This post is going to be centered around the way I eat in Singapore since I visit a lot, and do my shopping there so yeah...
When I book my hotels, I usually leave out the breakfast check box unticked. Why you ask? Firstly I always travel on a budget, always get the cheapest option. Secondly, I dont like to just eat at a hotel and I'd rather eat out because I like to experience what the locals feel when I travel. To combat the need of food in the morning, I always go to get a bit of groceries when Im in Singapore.
I buy bread, some cookies, cheese, and even fruit. All the grub they sell here are amazing, some stuff I cant get when I'm back home in Jakarta like maybe some exotic swedish goat cheese or some singapore packed yoghurt. Fruits are usually cheaper in Jakarta, but since the new fruit and vegetable import policy is in effect, its expensive to buy import fruits and the local grown ones are horse- food quality. Im not saying that I dont like local grown stuff, but the quality is just so low that even me as a person with low standards for food just wouldnt want to eat those vegies and fruits.
Getting Halal food is a bit dificult when you eat in some of the mall foodcourts in Orchard, marina bay, etc. They have some halal foods but they mostly consist of padang, prata, and maybe the occasional yong tau fu soup. Karin showed me a great food corner in Bugis which is called "tong seng food house". The place sells singaporean delecasies but with a halal twist. Chicken rice withought the pork, soup without the lard, and other foods which taste awesome, and its cheap too.
If you are looking for Halal food, whatever you do do not go to din tai fung, its halal in Jakarta i think, but its not in Singapore since they sell pork dumplings and xia long baus. That being said, there are a lot of other options to eat out and experiece some cool places in Singapore.
The last time I went there Karin sugested to my family that we eat at a restaurant called "spize". Its a middle eastern asian fusion restaurant with a killer Mutton murtabak. Karin and my parents took a cab while me and Gandang took the bus from vivo city. Karin told me to take the bus 65 from vivo, but she forgot to tell me that I have to take it from the bus stop opposite of Vivo not the one in front of it. Gandang and I got lost and ended up in a bus station on the end of harborfront, but we finally found our way to the restaurant which was located in river valley. They have another outlet in Bedok but I havent been there.
The food was good but speaking of middle eastern style food, there is a famous restaurant somewhere near Bugis, specifically Arab street just in fromt of the mosque. The restaurant is called "Zam zam". You cant miss it because its always crowded and they have a big sign. The specialty here are the 1 dollar pratas, and the insanely good deer murtabak or "murtabak rusa". Deer meat actually tastes good, they have a texture like mutton but has a distinct juicy taste. Indefinetly recommend you to eat there if you can get a seat though...