These fine dining restaurants serve up haute plates and curated menus for those who enjoy savouring their lunch hour in style
You can have Champagne brunches and dim sum on weekends, but there’s possibly no luxury quite as pleasurable as indulging in a mid-day epicurean experience. That’s why, we reckon, many of Singapore’s most popular restaurants offer curated set lunch menus where diners can nosh on a tightly curated gourmet meal which won’t drag on for hours the way a fancy dinner can. So go on, and feast away. Here are some of the country’s most delectable set lunches to score a reservation at, whether it’s for business, pleasure — or both.
Atlas may be known more as a gin and champagne bar, but this swanky Art Deco lobby lounge also boasts a new formidable menu that’s whipped up by newly appointed executive chef Lachlan ‘Loki’ Lynch. You’ll have a taste of modern, sophisticated European fare here, and highlights from the executive lunch set include pissaladière topped with olive, caramelized onions and moked anchovies, roast duck served with whole orange purée and chard, and chocolate ice cream paired with profiterole, salted caramel and brown butter snow. Prices start from $38 for a choice of two courses or $48 for the full three course meal.
600 North Bridge Road
Tel: +65 6396 4466
Escape the madding crowd with an idyllic lunch break at Bayswater Kitchen, located at the picturesque Marina at Keppel Bay. In a nod to its nautical location, chef de cuisine Jack Allibone serves up a seafood-centric menu, working with sustainably-sourced ingredients, including wild-caught seafood where possible. The lunch menu, which is refreshed periodically to reflect the best available produce, includes dishes such as grilled snapper, pesto zucchini and Bayswater’s “Bounty Bar”, an indulgent 70 per cent chocolate bar with coconut sorbet. There’s even a fun recreation room located on the premises where guests can blow off some steam with a ping pong or foosball game. Prices start from $28 for two selections or $32 for three.
2 Keppel Bay Vista
Tel: +65 6776 0777
If a hearty Italian meal is not enough to tempt you, know that lunch at this restaurant comes with a sweeping view of the Marina Bay waterfront too. Located at Customs House, Caffe Fernet is the brainchild of The Jigger & Pony group and features an modern Italian menu that includes fresh antipasti and hearty pasta. Two-course lunch (S$36++) includes a starter and a main (either pasta or a sandwich). Favourites here include burrata as well as Mafaldine Cacio E Pepe, which is seasoned with pecorino romano and four types of peppercorns.
70 Collyer Quay
Tel: +65 9178 1105
It’s hard to go wrong when you dine at the evergreen and ever-relevant Garibaldi. Most recently, the Italian restaurant launched a $39++ three-course set lunch to cater to the needs of an increasingly busy lunch crowd. Nosh on yummy starters like Mesclun Salad with Olives, Feta Cheese, Apple, Celery and Hazelnut Dressing before moving on to fresh pastas such as Fusilli with Rucola Pesto, Haricot Beans and Potatoes. Round off your meal with the dessert of the day and coffee or tea. The restaurant also offers an utterly indulgent $88++ five-course chef’s lunch menu, for days where you need a slightly longer break from the morning office madness.
36 Purvis Street
Tel: +65 6837 1468
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Dashi is referred to as the ‘Broth of Life’ and the ‘backbone’ for most Japanese dishes. NAMI Restaurant and Bar brings the ancient Japanese tradition of dashi-making to perfection. Helmed by Chef Shigeo Akiba, a Dashi Master, NAMI showcases up to 8 different types of dashi prepared in-house using meticulous age-old methods. Savour fine Japanese cuisine in the truest form today. For reservations, please call 6213 4398 or email [email protected] #japanesefood #dashi #shangrilasg
Located on the 24th floor of Shangri-la’s Tower Wing , the hotel’s new fine dining Japanese restaurant boasts panoramic views of the city and has two private dining rooms for those who wish to enjoy a private tete-a-tete with their meal. Head chef Akiba Shigeo, who worked under Iron Chef Koumei Nakamura previously, is a veritable maestro at showcasing the delicate flavours of Japanese cuisine. Chef Akiba’s Lunch Course ($120++) includes beautifully plated appetizers, a selection of the day’s best sashimi, a choice of meat or fish for the main as well as soup, rice and pickles and dessert. What’s interesting is that the restaurant also offers a delicious vegetarian lunch ($80++) which comes with vegetable tempura plus a steamed and grilled dish.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: +65 6213 4398
The restaurant, located at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, has recently new added new dishes to its Chinese and French menus for those looking for ala carte selections. Set menus change on a monthly basis, at $30++ for two courses, and $38++ for three inclusive of coffee and tea. For the month of August, you’ll enjoy dishes created in commemoration of Singapore’s 54th National Day, such as Boiled Teochew Seafood Treasure Soup with Fish Maw and Cabbage, Pan-seared Locally Farmed Barramundi with Curried Butter and Baked Profiteroles with Durian Pengat, Sable Crumble and Vanilla Ice Cream.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
9 Wallich Street
Tel: +65 6428 5000
Stellar at 1-Altitude
Power lunches don’t get more panoramic than at Stellar at 1-Altitude, the highest restaurant in Singapore’s central business district at the 62nd floor of One Raffles Place. Its two-course set lunch option (from $38++) is an ideal choice for those who prefer a speedy meal. There are also three- (from $48++) and four-course (from $58++) sets for those with the time for a more leisurely experience. Appetizers include Charred zucchini with eggplant caviar; while mains include poached norwegian salmon with clams and mussels; or Seared barramundi with fennel confit. Feeling hungry yet?
Stellar at 1-Altitude
One Raffles Place
Tel: +65 6438 0410
Tablescape Restaurant & Bar
Tablescape Restaurant & Bar is The Grand Park City Hall’s only restaurant, but its diverse menu packs enough punch for hotel guests to make reservations for both lunch and dinner. We were recently here for a tasting, and the Raw Scallops, Cucumber, Red Onion and Salmon Roe proved to be a crowd-pleaser. The same can be said for the Egg, where egg slow-cooked at 62ºC is served with Asparagus, Parmigiano and black truffle. For mains, we recommend the Organic Chicken instead of the Ribeye as we weren’t a fan of the tough, chewy texture of the beef. Call it a day with the Chocolate Soufflé – you’ll appreciate the warm Varlhona chocolate that gushes out of the egg-based dish as you pierce a fork into it.
Tablescape Restaurant & Bar
Grand Park City Hall
10 Coleman Street
Tel: +65 6432 5566
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The chain is famed for its prime USDA Black Angus beef, which is dry-aged onsite for 28 days. This technique, in which the meat undergoes a natural tenderising process in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, yields a rich umami flavour. The restaurant proffers four cuts of steak: filet mignon, porterhouse, ribeye and sirloin. The last time we were here, our friendly server Nickson advised us against getting the porterhouse – the house’s bestseller – on account of its massive portion. At a whopping 900g, we took his advice and did not regret our decision. Prices for the four-course lunch starts from $50++.
Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay
1 Nanson Road
Tel: +65 6887 5885