Tapping into the psyche of busy executives wanting to make the most of their one-hour lunch break, restaurant and cafe owners are pulling out the stops to woo them with irresistible dining deals.

Here are 10 that offer the most bang for your buck.

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Pasta at Daily Treats at The Westin Singapore. Image: ST

What: Dine in air-conditioned comfort at this new hotel’s deli, Daily Treats.

It offers lunch combos at $8 nett. The sets include a choice of pasta, laksa or sandwich with either a fruit salad or a soft drink. The fruit salad or soft drink can be replaced with soup for an extra $1.

Pasta options include basil pesto with parmesan cheese pasta, laksa pasta or bacon with parmesan in tomato cream sauce pasta. If you prefer a sandwich, the choices are smoked salmon, beef, grilled vegetables, and ham and cheese.

When: 11am to 3pm, weekdays
Where: Daily Treats, Level 1, The Westin Singapore, Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View
Info: Call 6922-6998

What: After its previous promotion of $1 English muffins, look out for Jewel Coffee’s $1 croissant promotion with every coffee purchased. There are also sandwich and pasta promotions in the pipeline.

When: Oct 6 to 10, 7am to 8pm
Where: Jewel Coffee outlets at Hitachi Tower and 1 Shenton Way, 01-07
Info: www.facebook.com/Jewelcoffee

What: Early birds who buy a drink between 7 and 11am get 50 per cent off their second drink after 1pm. Good for those who drink more than one cup a day. Prices start at $3.50 for an espresso or hot tea.

When: 7am to 6pm, weekdays only
Where: The Arcade, 11 Collyer Quay, 02-37
Info: Call 6226-3185

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Kirin frozen fruit beers at Meds. Image: Medz

What: Medzs, which serves Mediterranean food, offers drinks at irresistible prices. Erdinger beers costs $4.90 all day. For Happy Hour from 5 to 7pm, Kirin draft beer costs $3.90, while the Kirin frozen fruit beer costs $5.90.

When: 8am to 10pm (Monday to Thursday), 8am to 11pm (Friday), 11am to 8pm (Saturday)
Where: Clifford Centre, 01-01, Raffles Place
Info: Call 6536-1917

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Image: The Royal Mail

What: Daily bar promotions include $5 dirty or dry martinis on Monday; 1-for-1 house pour and premium wine on Tuesdays; 1-for-1 whiskies by the glass on Wednesday. During Happy Hour, all specialty cocktails are priced at $10 each.

When: 5 to 8pm (Happy Hour on weekdays only), 6pm till closing (daily bar promotions),
Where: Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, 2 Finlayson Green
Info: Call 6509-3589

What: Have a hearty breakfast with a 1-for-1 breakfast deal.
The second breakfast must be of equal or lower value.

Breakfast items include Marche Movenpick Breakfast ($16.90) with a choice of two fried or scrambled organic eggs, bacon, chipotle sausages, baked beans with confit salami, served with bread; Cold Cut Threesome ($11.90) with Blackforest ham, mortadella and cheese served with sourdough and rye bread; and breakfast pizza with a choice of ham ($9.50) or sausage ($9.90) with bacon and egg.

When: 8 to 10am daily
Where: Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View, 01-04/05
Info: Call 6844-9207


Pasta at &Sons. Image: ST

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What: The restaurant’s Italian classics come under its Big Plates selection with pasta, fish and meats priced from $8++ to $12++. Menu items include linguine with seafood marinara ($8), carbonara (done the Italian way with egg pasta, guanciale and egg, $8), Baked Chicken Cacciatore ($9), and Chef’s Salad with Homemade Pancetta & Cheese ($9).

Happy Hour promotions include draft beer at $5++ a glass daily until 8pm.

In addition to the regular promotions, diners working in the area can leave name cards with the restaurant, and they will get an e-mail offering a 10 per cent discount on the a la carte menu for subsequent visits.

When: Noon to 2.30pm (weekday lunch), 6.30 to 10.30pm (dinner from Monday to Saturday)
Where: China Square Central, 20 Cross Street, 01-19
Info: sons.com.sg

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What: If you prefer a traditional kopi and toast set for tea break, go to Coffee Hive for its $2 set which includes coffee or tea and a choice of kaya, butter, butter with sugar or peanut butter toast.

When: 2 to 5pm, weekdays only
Where: Afro Asia Building (in MPH Bookstore), 63 Robinson Road, 01-02
Info: Go to www.thecoffeehive.com

What: Drink up at this French restaurant, which features a variety of daily alcohol promotions. Start on Monday with free flow of white and red wine at $29; and wind down on Thursday and Friday with $5 house pours, and $1 beer for every two bottles purchased at $10 each.

When: 5 to 8pm daily
Where: Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, 01-01
Info: Go to lacantine.sg

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What: If you need a tea break, head to Baguette for its mid-day specials. Get two pieces of crispy garlic toast for $1.90; hot toasties (tuna, cornbeef, ham and cheese or minced meat) or a slice of Pine Garden’s cake at $2.90; or a mozzarella cheese melt, mini baguette or soup of the day with garlic toast for $3.90.

When: 10.15 to 11.30am, 2.30 to 6pm daily
Where: Two outlets at Hitachi Tower and Marina Bay Link Mall
Info: Call 6536-7604 (Hitachi Tower) or 6509 1804 (Marina Bay Link Mall). Go to www.baguette.sg

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on September 28, 2014. For similar stories, go to sph.straitstimes.com/premium/singapore. You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.