It’s no secret that Singapore has a slew of sophisticated lunch spots where you can wine and dine clients or catch up with a friend for a nice mid-day meal in a beautiful space. But what you may not know is that some of those spots offer amazing set lunch menus for a fraction of what you would pay at dinnertime. And we’re not talking greasy hawker fare or sad takeaway salads. Think multi-course menus featuring fresh seafood, handmade pastas, succulent grilled meats, and more. If you’re looking to amp up your mid-day dining game without maxing out your credit card, these are some of the best value set lunches in the city.
Adrift by David Myers
Styled like a chic, modern izakaya, Adrift is brought to us by ‘Gypsy Chef’ David Myers, who is renowned for incorporating global flavours into his contemporary cuisine. Swing by Adrift for lunch and you’ll be treated to a bright, airy space and a fab menu that goes for just $19++ and includes regularly changing dishes made with the freshest Asian and California ingredients. Options could include anything from plump Hokkaido scallops to miso chicken or wagyu grilled over bincho charcoal.
Adrift, Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, Singapore 018956. p. +65 6688 5657. Open Mon – Fri 7am – 2:30pm, Sat – Sun 7am – 3pm, Sun – Wed 6pm – 12am, Thurs – Sat 6pm – 2am. Set lunch: 3 courses $19++
With spectacular views from the 40th floor of the CapitaGreen building, Artemis is the perfect lunch spot when you’re looking to impress. Grab a seat in the cool air-conditioned interior next to the floor-to-ceiling windows or a breezy table on the patio and dig into fresh, wholesome Mediterranean fare. The set lunch comes with your choice of two or three courses and includes seasonal dishes made with organic, sustainable ingredients.
Artemis, 148 Market Street, CapitaGreen rooftop, Level 40, Singapore 048946. p. +65 6635 8677. Open Mon – Fri 11:30am – late, Sat 6pm – late. Set lunch: 2 course $45++, 3 courses $52++
Cheek by Jowl
Chef Rishi Naleendra is known for his innovative creations featuring intriguing flavour combos and textures. The set lunch menu is a great way to sample a selection of his lighter fare like the crispy Jerusalem artichoke skins with shimeji mushrooms in onion consomme and the pork tenderloin with caramelized kohlrabi, apple, and scallion. And if you’re feeling the liquid lunch vibes, pair your meal with a glass or two of artisanal wine.
Cheek by Jowl, 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. p. +65 6221 1911. Open Mon – Fri 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm, Sat 6pm – 10pm. Set lunch: 2 courses $42++, 3 courses $48++, 5 courses $68++
If you’re in the Keong Saik hood come lunchtime, there are worse places you could pop into than Cure. The food here is utterly unique and ever-changing with menus that rotate on a regular basis depending on what’s fresh and in season. At the moment, the set lunch menus include enticing options like white asparagus with burrata and pear, steamed snapper with fennel and garlic leaf, and pork with pineapple and lardo.
Cure, 21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128. p. +65 6221 2189. Open Wed – Fri 12pm – 2pm, Mon – Sat 6pm – 10pm. Set lunch: 2 courses $42++, 3 courses $55++, 5-course tasting menu $79++
Fleur de Sel
Treat yourself to a bit of mid-day decadence at Fleur de Sel, a charming French bistro style spot set in a shophouse on Tras Street. The set lunch menus are very reasonably priced considering you get primo bites. Take for example, the foie gras with caramelized green apple, Boston lobster bisque with lobster tartare, and grass-fed Australian beef tenderloin with butternut squash, portobello mushroom, and Cambodian green pepper sauce.
Fleur de Sel, 64 Tras Street, Singapore 079003. p. +65 6222 6861. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 2pm, 6:30pm – 10pm. Set lunch: 3-course executive set lunch $48++, 4-course set lunch $58++
Gattopardo Ristorante de Mar
Fancy a bit of Italian to help fuel you through the rest of the day? The set lunch menu at Gattopardo is a steal at just $38++ per person for three courses. Start with a refreshing salad of iceberg lettuce, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese, then dig into a hearty mains like the gnocchi with burnt butter and sage or grilled swordfish with olive and capers. Finish off with a cheese plate or creamy Sicilian almond pudding.
Gattopardo, 36 Tras Street, Singapore 078975. p. +65 6338 5498. Open Mon – Fri 12pm – 2:30pm, Mon – Sat 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Set lunch: 3 courses $38++
At chef Christophe Lerouy’s namesake restaurant, he creates modern French dishes inspired by his childhood in Alsace and his later world travels. Seating is set up around a long counter so diners can interact with the chef and watch him create each colourful plate. Expect unique combinations like poached Japanese oyster in foamy comte cheese sauce and bacon and chocolate petit fours.
Lerouy, 3 Stanley Street, Singapore 068722. p. +65 6221 3639. Open Mon – Fri 12pm – 2pm, Mon – Sat 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Set lunch: 3-course Petit $38++, 5-course Grand $55++
Tired of the same old grab-and-go sushi? If you’re craving really good sushi and have time to sit down to a proper lunchtime feast, we highly suggest Sushi Mitsuya. Grab a seat at the counter amid the elegant wood interiors and opt for one of four different lunch sets that include delicacies flown in from Japan. Choices include chirashi, sushi, sashimi, and an omakase-style meal with special chef selections.
Sushi Mitsuya, 60 Tras Street #01-01, Singapore 078999. p. +65 6438 2608. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm. Set lunch: Bara Chirashi $50++, Ichie (sushi) $60++, Mizukagami (sashimi & sushi) $100++, Kasha (chef’s recommendation) &180++
You’d be hard pressed to find better lunchtime views than at Stellar at 1-Altitude, Singapore’s highest restaurant perched on Level 62 of One Raffles Place. Even better, Stellar offers fab set lunches where you can sample amazing modern Australian cuisine without getting too spendy. Delish lunch dishes have included green tea cured tuna with umami froth, duck leg confit, and 24-hour tajima wagyu cheek.
Stellar at 1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place, Level 62, Singapore 048616. p. +65 6438 0410. Open Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2pm & 6:30pm – 10pm, Sat – Sun: 6pm – 10pm. Set lunch: 3 courses $48++, 4 courses $58++
Terra Tokyo Italian
Helmed by chef Seita Nakahara, Terra offers Italian cuisine with Japanese twists. Usually it’s all about the omakase menus here, but at lunchtime you can opt for three set menus that vary in size depending on how hungry you are. Each set includes at least one appetiser, a pasta, and dessert, with the larger sets adding extra goodies. Seasonality is the key, so you’ll find only the freshest ingredients on your plates.
Terra, 54 Tras Street, Singapore 078993. p. +65 8523 2194. Open Mon – Fri 12pm -2:30pm, Mon – Sat 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Set lunch: Express $42++, Business $58++, Executive $128++
What business associate wouldn’t be blown away with a lunch meeting at the legendary Waku Ghin? Offered only on Fridays from 12pm to 2pm, the executive lunch features five courses of chef Tetsuya’s exquisite cuisine. Expect dishes constructed with only the best ingredients like Oscietra caviar, Murasaki uni, and ohmi wagyu. The lunch also includes complimentary petit fours and coffee or tea. Space is limited, so reservations are highly recommended.
Waku Ghin, Level 2 Dining, L2-01, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, 018972, Tel: +65 6688 8507. Open Fri 12pm – 2pm, two seatings daily at 5:30pm and 8pm. Lunch set: 5 courses $180++