affordable fine dining

Photo: Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Swissotel Merchant CourtIntercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay

When your budget is tight but you still want to indulge, the solution is to hunt down deals. Thankfully, there are good lunch deals, and many are located in town.

With “cheap” being relative, remember that these are not your $1-chicken-rice type places, but value-for-money finds in fancy-ish places that you might want to check out when it’s pay day.

Here are 10 places we like. 


1. Origin Grill

Origin Grill Shangri-La Hotel

Photo: Shangri-La Hotel

Origin Grill’s chef de cuisine Heidi Flanagan favours unique and quality-driven ingredients, and the lunch offerings are no different. Some must-try on the set lunch menu include a classic grilled sea bass fillet, and the flavourful Williams River cross bred Wagyu Flank steak.

Deal: 3-course meal $34, (with one appetiser, main course and dessert) and 4-course at $45 (choice of two  appetisers, one main course and one dessert). 

Where: Lobby Level, Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350

Tel: 6213-4959

Lunch hours: Noon to 2.30pm




2. Yan

Yan restaurant

Photo: Yan

Classic Cantonese food is always a good option, and Yan offers two set menus, both including the dim sum trip platter. 

Deal: 5-course set lunch $38, minimum two to eat

Where: 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957

Tel: 6384-5585

Lunch hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm


3. FOC Pim Pam

FOC Pim Pam

Photo: 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.

Deal: One tapas and one main for $25; one snack from the bodega, tapa, main and dessert at $35.

Where: 442 Orchard Road #01-29, Singapore 238879

Tel: 6100-4242

Lunch hours: Noon to 3pm


4. Publico Ristorante

Publico Ristorante

Photo: Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay

Publico Ristorante has just launched its lunch service and decided to offer a set menu that includes its popular pizzas (the Tartufata is excellent) and pastas.

Deal: 2-course menu at $30, 3-course menu at $35 

Where: 1 Nanson Road, Level 1, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909

Tel: 6826-5040

Lunch hours: Friday and Saturday, noon to 3pm


5. Porta

Porta restaurant

Photo: Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Porta has one of the most affordable lunch deals in its area. 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.

Deal: 2-course meal at $18, 3-course at $22, weekdays only

Where: 1 Unity St, Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore 237983

Tel: 6593-8855

Lunch hours: Weekdays noon to 2.30pm


6. Stellar at 1-Altitude

Stellar restaurant 1-altitude

Photo: 1-Altitude

The view from Stellar at 1-Altitude is, well, stellar. The dishes available in the set menus change monthly, but you can expect quintessential progressive Australian cuisine

Deal: 2-course at $38, 3-course at $48, and 4-course at $58

Where: Level 62, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616

Tel: 6438-0410

Lunch hours: Weekdays noon to 2pm


7. The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Clifford Pier

Photo: The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Eating heritage dishes at a heritage site is a fun experience, especially if that meal is a good value. The menus includes dishes such as Soy-braised Pork Jowl, and Caramelised Jackfruit Spring Rolls.

Deal: 2-course meal $35, 3-course $38

Where: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

Tel: 6877-8911

Lunch hours: Weekdays 11.30 a,mm to 2.30 p.m.


8. Coffee Lounge, Goodwood Park Hotel

goodwood park hotel coffee lounge

Photo: Goodwood Park Hotel Coffee Lounge

This popular promotion has been going on since 2007, and now, there are new dishes to try out, such as pork satay, Hokkien black noodles and tahu telur. And when you’re done with your mains, you can try the dessert buffet.

Deal: Design Your Own Local Degustation Set Menu, 3-course $29; 4-course $33

Where: 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Tel: 6730-1746

Lunch hours: Noon to 2.30pm


9. Ellenborough Market Cafe, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore

ellenborough market cafe

Photo: Swissotel Merchant Court

If you’re good at balancing your food, the One-Plate Lunch Buffet is ideal for you. Just stack your food as high as you can with items such as kueh pie tie, ayam buah keluak, and babi pongteh, and just hope that nothing spills. For $4 more, you’ll also invited to raid the dessert spread for unlimited servings of desserts.

Deal: One-Plate Lunch Buffet, $18

Where: 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281

Tel: 6239-1848

Lunch hours: Noon to 2.30pm


10. Lotus Kitchen

Lotus Kitchen

Photo: Lotus Kitchen

Even vegetarians can enjoy a wallet-friendly set meal. At Lotus Kitchen, you can order any bowl of ramen (usually $6.80) and just top up $3.90 for a dim sum (such as steamed beancurd roll, fried carrot cake or crystal vegetable dumpling) and free flow of Chinese tea. The curry ramen is highly recommended. 

Deal: Ramen, dim sum and free flow of tea at $10.70

Where: #01-01/02, Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413

Tel: 6538-1068

Lunch hours: 11.30am to 3pm

This article was originally published in The Straits Times.