These eateries serve the best prata in Singapore, from savoury to sweet
Roti Prata is the prefect snack bread: crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. In Singapore, some areas are legendary for prata — think Jalan Kayu or Serangoon Gardens. But they are not the only prata masters in town. To prove it, we’ve hunted down the best classic prata in Singapore, plus highlighted eateries that serve sensational sweet prata.
This Indian-influenced flatbread is eaten all across South and Southeast Asia, where it’s sometimes called Roti Canai. But however it’s named, prata is made the same way: flour, sugar, yeast and baking powder are mixed into a soft bread dough, fried in a thin sheet, then folded or rolled into a spiral. This gives roti prata a unique texture and taste, like a crispy, flat croissant crossed with sweet brioche pastry… only better!
With prata the possibilities are limitless! It goes well with curry, but can just as easily be served with ice-cream. That means there are a lot of places in Singapore that serve prata. But we love a challenge. Here, the carb-loving editors at The Finder share their pick of the places that serve the best prata in Singapore.
1. Changi Village 89.7 Supper Club
Tucked away in the seaside suburb of Changi Village, 89.7 Supper Club operates round the clock, so you can go for breakfast, a midnight feast or swing by for an afternoon snack. Even better, 89.7 Supper Club serve snacks from all around the world, including dim sum, western grilled meat, tze char, and of course, prata.
This eatery is a favourite with our editorial intern Derrick, who discovered it during his National Service days, when he was stationed at a nearby army camp. He is especially fond of the Bomb Prata, which is an extra-thick, extra-crispy prata that’s filled with sweet condensed milk. “Every bite explodes with flavours and textures,” says Derrick. He visits the eatery regularly and has tried almost all its prata. His top pick remains the sweet Bomb Prata, ($3 for two pieces). His other recommendations include the Garlic Cheese Prata, ($3) and the Plaster Prata — a prata with a fried egg “plastered” on top, ($1.50).
Changi Village 89.7 Supper Club
Address: 27 Changi Village Rd., 509925
Tel: 6214 1897
Opening hours: Open 24 hours (daily)
2. Jalan Kayu Thohirah Restaurant
Jalan Kayu is synonymous with prata. It’s a sleepy two-lane road in a quiet suburb, but patrons still make the trek from all over Singapore, because the eateries here serve some of the best prata and Indian food in the country. Thohirah Restaurant at the end of Jalan Kayu is especially popular. It’s always bustling with activity, especially at suppertime, and late at night.
“I especially love the fluffy plain prata paired with the savoury fish curry. The restaurant is right beside an open-air carpark. It’s a great place for supper because you can sit in the outdoor area, beside the quiet road, and enjoy quality food and conversations with friends,” shares Jasia Shamdasani, an intern at The Finder.
Jalan Kayu Thohirah Restaurant
Address: 258 Jalan Kayu, 799487
Tel: 6481 2009
Opening hours: Open 24 hours (daily)
3. Springleaf Prata Place
Springleaf brings innovation and freshness to the prata scene in Singapore with quirky-yet-delicious menu items you can’t find elsewhere. Think Prata Alfredo ($9.90), which is prata filled with rosemary chicken in creamy Alfredo sauce, or even a vegan Meatless Murtabak ($6.90). Murtabak is traditionally filled with vegetables, cheese and meat, but this one is completely vegan!
Derrick is a fan: “I found this place during my National Service days. I went one night with my buddies and chanced upon the Murtaburger, an innovative prata that’s fried with an egg and wrapped around a lamb patty, with cheese, chilli sauce, mayo and pepper sauce. It was so great we went back countless times to try their other manu items”. As well as the Murtaburger ($7.90), he loves the Umami-50 ($8.90), washed down with the creamy Teh Tarik drink ($1.30).
Springleaf Prata Place
Address: 1 Thong Soon Ave., 787431
Tel: 6459 5670
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (daily)
4. Sri Sun Express
Sri Sun Express must be doing something right. It started as one restaurant in Yishun serving South Indian cuisine; now there’s 13 outlets across Singapore, serving Indian fares and prata. The menu is huge, with plenty of halal food options and a whopping 54 types of savoury and dessert prata! The chain is also famous for non-alcoholic drink towers that hold up to three litres (or 10 cups) of kopitiam drink favourites, including iced Milo, teh tarik or bandung.
“This is a great place for groups, because the decor is bright and modern and the menu is huge,” says Derrick. “As well as prata, I always order a Teh Tarik Tower, ($16) because it’s big enough to share with friends. If you like pizza, you’ll love the Prata Bom With Cheese ($4.50), which is filled with oozing cheese.”
Sri Sun Express
Address: 56 Serangoon Garden Way, 555952
Tel: 6282 2325
Opening hours: Open 24 hours (daily)
5. Al-Ajmir Prata
At one corner of Sembawang Hills Food Centre lies Al-Ajmir Prata. From early in the morning, workers at this stall are hard at work serving up crispy yet fluffy prata, as well as a myriad of other Indian dishes. Late at night, when most of the breakfast and lunch patrons are tucked up in bed, the restaurant remains open, diligently serving the supper and post-clubbing crowd.
“Many people go to Sembawang Hills Food Centre for the duck rice, but I go for the prata,” says The Finder intern Derrick. “Most of the time, it’s a one-man show at this corner stall, so the queue can be long. But the prata is worth the wait. It has a very authentic, homemade taste that pairs very well with the curry. I’m also a fan of the Indian-style rojak salad here.”
Address: #01-36 Sembawang Hills Food Centre, 590 Upper Thomson Rd., 574419
Tel: 9370 1066
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 2:45 a.m. (daily)
6. Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Famous Crispy Roti Prata
Joo Chiat is already packed with heritage eateries, but Singaporeans don’t usually think of it as a destination for prata. But Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Prata has earned cult status because the couple make pratas fresh, to order. The eatery is an unassuming coffee shop on a housing estate, and orders can take a long time to be fulfilled. But hungry patrons are willing to wait — a testament to the quality.
“There’s always a wait, but it’s completely worth it, ” shares experienced beauty editor and influencer Smita DeSouza. “The tiny sweet-salty coin prata is delicious. And the regular prata and curry sauce makes for a great breakfast. My favourite is the mutton murtabak, which has a generous filling of tender meat. It’s a meal in itself. My tip? Order the murtabak first, then head off for a workout. Come back in an hour to enjoy your meal. Because the pratas are always freshly made and the stall is so popular, there’s usually a queue. Instead of getting impatient, go and spend the time doing something more productive.”
Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Famous Crispy Roti Prata
Address: 300 Joo Chiat Rd., 427551
Tel: 9794 3124
Opening hours: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Thu to Tue; Closed Wed)
7. Alwadi @ Geylang Serai
Geylang Serai is a cultural melting pot and one of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements. With a colourful past that lives on in restored shophouses and traditional eateries, Geylang Serai is fun to visit at any time of day. It’s also home to Alwadi — the favourite prata place of our Editor-in-Chief, Sara.
“I didn’t find this 24-hour halal food spot myself; my helper recommended it!” shares Sara. “She is a fan of the “dalcha”, an Indian curry made from mutton, chana dal and tamarind. It’s a family favourite, especially with my seven-year-old son. Without hesitation, he says prata and dalcha is one of his favourite meals. My mom also insists on making multiple visits to Alwadi, when she visits from America. This spot also has has yummy pisang goreng and tapioca fritters, for dessert.”
Alwadi @ Geylang Serai
Address: Tristar Complex, 970 Geylang Road, 423492
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours (daily)
8. Sin Ming Prata
Despite the snaking queues here at Sin Ming Prata, this eatery still insists on making dough fresh every day (which is probably the reason for the queues). The famous item here is the Sin Ming Coin Prata ($4 for six pieces) — a stack of buttery, super-crispy mini prata. The quieue for coin prata is long, but good things are worth the wait. At least you know the prata here is made-to-order, and you can expect your prata served pipping hot each time.
“I must say, it’s worth the wait every time at Sin Ming Prata, ” shares our editorial intern, Praveena. “I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve frequented this place! It’s that good. The coin prata are amazing. Crispy, chewy and buttery, they’re the perfect bite, especially when paired with the fish curry.”
Sin Ming Prata
Address: #01-05 Jin Fa Coffeeshop, 24 Sin Ming Road, 570024
Tel: 6453 3893
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (daily)
In a quiet corner near Orchard Road lies Al-Madinah, an eatery that’s well-hidden from the hustle and bustle of the main shopping street. As one of the few restaurants that operate 24/7 in the prime shopping district, Al-Madinah is a popular spot for nearby residents, and workers from around the area.
This recommendation comes from The Finder’s Content Creator, Willaine G. Tan. She says, “This is a go-to supper spot among my friends who attend classes or courses around the Somerset area. Because it’s open till really late, it’s great for late-night munchies. While it’s not the most affordable prata place, the mushroom cheese prata and egg prata are must-tries. My tip is to go often. Once they get to know you, the staff will pull a table out for you, even during full-house. They love taking care of regulars.”
Address: 5 Koek Rd., 228796
Opening Hours: 24 Hours (daily)
10. The Roti Prata House @ Upper Thomson
The Roti Prata House along Upper Thomson Road is famous. The area has gone through drastic changes over the years — and now the Upper Thomson MRT Station is springing up right beside the restaurant — but this prata house remains an anchor tenant in the area. From 7 to 2 a.m. daily, you can come here for a hearty breakfast, or a soul-warming supper.
“I can’t emphasise enough how good this place is,” says Derrick, our self-proclaimed resident prata expert. “I’ve been here many times with my friends. More than serving great food, this is a wonderful place to gather and socialise. It is adjacent to many other “happening” eateries, so after your prata you can hop over to somewhere else for ice-cream or dessert. But when you’re there, definitely go for the Coin Prata ($6) that comes with your choice of chicken or mutton. The round, crispy prata pieces are oh-so-delightful! Best for crispy prata lovers.”
The Roti Prata House
Address: 246 Upper Thomson Rd., 574370
Tel: 6459 5260
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. (daily)
By Derrick Tan, July 2021