Perfect for romantic dinner dates or business meetings, these best cheap set dinners serving French, Italian and Asian below $100 won’t bust your bank
On a budget for your next romantic dinner date? Or perhaps you’re looking to impress your new client with an upscale dinner (but sans the upscale price tag). We’re about to enlighten you with this surprising fact (get ready for it): the city’s packed to the rafters with fine dining set menus that won’t bust your bank! That’s right, dining at the poshest of restos with total swank factor is now easily accessible to everyone – here’s our comprehensive guide to the best set dinners under $100 in Singapore.
Why visit: The chic 90-seater Italian resto offers delectable, homey dishes made with the freshest of ingredients. Head up to the Sky Lounge after dinner for killer views of the Marina Bay skyline.
Bang for your buck: A four-course set dinner of the restaurant’s signatures at $98+++.
Available: Daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Aura, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, level 5 & 6, Singapore 178957, p.6866 1977.
Cheek by Jowl
Why visit: If you’re not one for fancy-schmancy dress-to-the-nines type dining affairs, but want to be a little more adventurous in your dining, Cheek By Jowl is set to stun. Chef Rishi Naleendra takes diners through his culinary sorcery of Modern Australian cuisine.
Bang for your buck: A five-course set dinner of the restaurant’s signatures at $88+++.
Available: Daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Cheek by Jowl, 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. p. 6211 1911.
Osia Steak and Seafood Grill
Why visit: Modern Aussie resto Osia Steak and Seafood Grill (which just got awarded a Michelin star) impresses with its hearty menu of premium meats and seafood, specially selected by the chefs from boutique farms.
Bang for your buck: The sharing menu ($98 per person for minimum two people) features Fremantle octopus and mud crab cake as appetisers, and Grainge black Angus beef tenderloin and Byron Bay pork rack as mains.
Available: Monday to Thursday, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Why visit: Over at this avant-garde mod-Sin restaurant, what you see is often not what you get. Take your tastebuds on a one-of-a-kind adventure with familiar, local flavours presented in unexpected ways, thanks to food science and modern technology.
Bang for your buck: The Discovery Menu ($98) takes diners through “24 hours of Singaporean food”, with the famed “Chilli Crab” (includes a feisty chilli crab ice cream) and “Soft Boiled Eggs” (it’s actually mango sticky rice).
Available: Fridays and Saturdays, from 630pm to 11pm.
Labyrinth, Esplanade Mall, #02-23, 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802, p.6223 4098.
Why visit: Brought to you by restaurateur extraordinaire, Beppe De Vito, this swanky resto serves up exquisite Italian plates and stellar cocktails at surprisingly affordable prices.
Bang for your buck: Tuck into hearty mains and satisfying desserts with a four-course dinner menu at $88.
Available: Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 8pm.
Osteria Art, #01-01, 55 Market Street, Singapore 048941, p. 6877 6933.
1919 Waterboat House
Why visit: Elegance is the word at 1919 Waterboat House. Housed in a colonial heritage building, the sophisticated resto boasts a vast contemporary European menu of pure, clean flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients.
Bang for your buck: Choose from a three-course menu at $65, or four-course at $75. Dishes include restaurant signatures like the Saint Jacques (pan-roasted Hokkaido scallop and braised leak), and the Bar D’Atlantique of pira-grilled sea bass, essence of forest mushrooms and charcoal potato puree.
Available: Monday to Saturdays, from 6pm to 11pm.
1919 Waterboat House, #03-01, The Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049215, p. 6538 9038.
Sabai Fine Thai
Why visit: Stunning vistas of the Marina Bay skyline greet diners at this sophisticated Thai restaurant. Grab a seat at the alfresco area, and be transported into the streets of Thailand with its distinctively bold and authentic flavours.
Bang for your buck: Set menu A ($75)++ offers four courses like tom yam gung and deep-fried smoked honey pork ribs, while Set menu B ($90++) includes spicy pomelo salad and stir-fried hot and spicy pork. The only catch? Set dinners must be ordered for groups with a minimum of five people (with the exception of the vegetarian).
Available: Monday to Saturday and public holidays, from 6pm to 10pm.
Sabai Fine Thai, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323, p. 6535 3718
Why visit: Tucked away in the basement of five-star hotel, Grand Hyatt Singapore, is Pete’s Place, a cosy resto offering an authentic Italian dining experience. Within its warm, rustic interiors, you’ll dine on traditional wood-fired pizzas, pastas and freshly baked breads.
Bang for your buck: At $41, you’ll enjoy a three-course menu of a main, an appetiser from the Salad Bar and a dessert of the day.
Available: Daily from 6pm to 10pm.
Pete’s Place, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211 p. 6732 1234.
999.99 (Five Nines)
Why visit: Nestled in the heart of oh-so-hip Keong Saik is Five Nines. Helmed by Tokyo-born Executive Chef, Masanao Saito, Five Nines aims to present diners with luxury ingredients at modest prices.
Bang for your buck: Dig into a five-course dinner ($69++) with the UK sea bass with ocean persillade, grilled miso marinade Iberico Pork Loin and chicken breast with tomato dashi as options.
Available: Mondays to Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 6pm to 11pm; Friday to Saturday, from 6pm to late.
999.99, 29 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089136. p. 6221 7098.
Why visit: We’re always suckers for authentic, unpretentious Italian food. Capricci hits the spot with its affordable, quality Italian cuisine, A+ hospitality and warm ambience.
Bang for your buck: We guarantee you’ll leave the premises utterly satiated – the hearty six-course degustation menu ($75++) offers pastas, sword fish rolls baked Mediterranean-style, and beef ribeye grilled Tuscany-style.
Available: Mondays to Saturdays, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Capricci, 27 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088450, p. 6221 6761.
Why visit: Located 62 levels above ground, Stellar@1-Altitude offers a swish dining experience with its sleek interiors, panoramic views and modern cuisine.
Bang for your buck: At $120++, the Constellation menu may be slightly over-budget, but trust us – you’re going to want to shell out the extra moolah for this six-course set. Its luxe inclusions include live jade abalone with foie gras and Stanbroke Angus steak tartare.
Available: Monday to Friday from 6pm to 10pm; Saturday from 6pm to 10pm; Sunday from 6pm to 9pm.
Why visit: Plenty of buzz surrounded modern Australian resto Whitegrass upon news of its opening. The fine dining resto lives up to all its hype, with its decadent, experimental fare and elegant interiors – read our glowing review here.
Bang for your buck: The three-course dinner ($108++; it’s a wee bit over) includes a refreshing salad of slow roasted young beetroots with smoked eel cream, a main of grass-fed beef from the Scottish highlands, and a local inspired dessert of coconut mousse, jackfruit ice cream and fresh longans.
Available: Tuesday to Saturday, from 6pm to 9.30pm.
Whitegrass, #01-26/27 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 18799.
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
Why visit: Located inside the S.E.A Aquarium, Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora offers light and healthy dishes made with the freshest of ingredients from around the region, complete with a mesmerising view of the fishes and manta rays that swim past.
Bang for your buck: The four-course Excite menu ($128; this one’s a bit over-budget too!) offers a choice of appetisers, Cream of Sunchoke, and mains like compressed lamb rib-crispy brick or crispy skin barramundi. Vegetarians don’t have to miss out on all the action either – the Veg menu ($108) includes pasta, and a ratatouille of sautéed baby vegetables.
Available: Daily from 6pm to 10.30pm
Nox Dine in the Dark
Why visit: At NOX, you are completely shrouded in darkness, to the point where your sense of sight is utterly disabled. Your dining experience will be a culinary guessing game, but make no mistake: dishes comprise of rich bursts of flavours, cheeky contrasts of textures and generous portions.
Bang for your buck: The Prix Fixe dinner is a 12-course mystery menu that spans over three courses at $88++. Our Editor had a go at this secret dinner – read here for his full review of the experience.
Available: Monday to Friday, from 6pm to late; Saturday 5pm to late; Sunday from 5pm to 11pm.
NOX – Dine in the Dark, 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546, p. 6298 0708.
Brasseries Les Saveurs
Why visit: Downton Abbey comes to life at Brasserie Les Saveurs. The restaurant’s opulence is the perfect setting for discerning gastronomes with a love for French cuisine.
Bang for your buck: Priced at $73++, diners are treated to a semi-buffet experience, with a choice of main course.
Available: Daily from 7pm to 10pm.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis Hotel, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. 6506 6860.
The Clan Restaurant
Why visit: Now located at level two of PoMo in Dhoby Ghaut, The Clan Restaurant offers an ambience of a private dining club thanks to its posh interiors and menu of stunning modern European dishes.
Bang for your buck: The six-course set dinner ($78++) features an amuse bouche, two entrées, soup, a main and dessert. The succulent Iberico pork pulma and melt-in-your-mouth wagyu beef loin come highly recommended.
Available: Daily from 6pm to 11pm.
Why visit: Modern French grill specialises in perfectly charcoal-grilled meats, hearty mains and decadent desserts. We suggest swinging by on Sundays – that’s when the resto plays host to Acoustic Sunday Sessions where guests can enjoy café favourites with a side of live music from The Dirty Martinis.
Bang for your buck: Choose between two courses ($48) for a starter and main, or main and dessert or three courses ($58) for all of them.
Available: Daily ’til 12am.
Privé Grill, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382.
Fosters the Steakhouse
Why visit: These guys have been in the game since the ’60s, offering classic English steaks and quality British fare.
Bang for your buck: The set dinner ($49++) consists of an appetiser or mushroom soup, a main course of tenderloin steak, roast lamb rack or seafood combo, a dessert of the day and coffee or tea.
Fosters Steakhouse, 277 Holland Ave, Singapore 278994, p. 6466 8939