Make the most of your lunch hour, you know you want to. Grab a seat at these CBD restaurants and cafes for wholesome luncheon
Take it from us – you need to get out of your freezing CBD office and make the most of your lunch time. We’ve sussed out all the right places get that grub – from Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer to Club Street to Marina Bay. Follow our lead and head on over to these eateries for a good and hearty lunch in CBD.
Extra Virgin Pizza
In a mood for a slice? Better get yourself to Extra Virgin Pizza at Asia Square for some authentic Italian pizza. They’ve got the freshest ingredients for their artisanal pizzas – from double-zero Italian flour (the dough is left to slow rise for three days) and organic California tomatoes to some fabulous cheese from the around the world. We just couldn’t resist the Mushroom Bianco that comes laced with truffle oil and the positively delightful Spicy Pepperoni. Oh, and over half their pizzas are vegetarian-friendly, so there’s something delicious for everyone.
Extra Virgin Pizza, Tower 1, 8 Marina View, #01-04, Singapore 018960
Pop into Marina One for a hearty meal at The Spot – an all-day dining destination that boasts a cigar room, bottle store, cafe and breakfast bar, The Macallan Boutique and whisky bar. The menu is complex, clever and spiked with Asian influences. Don’t miss comforting roasted carrot soup with a lemongrass lift, the mesmerising pan-fried skate with risotto and coriander broth and the crispy pan-fried red snapper.
The Spot, 5 Straits View, Marina One, #01-26/27, Singapore 018935
Talk about a meal with a view. Up on the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower in Raffles Place is LES45 (short for Lower East Side 45) that serves up zingy Mexican food and overlooks the Bay. You’ll be impressed as everything tastes so fresh – from the herbed guac and the scallop ceviche to the tempura hake fish taco with a delightful hibiscus mayo and chicken tinga with mango guacamole complete with a sunny-side up. Don’t forget to order up some churros that come with chocolate hazelnut cream.
LES45, Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place, #45-03, Singapore 048623
This multi-concept spot has our heart. It serves up wholesome dishes made with artisanal produce sourced globally and has a massive walk-in cheese room (a true “Is this real life” moment?). Here you can build the cheese board of your wildest dreams with cheese and charcuterie sourced from Europe and Australia. Chow down on mains like the lovely smoked salmon bagel, the big fat beef burger or a comforting plate of risotto with duck confit. Wash it all down with Aussie roasters Brother Basil & Co.’s blends that are bound to wake you up!
The Providore Downtown Gallery, B1-07, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
Some people take their steak rather seriously. And if you’re one of them, you might want to head to the 45th storey of the Singapore Land Tower for a memorable luncheon. This modern American steakhouse with two full-sized PIRA charcoal oven so you can expect the decadent premium meats that are smoky, crispy and on point. And, apart from speciality cuts and chops, they also know their seafood.
Sear, 50 Raffles Place, #45/46-02, Singapore Land Tower, Singapore 048616
We’re happy to report that our favourite Frenchie fave from Tiong Bahru has opened a new branch in the CBD. Merci Marcel’s Club Street branch is down the street from our HQ, so you know where we’ll be lunching. Treat yo’self to some farmhouse cheeses from artisanal European producers combined with refreshing salads. Their mains include a spectacular marinated crab tartine ad an addictive Raviole de Royans, a French specialty from Dauphiné.
Merci Marcel, 7 – 9 Club Street, Singapore 069403
This Friday night haunt and Ladies Night favourite does a mean lunch (and breakfast if you’re looking). At this Australasian multi-concept brasserie and bar, except to find everything from pastas and sandwiches to grilled meats and wholesome mains. Come with your colleagues and sit yourself pretty on the high stools – there are plenty of sharing platters to fill you up.
The Exchange, Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, Singapore 018960
Birds of a Feather
So you like your chilli? You might have tried your share of Sichuan restaurants but we’re pretty sure this eatery on Amoy Street might ruffle your feathers (in a good way, of course). For Western food made fierce with a sprinkle of Sichuan, pop over to Birds of a Feather. Expect dishes like charcoal-roasted romaine lettuce with fried tofu cheese ball; tofu burger with mapo meat sauce; and an Oriental bolognese of angel hair pasta that’s adapted from the traditional Zha Jiang Mian recipe.
Birds of a Feather, 113 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935, p. 6221 7449.
The Black Swan
Update: Inside The Quadrant at Cecil Street, a gorgeous old structure, is The Black Swan. Treat yourself to a hearty two or three course set meal. We usually start off with broc and avo salad or scallops with chicken skin but they’ve got a yellowfin tuna carpaccio, a Caesar salad and Vidalia onion broth with black truffle if you fancy. And for the mains, pick from a sublime razor clam pasta, their signature burgers and whatnot. For a little extra, you can upgrade to a steak and frites with cauliflower hummus or half lobster thermidor too. Plus, desserts ‘cos why not.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil St, Singapore 049704
In the mood for Middle-Eastern? Stop by Fat Prince for its brunch and lunch offerings like a good ol’ falafel, roasted lamb shoulder kebabs or a hearty menemen complete with lamb, spiced tomatoes, labneh and house bread. If comfort food is what you’re after, give the bouillabaisse with squid, prawns a shot. All that finished off with a paired with a hot cup of Turkish tea or coffee that promises to be a potent morning perk-me-up
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah St Singapore, 079317
Stellar at 1-Altitude
Nothing beats towering over Singapore’s Central Business District for an elevated lunch experience… literally! Stellar’s got it all – good food, great location and a spectacular view of the skyline. Between noon at 2pm on weekdays, tuck into a three or four-course set lunch that includes mains like 24-hours tajima wagyu cheek with red wine glaze, roasted grouper, acquerello risotto and duck leg confit. Of course, there are appetisers, salads, soups, cheese and desserts for the picking.
Stellar at 1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place, Level 62, Singapore 048616.