Enjoy a bang-for-your-buck set lunch at some of the best restaurants in Singapore.
The Little Red Dot is known as a veritable food haven, so it’s only expected that you’d be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding on a place for lunch. Afternoon menus are usually available from 12pm to 2pm (some even till 3pm!) but it’s best to confirm timings with the restaurant and book a table as they fill out fast. Not sure whether to have pasta, steak or sushi? Why not try them all? Here’s a guide to affordable and executive set lunches around Singapore so you get the best bang for your buck.
Best set lunch menus in Singapore
1. Quay House
Embark on a spice-filled adventure at Quay House, where history and flavours collide. Travel from past to present on a taste journey across the Maritime Silk route. The executive set lunch menu has two- and three-course options (from $38) with a choice of starter, ‘centrepiece’, and dessert.
Start with the grilled Indian white prawns served with fragrant laksa-style gravy or the Quay House satay – a thick slab of pork jowl skewer served with creamy peanut sauce. For the mains, try duck confit, the catch of the day if you’re craving fish, and yam abacus as a vegetarian option. A chef’s cut of the day sets you back an additional $8. Desserts include the 888 chocolate huat kueh and Es Teler, a cempedak pudding.
Quay House, 51 Circular Road, Singapore 049406
2. Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen
Tuck into tantalising grilled dishes at this open fire Italian restaurant. Located on Craig Road, the space is great for group lunches or one-on-one meetings, with a mix of sharing plates and hearty mains. At $38, the lunch menu wows us with impressive options such as burratina with Sicilian pesto and roasted tomatoes, spanner crab, and beef tenderloin tartare with confit egg yolk as starters. Follow up with a red snapper acquapazza, duck breast or Angus beef striplion tagliata at an additional $15. Desserts aren’t too heavy with a choice of vanilla and thyme pannacotta (+ $10) and strawberry sorbet (+8).
Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen, #01-01, 37 Craig Road, Singapore 089675
3. Caffe Fernet
Nothing beats the office blues like having your lunch with a spectacular view of Marina Bay. Add Italian fare and cocktails (shh, we won’t tell) and you’ve got a sweet deal. Caffe Fernet’s pasta lunch set is available on Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 2.30pm. Starters include burrata, melon with aged parma ham, steak tartare (+$8), and four pasta choices. There’s Mafaldine cacio e pepe, rigatoni spicy vodka, mussel scialatielli and beef tagliatelle (+15). Pair them with selected cocktails and wines at just $16 a glass.
Caffe Fernet, #01-05, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
4. Dumpling Darlings
Dumpling Darlings has an excellent set lunch deal at just $17 for a bowl of egg noodles, four dumplings, and a chilled drink. It’s no wonder both the Amoy and Circular Road locations are swarming with office workers come lunch. The miso mushroom noodles are an umami bomb with braised mushroom, miso tare, and sofrito. Meanwhile, the Sichuan pork noodles bring on the heat with spicy minced meat, Sichuan tare and bacon sofrito. Bigger groups can get one dumpling of each flavour – smoked duck, fried pierogi, spicy Sichuan, and prawn with crab (+$2) are must-tries!
Dumpling Darlings, multiple locations including Amoy Street and Circular Road
5. Siri House
This restaurant at Dempsey Hill brings contemporary Asian small plates, salads, pasta and main dishes to the table. Starting from $38, the lunch menu has plenty of options (up to 10 for mains!) and a la carte picks for a hefty meal. Think along the likes of arugula beet salad, confit garlic hummus with sourdough, burrata, and scallop ceviche (+$6) as starters. Plus, Iberico pork cheek, kabocha risotto, short rib cheesesteak roll, Asari clam bouillabaisse, barramundi, and prawn pappardelle for mains. End on a sweet note with coconut and mixed berries pannacotta, orange and chocolate mousse with hazelnut ice cream, or Sicilian pistachio ice cream with brown butter crumble and cured egg yolk and parmesan for non-sweet tooths.
Siri House, #01-02, Dempsey Hill, 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672
This is a great lunch spot to impress your business execs. Located in the National Museum, in a charming old colonial black-and-white bungalow, Flutes offers a lush setting and a classic executive lunch menu. The two- and three-course meals (from $48) include yellowfin tuna tartare, Humpty Doo barramundi, Dorper lamb shepherd’s pie, mushroom and farro risotto, and BBQ futari wagyu rump (+$18). Desserts like chocolate brownie with poached cherry and ginger parfait with almond florentine complete the meal. The dishes rotate regularly, so be sure to check with the restaurant for the latest menu.
Flutes, #01-02, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Known for its fine selection of South American cuisine, Bochinche currently offers a two-course ($45) or three-course ($55) lunch set. Kick off your meal with a slab of “Black Label” ribeye grilled to perfection, then indulge your sweet tooth with a dessert of dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream or Mahon cheese for that perfect finish.
Bochinche, 27 Club Street, Singapore 069413
Starting from $48, 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 ikura, and even uni sashimi.
Aoki, #01-19, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
9. Fat Cow
Indulge in a luxurious mid-day meal at fine dining establishment Fat Cow. The set lunch (Monday to Sunday, 12pm-3pm) comes with salad, chawanmushi, miso soup, and dessert. For mains, choose from favourites like the gindara miso yaki ($48), tenderloin wagyu curry ($55), and the fat foa-gura don ($58). Also available is the chef’s choice of premium sushi for $55.
Fat Cow, #01-01/02 Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649
10. Bedrock Bar & Grill
This LA-themed restaurant is a welcome respite from the crowd along Orchard Road. With such exquisite offerings, Bedrock Grill’s three-course set lunch (from $42) is worth every penny. Commence your meal with a choice of piping hot bowl of truffle mushroom soup or char-grilled baby gem (heirloom tomatoes). Next, choose from sumptuous steak (rib-eye or tenderloin), barramundi, or lamb ribs as a main.
For dessert, choose between a burnt cheesecake and a salted caramel lava cake. Also available is a two-course menu with burgers, fish and chips, short rib and mushroom fettuccine for mains.
Bedrock Bar & Grill, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 96 Somerset Road, Singapore 238163
11. Les Bouchons
Save a trip to Paris with a visit to this classic French restaurant. Les Bouchons’ three-course weekday lunch set is available from 12pm to 2pm. From $35, you get a choice of entree (French onion soup, escargots, chicken liver mousse or salad caprese), mains (lamb chops, salmon fillet or sirloin steak) and dessert (a scoop of ice cream or Valrhona chocolate mousse).
Les Bouchons, multiple locations including Ann Siang and Robertson Quay
12. Bella Pasta
With riverfront views, this Italian restaurant is adorned with rustic wooden furniture and quaint cobblestone flooring. Lunch sets are reasonably priced at $28. Enjoy a soup, a mesclun salad or swordfish carpaccio to start. Next, you’ll be served a main of mafalde tossed with shrimp and fried eggplant, egg and spinach tagliolini with ham or chicken with lemon butter sauce, roasted potatoes and greens. End with a dessert of the day.
Bella Pasta, #01-09 Riverside View, 30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251
Morsels has a unique noodle set at $38, featuring a rotating menu of souped-up gogiguksu Korean-inspired beef noodles, kiam chee duck noodles, iwashi maruboshi assam noodles and pork jowl char siew wonton mee. This also comes with a snack and dessert (+5). Not in the mood for noods? Enjoy a three-course meal with the likes of cured scallop carpaccio and burrata as appetisers, wild mushroom risotto and Iberico abanico pork for mains.
Morsels, #01-04, 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670
14. Garibaldi Italian Restaurant and Bar
Priding itself as an authority on Italian cuisine, Garibaldi offers top-notch Italiano fine dining made accessible with its signature lunch menu at $98. Kick off your culinary journey with capellini and snow crab meat, burrata, or fettuccine with angus beef ragu. For mains, choose from a scrumptious selection of cheese ravioli, linguine with crab meat, cod fish vongole in white wine soup or angus beef tenderloin (+$48). End the meal with a dessert of your choice.
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant and Bar, #01-02, 36 Purvis Street, Singapore 188613
Book a table for that executive lunch or simply an affordable meal with your colleagues at these restaurants offering impressive set menus in Singapore.