Lunch in the CBD doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 8 scrumptious lunch deals you should check out!

Fish Tales

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If you’re longing for a satisfying plate of fish & chips, Fish Tales is worth a visit. Go for the well-loved Beaurre Au Citron ($9.90), drizzled with a delightful garlic lemon butter sauce. For a local twist, try the Fiery Sambal ($9.90), served with Fish Tales’ homemade sambal chilli. Apart from that, the Cheese Karaage pasta ($8.90) offers a surprising Japanese spin on the typically Western dish – you’ll find that large, succulent cheese-topped chicken bites set atop a bed of aglio olio pasta.

#02-27/#02-18B SCAPE*, 2 Orchard Link. Tel: 6636 9960

Tsuru-Koshi Udon

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In the mood for udon? Tsuru-Koshi serves some of the most delicious, springy noodles in town. The Kitsune Udon ($6.90) is a pretty basic yet comforting bowl topped with a piece of fried tofu, while the Tonkotsu Char Siew Udon ($9) boasts a light, savoury broth. On the other hand, the Kamatama Udon ($8) is a prime choice if you prefer the dry versions. To enjoy, break the onsen egg and toss it in with the udon noodles, butter and spring onions.

#B2-01/02/03 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Rd. Tel: 6733 3432

Charlie Brown’s Cafe

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Craving for a something Western? Charlie Brown’s Cafe has a decent variety – from fluffy Turkey Ham Fried Rice to decadent Mushroom Cream pasta – on their set lunch menu ($7), available weekdays 12pm – 3pm! It comes with a sweet, refreshing glass of iced lemon tea, as well as a rich and gooey chocolate lava cake to satisfy your rumbling belly. And if you feel like having something more basic, be sure to give the Aglio e Olio pasta a try.

#04-01 Orchard Cineleisure, 8 Grange Rd. Tel: 6737 5979


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For affordable vegetarian/vegan options, check out Greendot. The Customised Standard Bento ($7.90) offers an appetising, well-balanced meal. It includes choice of one main, such as Sweet & Sour Soya Nuggets and Taiwanese QQ Tofu, and two greens. Premium mains like Lion Mane Mushroom Rendang require an additional dollar, but are a worthy investment. The robust rendang sauce matches the mushrooms succulent texture – just like chicken. Or, choose from an array of noodles. The springy Minced Soya Noodles ($7.90) are served delicate with crunchy cucumber and carrot strips, and a bowl of vegetable soup.

#03-23/24 1 Raffles Place. Tel: 6203 4923

Ta-Da! The Bistro

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Look forward to Ta-Da! The Bistro’s newly expanded budget-friendly lunch menu that include Western classics. For rich and creamy spaghetti, the Carbonara ($7.50), topped with egg and a sprinkle of parmesan, will fulfill any pasta cravings. Meanwhile, the Chicken Burger ($7.50) makes for a satisfying choice with its large, juicy patty. A lighter but nonetheless substantial dish would be the Beef Salad ($8.50). The vibrant mix of greens, tomatoes and carrots and tender beef slices will keep your belly filled.

#01-03A 51 Bras Basah Rd, Manulife Centre. Tel: 6560 0859



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Japanese food doesn’t always have to be pricey. For a hearty meal, try the Special Pork Bone Soup with Ramen ($7.80) or the fragrant, Garlic Fried Rice ($5.80). Pair it off with the classic Yaki Gyoza Pork ($4.80), an addictive morsel stuffed with fatty pork mince and chives. Adventurous diners can give more interesting flavours like Truffle ($9.80) and Kimchi ($7.80) a shot.

#B1-02A Robinsons Orchard, 260 Orchard Rd. Tel: 6235 0383

SSAM Korean Mexican Kitchen

Word on the street is that SSAM Korean Mexican Kitchen offers one of the most heavenly Korean-Mexican fusion dishes around. The Beef Short Ribs rice bowl ($9) has quickly become regulars’ go-to order for lunch. Loaded with a plethora of toppings, including the piquant kimchi salsa and onion lime relish, to go along with the tender short ribs, the bowl satisfies even the most ravenous of appetites. 

#B2-45 Marina Bay Financial Centre, 8 Marina Blvd. Tel: 6634 4629