Last Updated: May 2, 2019
When you think about the hyped-up brunch places that continue to pop up around the country, your first thoughts might be “overpriced”. True, there are guides out there that feature places under S$20 that won’t break the bank — but if you’re looking for a real steal like me, look no further.
We’ve trawled the country in search of ultra-affordable brunch items under S$10. Now you can get out there and truly enjoy your lazy weekend brunches without having to worry about your wallet!
Another added bonus: each of these places are within a 5-minute walk from an MRT station, so say goodbye to frustrating super ulu cafes.
We start off our list with a hidden gem in the Tai Seng neighbourhood.
Located at the void deck of an unassuming HDB flat, we have Prodigal Cafe, which serves up solid brunch items at relatively affordable prices.
The item you’d want to go for is the Cream Cheese and Berry Compote (S$10). It features sourdough bread slathered with Padano cheese, and topped with cookie crumbs as well as white chocolate shavings.
The bread was great, with a crunchy crust and a fluffy centre, with a slight chewiness to it. However, what I liked most about this dish was the use of Padano cheese, which had the consistency of clotted cheese with the same mellow sweetness.
The sweet crunch of the cookie crumbs really added to the overall eating experience. However, the white chocolate shavings were rather muted, perhaps due to the intense homemade berry jam.
Having the tart jam on its own might be a little too overpowering, but it paired well with the sourdough bread.
Psst, all prices at Prodigal Cafe are nett prices! To further sweeten the deal, the cafe has really friendly and warm vibes: everyone seems to know everyone else, and the air is buzzing with lively conversation and bubbly laughter.
Bricklane is the new kid on the block at the Singapore Management University near Bras Basah. Though newly-established, they are quickly amassing a loyal following with their competitive prices.
Their newly-launched wholesome Brick Bowls series aims to bring balanced and affordable meals to students in the area. The menu features nett prices too.
We had the Brown Rice and Chicken (S$5.90). The chicken skin was crispy and seasoned lightly with salt, highlighting the natural sweetness.
The bowl came with cherry tomatoes and grilled corn tossed in paprika powder, for a refreshing natural sweetness with an added spicy kick.
While I would prefer the rice to be a little less dry and bland, this was a value-for-money dish.
We also tried the Fusilli Pasta with Sirloin Steak (S$7.90), and I was surprised that the generally expensive meat was so reasonably priced.
The steak was admittedly a little tough, but it paired nicely with the house-made wasabi citrus sauce. The tangy citrus brought out the gaminess of the sirloin cut, and the refreshing wasabi cut through the lingering taste of the meat.
I really liked how the pasta was prepared simply. Bricklane nailed it with a homely fusilli cooked al dente, and seasoned lightly with salt, pepper and olive oil.
One of my favourite parts of Bricklane is the interior decor. Exuding laid-back, chill vibes, neon lights and retro-themed posters help to create a cosy space that accommodates all.
Bricklane: 70 Stamford Road, #01-22, Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore 178901 | Tel: +65 8202 0404 | Opening Hours: 11am – 2.30pm & 2.30pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 5pm – 12midnight (Sat & Sun) | Facebook
Most Westies will frequent the Lorong Kilat area for brunch, given its relative accessibility and range of cafes. However, did you know that there’s another hidden gem just across the road? Shen & Co is located right outside the Beauty World MRT exit.
Unassuming on the outside, the interior is tastefully decorated with antiques to match the vintage theme.
We decided to try the Chicken Delight (S$10 nett). This dish features scrambled eggs and chicken mayonnaise which is topped with bacon bits and cheese, all nestled between two slices of toast.
The combination of ingredients was interesting with different textures from each component, especially the slightly crunchy bacon bits. The mellow cheese also did a good job of bringing all the flavours together.
My go-to order here is the Homemade Meatballs (S$9 nett). I enjoyed the chewy, grainy texture of the meatballs, which shows that they were made in-house and not store-bought.
The creamy sauce was thick, sweet and full-bodied, coating the meatballs with rich flavour. The cranberry sauce was sharp and tart, and contrasted with the mellow creamy sauce.
Shen & Co offers a range of breakfast items with nett prices. So you won’t feel too much of a pinch when you try the Sliced Turkey on English Toast (S$10 nett), or the Peanut Butter and Chicken Floss Toast (S$5.50 nett). There’s definitely something on the menu to pique your interest!
Shen & Co: 140 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-04, Beauty World Plaza, Singapore 588176 | Tel: +65 8202 0404 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat & Sun) | Facebook
Truly a hidden gem in the Eunos neighbourhood, Pig N Whistle prides itself on serving British fare at competitive prices.
We were amazed at the quality and value-for-money food when we last visited.
Pig N Whistle serves up a mean Rosti, Egg N Pig (S$7.90+). It comes with a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg atop a bed of fluffy potato, and a rash of bacon or sausage to boot. Get ready to kickstart your day with this hearty and filling brunch item.
The potato rosti itself had a crisp, golden-brown exterior. It had just the right amount of charred bits for that extra crunch. Lightly seasoned with salt, unfortunately, it comes off as a tad too oily to be perfect.
Luckily, each order comes with a little slice of lemon to cut through that oiliness with its acidic zest.
Pig N Whistle’s rosti is more like a hashbrown, with chunky bits of potato falling out as I pulled it apart with my fork and knife.
I could smell the back bacon before even seeing it, which should be the case for all good bacon.
Pig N Whistle also offers the option of their secret recipe Cumberland sausages which has a delightful snap and a full-bodied, meaty taste.
Food for Thought is one of those establishments that has been around for quite some time. Conveniently located at the National Museum of Singapore, this family-friendly casual dining joint is also well-known for supporting charitable causes.
It’s a great spot to have your morning brunch before going on that museum date!
Try their Tropical Fruit Yoghurt Bowl (S$9+) for a healthy way to kickstart the day. Crunchy granola meets a tangy greek yoghurt, which is heightened with a sweet honey drizzle.
I really liked the cranberries, kiwi chunks and star fruit slices added into the yoghurt bowl. It’s naturally sweet and super healthy.
I also tried the Basic Works (S$9+). This option comes with bacon, toasted brioche bread and scrambled eggs, but you can add mushrooms, side salads, or a sausage for S$4 each.
I didn’t really have high expectations for anything at this price point, but I was pleasantly surprised by the eggs. Creamy, buttery and soft, these eggs are perfect with a dash of black pepper. It went really nicely with the toasted brioche buns too.
This popular chain restaurant originating from Korea finally reached our shores with an outlet at Somerset 313.
Drawing inspiration from the various boroughs of New York City, this restaurant is decorated with an eclectic selection of American signs.
While you might face long queues during lunch and dinner peak hours, few people know that NY Night Market also offers brunch items.
We had The All Star (S$7.90++), which featured a tender and juicy beef patty, fluffy omelette and cheese, sandwiched between two toasted slices of bread.
There was a hint of smoky tanginess, probably from the BBQ sauce. This really helped to bring out the smokiness already present in the beef patty, which I really liked.
You shouldn’t miss the You’re Bacon Me Hungry (S$7.90++), the quintessential breakfast sandwich.
Hashbrowns, fried bacon and scrambled eggs between bread is the perfect combination to wake me up in the morning. The full-bodied meatiness of the bacon went well with the sweet golden-brown hashbrown.
The hashbrown also added some crunch to the breakfast sandwich.
NY Night Market has other combinations such as Bulgogi Babe, Hawaiian Freestyle (with a slice of tart, tangy pineapple), as well as Good Catch (with tuna mayo filling), all of which cost S$7.90++.
NY Night Market is a great brunch spot to kick off a weekend of shopping at the Somerset area!
No extensive brunch listicle will be complete without a mention of bread, a staple when it comes to breakfast. Micro Bakery and Kitchen is a hole-in-the-wall establishment hidden at Serene Centre that serves up a wide selection of freshly-baked and delectable bread to kickstart your day.
It continues the same philosophy of handmade, small-batch bread that was held by Woodlands Sourdough, its predecessor. The items rotate regularly since different breads are baked on different days.
When I went down, I had the Nut Butter Toast (S$5), made by grinding down almonds and hazelnuts with sunflower oil.
Sweet, salty and nutty, the spread generously coated every inch of the sourdough bread toast. Despite the thick spread, the bread still had a satisfying crunch.
If you have a sweet tooth, Micro Bakery and Kitchen has you covered. The Cashew Praline Seasalt Brownie (S$5) was fudgy and thick, with the sea salt highlighting the deep rich cocoa flavour.
You might want to come down earlier to Micro Bakery and Kitchen as the freshly baked bread sells out like hotcakes!
The Tree Cafe in the Grand Cathay might be relatively new, but it boasts super competitive prices, considering its location in the prime Dhoby Ghaut area.
With a charming, nature-inspired interior, it’s quickly becoming a haunt for students from nearby schools like SOTA and SMU.
I consider the Eggs Royale (S$9.50+) to be one of the cheapest eggs benedict in Singapore. Not only are you getting poached eggs on a garlic baguette drizzled with hollandaise sauce, there’s also smoked salmon and a side of salad and potato wedges to go with the dish!
Most places will easily charge double the amount, so this is a steal.
The eggs were perfectly poached and the golden yolk was slightly runny, oozing slowly across the smoked salmon and dripping off the baguette. The smoked salmon was aromatic and firm, slightly flaky but not too dry.
The hollandaise sauce was rich, tangy and creamy, though it was a little too tangy for my liking.
Given the price point and prime location, I have few complaints about The Tree Cafe’s Eggs Royale. It’s definitely a very filling option in a cosy environment, perfect for catching up with old friends.
The Tree Cafe: 2 Handy Rd, #02-12/14 The Cathay, Singapore 229233 | Tel: +65 6337 2319 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thu), 10.30am – 11pm (Fri – Sun) | Facebook
Another beloved haunt of SMU students, Kenboru is located conveniently within the Singapore Management University’s School of Information Systems. This stall offers Japanese food at affordable prices.
There’s probably a reason behind the super long queues that often form at this eatery, so I had to find out why.
I had the Flamed Teriyaki Chicken Thigh (S$5.90) which I ordered with Cha Soba. I really enjoyed the savoury teriyaki glaze and tender chicken thigh. Kenboru bakes the chicken before grilling it, and perhaps that was the secret to locking in the flavour.
The Cha Soba came with roasted sesame and wafu dressing and I liked that the noodles were smooth. However, it was a tad dry for my liking.
I also tried the Smoked Salmon Mentaiko with Fish Roe (S$9.90). The mentaiko sauce was blowtorched before serving, adding a charred flavour which harmonised with the subtle smokiness of the salmon.
I really appreciate how Kenboru focuses on oil-less, and therefore healthier and more wholesome cooking. The only challenge here is beating the students there to the queue!
Kenboru: 80 Stamford Road, #B1-65, School of Information Systems, Singapore 178901 | Tel: +65 8202 0404 | Opening Hours: 11am – 2.30pm & 2.30pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 5pm – 12midnight (Sat & Sun) | Facebook
Located amongst the many cafes in the Haji Lane area is All Things Delicious. I heard a lot about the baked goods here, and I couldn’t possibly miss this.
When we went down, we tried the Pumpkin on Sourdough Bread (S$9.90++).
I was a tad disappointed by the serving portion, which I feel could have been more generous. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the pairing of pumpkin and sourdough — the mellow sweetness and earthiness of the pumpkin matched the tangy bread.
All Things Delicious also serves Avocado on Sourdough (S$9.90++), which came with creamy avocadoes, but I felt that there could have been a more generous spread.
We had to try the Gula Melaka Scone (S$3.50++), a bestseller on the menu. The scone wasn’t too dense and heavy, making it ideal for brunch.
The gula melaka sauce was sweet but not cloying, and paired nicely with the buttery, crumbly scone.
The scone was a little dry in the centre though, and I would have liked it if there were some cream cheese to go along with it.
Do drop by All Things Delicious for some hearty brunch foods. The cafe is halal-certified, so our Muslim friends can join in the fun too!
While searching the island for cheap brunch eats, I discovered many hidden gems lying in plain sight. Which one is your favourite, and which will you head to first? Also, let us know if you have your own favourite affordable brunch spots!