is incomplete without a sweet treat, and Permata’s menu includes traditional Malay desserts such as bubur som som (sweet coconut rice porridge), cek mek molek (sweet potato snack), kolak pisang (banana and coconut milk dessert soup) and a selection of fresh fruits. Permata’s 2023 Ramadan buffet in Singapore is available until 20 April 2023. Book here.
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours before visiting.