Feast like a king without breaking the bank with these pocket-friendly breakfasts, attractive lunch deals and mind-blowing dining secrets across the city.
Best value breakfasts
The first meal of the day is the most important, but we just can’t decide–local or western? We suss out the best option s in both camps that checked all the criteria on our list: filling, delicious, hearty and won’t break the bank .
In the business for over 30 years, Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata (7 Crane Road. Tel: 9794 3124) is the real deal–queues were forming past 10am on a weekday! As the name implies, their freshlymade prata is crispy and boasts an aromatic buttery fragrant. The three curries–dahl, fish and sambal ikan bilis–offered also doesn’t disappoint with its fiery tinge. Late-risers should know the popular store usually closes by 11.30am, when the pratas are sold out.
Katie’s verdict: Skip the fillings and go straight for their plain prata ($1 nett)–it’s so satisfying especially when doused in the tangy fish curry.
Local: Kaya and kopi gu you
Kaya toast and coffee may be available in nearly all corners of Singapore. But if you’re looking for the best, legendary Heap Seng Leong Coffeeshop (#01-5109, 10 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6292 2368) is the place to go. Everything here from the storefront to coffee preparation is kept traditional. A generous spread of butter and kaya ($1.20 nett) fills your mouth as you bite into the soft bread that’s lightly toasted over a charcoal stove.
Ben’s verdict: Forget your usual kopi and order their signature kopi gu you ($1.20 nett). The dollop of butter brings out the buttery notes of the aromatic beans. You’ll feel more energetic than usual (#truestory!)
Bread Yard (#01-23/24 Galaxis, 1 Fusionopolis Place. Tel: 9773 5318) gives you the best bang for your buck in the Buona Vista precinct. Their thick, airy sourdough pancakes are made daily in-house and go for as low as $6. That’s as affordable as getting breakfast from a fast-food chain! Dine extravagantly and indulge in their popular candied bacon and grilled cheese pancakes ($12 nett). Marinated in brown sugar and paprika, the sweetness of the candied bacon marries well with the savoury grilled cheese.
Katie’s verdict: The pancake has a nice mix of sweet, salty, and spicy– great for indecisive eaters such as myself.
Western: Sandwiches and Bulletproof Coffee
Who isn’t loco for coconut? Over here, the bulletproof coffee features an additional spoonful of cold-pressed virgin coconut oil in addition to butter. One of the few cafés in Singapore to serve this concoction, Sarnies‘s (136 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6224 6091) cuppa only costs $6 nett; 50 cents more than your usual latte. Their gourmet sandwiches are a must-try too. Crowd-pleaser is the Grass Fed Steak ($16.50 nett) sandwich that’s overflowing with strips of grass-fed beef, mushrooms, and mixed greens.
Ben’s verdict: Come here on an empty stomach as their portions are massive. I packed half my sandwich for lunch.
Hot, Heat, Help
Chow down three of Lower East Side’s signature tacos prepared at their level five spice intensity (worth $28) in under 30 minutes to get the food for free. Made using native Mexican chillies including harbaneros, poblanos and jalapeÃƒ ±os, the tacos come in six different fillings– tilapia, barramundi, chilli con carne, pork belly, chorizo, and verduras. Order the milky homemade horchata (rice water) to quell the burning sensation after you’ve completed the challenge. 19 East Coast Road. Tel: 6348 1302
Lagnaa Spice Challenge is another hot favourite among foodie daredevils. Wipe clean the ultimate Full Moon Chilli Challenge (Level 7) that happens once a month and get your meal on the house. Think you can handle the heat? First you have to pass Level 6 (starting from $8 for aloo gobi) to qualify for the challenge, and that’s already unbelievably spicy. 6 Upper Dickson Road. Tel: 6296 1215
Calling Big Eaters
Have a ravenous appetite for four? Little Diner Empire Challenge is for you. Meant to be shared between three to four diners, the Empire Burger (worth $55) comes with 3 thick beef patties, multiple strips of bacon, fried egg, Swiss and cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, lettuce and tomato, and a side of fries. Available during lunch and dinner, devour the entire plate within 20 minutes and get it for free. And if you can’t, your punishment (aside from the bill) is a free dessert, which–thankfully–you can finish on your own time. 789 Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 6466 4088
Brunch lovers will absolutely adore The House of Robert Timms Ultimate Pancake Challenge. Scarf down a stack of their 18cm high by 24cm wide stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes ($39), layered with seven different fresh fruits including blueberries, peaches, and strawberries within 15 minutes and you’ll get it on the house. Best part? Any four friends who come to support will receive a complimentary cup of daily brew. #01-02/03 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road; #01-361/362 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6735 9201 (Wheelock Place)/ 6338 7758 (Suntec City Mall)
The Impossible Challenge
The only way to win this challenge is to gobble down food faster than Singapore’s celebrity competitive eater, Zermatt Neo. As record holder of Satay Power 6‘s satay eating challenge, he currently holds the title at 150 satay sticks in 19.41 minutes. (P.S. He told us he was taking it easy). Lau Pa Sat Stall #6, 18 Raffles Quay. Tel: 9384 7148
Turning down free-flowing steak is a sin in our books. Head to Morton‘s Singapore during their weekday happy hour (5-7pm) and load up on complimentary filet mignon sandwiches when you order one of their potent martinis (we highly recommend the rich Chocolate Mortini, $15.95). Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6339 3740
Still hungry for more? Dallas Restaurant & Bar offers unlimited servings of their premium 100-day grain fed Australian cut (regular price for one steak, $35) on weekends at their Suntec outlet only. #03-302/303 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6333 4068
Singapore Cocktail Week may be over, but the affordable $14 price tag is here to stay at four sleek spots–Jigger and Pony, Gibson, Rumpoles Bar at Hotel Jen, and The Secret Mermaid–during their happy hour. Or if you rather a shot of whisky or stiff G&T, Loof‘s weekday around the clock deal (5pm-8pm) costs as low as $5 a glass. Drink up!
Bivalves on a Budget
When we heard about these oysters offers, we couldn’t help but squeal at the steal. Order a glass of Martini ($10) at Tanuki Raw on weekdays and enjoy six freshly shucked oysters at $2 apiece. Greenwood Fish Market and Bistro at two locations, Greenwood Avenue ($1.50) and Quayside Isle ($2), also dish out affordably-priced oysters on Tuesdays when you order their mains.
A hot, sticky day always calls for an ice cream sundae–or two in the case of Swensen‘s. Available every weekday between 2.30-5pm at all their outlets, beat the sweltering heat as you enjoy two ice cream sundaes for just $11.80 at the family-favourite restaurant. Yummy flavours include their Sticky Chewy Chocolate as well as their Merri-Mint Do.
Lunch Time Madness
There’s no shortage of lunch options at Clarke Quay. Keep your eyes peeled for $10, $15 and $25 set lunches from over 20 participating restaurants including Privé, The Butchers Club Burger, Little Saigon and Peony Jade. 1-for-1 deals are also available every first Monday of the month. 3 River Valley Road. Tel: 6337 3292
Shi Li Fang Hotpot
One of the more affordable lunch deals along Orchard Road. This $9.90 special lets you enjoy a personal hotpot with two soup bases, a side of meat or fish, a generous vegetable platter as well as a choice of carbs to complete your meal. #07-10/11 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6238 0800
The Royals Steakhouse
This halal-certified bistro delivers an affordable $15 nett set lunch. Choose one of their main courses like their crispy pan-fried salmon or filling ayam masak merah with spaghetti, along with two side dishes like soup and potato salad. Top up $5 for a sweet cake of the day! 10 Jalan Pisang. Tel: 6291 3326
It’s always a battle deciding which set lunch to choose at Folks Collective. Their four lip-smacking set lunches ($15.90) comes with steam rice along with two to three sides like Thai spring rolls, stewed beef soup and green curry chicken. #01-01 Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View. Tel: 6443 9820
Dying to try fine dining Aura but unwilling to spare $100 for a meal? Fret not–they have an irresistible weekday set lunch that comes with a constantly changing selection of starter, main course, and dessert for just $32. They also have weekday salad buffet ($18) of hearty greens and bread featuring flavours from Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and the Mediterranean. #05-03 National Gallery, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road. Tel: 6866 1977
1-for-1 Foodie Deals
Bring a friend along to enjoy ION Orchard’s 1-for-1 foodie deals. Available till 31 July when you download ION Orchard’s mobile app, redeem dining offers from Tazeh, Mr. Churro, Nara Thai, Monster Curry, and more. There’s also free lunchtime parking (Mon-Thu 12pm- 2pm)! 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6238 8228