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10 deliciously different CBD lunch spots

Bored of going to the same few places during lunch hour? Here are our top 10 lunchtime restaurants in town to snag a seat! From affordable two-course sets to indulgent five-course meals, the options in the CBD are endless. Time to book in that cheeky city lunch!

1. Stellar

Looking to impress your business client, or have a leisurely get-together with friends?   Located right in the heart of the CBD, this fine dining restaurant offers stunning views of the city skyline at 282 metres above ground level. Helming the kitchen is Executive Chef Christopher Millar, who delivers progressive Australian fare at this sky-high spot. Tuck into a three-course lunch set ($48), or indulge in a four-course meal ($58) if you’re famished. Look forward to a selection of appetisers like the tomato tartare, light soups such as the chilled green asparagus and baby spinach veloute, and mains including the Josper grilled Tajima wagyu (top up $8), exclusively produced by Australia’s premier wagyu farm. Finish with a delectable dessert: both the deconstructed pina colada, which has pineapple sorbet and coconut rum espuma, as well as the impressive-looking lavender bubbles, consisting of white chocolate whipped ganache, lime gel and chocolate tart, will satiate your sweet tooth. Feeling healthy? Trade your appetiser or main for a light salad. Head to the “Stellar Garden”  to create your very own salad, which includes poached Norwegian salmon and fresh greens.

Level 62, 1 Raffles Place
6438 0410 1-altitude.com/stellar

monti restaurant
Monti’s interiors exudes classy chic

2. Monti

For a special lunchtime date, head to this sleek dining venue at the Fullerton Pavilion. Modern Italian-influenced cuisine takes centre stage at this 108-seater, which overlooks the Marina Bay. The three-course lunch set ($43) includes an antipasti, main and dessert. For the month of March (yes, the menu refreshes monthly), you can opt for the Gamberi, which features Japanese prawns, feta, soya beans, beetroot, lemon dressing and sesame seeds, as well as your choice of pasta, which includes the Rigatoni Genovese Di Manzo: Australian Wagyu, slow cooked onions, basil and pecorino cheese. Save room for dessert – the chamomile ice cream with honeycomb and panacotta sounds amazing. Sip a strong coffee (top up $2) to beat the post-lunch food coma, before heading back to the real world.

Psst… Monti is also great for an after-work get-together. Take your pick from the extensive bar menu; standouts include bespoke cocktails like Monti Sour ($22) – a concoction of cognac, amaretto and lemon juice – and classics like Bloody Mary ($20) and Mojito ($20).

Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay
6535 0724 | monti.sg

ravioli
Tuck into hearty modern Italian fare at Porta

3. Porta

An affordable pick for a casual lunch in buzzing Clarke Quay, this modern European restaurant and gourmet grocery exudes colonial chic with its mosaic floorings, wooden cabinets and tables, as well as retro cane chairs. Expect comfort food at its finest; fresh, premium ingredients paired with seasonal flavours and a dash of decadence. Helming the kitchen is Executive Chef Michael Suyanto, trained in classical French cuisine and boasting 12 years of culinary experience. Lunch sets include the two-course ($18) or three-course ($22); to start, we recommend the refreshing chilled angel hair pasta with avruga caviar, Japanese kombu seaweed and truffle oil, followed by the vegetarian Ravioles De Royans, consisting of cheese ravioli with creamy Provencal vegetables, tomato coulis and pesto.

Psst… Liked what you’ve tasted? There’s a mini grocery for picking up some ingredients to recreate the dishes at home!

Porta Fine Food & Import Company
1 Unity Street, Level 1 of Park Hotel Clarke Quay
6593 8855 | porta.com.sg

flutes restaurant
Wow your date at this stunning restaurant

4. Flutes

Housed within the beautiful National Museum of Singapore, this elegant restaurant serves fine European and international favourites for brunch, lunch and dinner. What’s more, you can book specific areas to fit your needs: the Sir Henry McCallum room is perfect for corporate events, meetings and presentations, while the William Farquhar terrace is suitable for pre-dinner drinks, canapés and alfresco dining. There’s also an executive lunch set (from $39), which refreshes every fortnight. Past dishes include the buratta, beets and heirloom tomato, grilled fillet of halibut and sticky date pudding.

Psst… Have a crowd of 10 or more? This spot offers a lovely high tea experience, too. Grab your girlfriends!

93 Stamford Road, #01-02
National Museum of Singapore
6338 8770 | flutes.com.sg

le binchotan
Le Binchotan offers small and large plates, with French-Japanese influences

5. Le Binchotan

Located in a tucked away alley in Amoy Street, this trendy French-Japanese tapas bar serves a la carte small and large plates, sides and desserts. Whet your appetite with signature starters, such as the Uni ($25), which comes with corn mousse, grilled corn and shoyu, or the Madai ($27), a combination of smoked sea bream, eggplant and daikon (radish). Hungry for more? The large plates will satisfy – we recommend the Japanese-style risotto ($29) for a filling option, or the Angus short rib ($39) if you’re a meat lover.

Psst… Don’t miss the single charcoal sticks (from $9, available after 6pm), which pair very well with their cocktails.

115 Amoy Street #01-04
(entrance via Gemmill Lane)
6221 6065 | facebook.com/LeBinchotan

spago
Spago is located on the 57th level of MBS Tower 2,

6. Spago

Get your well-deserved midday boost at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant, Spago. Located on the 57th level of MBS Tower 2, this dining spot offers a seasonal menu of Californian cuisine, as well as an alfresco bar with spectacular views of the city skyline. The three-course lunch ($45) gets you a starter, a main and dessert; opt for the interesting chicken “laksa” spring roll or the pan-seared pork dumplings, then chow down on a Bincho grilled salmon salad, or indulge in a grilled Angus beef burger – go on, you deserve it!

Psst… There’s also an a la carte menu with delicious options like the Maine Lobster Cobb ($44), consisting of avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese, Haricot Vert, apple wood smoked bacon and egg white “caviar”.

10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57,
Sands Skypark Tower 2, Marina Bay Sands
6688 9955 | wolfgangpuck.com/dining/spago-singapore/

lobster roll
Tuck into indulgent classics like the lobster roll at Adrift

7. Adrift by David Myers

Also located in Marina Bay Sands, this restaurant is a modern take on the popular Izakaya (Japanese gastropub). Items on the menu are prepared using fresh Californian produce, but with an Asian twist. Start with a warming bowl of hot and sour seafood soup ($14), then tuck into hearty mains, such as the pork Tonkatsu sandwich ($26), or a beef sirloin steak ($36), and round it off with a delectable dessert like caramel french toast ($10) or rose parfait ($12). The restaurant also offers lunch sets (starts from $38 for two courses).

Psst… Visit on an evening, too, for delicious sundowners at the bar.

10 Bayfront Avenue,
Hotel Lobby Tower 2, Marina Bay Sands
6688 5657 | marinabaysands.com/restaurants/celebrity-chefs/adrift

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
This stunning spot is housed in the iconic Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

8. FOO’D by Davide Oldani

Housed in the iconic Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, FOO’D by David Oldani offers set menus of up to seven courses, all conceptualised by Oldani, the chef-owner of the one Michelin-starred D’O in Cornaredo, Milan. Lunch sets are at $45 for three courses, and $52 for four courses, or you can opt for the dégustation menus ($138 for five courses, $168 for seven courses) if you want something fancier. There’s also an a la carte menu, too. Must-tries include the caramelised onion with 20 months aged Grana Padano ($24) and the interesting lettuce gelato with lemon curd, meringue and cocoa crumble ($18).

Psst… Catching a performance there? Check out their pre-show menu (starts from $38 for two courses, for ticket holders) from 6pm to 7pm! 

11 Empress Place,
#01-01 Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall
6385 5588 | foodbydo.com

pollen restaurant
Crab, butternut squash, pancetta and sage ricotta

9. Pollen

Bask in gorgeous views of the Marina Bay waterfront at this French Mediterranean restaurant, helmed by executive chef Steve Allen, a Gordon Ramsay alumnus. Nestled in the towering Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, this picturesque spot consists of two levels: level one for multi-course menus and the terrace on level two for all-day dining and exquisite afternoon tea. The three-course set lunch costs $55, and includes a range of beautifully executed dishes, including the salted egg and sweet potato sabayon for starter, beef short ribs for main and a selection of European cheeses served with caramelised ginger pears and raisins (top up $10).

Psst… Give yourself a pat in the back; treat yourself to the five-course ($85) instead. 

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09
6604 9988 | pollen.com.sg

dim sum
Enjoy a wide array of modern Chinese fare at VLV

10. VLV Singapore

Situated right in the heart of Clarke Quay, this six-month-old lifestyle establishment is an up-and-coming dining and entertainment hotspot. The modern Chinese restaurant offers a “Creations” lunch set ($48 per person), which starts with signature dim sum dishes, followed by a light chrysanthemum tofu soup. Then, sink your teeth into baked Chilean seabass with black olive and white wine butter sauce – a delicious fusion of Chinese and Western flavours – and springy char siew spring onion noodles, then finish on a sweet note with the almond cream with egg white and black sesame dumplings.

3A Merchant’s Court,
River Valley Road, #01-02
6661 0197 | vlv.life

 

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