Singapore is fast gaining fame in the culinary world. From Michelin-star and celebrity chef- fronted restaurants to local celebrity chef helmed eateries, we have witnessed the emergence of a much more vibrant fine dining scene in recent years.
However, a meal at some of these restaurants can be exorbitant. But just when you’re thinking: ‘I can't afford it’, think again. There are ways to limit damage on your wallet, such as going there for lunch instead of dinner. Not only is it easier to snag a table, prices are generally more affordable too!
Here are our picks of some of the top lunch deals in town. It's not an exhaustive list, but it's a good start - how about trying one a month and work your way through?
L2-03 Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
Suquet de peix Costa Brava
Located on the mezzanine level of the casino at Marina Bay Sands, Santi serves up culinary masterpieces with the influence of different Asian cultures yet maintaining the late three Michelin star chef Santamaria’s quest for excellence and intricacy. The food here is both basic and sophisticated. Lunch is more of a traditional and home-style affair, featuring Catalan classic dishes. A 3-course meal at Santi can easily cost you over $200 per person. But with their special Sunday lunch menu, you get to experience a luxurious meal by a top chef for $88.
Must-tries: Esparrecs a la brasa amb allioli (grilled white and green asparagus with aioli sauce); Suquet de peix Costa Brava (Catalan fish stew with Iranian saffron); Peres amb vi negre, crema Catalana I gelat d’atmetlles (Poached pears in red wine with Catalan cream and almond ice cream).
Price: 4-course set lunch: $88++ (Available on Sunday only)
L2-05, Marina Bay Sands, 8 Bayfront Avenue
Craving for sushi, ramen and other Japanese food? Don't hesitate to give Hide Yamamoto a try. Located two doors away from Santi, Hide Yamamoto offers four completely different menus and dining experiences. You get to choose from four specialty stations: Sushi, Charcoal Grill Robata, Ramen and Teppanyaki. Each station is headed by international renowned Japanese chefs.
Hide Yamamoto believes that delicacies are meant to be shared, that’s why, the celebrity restaurant offers upscale flavours at a reasonable price tag during lunch. At only $38++ for a set lunch meal, you get to choose from Steak Don set, Chirashi set or you can mix and match some of their in-house specialties of your choice for the same price. It’s definitely worth trying!
Must-tries: Chirashi set (Includes appetizer of the day, chirashi, miso soup and dessert); Lunch of your choice (Four courses)
Price: Set lunch set or 4-course lunch of your choice: $38++
db Bistro Moderne
B1-48, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Alsatian rabbit fleischnecke
db Bistro Moderne is Chef Daniel Boulud's renowned re-interpretation of Parisian classics. Located across the Sands Theatre, db Bistro Moderne offers an exciting mix of traditional French bistro cooking with contemporary American flavours, and a world renowned repertoire of signature burgers. The French-style menu presents a wide selection of a la carte dishes. They also offer a selection of two or three-course- set lunch menu for budget conscious diners. You get to dine and savour their signature dishes such as duck ragout at a delicious price. If you are catching a show at the Sands Theatre and looking for something to fill your stomach, the restaurant also has a three-course pre-theater menu available from 5:30pm till 7:00pm every day.
Must-tries: Country duck terrine; Duck ragout; Profiteroles a la vanille
Price: 2-course set lunch: $38++; 3-course set lunch: $48++; 3-course pre-theatre set: $68++
#55-01/ 56-01 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Perched on the 55th floor of ION Orchard, Salt Grill is all about the complete dining experience. Helmed by Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan, Salt Grill serves up modern Australian cuisine using fresh Australian produce combined with the best local ingredients. You can dine on the earthy barramundi fish, salty Coffin Bay oysters and meat sourced from farming partners in Australia. The catch with celebrity chef restaurants is that they usually come with a high price tag. However, Salt Grill also offers an executive 2-course set lunch at $40++ per person on weekdays. It’s not the best deal in town but compared with their degustation ($140/$200) and a la carte menu prices, it’s still worth it.
Must-tries: ‘Glass’ Sydney crab omelette, miso mustard broth; Roasted gnocchi, Pork and fennel sausage, Parmesan, pangritata; Barramundi fillet, wasabi mayonnaise, green beans, with confit eschallot
Price: 2-course executive lunch: $40++
The Disgruntled Chef
26B Dempsey Road
Churros with hot chocolate
Head down to The Disgruntled Chef at Dempsey for a relaxed yet chic dining experience where east meets west. Helmed by award-wining and former executive chef of The White Rabbit, Chef Daniel Sia recently launched a special set-lunch menu on top of their extensive a la carte sampling menu of big plates (main course) and small bites (tapas-style dishes) to please your palate. The items in their Blackboard Lunch Specials are specially designed and are not available in the restaurant’s a la carte menu. Therefore, there’s an excuse to go back to The Disgruntled Chef to try out other mouth-watering food in the a la carte menu. Check out the cocktails too - they are as big a draw as the food!
Must-tries: Grilled watermelon with confit of tomatoes, baby mozzarella salad and aged balsami; Braised veal cheeks with mashed potatoes & French beans; Angel hair pasta aglio olio with sakura ebi and poached egg and churros with hot chocolate.
Price: 2-course lunch: $24++; 3-course lunch: $29++ (Blackboard Lunch Specials are available every Tuesday-Saturday, except on public holidays)
The White Rabbit
39C Harding Road
The White Rabbit mac and cheese
Just a few hops away from The Disgruntled Chef is The White Rabbit, a restaurant and bar in a restored old chapel. Very much a reflection of the space, this award-winning restaurant serves up both classic European fine dining and comfort food. The White Rabbit offers the same a la carte menu at both lunch and dinner. In addition, a set lunch menu and seasonal dinner specials are also available daily. An a la carte brunch menu is also served on weekends. Old‐time favourites such as chicken and duck liver parfait, The White Rabbit mac and cheese and baked Alaska are included in their executive set lunch menu. You won’t be disappointed by its ambiance and food here.
Must-tries: Chicken and duck liver parfait with port wine jelly and toasted brioche soldiers; The White Rabbit mac and cheese with spring vegetables, truffle sauce; Baked Alaska with vanilla ice cream cake and toasted meringue.
Price: 3-course set lunch: $38++