From value lunch sets at atas places to free condiments, We’ve crossed the island to uncover our favourite restaurants Without corkage charges, and a hotel buffet that offers a discount as high as the heels you Wear. for the ravenous ones among us, take your talents to a food challenge. all these and more, to stretch your dollar as far as it can go!
DON’T MISS DISCOUNTS!
Baskin-Robbins’ 1-for-1 Pink Wednesday
Ladies AND gentlemen, if you love ice cream, strive to wear pink on hump-day. This will net you a free Junior Scoop for every Value Scoop purchase at the 31 Flavours chain–and we don’t mean just showing them your tongue. baskinrobbins.com.sg
Greenhouse’s Stiletto Tuesdays
If you prefer to totter in killer five-inch heels rather than sport Hello Kitty colours, make a date with your chicas for a Tuesday dinner buffet at Greenhouse (till 24 March; U.P. $72, 6.30-10.30pm). Discount starts at 10 percent off for 1-1.9 inches of heel and up to 50 percent for five inches or more. After feasting on lip-smacking seafood paella, suckling pig, seafood on ice and dessert, do remember to support your fellow stiltwearing girlfriend. Strictly women only. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6434 5288
It’s after 8.30pm and you’re hungry. Go to the supermarket, we say. The sushi, sashimi and bento sets at Meidi-Ya (#B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre, 177 River Valley Road) and Isetan (www. isetan.com.sg) often bear 50 percent discount stickers–but you better be quick, because other shoppers are watching the section like a hawk. Same goes for the roast items at Cold Storage (www.coldstorage.com.sg) –if you’re lucky you might score a whole pork knuckle at half price. For the next day’s breakfast buys, head to Crystal Jade My Bread (www.crystaljade.com), for 20 percent off buns, pastries and dim sum, and up to 40 percent off whole cakes (from as early at 7pm at The Central outlet); and if you’re near 313 Somerset, drop by Marché (www.marcherestaurants.com) just before closing time (varies daily) to nab one-for-one items at the takeaway counter.
Angie’s Oyster and Champagne Bar’s 1-for-1 Promos
Here’s a great deal with an amazing view: hit up this French-inspired bar at glass penthouse Fifty Raffles Place, or 50RP, for 1-for-1 tipples (Mon: Moet Imperial Brut, Tue: Heineken pints, Thu: sangria) and $1 oysters (Wed). On Fridays, the ladies get a free Garden Pimm’s till 7pm, and Saturdays are reserved for a stuff-your-face-silly oyster and beer buffet ($68, till 8pm). #45-01 Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place. Tel: 6221 9555
SET LUNCHES TO BEAT
For more set lunch deals, check out our CHIJMES special feature on p.8.
Ah Hoi’s Kitchen “12 AT 12” Nasi Padang
Ah Hoi gets our vote for most unbelievable value. Just $12 nett per person (till April, Mon-Fri from 12pm) for 12 refillable nasi padang dishes which include tahu telur, nangka masak lemak and ayam penyet–with rice, soup and a drink. P.S the 12th person dines free. Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, 1A Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6831 4373
Visit chef Hal Yamashita’s swanky Resorts World Sentosa restaurant for lunch. No, we’re not crazy. Sets start at $18 for a vegetable sushi roll, served with Kansaistyle udon, steamed egg custard with dashi sauce, and green salad with yuzu ginger dressing. Festive Walk, 8 Sentosa Gateway. Tel: 6577 6688
For $9.50++, this Japanese-style hotpot restaurant serves up freeflow veg and sides along with three trays of meat, with two soup bases. Valid for lunch Mon-Thu at eight of their outlets island-wide. suki-ya.com.sg
100g Korean Charcoal BBQ
What we like: free-flow banchan (side dishes) and cold tea. 100g has both, plus 15 percent off during lunch–just like paying nett prices. Savour kimchi stew ($10), or nourishing ginseng chicken ($11), prepared by a Korean chef. 93 Amoy Street. Tel: 6220 7176
Roadhouse’s 1kg Terminator
So hungry you think you could eat a cow? Mow down a 1kg Wagyu beef burger (worth $58) in 20 minutes (A.K.A. the Terminator Challenge) and you eat for free plus have your name on the Wall of Fame. No kick? Opt for the spicy Red Hot Terminator burger (worth $60) and you could win an additional $20 voucher. 13 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6476 2922
Spuds & Aprons’ Mountain of Happiness
For ice cream fiends only. You have 15 minutes to swallow 16 scoops of HÃƒ ¤agen-Dazs (worth $58) in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, rum & raisin, green tea, mango and raspberry. Don’t forget the toppings: nuts, cherries, chocolate chips and wafers–same thing, succeed and it’s free, plus receive a special apron and your name on the wall of fame. Warning: serious brain freeze ahead. Level 2 Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Road. Tel: 6377 9688
You Must Be Crazy
Oh? You’ve done the above without a hitch? Try the 60-minute The Beast Burger Challenge (thebeast.sg), a seven-pounder (3.2kg) monstrosity of fried chicken, pork, coleslaw and a humongous beef patty in between two large buttered buns, AND a bucket (big enough to be a main) of sweet potato fries.
So you’re a speedy Gonzales, huh? Go for Little Hiro‘s Eternal Glory Challenge (www.hirobbq.com) of eight patties and 500g of fried potato. One catch though–the meal is only free if you beat the fastest timing (oh no!).
Are you a fire-breather instead? Try Southwest Tavern‘s Spaghetti from Hell (southwesttavern.com.sg). Finish the flaming mass (level 18) in 10 minutes and win two towers of Heineken Draught Beer or a $100 dining voucher. It’s so hot you need to sign an indemnity form and be in the pink of health before they’ll even let you near it.
WE LOVE FREEBIES
MEDZS Bistro & Bar
Perk #1: Coffee’s free with any breakfast order (Mon-Fri 8-11am). Try the laugenbrotchen with pork bierschinken and red cheddar cheese ($12.90)–it’s fluffy German brot with a heaping of ham and cheese. Perk #2: Get 50 percent off takeaways from the display counter (till 31 Mar)–so help yourself to the viennoiseries (mini croissants) in pork ham and cheese (U.P. $3.90) or homemade cured salmon (U.P. $3.90). #01-01 Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place. Tel: 6536 1917
Barossa Happy Hour Free Angus Beef Sliders
Welcome back, Barossa Esplanade! The newly-renovated bar celebrates with the launch of an exclusive Ladies Champagne Cocktail Night (Thu, $6 cocktails). But we’re gonna be all-inclusive and tell you about their Happy Hour free Angus beef sliders (Mon-Fri 6-8pm)–just buy a selected tipple from the menu and you can (m)eat all you want! #01-11 Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6534 5188. www.barossa.com.sg
Other *free* extras
The BiTES team loves our ramen, here’s why: a basket of eat-all-you-want hardboiled eggs is placed on the table, alongside free-flow beansprouts and condiments. Check out Keisuke‘s various outlets (keisuke.sg) , Hakata Ikkousha (www.ikkousha.com/enabout) , and Ramen Bar Suzuki (fb.com/Ramen.Bar.Suzuki0525) for protein power-ups. If you want to literally sit pretty while waiting, get a free manicure at China hotpot chain Hai Di Lao, in addition to free snacks, drinks and other entertainment. We’re also partial to the free chocolate ’lipstick’ and bottled in-house tomato sauce from SKIRT at W Singapore ”“ Sentosa Cove, soup “free-fills” from Song Fa Bak Kut Teh and Soup Guru, while kids aged 12 and under eat lunch for free (Tue-Fri with every main course order) at The Marmalade Pantry at The Stables.
10% + 7% + CORKAGE = 0
What you see is what you pay. At Peperoni Pizzeria (peperoni.com.sg), have a modest nine-inch pizza (15 varieties) at $19 or go for the XXL 21-inch (feeds 4-6 pax) at $50–wait for it–nett. For dishes like benedict quinoa ($16) or a chicken avocado sandwich ($13.80), hit up the newly-opened East Manhattan Bakery Café (#01-03, 19 Lor Kilat). Add on a slice of cake for $4.50. Other worthy nett mentions include dog-friendly bistro Torte (96 Waterloo Street) for daily staples like roast chicken leg or basa fish with wedges ($12 each) and indie Milagro Spanish Restaurant (#08-06/07 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road) for slow-cooked Galician octopus ($17) and an ice-cold Kronenbourg.
Bring Your Own Booze
Stake-out steakhouse Bedrock Bar & Grill (bedrock.com.sg) on Mondays to have corkage waived up to your fourth bottle ($50/bot for fifth bottle onwards)–just order a main course each to enjoy the offer. Or if you prefer crabs with your carbs, Jumbo Seafood allows you one bottle corkage-free (subsequently $10/wine, $20/liquor). We’ve also heard that Da Paolo BistroBar (www.dapaolo.com.sg) goes the middle route by compromising–corkage is 1-for-1, which means you buy a bottle of house wine per BYOB. For tze char aficionados, New Ubin Seafood (ubinseafood.com) is also known for steak and fried rice made from the meat’s drippings. Free corkage for duty-paid wine and liquor (strictly no beer, you’ll have to buy that there). Or venture to Cafe de Hong Kong (#01-01 Eastpac Building, 586 Balestier Road) for bamboo charcoal tofu, nam yu (red fermented beancurd) chicken and HK milk tea. On top of no corkage charges, both places provide proper stemware for your treasured vino.