We know you urban gents are always on the lookout for the best business lunch spots in the CBD, so here are some recommendations for satisfying your taste buds, whether you’re looking to schmooze a client or eat at your desk.
Whether it’s a report, pitch or document that’s due immediately, dining at your desk doesn’t have to mean Maccy D’s and a bad case of 3pm sugar lull. These places will see you right, with good, fast, take-away food.
The Sandwich Shop
Nothing beats the convenience and reliability of The Sandwich Shop. As the name suggests, a wide range of sandwiches are available but also a good selection of salads and pastas. Everything is made fresh on-site each day ready for you to grab-and-go and if your favourite isn’t in the chiller, they will make to order.
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Best Dish: The Hot Chix Baguette $8.50
Location: Gateway East, 152 Beach Road (6396 7096)
Price: Sandwiches $6.60-$9.30
A small delicatessen serving freshly smoked meats on a variety of breads, accompanied by tasty sauces, salads and sides. Great to take back to the office, just remember to pick up a napkin, as drips from these juicy sandwiches aim straight for your shirt!
Best Dish: The Montevideo (Chivitos) $9.30, steak, ham, bacon, olives, pickles, roasted peppers, mozzarella, tomato and lettuce on foccacia
Location: 2 Amoy Street, #01-01 Far East Square (6557 2214)
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Price: Prix Fixe 3-course lunch $43
Modern European fare with great service and interesting ingredient combinations beautifully presented. Be warned, portions are small and a few options for the prix fixe lunch carry a $4-6 surcharge, so the ‘prix’ is not always very ‘fixe’.
Best Dish: Georges Bank Scallop, coconut Du Puy lentils, aged pancetta caramel crisp ($4 surcharge)
Location: 11 Stanley St (6221 0046)
Price: 3-course set lunch $39
Garibaldi offers authentic Italian cuisine focusing on quality over quantity with slick service and attention to detail. Renowned as more of a post-work fine dining restaurant, Garibaldi also offers an excellent set-lunch menu. This wouldn’t be an everyday type of place, but it’s great if you have clients in town.
Best Dish: Tiger Prawns Ravioli (part of 3-course set lunch)
Location: 36 Purvis Street (6837 1468)
Bottom Line: 3-course set lunch $42
The ambience, lighting and music make for an intimate Italian experience and the service is impeccable. The perfect restaurant to experience fantastic cuisine while escaping the craziness of the city centre.
Best Dish: Ossobuco $35 – slowly braised veal shank with lemon gremolata and potatopuree
Location: 46 Bukit Pasoh Road (6327 8378)
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Price: 45-minute business lunch $38
On the second floor of the One Fullerton building, it provides fantastic waterside views of Marina Bay Sands, no matter which table you are seated at. The delicious food and the quality of service are reflected in the price.
Best Dish: Slow Braised Beef Cheek with Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Sauce, $40
Location: One Fullerton Road, #02-06 One Fullerton (6690 7564)
Price: 3-course set lunch $33
The cuisine is simple – burgers, fish and chips, soups, sandwiches – but the best thing about the set lunch is the all-you-can-eat salad buffet, which usually contains a great selection of meats, cheeses, breads and salads. It has an awesome view MBS and the bay, and they brew their own beer too!
Best Dish: Salad bar
Location: 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower (6834 3133)
So you need to schmooze but the UK Bribery and Corruption Act has put a limiting cap on your budget. Head to these places that serve great food in an appropriate atmosphere without a hefty price tag.
Price: from $40 per person
If you fancy extra spicy Sichuan Chinese fare, Silk Road won’t disappoint as it delivers in spades. Very relaxed setting, varied menu and easy on the wallet for big groups!
Best Dish: The handmade Sichuan beef noodles, $5, or the Sichuan dried chilli and chicken, $20
Location: The Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, (6227 3848)
Price: Starters from $5, mains from $7
Fans of MiddleEastern and Lebanese cuisine, head straight to Urban Bites. The prices are extremely affordable so you walkaway knowing that you got a great deal!
Best Dish: Istanbuli Kebab $14 – skewers of marinated minced lamb, served with saffron riceand a delicious barbecue sauce
Location: 123 Telok Ayer Street, (6327 9460)
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If you’re on a health kick, check out these restaurants for delicious meals that are also kind to your heart.
Price: $2.40-$2.80 per roll
Cheap, healthy, fast… and they fill you up! Aussie Roll has a great variety of sushi roll fillings from seafood to chicken, beef and vegetarian. They’re always fresh, the staff are friendly and did I mention it was cheap?! A healthy, wholesome lunch for under $10 is hard to find in the city.
Best Dish: Calamari roll
Location: Chevron House #B1-05
Price: starters from $5.50, mains from $8.50
Look past the tofu and wakame and you’ll find healthy versions of baked potato wedges, shepherds pie and spaghetti as well as fresh mango sushi rolls. Of course there’s lots of super healthy brown rice sets and gluten-free cakes too. It all tastes so good that it’s hard to believe it’s vegan-friendly and nutritious too.
Best Dish: Lasagne
Location: 325A Beach Road (6396 5523)
Perfect for a Friday team lunch, there’ll be no pressure to finish up quickly and, with a good cocktail menu, you could be there all afternoon and late into the night.
Price: 3-course set lunch $20-$46
A hands-down winner on location, Kinki offers top-end sushi and sashimi with a creative twist – think pan-seared foie gras with scallop sushi, snapper carpaccio with truffle oil and pork belly with spicy miso sushi to name a few. The rooftop bar also makes this a popular spot for post work drinks.
Best Dish: Tai Carpaccio Snapper with shio konbu and Kinki’s truffle dressing, $32
Location: 70 Collyer Quay #02-02 Customs House (6533 3471)
Price: Sandwiches from $15.90 to $43 for a steak main course
Not exactly a secret as it’s packed most days, but book a table, pull up a seat and watch the world (Club Street) pass by as you sit back and relax. Great wine list and surprisingly good food for a wine bar.
Best Dish: You could work your way through the wine list, though a Hendricks Gin & Tonic $16++ with cucumber always hits the spot
Location: 1 Ann Siang Hill (6224 2227)
For discrete meetings with a head-hunter, try these spots where the setting is appropriately formal and off-the-beaten-treadmill:
Zafferano – Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay (6509 1488)
Golden Peony – 2 Temasek Boulevard, 3F Conrad Centennial (6334 8888)
Summer Pavilion – Ritz Carlton 7 Raffles Avenue (6434 5286)
Otto Ristorante – 28 Maxwell Road, #01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building (6227 6819)
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House, 20 Gemmill Lane (62214468)
Restaurant Ember, 50 Keong Saik Road, Hotel 1929 (6347 1928)
Bistro Soori, No. 2 Teck Lim Road (6438 3802)
Nicolas, 10 Teck Lim Road (6224 2404)
SPR MRKT, 2 McCallum Street (6221 2105)
Rocks Urban Grill + Bar, 2 Marina Boulevard , #02-01/02 The Sail @ Marina Bay (6438 4404)
Erwin’s Gastrobar, 8A Marina Blvd, Ground Plaza #01-01 (6634 8715)
Chez Petit Salut, 12 Marina Boulevard MBFC Tower 3 #01-07 (6604 6107)
Osvaldo Ola-Cocina Del Mar, 12 Marina Boulevard MBFC Tower 3 #01-06 (6604 7050)
Kazbar, 25 Church Street (6438 2975)