Tight on money but still want to indulge? Solution: Hunt for food promos.
Thankfully, there are lots of lunch specials in SG, with many of them located in town. Yes, though “cheap” and “good” are relative, these are not your run-of-the-mill hawker centre and food court kind of places, but finds in fancy-ish places that you might want to check out when it’s pay day. Here are 10 restos that are worth your money.
(image: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore)
Origin Grill and Bar’s chef de cuisine Heidi Flanagan favours unique and quality-driven ingredients, and the lunch offerings are no different. Some must-tries on the set lunch menu include a classic grilled sea bass fillet, and the flavourful Williams River cross bred Wagyu Flank steak.
Lunch hours: 12-2.3:0 p.m.
Deal: 3-course meal at $34 (with one appetiser, main course and dessert), and 4-course meal at $45 (choice of two appetisers, one main course and one dessert)
Classic Cantonese food is always a good option, and Yàn offers two set menus (A or B), both including a platter of its delicious dim sum (small plates of Chinese of fried or steamed food dishes), and a choice of desserts such as Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo and Sago, and Hot Bean Cream with Lotus Seeds.
Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Deal: 5-course set lunch $38 (minimum two to eat)
(image: FOC Pim Pam)
FOC Pim Pam is always good for a relaxing lunch with a few friends. Although alcohol is not included in the set menus, you might be tempted because the bar here has the largest collection of sherries in Southeast Asia.
Lunch hours: 12-3 p.m.
Deal: One tapas and one main for $25, additional one snack from the bodega, tapas, mains and desserts menu at $35
(image: Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay)
This Italian deli, restaurant & bar has just launched its lunch service. Luckily for us, the casual-chic resto has decided to offer a set menu that includes its popular pizzas (the Tartufata is excellent – a vegetarian’s delight with mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, smoked scamorza and truffle) and pastas.
Lunch hours: Friday and Saturday, 12-3 p.m.
Deal: 2-course menu at $30, 3-course menu at $35
(image: Park Hotel Clarke Quay)
Porta has one of the most affordable lunch deals in its area in Clarke Quay. The menu here is modern European, and you’ll be able to order items such as Smoked Trout, Confit Chicken Leg, and Vanilla Panna Cotta.
Lunch hours: Weekdays, 12-2:30 p.m
Deal: 2-course meal at $18, 3-course meal at $22
(image: The Fullerton Bay Hotel)
Eating heritage dishes at a heritage site is always a novel and fun experience, especially if the meal is a good value. As it is at this hawker food culture specialist: its menu includes familiar SG dishes done with a twist, such as Soy-braised Pork Jowl and Caramelised Jackfruit Spring Rolls.
Lunch hours: Weekdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Deal: 2-course meal at $35, 3-course meal at $38
(image: Goodwood Park Hotel, Coffee Lounge)
An oldie but goodie – this popular promotion has been going on since 2007. Now, there are new dishes to try out, such as pork satay (skewered grilled meat), Hokkien black noodles (noodles in dark soy sauce) and tahu telur (omelette with cubed tofu). And when you’re done with your mains, you can try the dessert buffet.
Lunch hours: 12-2:30 p.m.
Deal: Design Your Own Local Degustation Set Menu, 3-course at $29 and 4-course at $33
(image: Swissotel Merchant Court)
If you’re good at balancing your food, the One-Plate Lunch Buffet offered here is ideal for you. Just stack your food as high as you can with items such as kueh pie tie (Peranakan crispy pastry tart shell filled with vegetables and prawns), ayam buah keluak (Peranakan chicken braised in spicy tamarind gravy), and babi pongteh (Peranakan braised pork belly with fermented soy bean sauce), and just hope that nothing spills. For $4 more, you’ll also invited to raid the dessert spread (for unlimited servings!).
Lunch hours: 12-2:30 p.m.
Deal: One-Plate Lunch Buffet, $18
(image: Lotus Kitchen)
Even vegetarians can enjoy a wallet-friendly set meal. At Lotus Kitchen in Chinatown, you can order any bowl of ramen or Japanese noodles (usually $6.80) and just top up $3.90 for a dim sum dish such as steamed beancurd roll, fried carrot cake or crystal vegetable dumpling, and a free flow of Chinese tea. The curry ramen is highly recommended.
Lunch hours: 11:30 am – 3 p.m.
Deal: Ramen, dim sum and free flow of tea at $10.70
By Yeoh Wee Teck, The Straits Times, 20 June 2018.
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