Let’s face it, set lunches are the best way of sampling food at a restaurant that typically charges double the price for dinner. And hey, if you want a fancy treat for lunch instead of the same ol’ chicken rice, take advantage of these great deals around the city.
Starting from $33, Aoki’s set lunches are incredibly popular. They’re available Monday through Saturday (12pm-3pm), and come with a green salad, miso soup, and dessert. Our pick is the mazechirashi set – the rice bowl comes with generous toppings of raw fish, from tuna to uni and ikura.
Aoki, #01-17 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208, p. 6333 8015.
Catalunya’s spanking new set lunch is priced at $38 and is available Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 2:30pm. Look forward to exquisite specials like red snapper in salsa verde, roasted mushrooms and molten egg yolk, and the creamy dessert of rice and milk.
Catalunya, The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327, p. 6534 0188.
The weekday set lunch at Spathe is priced at $17 for two courses, and $19 for three courses. Pick items like traditional Austrian beef dumplings, or a prawn waffle burger. Unlike many other spots, Spathe’s lunch promo is available from 12 noon all the way till 4:30pm.
Spathe, #01-01, 8 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238958, p. 6735 1035.
Go French at Cocotte with their Grower’s Table menu, which is available as a three-course set lunch on weekdays at $39 per person. Featuring fresh produce from a sustainable organic farm in Cameron Highlands, the menu showcases creations like a duck leg confit and a pear and blue cheese salad.
Cocotte, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494, p. 6298 1188.
It’s not exactly a set lunch per se, but this Italian gastrobar’s lunch deal is just too good to pass up. Pasta (we love the wagyu beef cheek ravioli), salads, and hearty mains like grilled sea bass and beef sirloin steak – these are all on offer on weekdays (12pm-2:30pm), and nothing costs more than $12.
&SONS, #01-19 China Square Central, 20 Cross Street, Singapore 048422, p. 6221 3937.
The Black Swan
The Black Swan
A two-course set begins at $38, while a three-course set costs $44 (available Monday to Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm). We find it hard to resist the pan seared foie gras and the gazpacho as starters. For mains, we highly recommend the Black Swan Burger and the duck leg confit.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, p. 8181 3305.
For just $15, you get a three-course set lunch at this North Indian dining spot. Available on weekdays only (11:30am-2:30pm), the deal features creations like tandoori chicken tikka, paneer jalfrezi (cottage cheese with bell peppers and tomatoes), and badam kheer (rice pudding with milk and almonds).
D’Bell, 43 North Canal Road, Singapore 059299, p. 6536 4046.
Hai Tien Lo
Hai Tien Lo
Hai Tien Lo’s a la carte dim sum lunch buffet ($48, Monday to Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm) lets you choose from an extensive selection of 35 dim sum, soups, signature dishes, and desserts. Help yourself to unlimited servings of dim sum (think pork dumplings, steamed buns with abalone, and baked tuna buns with pork floss), and individual servings of other highlights, including deep fried soft shell crab with pepper sauce and a traditional double-boiled soup.
Hai Tien Lo, 3/F Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, p. 6826 8240.
Indulge yourself in a luxurious midday meal at fine dining establishment Fat Cow. Their set lunch (Monday to Sunday, 12pm-3pm) comes with salad, chawanmushi, miso soup, and dessert. Choose from favourites like the spicy salmon donburi ($26), Kurobuta tonkatsu ($29), and the wagyu kare don ($35).
Fat Cow, #01-01 Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649, p. 6735 0308.
Top image: Catalunya