From hearty Greek fare to filling brunch plates, we round up four good lunch spots in Singapore. Catch up with the girls, or colleagues you haven’t seen for a while, and have a great meal too!
Indulge in family-style Mediterranean dishes at this gorgeous restaurant, which was started by the team behind furniture and homeware store House of AnLi. Tucked away on the second floor of Tanglin Mall, the bright and airy space is blessed with natural light that streams through the expansive windows. Decked in white and rattan furnishings, along with lovely green accents for a tropical touch, Pano Kato provides a relaxed respite – and the perfect place for a break from shopping!
Food-wise, you can expect a wide range of kid-friendly dishes that are great for sharing. Start with some delicious Greek dips and appetisers, a daily soup, or a serve of sourdough bread. The pizzas are baked in a wood-fired oven, while seafood and meat dishes like lamb kebabs are grilled on the impressive Josper oven. If you’re visiting in a group, get the mixed meat platter or the show-stopping Australian beef Tomahawk to share. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying Maria’s original moussaka, an original recipe passed down from the owner’s mum!
Cafe Melba Mediapolis
Cafe Melba has always been a favourite for gatherings of all sorts – weekend brunch dates, family gatherings and quick lunches in between work. On weekdays from 12pm to 2pm, the Mediapolis restaurant offers an affordable set lunch at only $18 for a main course with free-flow iced lemon tea. Choose from a range of hearty mains, including fish and chips, and a 12-hour confit pork belly. If you prefer something more indulgent, get the steak and fries (top up $3), which features Australian grain-fed bavette steak with a black pepper sauce. Still hungry? Top up $4 for a dessert of the day, or opt for an additional starter like the smoked duck salad.
Located in the One-North business district, this café and bakery serves a large crowd of office workers during lunchtime. The cosy bistro has a rustic and welcoming setting, making it a popular hangout spot not just for those who happen to be in the vicinity, but also for those who love a good brunch on any day of the week.
The menu includes a selection of signature sandwiches, brunch dishes, pastas and nourishing grain bowls for the health-conscious. Try the Avocado Fields, a hearty plate consisting of smashed avo, eggs, feta cheese, semi-dried cherry tomatoes, pomegranate, za’atar and cilantro oil on a thick slice of homemade rye sourdough.
Gather your girlfriends for a laidback lunch at this cosy bistro bar in Tanglin Post Office. For lunch, you’ll find a mix of salads, freshly made sandwiches like the chicken pesto panini, as well as pastas and burgers if you’re on the hungrier side. Not sure where to start? Try the Hot Reuben, a medley of corned beef, melted Emmental cheese, sauerkraut, onions and Russian dressing on homemade sourdough. The chilli crab pasta is another must-try, especially if you’re a fan of the familiar hawker favourite.
Every Wednesday and Thursday, ladies can enjoy two hours of free-flow bubbly and rosé with a minimum spend of $35 per person.
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