If I should add just one extra clause to Virginia Woolf’s famous quote, it would look like this: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, work well, if one has not dined well.”
Attention all tired, uninspired office CBD warriors — eat up and recharge! I’ve compiled a list of corporate lunch sets under $40, so you can treat yourself right and indulge in some quality nosh without breaking the bank (too much, at least).
Alright, I cheated slightly as some spots do admittedly work out to be over $40 after service tax and GST, so do the math before you head down.
If you’re in an industry that requires you to meet clients and hold business meetings, this list comes in handy too with many corporate lunch spots in the central of Singapore. Shall we begin?
14. Restaurant SELA
Restaurant SELA, headed by Italy-trained Chef Mohammad Shahrom, has been nominated for the World Gourmet Summit’s Best New Restaurant of the year for two consecutive years. It offers the most affordable executive lunch set on this list, in a modern, chic setting to boot. Just $15.90+ can get you a three-course meal — choose from two mains, Har Cheong Crispy Chicken Leg or Chilli Crab Meat Pasta. The modern Asian menu changes seasonally as well.
Restaurant SELA: 32 Seah St, Singapore 188388 | Tel: 6337 6358 | Lunch set available Mondays to Saturdays, 11.30am to 2.30pm | Website
13. Hua Ting Restaurant
Orchard Hotel’s award-winning Hua Ting Restaurant has been known to bring the finest Cantonese fare to the table, and it just keeps getting better –Masterchef Lap Fai has recently introduced a new set menu featuring a few of his best-selling culinary creations. The Dim Sum Delights Executive Set Lunch ($35++), comprising a trio of impeccably crafted hand-made Dim Sum creations and delectable Hua Ting specialties such as Boneless Chicken Drumstick with Vintage Chinese Wine in Casserole, promises value for money and a very, very satisfying meal.
Hua Ting Restaurant: 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879 | Tel: 6739 6666 | Lunch set available Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 2.30pm
Aura is a contemporary Italian restaurant located within the National Gallery. Run by restauranteur Beppe De Vito, the same man behind Italian eateries &Sons and Osteria Art, you can be assured of quality Italian food. Their three-course Weekday Set Lunch ($32++) changes daily, and this varying menu really helps to keep the dining experience fresh.
Aura: 1 St. Andrews Road, 05-03/06-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957 | Tel: 6866 1977 | Lunch set available Monday to Friday, 12:o0pm – 2:30pm | Website
Chinese food can get rather predictable and dull at times, so I’m glad that Mitzo gives us some reprieve from that monotony with their fresh approach to Chinese cuisine. Mitzo offers a Dim Sum set lunch menu that lunch-goers can opt for a 3-course dim sum set lunch at S$28++ per person, or indulge in the 4-course dim sum and noodle set at S$38++ per person.
The 4-course set lunch includes the premium Braised vermicelli with lobster claw and prawn as seen above.
Mitzo also offers intriguing bespoke cocktails, because you deserve a drink — even in the afternoon!
Mitzo: Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857 | Tel: 6603 8855 | Lunch sets available Mondays to Fridays, 12:00pm–2:30pm | Website
10. Long Chim
Situated in Marina Bay Sands, Celebrity Chef David Thomson’s Long Chim promises Thai food that is delicious, fast and affordable. That explains their Lunch Set which comes with either two courses ($35++) or three courses ($40++).
Their set comes with quite a few options for customization, such as having their Kanom Jin Noodles with Green Curry of Fish Dumplings, Chicken and Wild Ginger, or even Mashed Prawn Curry, so you won’t tire of their menu too quickly.
Long Chim:10 Bayfront Ave, #02-02, Atrium 2 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018955 | Tel:6688 7299 | Lunch sets available Mondays to Fridays, 11:30am-2:30pm | Website
9. Violet Herbs
Decked in elegant purple, Violet Herbs is the perfect place to bring a lady. Specializing in Modern European cuisine, they offer a stellar three-course set lunch at $35+ per person. The Parma Wrapped Chicken Breast and Salmon Tataki are some things to look forward to when you dine there.
Violet Herbs: 81 Tras Street, Singapore 079020 | Tel: 6221 3988 | Lunch set available Mondays to Fridays, 11:30am – 3:00pm | Website
8. Garibaldi Italian Restaurant
Alright, I’ll admit I’m cutting it close to the $40 limit when I list Garibaldi’s Set Lunch ($39++). But if you’re craving rich and authentic Italian cuisine, Garibaldi will do your tastebuds justice. They offers a pretty extensive selection of mains: two different pastas, a gnocchi and two meats. On top of that, you get a starter and dessert, so this set lunch really gives you value for money.
Garibaldi: 36 Purvis St, Singapore 188613 | Tel: 6837 1468 | Lunch set available Mondays to Fridays, 12:00pm-2:30pm | Website
7. Sushi Jin
Part of the Les Amis Group, Sushi Jin is a quiet restaurant perfect for smaller, more intimate gatherings. It offers premium quality Japanese food but at decidedly affordable rates. The set lunches are served with salad, miso soup and dessert, and prices range from as low as $15 for the Tofu Ankake Don to $39 for a luxurious Wagyu To Foie Gras Don.
Sushi Jin: 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Owen Link, #01-11/12, 217562 | Tel: 6443 3378 | Lunch sets available Mondays to Fridays, 12:00pm –2:30pm | Website
Would you like to have some Krautfleckerln? How about Paprikás Csirke? If you’re Hungary for new cuisines, give Kaiserhaus at Capitol Piazza a try. The restaurant serves über exotic dishes from areas across Eastern Europe like Bosnia, Austria and Hungary, and you can try them for yourself with their very affordable two-course Set Lunch ($17++), which includes a beverage too.
Kaiserhaus: 17 Stamford Road, #02-06, Capitol Theater, Singapore 178907 | Tel: 6377 0013 | Lunch set available Mondays to Fridays | Website
5. The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
Set along One Fullerton Hotel, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill offers East American cuisine that includes wood-fired grilling and delectable fresh seafood. Their three course Set Lunch ($38++) comes with unique dishes like Sweet Potato Cake and Oyster Rockefeller, a herb-butter encrusted oyster dish that sounds quite tantalizing.
Of course, such a delightful meal will hardly be complete without a stunning view of the Marina Bay waterfront. The Pelican provides just that, which is a major plus if you ask me.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill: 1 Fullerton Road, #01-01, One Fullerton Hotel, Singapore 049213 | Tel: 65360954 | Lunch sets available Mondays to Fridays, 12:00pm – 3:00pm | Website
4. Tamashii Robataya
Tamashii Robataya is a stylish Japanese joint along North Canal Road that whips up top-notch meals from the finest and freshest ingredients. Fortunately, they offer a very reasonably priced Set Lunch ($24 – $38, based on the main selected) that comes with Salad, Salmon Sashimi, Mixed Mushroom with Butter Sauce Rice AND Ton Jiru, a Japanese miso-flavoured soup with pork and vegetables. If you’re gaping in disbelief, I feel ya.
Tamashii Robataya: 12 North Canal Road, #02-01, Singapore 048825 | Tel: 6222 0316 | Lunch sets available Mondays to Saturdays, 11:00am-2:30pm | Website
3. Privé Grill
Located on Keppel Island, Prive Grill’s serene, almost-intimate setting favours private business meetings. Their set lunch menu is one of the more extensive ones I’ve seen, with six rather luxurious mains. The Josper-grilled Yellow Fin Tuna and Grilled Australian Grass-Fed Ribeye are but two of them.
Prive Grill’s Lunch Set costs $32++ for two courses and $35++ for three courses. I personally would opt for the three course meal, because their desserts are way too tempting — Salted Caramel Cream Brulee? Don’t mind if I do.
Privé Grill: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382 | Tel: 6776 0777 | Lunch sets available Mondays to Sundays | Website
2. Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare
Gattopardo’s Executive Chef Lino Sauro brings a taste of Southern Italy (in particular, Sicily) to your plate. The beauitful two-storey restaurant is elegantly clad, featuring an Italian-inspired spiral staircase and courtyard for that extra authentic experience.
Their three-course Set Lunch ($32++) features classic Italian dishes like Iberico Pork Belly with Crushed Lemon and Butter Potatoes and Linguine with Swordfish and Eggplant Ragout, and they have a generous spread of desserts to try too.
Gattopardo:34/36 Tras Street, Singapore 079026 | Tel: 6338 5498 | Lunch set available Mondays to Fridays, 12:00pm – 2:30 pm | Website
1. Restaurant Ember
Restaurant Ember delivers French dishes that are kept simple with a touch of local ingredients to respect the natural flavours of the fresh ingredients used. The three-course set lunch weighs in at $38++, but you can omit dessert and go for the two-course set ($30++) if you lack a sweet tooth.
I don’t know about you, but the Seabass, Garlic Broth, Mee Sua main is really enticing as new head Chef Alex Phan matches Singaporean and European flavours with finesse.
Restaurant Ember: 50 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089158 | Tel: 6347 1928 | Lunch set available Mondays to Fridays, 11:30am – 2:30pm | Website