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Cafe Mariam @ 116 Changi Road

116 Changi Road, Singapore 419718 #01-02

9369 8564

$5 · Muslim Owned · Restaurant · Malay · Seafood · Chicken · Vegetarian · Lamb · Beef · BBQ

Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Thursday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Friday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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Khar Woh Leong

Rated 5.0/5.0 6 months ago

First time trying the mandi rice. Ordered a 2 person portion with chicken and mutton. The rice was pleasantly fragrant and paired well with the yogurt and salsa sauce. The meat was tender and had a hint of smoky flavour. Absolutely delicious! Make sure you are there with an empty stomach because the portion was huge.

Wei Jiun Lim

Rated 5.0/5.0 3 months ago

Delicious and generously portioned chicken and rice meals! The meal is creatively served on a big platter, perfect for sharing. There are a variety, but we had the Mendi and Biryani chicken, which were tasty and filling. Friendly staff, and a chill area to dine in. The portions are huge, so it's highly recommended for those super hungry times! :)

Andrei Kader

Rated 5.0/5.0 5 months ago

My 1st time dining in this restaurant. Felt like a hole in the wall but the food produced was special. The Mandi rice had a smokiness to it and the Briyani rice was flavorful, light and fluffy. We had both choices of Mutton and Chicken. While I felt that the mutton was better, my friends liked both just as much. Prices are quite reasonable so if you come with friends.. order more to try. Definitely a place to come eat again.

Tom Pope

Rated 5.0/5.0 a year ago

Excellent mandi rice filled with flavour of the meat. The meat is tender and cooked with great care. Thanks to the chef, he even asked me to sample some of the Biryani to show me how different his nasi biryani is and how different it is from the rest around. I went on a Sunday at noon and the place was packed. And packed with discerning fans of all races who seem to be returning guests. The place is a must for Arabic Mandi. Will go back to try the Biryani next.

Ivan Teh

Rated 5.0/5.0 8 months ago

Biryani (SGD $8.50) @ Cafe Mariam. . Perhaps some of the appeal of this delicious biryani lies in how rare and challenging it is to get. . This humble, hole-in-the-wall joint is owned by Chef Hassan Abdul Majeed, whose grandfather founded the legendary Islamic Restaurant at North Bridge Road, a place reowned for their biryani. . Chef makes nearly everything from scratch, and his labour-intensive 3-stage cooking process means each dish is top notch, though it also limits his menu to only 5 items; all a variation of either biryani or mandi rice. . His belief that saffron is key, means the dish is generously and luxuriously flavoured, and along with other spices, impart a rich grainy spice sweet savoury flavour to the loose and fluffy basmati rice. . The large and generous mutton is fall-apart tender, with meaty savoury spice flavour, complimenting the rice. Was so large that chef handed me an additional empty plate for portioning it out. . Completed with an intensely sour spicy pickles, and a side of curry (although the biryani is good enough on its own). . Chef only opens for a mere 4-hours for lunch each day, and often sells out before closing. This, along with the limited 12 - 14 seats at the stall, means careful advance planning is needed to dine. . Still, this biryani is the gold medal standard for me.

kong wai kit

Rated 5.0/5.0 8 months ago

Chanced upon this humble little cafe which serve large portion of delicious mutton mandi rice. First time trying and I’m loving it. Soft Smokey mutton that fall off the bones, sights flavoured rice with some sauces and greens. Owners were very friendly and polite 👍🏽

Nazree Agil

Rated 5.0/5.0 a year ago

Nasi Mandi is an acquired taste. It has a distinct smell and taste. Some like it, some don’t. It’s been 2 to 2.5 years since I last had their Mandi Rice. Went down in the morning today and bought a few Mandi Rice. I rarely eat mutton because of the “smell” but I swear to god, the first bite on Mutton Mandi from this stall is just out of this world. The taste is as exactly the same as I remembered! The Smokey taste, the soft like butter mutton. Oh my lovely days! I can die peacefully with no regrets. Even my mom who is a good cook said the taste is exceptional. I think the Green Minty Sweet Sour sauce definitely has a slight improvement to it than what I remembered. Not sure what and how to describe but that sauce is on fire!! Put it in a slightly bigger container please!! The way the taste tingles the tongue!! Wow!! Imagine watching Beethoven Symphony No.5. That’s how their food is when you eat them. Now, onto the price. Price went up, but with how everything is increasing. It’s normal. It’s one of the few places I don’t mind paying because the food is top quality. The owner/chef is still the same nice guy as he was 2 years back. Occasionally Panicking when packing and preparing the food and always smiling when taking order. I was really surprise about the taste. Can see that he is passionate about the food he makes because to get such consistency on the food, that requires nothing short of Discipline and pure dedication. There’s a lot of Mandi Rice seller. But I rate Cafe Mariam No. 1 in Singapore. I don’t get paid for this 5 star google review. I actually paid a total of $57 for the food. It’s a simple stall selling good quality food. What more do I have to say. It is what it is.


Rated 5.0/5.0 11 months ago

Best MANDI in Singapore! Must try their Mutton, Chicken and Shank Mandi as its very smokey and falls of the bones. The price is worth it as you can taste the love and hardwork on his cooking. His chicken and mutton briyani is also a must try as its juicy and tasty also. Be sure to come early at lunch as they are usually sold out by 1pm onwards especially on weekends.

Xiao Hao

Rated 5.0/5.0 12 months ago

Trying Mandi rice as briyani sold out. Ordered a 2 person portion with chicken and mutton, generous portion, enough for 3 (the boss advised us to have one portion of rice...). The meat was tender and smoky. Will try the briyani next time. Simple set up, boss is friendly

Joon Kyoo Im

Rated 5.0/5.0 a month ago

By far the best Biryani Ive had. The owner is super friendly and just look at the serving for one, its hefty!

Leslie Lim

Rated 5.0/5.0 a month ago

Really flavourful mandi rice, lamb was really well marinated(portion abit less, maybe next time will order a bigger portion)

Leslie Lim

Rated 5.0/5.0 a month ago

Really flavourful mandi rice, lamb was really well marinated(portion abit less, maybe next time will order a bigger portion)

Alvin Choo

Rated 3.0/5.0 5 months ago

This plate of briyani was frankly very mixed feelings for me as I didn't dislike it nor could I articulate why I liked it. The flavour profiles are atypical from the usual briyani that you would get at your hawker centres or shopping centres. The flavour starts off mild and the accompanying curry isn't very spicy nor strong. But as you mixed them and progressively through the meal, you feel like you are on a journey. Might need to return to try their other dishes to understand.

Albert Foodie

Rated 5.0/5.0 a month ago

Love the mutton briyani, great mutton taste and texture. Never had a briyani that I finished the rice and still have mutton, good value for money. Also ordered chicken Mandi rice, first time taste of Mandi rice and totally impressed with it, the rice comes with char taste and fragrance. Totally value for money for this outlet. Will go back again

Whisky Dev

Rated 5.0/5.0 2 years ago

My “go to” place for excellent dum biryani/mandi (Arabic style biryani). You have a choice of mutton or chicken and biryani or mandi style rice. Mutton Biryani Biryani rice was perfection. Rich, with a good balance of spices and infused with saffron. The mutton was outstanding too. Large bone and a good amount of fats to release spectacular flavours into the overall meal. The accompanying dhall curry was ok and actually unnecessary. There is also a side of pickled sour plum and lime too. The pickles really do hit the spot. Chicken Mandi I believe it’s a yoghurt spiced chicken that’s finished by charring the top layer with a butane burner. The char is a brilliant novelty. The tinge of smoke and bitterness adds complexity to the piece of chicken. The mandi rice has rich good quality ghee flavours infused throughout. Yoghurt (Raita) and some green salsa as accompaniments. Very tasty. Great pedigree to the chef too. I believe his grandfather was the founder of Singapore’s Islamic Restaurant (Singapore’s famous biryani place founded in the 1920s). Do be patient, especially on weekends. The food is delicious and offered at a price that’s incredibly good value. Hence long queues can be expected. @whiskydev

Nathaniel Oh

Rated 5.0/5.0 2 months ago

Took away Lamb Mandi, extremely fragrant smoked rice, very distinct lamb char taste with good dipping sauce at the side. Really really really good. Do note store only opens from 11am to 3pm

Naufal Reduan

Rated 5.0/5.0 a month ago

Trust me, best MUTTON MANDI in Singapore. Haven’t tried anything else but the mutton is succulent and melts in your mouth. Paired with the homemade yoghurt and chili dipping sauce, it’s definitely worth the trip. Prices have increased over the years ($7 to$10) but where else does it not? Only downside i can think about is the restaurant is small and slightly inconvenient for those traveling by public. Other than that, you won’t regret coming here! :) Price ranges from $9-13 per pax!