Are you stuck in a ‘lunch rut’ – always heading back to the same places and never deviating from your usual dishes? Give your quick sandwich or local hawker a rest with fab new lunch menus, great value lunchtime deals and all-round beautiful spots to enjoy a midday meal or afternoon tea… here are our 9 current favourites!
One of the hottest lunch tables in town is Stellar at 1-Altitude, Singapore’s highest restaurant at 62 floors up with spectacular 360-degree views. “For lunch I prefer to focus on clean, simple flavours with an always changing selection of dishes using the best ingredients of the season,” says Executive Chef Christopher Millar.
Chef Millar’s award-winning cuisine is most evident in his gastronomic lunch menu, featuring five courses of seasonal selections like the Loch Fyne Salmon Tartare, a beautifully braised Japanese Wagyu Rib Eye and a delicate Vanilla Blancmange to top it off.
End your meal on a sweet note at the luscious dessert buffet loaded with amazing creations by Pastry Chef Jasmin Chew, which features a live station for liquid nitrogen ice cream, crispy waffles, or silky crepés with toppings. As Stellar is one of only three KRUG Champagne Ambassade restaurants in Singapore, a chilled glass of bubbles is almost mandatory.
Top Tip: Come early to score one of the window seats (first-come, first-seated) which have dreamy views over Marina Bay or the CBD.
These two popular sister eateries at Robertson Quay offer delicious weekday set lunches at great value; a 3-course set lunch plus coffee and tea is priced at just $20++ with plenty of variety to allow for repeat visits.
At Bella Pizza, which is widely regarded as having the best pizzas in Robertson Quay, we spiced things up with a delicious chilli and salami Pizza Diavola, and were surprised (and delighted) to be served a 12” pizza as a main dish, which, unusually for a set menu deal, is the same size as the a la carte pizzas.
At Bella Pasta two doors down, the mains centre on pastas like Cavatelli – the little pasta shells that look like miniature hot dog buns – with proscuitto and spinach or puttanesca with home made spaghetti, though there is always a meat or fish main for non-carb eaters.
Top Tip: Their set lunch menus change bi-monthly so be sure to check ahead online, and (yippee) gluten-free pasta is available.
In the mood for an intimate high tea, set against a cascading two-story waterfall? Then centrally located 10 SCOTTS is the place to go.
Start with homemade crab cakes with remoulade sauce, curry puffs, scones and macaroons served on a two-tier glass stand. Then choose between a mix of local and international favourites; soups, sides and a la minute dishes flambéed to order, as well as premium cold cuts, eight different artisan cheeses, dim sum, gourmet tartines, sushi, indulgent whole cakes and desserts.
If there’s still space, help yourself to freshly shucked sustainable oysters, ice creams and sorbets from the chiller. All this paired with over 23 different choices of coffee, tea and selected juices and, if you’re celebrating, free-flowing Perrier Jouët Champagne – yes please!
Top Tip: Enjoy up to 50% off your dining bill along with a host of other benefits when you sign up as a Club at the Hyatt member.
Two seating’s available: 12:00 pm to 2:30pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00pm | Monday to Friday: $43++ or $75++ with free flowing champagne | Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $ 53++ or $85++ with free flowing champagne | Complimentary for children below 4 years old and $30++ for children 4 to 12 years old.
Lobby, 10 Scotts Road, 228211 | 6738 1234
If you’re keen for a classic gastro bar with a contemporary twist and magnificent views of Marina Bay, then reserve a table at Cook & Brew, at The Westin Singapore with two-course set lunches at $35++ and three-course set dinners at $55++.
Choose from a selection of delectable starters, mains and desserts, including juicy gourmet burgers, crafted with top-grade US beef and crowd pleasing bar food such as the whipped buffalo milk ricotta with truffle honey and grilled bread and the poutine “EH’ – Cook & Brew’s version of the well-loved Canadian dish – a very satisfying combo of French fries, cheese curds, tender pulled pork and Strongbow cider gravy. Pair your comfort food with a carefully curated selection of more than 100 craft beers from over 20 different countries, wines and delicious cocktails.
Top Tip: Sign up to become a Starwood Preferred Guest and enjoy an exclusive 15% discount on the total bill.
Level 33, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, 018961 | 6922-6948
Enjoy an exquisite array of well-loved traditional Cantonese fare and dim sum, spiced up with a modern twist at Peach Blossoms, now under the expert guide of the multiple award-winning Executive Chinese Chef, Francis Chong Wui Choong.
Recognised as one of the top chefs in Singapore – his many accolades include a Five Star Gold Award for the Hong Kong Gourmet Master Chef 2012 as well as the Champion title in the Taiwan International Culinary Exhibition 2014 – Chef Chong’s specialises in fresh seafood cuisine.
Don’t miss his signature dishes including stir fried Singapore Chilli Crab served with deep fried buns, assam fish curry with pastry puff, claypot prawn Indonesian style and chilled almond cream with hasma – a rare Asian delicacy – served with coconut.
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 11.00am – 3.00pm | Dinner: Daily: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Coffee aficionados will love the menu at The Coffee Academics, curated from areas of the world rich in coffee history – an assortment of finely designed dishes inspired by the owners’ travels around the world, and are best accompanied by a specialty coffee.
The Mediterranean seafood salad is inspired by the Mediterranean seas, the primary source of coffee export to Europe in the 17th century, while the blue corn nachos and the crispy fish fillet tacos – with a deliciously fresh mango salsa topped with a zesty citrus sauce – hail from Mexico, the world’s 8th largest location for coffee production.
Each dish tells a charming story of the joy and sense of community that comes from great coffee and shared plates– definitely worth a visit!
#02-01/02 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, 228209 | 6538 1940
If you want something that’s quick and affordable, but still tastes amazing, then Jamie’s Super Lunch deal is the answer! Their two or three course menu options feature many of the well-known favourites including yummy Italian Nachos with crispy fried ravioli and Italian Steak and Fries, a flash-grilled sirloin steak with spiced skinny fries and rainbow slaw.
Prefer something on the lighter side? Try the Super Food Salad with fresh avocado, roasted beets, cottage cheese and a whole host of healthy goodies – pulses, grains and toasted seeds, kale and pomegranate – in a spicy harissa dressing. To balance all that goodness, order a zesty Tiramisu with chocolate shavings or a warm, fudgy Brownie with caramelised popcorn.
Top Tip: Reserve a table online to avoid the queue. If you’re squeezed for time, they promise to have you in and out of the restaurant within the hour.
Being at home is no reason to settle for a boring sandwich…let lunch come to you, simply order it online from foodpanda.sg or on their handy mobile app.
Head to SaladStop! for quick and healthy lunch choices, one of our fav’s is the Go Geisha salad with red and white cabbage base, firm tofu soba noodles and crunchy edamame. Continuing on the super-healthy theme, a raw crispy lasagna or a spinach and quinoa burger from the vegan farm-to-table café Afterglow is bound to hit the spot!
In the mood for something a bit more wholesome? Try the pasta and grain-based dishes from RealFood, the wheat and gluten-free beetroot apple salad with feta, nuts, and a homemade minty lemon oil dressing is delicious! Meat eaters, how about one of MeatLiquor’s beef burgers, scrumptious bar bites or margarita prawn cocktail, they’re all fantastic!
Top Tip: Delivery takes just 30 minutes! Hungry? Order now!
There’s nothing quite like a perfectly brewed velvety coffee to finish off a delicious lunch, even when you are at home!
If the over-roasted supermarket stuff just isn’t cutting it, then we’ll let you in on a well-loved EL secret, online specialty coffee store Perk Coffee delivers fresh roast-to-order coffee direct to your door.
It’s responsibly sourced from around the globe, hand-roasted in small batches in Singapore and then delivered super fresh within 48 hours of roasting – even a non-coffee expert will taste the difference. They also grind your beans to perfectly suit your brew method.
Delivery is always free and it’s really easy to pause, reschedule roasting dates, or change your mind on your preferred coffee types if you fancy a different taste. Convenience and gorgeously fresh coffee, what’s not to love?
Top Tip: To help you get started, they’re offering 70% off your first order for a limited time only. Use voucher code ‘EXPATLIVING’. Offer expires 30 September.
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