Whether you’re looking for a ladies lunch or an executive set here’s our guide to all the best lunch deals and steals around town
While there might not be such things as totally free lunch, these business lunch set deals are the best way to try out some of Singapore’s best restaurants for a fraction of the price. Be warned that some of restaurants downsize the dishes heavily to squeeze the multiple course sets into a lunchtime price offering, but the quality is often top notch. Here’s our super comprehensive guide categorized by area, of the best lunch set deals around Singapore to make sure that you get the best bang for your buck! Looking for a free lunch for the kids? Check out these places where kids dine free!
Alma by Juan Amador – Asian-European
This one-Michelin star restaurant serves Spanish-European cuisine with Asian influences in a casual setting (although the hotel itself is five-star). Their 3-course lunch set is $39++ and features trout tartare with Brussels sprouts or crispy tofu as a starter, Boston lobster with angel hair pasta or Australian beef short ribs as a main, and a selection of pots due crème for afters.
Alma by Juan Amador, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, Tel: (+65) 6735 9937 , www.alma.sg
Aoki – Japanese
Part of Les Amis Group, Aoki’s mid-week set lunches offer Japanese fine dining with seafood sourced directly from Tsukiji Market and other artisanal suppliers from all over Japan. The Nigiri Sushi Jyo-sen ($35) sees seven types of sushi and a sushi roll while the mazechirashi set ($42) another popular choice: a rice bowl with generous toppings of raw fish, from tuna to ikura, and even uni sashimi. Each lunch set comes with a green salad, miso soup, and dessert.
Aoki, #01-17 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208, Tel: (+65) 6333 8015, www.aoki-restaurant.com.sg
Bedrock Bar & Grill – American
Bedrock Bar & Grill is an LA-themed steak restaurant offering a quiet recluse from the madness of Orchard Road. The 2 course set menu offers the best value with a double chopped steak beef burger and fries as a main or braised short rib ragu pasta plus a dessert of sticky stout and toffee pudding with ginger nut ice cream. Also available is a three course set menu $38- $58 (offering barramundi or steak as a main respectively).
Bedrock Bar and Grill, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 96 Somerset Road, Singapore 238163, Tel: (+65) 6238 0054, www.bedrock.com.sg
Jamie’s Italian – Italian
Jamie’s Italian offers a two-course meal at $24.90++, with starters of crispy fish with sweet potato fries or Caesar salad followed by hearty mains like cauliflower cheese gnocchi (exclusive to Forum) –potato gnocchi in a creamy cauliflower and Gorgonzola sauce, or there’s a shellfish pizza, chicken burger or the Italian steak & fries (exclusive to VivoCity), featuring a tender grilled beef striploin served with herby tomato salsa, rocket, aged Parmesan and crispy fries.
Jamie’s Italian VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-165/166/167, Singapore 098585 and Forum, 583 Orchard Rd, #01-01/04, Singapore 238884, www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore
FOC PIM PAM – Spanish
The newly refurbished FOC PIM PAM (‘quick and easy’ in Spanish) on Orchard Road is a vibrant all-day gastro-bodega, inspired by the tapas and wine culture of Barcelona. Think Spanish cuisine with a contemporary twist with set lunch options of one tapa and main at $25++, or the 4-course menu at $35++ offering one snack (like an oyster) from the bodega, one tapa like cherry gazpacho with olive oil ice cream, a main like a paella, and a dessert of churros, flan or ice cream.
FOC PIM PAM, 442 Orchard Road #01-29, 238879, Tel: (+65) 6100 4242, www.focpimpam.com
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake
Ishinomaki is a grill & sake dining concept offering both robatayaki/ Izakaya dishes and Japanese cuisine. Their set lunches from $19 are served with an appetiser, chawan mushi, rice and miso soup. Choose from premium chirashi ozen $38 (sashimi selection on top of sushi rice) to nigiri sushi and tempura ozen ($38) or there’s the lunch omakase (where the chef decides what to serve you depending on what is fresh). Lunch omakase starts from $68 and will include an appetizer, sashimi, steam dish, simmered dish, grilled dish, deep-fried dish, rice and dessert.
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Rd, B1-02/02A/03, Singapore 238871, Te: (+65) 6737 1065 www.ishinomaki.com.sg
Ginett (pronounced Jeanette with a French accent) boasts a buzzing brasserie-style, light-filled restaurant with soaring ceilings and a wine bar taking centre-stage. Ginett is one of our fave spots to head to when its ladies night (we have a soft spot for their amazing huge charcuterie sharing boards with cold cuts, cheese and other French imported goodies. Come lunch, there’s a 2 course daily changing special set at $18 according to what is fresh in the kitchen – and you can add a glass of red or white wine for an eye-poppingly good value $6! Salut!
Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980, Tel: (+65) 6809 7989, www.randblab.com
The Masses – Contemporary French
Opened by Saveur’s ex-owner, The Masses is an extremely affordable place (most of their dishes are below $20) where you can eat casual fine dining modern French-inspired cuisine with Asian accents. For lunch midweek, all lunches come with a free drink. Choose between duck confit for $14, Angus beef cheek cooked for 12 hours at $17.90 or squid ink tagliatelle ($16.90) to name just a few. Add a starter of grilled avocado or chargrilled corn or the signature C&C&C Pasta for a paltry $7.90. Don’t miss their dessert of deep fried Camembert ($ 8.9) with yogurt ice cream for when you can’t decide between cheese or dessert – have both.
The Masses, 85 Beach Rd, Singapore 189694, Tel: (+65) 6266 0061, themasses.sg
Chapter 55 is an Italian casual café-restaurant that has an ongoing 1-for-1 lunch promotion available on weekdays between 11:30am and 3pm. The menu spans pasta and pizza, from vongole spaghetti ($18) to bonito pizza ($25) to salads and mains of duck breast $28) and seabass ($26). The highest item dish will be charged and the other you get for nada!
Chapter 55, #01-37, 55 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 160055, Tel: (+65) 6221 2219, www.chapter55.com.sg
ADRIFT by David Myers – Californian-Asian
Adrift is a modern take on the Izakaya, set in sleek digs at MBS. Adrift’s power lunch at $19 is value for money (especially given the fresh gourmet produce used), with three courses and a drink thrown in, too! Adrift draws inspiration from fresh Californian cuisine with Asian accents – dishes change weekly and might include binchotan salmon with cucumber salsa, or glazed ox tongue skewers.
ADRIFT by David Myers, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956, Tel: (+65) 6688-5657, www.marinabaysands.com
Bread Street Kitchen – British
Bread Street Kitchen is casual dining concept, offering a lovely views at ground level of Marina Bay. The menu is British European fare as would be expected at a restaurant of Gordon Ramsay’s. A three-course lunch will set you back $48 (or 2 courses are $40) – start with the cured salmon, and avocado purée followed by a good old steak & ale hot pot and for dessert, passion fruit posset with double chocolate shortbread.
Bread Street Kitchen, The Shoppes, Bay Level, L1-81, Singapore 018956, Tel: (+65) 6688 5665, www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com
CÉ LA VI – Modern Asian
CÉ LA VI Restaurant and SkyBar atop Level 57 of Marina Bay Sands offers stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the city skyline. The menu is modern Asian and the lunchtime set sees two courses at $38++ (and three courses at $48 ++). It might even include marinated crab meat salad with jicama, lime and rockmelon followed by roasted black tea quail.
CÉ LA VI, Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 3, Level 57, Singapore 018971, Tel: (+65) +65 6508 21, sg.celavi.com
Bayswater Kitchen – European & Asian Seafood Favourites
Bayswater Kitchen is a relatively new addition to Keppel and offers lovely seafront views. Their set lunch menu is an extension of their regular seafood-centric a la carte menu. The two course is at $28 and the 3 course at $32 and features various add-on options, such as Pimm’s lemonade for just $9 and two Irish Oysters for $10. If you are here with kids let them loose with the ping pong table and a foosball table out the back.
Bayswater Kitchen, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 098382 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6776 0777, www.bayswaterkitchen.com.sg
Takumi – Japanese
Takumi offers premium Japanese dining with a view over Keppel Bay. Express lunches are just $15, surprisingly affordable given all seasonal gourmet ingredients are sourced directly from Japan. From the Negi-Toro Don to grilled mackerel (which comes with a small appetizer, chawanmushi, rice, miso soup, and a dessert) to mixed tempura (with hot or cold soba, a sushi roll, small appetizer, chawanmushi, and a dessert). The more premium lunch sets are at $35 and include offerings like chirashi sushi and teppan marinaded sliced beef on rice (all with all the sides and dessert as above).
Takumi, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, #02-01 Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore 098382, Tel: (+65) 6271 7414, www.takumirestaurants.com
Aura – Italian
Aura is a contemporary Italian restaurant located within the National Gallery so it’s a great one to know about after a morning of cultural art exhibitions. Aura is run by restauranteur Beppe De Vito, the same man behind Italian eateries &Sons and Osteria Art, so he knows a thing or three about quality Italian food. Their three-course weekday set lunch ($35++) changes daily and consists of a starter, choice of main (pasta, fish or meat), and dessert with coffee and tea.
Aura, 1 St. Andrews Road, 05-03/06-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, Tel: (+65) 6866 1977, www.aura.sg
The Black Swan – Modern American
The Black Swan is a classy number in the CBD set in a stunning art deco grand bistro – a good business lunch to impress. The two-course set begins at $42 (the three-course set costs $48). The Black Swan Burger (self-declared “best in town”) is up for grabs, or the duck leg confit followed by decadent coffee profiteroles and frozen s’mores.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, Tel (+65) 6438 3757, www.theblackswan.com.sg
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant and Bar – Italian
One Michelin-starred Garibaldi offers Italian fine dining with its new $39 set lunch menu of a choice of starters like organic salad of slow-cooked chicken breast followed by rigatoni pasta with braised beef ragout or lamb shank and ends with a dessert of the day.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant and Bar, 36 Purvis Street, #01-02, Singapore 188613, Tel (+65) 6837 1468, www.garibaldi.com.sg
Ola Cocina Del Mar – Spanish
Ola Cocina del Mar has a strong following and so barely needs to offer a set lunch deal. Yet they do, only for those seated at the bar counter. The two-course meal ($29++), offers a tapas of gazpacho or Ensalada Rusa of potato, cabbage and green peas. For main course, choose from a selection of four dishes, including “Fideua” black noodle paella with crispy baby calamari, broccoli and romesco, or a Chicken dish, Fisherman’s Soup or Grilled vegetables. Add on a cheeky glass of bubbly for $11 and you’re sorted.
Ola Cocina Del Mar, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Blvd, 01 – 06, Singapore 018982, Tel: (+65) 6604 7050, olarestaurant.sg
Lower East Side 45 – Contemporary Mexican
Lower East Side 45 (LES45) on the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower offers contemporary Mexican with a stunning view to boot. The power lunch has to be the cheapest offering of this roundup with $12 lunches for you CBD peeps! Ok it’s not exactly a set – just one dish (a choice between quesadillas and burritos, from veg-quinoa to pork carnitas which are normally priced between $12-$18) – but there’s also a one for one on churros from 1pm til 6pm (normally $8 each).
Lower East Side 45, 50 Raffles Place, Level 45, Singapore 048623, Tel: (+65) 6221 9555, www.hiddendoorconcepts.com/lower-east-side-45
Salted & Hung – Modern Australian
Salted & Hung offers nose-to-tail style dining using cuts of meat from every part of the animal, with a strong focus on curing and grilling. The set lunch menu is $25 for two courses and $35 for three including a soda. Options range from pork belly flat bread with sriracha, to lamb neck, or tender barramundi with daikon, yuzu and kosho.
Salted & Hung, 12 Purvis Street, Singapore 188591, Tel: (+65) 63583130, www.saltedandhung.com.sg
Sear – American
A modern American steakhouse, Sear is all about good quality cuts and top-notch steaks using European PIRA charcoal ovens. For their lunch sets, they offer a two- and three-course meal ($32++, $39++). This upmarket establishment overlooks Marina Bay at 45 storeys high, so the views seen through floor-to-ceiling windows are bound to impress clients.
Sear, Level 45 Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place, Singapore 048623, Tel: (+65) 6221 9555, www.fiftyrafflesplace.com
Stellar at 1-Altitude – Australian
Stellar at 1-Altitude is another spot with, well, stellar views bang in the CBD. The bar at the rooftop boasts a world record at being the world’s highest alfresco bar. One level down, 1-Altitude is a little on the pricer end of our spectrum. Stellar at 1- Altitude offers a 3- and 4-course set lunch priced at $48++ and $58++ which may comprise roasted goat cheese, braised leek and chestnut chutney, followed by duck leg confit and end with a coconut pavlova.
Stellar at 1-Altitude, Level 62, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, Tel: (+55) 6438 0410, 1-altitude.com
Tablescape – European
Tablescape is located in Park Hotel but manages to not feel too “hotel-y” with its elegant interiors and pops of pastel pink soft furnishings – equally good for a ladies lunch or a business meeting lunch. The set lunch here is $32++ for 2 courses or $42++ for 3. Opt for the two course as you get freeflow bread (which arrives on a dedicated trolley – half a dozen types, from olive to sourdough to a squid ink brioche, served alongside homemade butter – a delicious course in itself!). Mains might be a choice of Black Angus hangar steak or Barramundi followed by a dessert selection from the trolley. Very good fare in a good location (pop into the National Gallery nearby before or after!). Full review here.
Tablescape, Level 3, Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman Street Singapore 179809, Tel: (+65) 6432 5618, www.parkhotelgroup.com
YAN – Cantonese
Yàn, on the 5th floor of the City Hall rooftop within the iconic National Gallery Singapore, offers authentic Cantonese cuisine with modern presentations. Restaurant interiors are modern and smart with handpicked pieces of art throughout. There are two 5-course set lunches to choose from at $38++per person (min 2 pax), and feature a dim sum trio platter, choice of soup, a main like steamed sea perch fillet with light soya sauce, a noodle dish and a dessert.
Yàn, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 178957, Tel: (+65) 6384 5585, www.yan.com.sg
Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge – Italian
Zafferano, or ‘saffron’ in Italian is set on the 43rd-storey offering great views across the bay. Italian cuisine is on the menu with a 2-course set and three course ($42++/$52++) which consists of an antipasti, a main like house-made ‘ravioli’ stuffed with fish sautéed mussels and ‘pecorino’ cheese or steamed NZ king salmon with roast potatoes, followed by Valrhona white chocolate and raspberry mousse.
Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, 049315, Tel: (+65) 6509 1488, zafferano.sg
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BoCHINche – Argentinian
BoCHINche does South American cuisine in a modern hip setting on Amoy Street. They offer a two-course ($32) or three-course ($38) lunch set. Get the Argentinan party started with red snapper carpaccio, pomelo and boniato cream, then tuck into Jerusalem artichoke ravioli with wild garlic and fontina fonduta followed by creme caramel and baked apple. Good news – the prix fix menu changes weekly so you can go regularly for your Argentinian fix.
Bochinche, #01-02, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935, Tel: (+65) 6235 4990, www.bochinche.com.sg
Cheek BISTRO – Modern Australian
The lovely husband-wife team of Chef Rishi Naleendra and restaurant manager, Manuela Toniolo are behind Cheek By Jowl. For lunch there’s the three-course set ($46) that entails a starter of venison with fermented plum, zucchini and wasabi, barramundi with leek and bonito butter followed by an unusual combination for dessert; and one that Chef Naleendra seem to pair often strawberry and black olive. You’ll need to visit to see how he does it.
Cheek BISTRO, 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. Tel: (+65) 6221 1911, www.cheekbyjowl.com.sg
Cure – Modern European
Cure offers Modern European fine dining cuisine with head Chef Kenneth Foong at the helm. The business set lunch ($30++ for 2 courses, $38++ for 3 courses) starts off with homemade sourdough bread slices with their signature whipped bacon butter and fermented cabbage. Set lunch dishes change regularly, but you are guaranteed artistic playful plates – whether it’s scallop, ceviche, pickled radish and yuzu ponzu or sea bass with squid porridge, rice cracker and sea urchin. Fine dining food with a Michelin star in a low lit, unstuffy atmosphere.
Cure, 21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128, Tel: (+65) 62212189, www.curesingapore.com
Ding Dong – Mod Asian
Ding Dong sees an eclectic take on traditional Asian cuisine designed by Ryan Clift and created by Assistant Head Chef Miller Mai. Think Southeast Asian flavours made modern and jazzed up — dishes like Vietnamese scotch eggs, beef brisket mantao, red snapper and clam green curry. The two-course lunch menu goes for $28++ per person.
Ding Dong, #01-02, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935, Tel: (+65) 6557 0189, www.dingdong.com.sg
Esquina – Modern Spanish
Barcelona-born Head Chef Carlos Montobbio runs the kitchen at Esquina – a tiny modern Spanish restaurant in a shophouse off Keong Saik. Grab a pew at the kitchen counter to watch the chefs in action. The lunch set menus offer two options, two courses at $28 or four courses at $48 Tuesday to Friday. Dishes are exciting, yet lunch portions are tapas sized (especially mains). You might get beetroot pickled and roasted with stracciatella, smoked walnuts and horseradish to start, a choice of scallop with Jersualem artichoke or a braised beef and pork cannelloni with crepes béchamel and foie gras. A sweet mini cone is thrown in with each lunch as a mini dessert/palate cleanser. Plus your first glass of house wine is only $12.
Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267, Tel: (+65) 62221616, esquina.com.sg
Latteria Mozzarella Bar – Italian
Latteria Mozzarella Bar in Duxton is one of our favourite haunts to enjoy an alfresco evening on their lovely terrace. These guys know their mozzarella with an entire menu dedicated to the cheesy stuff offering all kinds of mozzarella and burrata especially imported from Italia. They do a stellar lunch deal too – two courses at $29 or three courses of a starter, main and dessert at $32. Think Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing followed by a large choice of mains from Grilled Organic Barramundi Fillet to Seafood Linguine or Chef’s Homemade Pasta and ending with their rather excellent Classic Tiramisù or a refreshing scoop of Lemon Sorbet. It would be rude not to add on a glass of their house pour wine/ draft beer for a reasonable $8.
Latteria Mozzarella Bar, 40 Duxton Hill, 089618, Tel: (+65) 6866 1988, www.latteriamb.com
Le Binchotan – French Japanese
Le Binchotan is hidden in a back alley near Club street with décor reminiscent of a timber bunker — perfect for a hideaway lunch to talk away from the busy crowd (there are no windows so it is very discreet). Chef-owner Jeremy Chiam has designed a French-Japanese menu and their lunch sets range from 2 courses for $27++, 3 courses for $34++ and 4 courses for $42++ with dishes like cold smoked Hamachi or beetroot and burrata, and for mains the signature dish Sakura ebi cappellini followed by dessert of lychee sorbet with mango and kaffir.
Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy Street, #01-04 Entrance via, Gemmill Ln, 069935, Tel: (+65) 6224 1045, www.facebook.com/lebinchotan
Lerouy – Asian Inspired French
Chef Christophe Lerouy, from one-Michelin-starred Alma By Juan Amador has started his own restaurant, a tiny 26 seater hidden away on Stanley Street. There are just two set menus (no a la carte) which will change regularly: the petit menu ($38++ for 3 lunch courses), and a grand set ($55++ for 5 lunch courses) and each are omakase style with no choices. You might be treated to the massive Japanese oyster, in foamy comte cheese sauce, with sweet pear purée, then the salt baked cabbage with anchoiade sauce and lardo plus exciting amuse bouche and dessert.
Restaurant Lerouy, 3 Stanley Street, Singapore 068722, Tel: (+65) 6221 3639, www.lerouy.com
Little Creatures – Australian Craft Brewery
Little Creatures may be the place to head to for beer on tap but it’s also a great place for an affordable lunch. Their new set lunch menu is $18.90++ for two-courses available Monday to Thursday from 11.30am – 3pm. Think starters of avo bruschetta, greek or caesar salad paired with vege lasagna, minute steak, baked salmon fillet, seafood stew or chicken primavera. We like the long 10 seater tables for big meets or grab the indoor garden table for more of a private space. Little Creatures opens at 8am so it’s one of our fave spots to start the day on the right track with their brekkie options plus there’s free WIFI so it makes a great coffice.
&SONS – Italian
&SONS Italian gastrobar does specially priced meals for lunch only – pastas start at $10.90 like their pork cheek ragu, roast vegetable salads ($10.90), or mains like grilled chicken supreme ($10.90) and slow cooked beef stew ($12.90) plus a scoop of sorbet for dessert is only $5 making lunch come under $20.
&SONS, #01-19 China Square Central, 20 Cross Street, Singapore 048422, Tel (+65) 6221 3937, www.sons.com.sg
Bella Pasta – Italian
With riverfront views, this Italian restaurant does lunch sets at $25 — choose a soup, salad or starter like grilled zucchini with pesto, pine-nuts and diced scallops. Plus a main like chicken Milanese or prawns and broccoli orecchiette followed by a dessert of the day and coffee or tea.
Bella Pasta, 30 Robertson Quay #01-09 Riverside View, Singapore 238251, Tel: (+65) 6836 5692, www.bellapasta.com.sg
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse – Italian American
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse sprung up in 2012, and immediately had people talking about its novel 1.1kg charcoal-grilled Bistecca alla Fiorentina Wagyu T-Bone Steaks. They are offering a two-course and a three-course set menu at $38 and $48, respectively, so you can try out their meats at a fraction of the price. Try the slow-cooked octopus with chorizo and romesco sauce followed by the petit steak, a 200gram, flat-iron Australian angus. Read our full review here.
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse, 26 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238970 Tel: (+65) 6735 6739, www.bistecca.com.sg
Multi concept SPRMRKT of F&B, retail and art has 3 venues: SPRMRKT (2 McCallum Street) in the CBD and SPRMRKT Daily and SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar by the river at Robertson Quay. Modern European creations with Southeast Asian influences are on offer for two lunch set menus – a two-course set at $35++ or three-course set at $42++. Dishes include soft shell crab with szechuan pepper and ume liquor pork ribs and as a main twice cooked chicken roulade or forestier mushroom risotto followed by Earl Grey crème brulee.
SPRMRKT, 41 Robertson Quay, #02-01, Singapore 238236, www.sprmrkt.com.sg
JYPSY the chic-casual casual Japanese concept from PS.Cafe launches a new lunch menu. While evenings see the sharing plates and delicate JYSPYS salmon tacos being nibbled with cocktails, for lunch more one-person bowls have been introduced so look out for the Tempura Snapper Chirashi ($16), the JYPSY Cali Chirashi ($18) with pickled crab, Tajima Beef Fried Rice and the Kara-age Chirashi ($16). Groups of 8 pax or more can plump for the lunch at $38++ per person with sharing appetisers like JYPSY Salmon Tacos, JYPSY Cali Rolls, Crunchy Cabbage Pile and Nest of Fries plus one main each).
JYPSY, 38 Martin Road, Singapore 23905, www.pscafe.com/jypsy-martin-road
One-Ninety at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
One-Ninety at the Four Seasons Hotel offers a semi-buffet lunch ($38) of pretty salads and gourmet dips (babaganoush, hummus), and cold seafood dishes that change daily. The cuisine ranges from wholesome Provençal to Asian. The semi-buffet offers an ample spread with lots of healthy proteins and veg if you are being good. Think French bean salad, quinoa salad, purple potatoes, fresh crab salads – you can literally eat the rainbow here! Not to mention the separate table for desserts (chocolate mousse, cakes, madeleines and more) and cheese too. Top up an extra $10 and you can add an entrée like Snapper Bouillabaisse or Laksa. This is a fave of ours!
One -Ninety, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646, Tel: (+65) 6831 7250, www.fourseasons.com
Fat Cow is a fine dining restaurant offering high-quality Japanese Wagyu beef and seafood dishes. Their set lunch comes with salad, chawanmushi, miso soup, and dessert. The main lunch dish could be spicy salmon donburi ($30), Kurobuta tonkatsu ($30), or the sashimi moriawase of thirteen pieces of premium sashimi for $50.
Fat Cow, #01-01 Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649, Tel: (+65) 6735 0308, www.fat-cow.com.sg
La Nonna – Italian
La Nonna, meaning “The Grandmother” in Italian, serves traditional Italian fare in a casual setting. Their 3-course set lunch is $26++ and changes monthly. There’s always a choice: starters like caprese salad with buffalo milk mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes and pesto or a soup followed by ‘Coccode’ pizza with tomato, mozzarella, chicken sausage and shiitake or pan-seared salmon with mashed pumpkin. Finish with a sweet note of pannacotta with coffee or tea.
La Nonna, 26/26B Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore 277685, Tel: (+65) 6468 1982 , www.lanonna.sg
The Dempsey Cookhouse – Asian-Inspired European
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar is a casual yet refined restaurant and bar by acclaimed Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Their set lunch is two courses for $40, or three courses for $48. Starters include beets and strawberries, shallots and pistachios or mint chicken soup. For mains choose from sauteed snapper with sesame vinaigrette, or grilled beef tenderloin with white asparagus and desserts include mango lemon tart or almond cake.
The Dempsey Cookhouse, 17 & 18 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676, www.comodempsey.sg
Jim Thompson – Thai
Jim Thompson does classy Thai with big, bold interiors. Their sets are available to order during lunch hours and include a mango or papaya salad. Sets are priced $35 for 2 persons, $44 for 3 persons, and $55 for 4 persons and range from an assortment of the restaurant’s best appetisers, such as spring rolls, deep fried prawns and prawn cakes to the Ayutthaya set of chicken satay, salad with Thai chicken balls and a dish of grilled Australian beef tenderloin.
Jim Thompson, 45 Minden Road, Dempsey Rd, Singapore 248817, Tel: (+65) 6475 6088, www.jimthompsonrestaurant.com
Morsels – Modern Asian
Morsels in Dempsey is a cute casual restaurant with reigning Chef of the Year Petrina Loh at the helm making everything in house and fermenting and curing much of the produce. Lunch sees more affordable sets as part of the Lunch Noodle Bar ($28) – various Asian inspired noodle dishes (like pork jowl char siew wonton mee) served with a special appetizer of the week. There’s also the option to have one snack, one small, one carb, one main and a dessert for $45 or a larger menu for $65.
Morsels, #01-04, 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670, Tel: (+65) 6266 3822, www.morsels.com.sg
The White Rabbit – European
The White Rabbit offers fine dining in the unique setting of a former chapel. A set lunch comes in two courses ($38) or three courses ($42) with dishes like classic beef tartare for starters, coq au vin or barramundi with pickled kohlrabi and braised fennel for a main followed by a dessert like roasted strawberry streusel white balsamic and champagne ice cream. Up the ante with a glass of selected wine for $10++.
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541, Tel: (+65) 6473 9965, www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg
Loving Hut – Vegan
Loving Hut offers a meatless vegan spin on hawker classics and while they don’t have a set lunch per say, they do offer extremely affordable weekday meals that change daily, and you can pair this up with dessert and drink and it will still come in under $20. Highlights range from Bali bliss soba salad ($12.90) of assorted grated veggies, sprouts, lettuce, avocado, marinated tempeh on soba noodles, to Nyonya mee siam to vegan kwap chay (both $9.90).
Loving Hut, 229 Joo Chiat Rd #01-01 Singapore 427489, Tel: (+65) 6348 6318, lovinghut.com.sg
The Chop House – Australian-American
Created by the same team behind the acclaimed Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, The Chop House is a gastro-bar serving grilled meats, steak sandwiches and burgers cooked on their Southbend broiler from the U.S. Their 2-course set lunch is from $16 with the option to add on dessert for $4++.
The Chop House, 112 East Coast Road, #01-13, Katong I12, Singapore 428802, www.the-chop-house.com
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