Being Muslim, it’s sometimes tough being a foodie when the one thing that’s stopping you from visiting a Michelin-listed restaurant is the fact that they don’t have any halal dishes. But Muslim-friendly Michelin establishments do exist! Admittedly, they’re not always easy to find, but they’re oh-so-worth-it.
From serving halal-sourced meat to offering vegetarian options, here are five Michelin-approved restaurants where Muslims can enjoy good eats:
Note: All of the restaurants listed, except Bismillah Biryani, serve alcohol.
Bismillah Biryani | Singapore
Founded by Arif Salahuddin, who emigrated to Singapore from Pakistan, Bismillah Biryani’s claim to fame is its authentic biryani, which nabbed it a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin Guide inspectors. If you’re used to the oily, gravy-laden version of biryani, that’s not what you’ll find here, where the meat and rice is slow-cooked together so they’ll soak up the spices. This method also creates a less oily biryani – a plus for the more health-conscious. (Although if you’re eating biryani, you’re not too concerned about calories, are you? 😜)
The chicken or mutton biryani come highly-recommended, but there are also vegetarian and fish varieties available. The restaurant also serves up some yummy alternatives to biryani – the mutton seekh kebab is a crowd-pleaser, while the sweet and sour mango lassi and the cardamom-infused pista kulfi are the perfect complements to a filling meal.
50 Dunlop St, Singapore 209379.
Tel: +65 6935 1326
Opening Hours: 11.30pm – 9.00pm | Open daily
Pollen Street Social | London
Chef-turned-restaurateur Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant is styled as a contemporary bistro offering fine dining-standard cuisine within a casual setting. At the heart of its menu is its top-quality British ingredients, carefully sourced from all across the country. Its innovative dishes are prepared with great skill, impressing the Michelin Guide inspectors enough to award it one Michelin star within its first year of opening.
With sea bass from Cornwall, crab from Colchester and sea scallops from the Orkney Islands, you know you’ve got the best seafood the British Isles have to offer. The vegetarian and vegan menus are nothing to sniff at, either – try the onion squash and parmesan soup with white asparagus and girolles or the slow-cooked Heritage Breeds Copper Maran egg with turnip purée, parmesan, sage and kombu crumb. And don’t forget dessert – the Bronte pistachio soufflé with 70% chocolate and a dollop of Madagascan vanilla ice cream is to die for!
Pollen Street Social
8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1NQ.
Tel: +44 20 7290 7600
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 2.30pm (Lunch); 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Dinner) | Closed on Sundays
Chaegeundaam | Seoul
Making The Michelin Plate list is Chaegundaam, one of Seoul’s renowned fine dining restaurants serving traditional Korean cuisine. The restaurant is known for its extensive vegetarian menu, which makes use of fresh and predominantly organic vegetables and herbs. The restaurant takes pride in preparing the food with carefully-selected ingredients sourced from local organic farms.
Listed as a Muslim-friendly restaurant by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Chaegundaam’s vegetarian tasting menu comprises unique dishes such as tomato natto and mini Korean pancakes, as well as miso soup coupled with brown rice and seasonal side dishes. Finish your meal with sweet cinnamon tea and some refreshing slices of fresh fruit, followed by chewy injeolmi, a popular Korean rice cake dessert.
23, Yeoksam-ro 98-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
Tel: +82 2-555-9173
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 3.00pm; 5.30pm – 8.30pm | Open daily
Junoon | New York City
Located in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, Junoon’s sleek and classy interior, accented with antique wooden decor, exudes sophistication. Taking its name from the Hindi word for “passion”, the one-star Michelin restaurant is the only Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in New York City, serving diners creative takes on classic Indian cuisine. The dinner menu is a bit on the high end, but you can try the more affordable Lunch Prix Fixe menu, which offers 2 courses for US$25 or 3 courses for US$30.
Junoon’s menu showcases five celebrated cooking elements from India’s vast culinary regions: Tandoor (Clay Oven), Sigri (Open Fire Pit), Patthar (Stone Cooking), Tawa (Cast Iron Cooking) and Handi (Pot Cooking). For dinner, you can opt for the tasting menu to try a bit of everything or order off the à la carte menu. Must-try dishes include the crispy Eggplant Chaat topped with raita, tamarind chutney, red onion, chaat masala; Hara Paneer Kofta with melt-in-your-mouth paneer dumplings; and Junoon Spiced Naan, stuffed with paneer and gruyere cheese and topped with za’atar, a Middle-Eastern spice.
27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010.
Tel: +1 212-490-2100
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (Lunch, daily); 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Dinner, Sun-Thurs); 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Dinner, Fri & Sat)
Sora No Iro | Tokyo
When you’re in Tokyo, of course you’d want to slurp up a bowl of delicious ramen. Unfortunately, most ramen shops use tonkatsu (pork bone broth). 😭However, there’s Sora No Iro, a restaurant listed on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list that offers a hearty vegan ramen. They even make a mean vegetarian soba! Neither dish has meat nor alcohol, so it’s been a hit among the halal crowd.
The broth is made from cabbages and carrots, lending it a light, sweet taste, while the handmade orange ramen noodles have paprika kneaded into the dough. The egg, cut in half, soaks up the broth and is flavored with a touch of soy sauce. One bowl will set you back ￥1,100 (RM40). Located about a five-minute walk away from Kojimachi Station, the restaurant is popular among the office workers in the area, so don’t be surprised if you come across a queue during lunch hour (which will move swiftly along, thanks to Japanese efficiency).
Sora No Iro
1B Blue Building Honkan, 1-3-10 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Tel: +81 33 263 5460
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 3.30pm; 6.00pm – 10.00pm (Mon-Fri) | 11.00am – 3.30pm (Sat) | Closed on Sundays
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