To those who’ve wandered into InternshipLand, or have found themselves clueless at lunchtime – this is just for you.
When we started our training contracts, we had no clue where to go for lunch. The practice trainees would meet in a huge group outside the building and when we reached a critical mass, we’d follow the first person who spoke up and amble to said lunch place. Needless to say, this usually wasn’t very appetizing and after leaving Banquet (underground food court with non-existent ventilation system) reeking of food exhaust one time too many, we decided to explore Raffles Place on our own. We’ve listed out almost every place we’ve lunched at in the past 5 months and asterisked those we really liked.
Most of the options are unexceptional but it’s just lunch and we just have an hour so the places listed have been included for accessibility and variety rather than quality. Of course, we’ve not listed any truly terrible places (like Banquet…) but don’t expect a Michelin starred experience either. We’ve also been relatively budget conscious in the compilation of this list, budgeting about $5 per person for a one-dish lunch on average, unless otherwise stated. Happy eating!
XJ and J xx
p/s If there’s anything you like that we’ve missed – please leave a note. We’d like very much to know!
Coffee shop style i.e go armed with packets of tissue to ‘chope’ your seat
Tom yum* / regular fish soup 17 Phillip Street #01-01 /02 Grand Building
I usually ask for “sao la” (less spicy) so I can enjoy the flavour without having to drink a reservoir after.
Fish soup and roast meat 15 Philip Street #01-00 Tan Ean Kiam Building
Good for bigger groups because the boss reserves the tables upstairs for big group walk-ins
Hans at Great Eastern Building 1 Pickering Street
Also able to accommodate big groups
Da Lu Prawn Noodles* 22 Cross Street, #01-54/55 China Square Central
Don Pie shop also sells, surprise surprise, great claypot pepper crab bee hoon
20 Cross Street, #01-34/35/36, China Square
Puay Heng Fish Ball Noodles/Bak Chor Mee23 China Street
Nam Seng Wanton Mee/Hor Fun/Fried Rice 25 China Street #01-01 Far East Square
Hock Lam Beef Noodles 22 China Street some of our friends go more for the cute waitress than the noodles…
Market Street Food Centre 50 Market Street
sit on the third floor, easier to get seats, less smelly.
Tiong Bahru Wanton Mee #02-32
Transit Market Claypot Rice* #03-13 the chicken with lapcheong is divine
Seng Lee Cai Fan is $2+ #03-17
Nurnanmi Nasi Padang* #02-07 the chicken goes superbly with the achar
Mei Xin 50 Market Street #01-32 (food court on ground floor of Golden Shoe) for dinner to go. The porridge is very smooth. A bit pricey ($6) and long queue but really yummy.The ban mian is not bad and I swear by concoctions no. 10 and no. 4 at the fruit juice stall.
Bao Jin Tian (Bao Today) for noodles and dimsum 55 Market Street #01-01
Kiraku Japanese restaurant below Bao Today (pricey, the beef salad is about $12 and that’s about the cheapest item on the menu)
Coffee Shop Style
108 Eating House #01-08
Bak Chor Mee
Hup Lee Cafeteria* #01-35
Fish Soup – my low-carb option is sliced fish soup without noodles / rice.
Arcade Fruits (next to Hup Lee) Fruit and Fruit Juice. The lao ban niang is a PR whiz. Every time I buy juice, she’s such a sweetie I tell myself I will forever remain in juice monogamy with her. The avocado milkshake is decadent, and I usually have the carrot apple ginger juice.
Chinese soup to go ($4) if you’re in a rush. There are a few shops with vats of soups on display.
3rd floor coffee house (E-something) has great horfun but awful service
Platypus Test Kitchen* for pasta #02-02 always something new.
PiNK NutriDeli Cafe for set lunch with brown rice #02-05
Chevron House30 Raffles Place
Wang Café* #02-37 Chinese style kopi / the and simple lunch time food like laksa, macaroni soup etc. Once asked the smiley Filipino cashier for a “hot iced lemon tea” and he had the decency not to laugh in my face. +points for customer service!
Cedele* for soups, salads and sandwiches I like the Soup Set A ($10 for big soup and small salad) #02-34/35 and the days when they have pumpkin and apple soup, I’m extra happy J
The Sandwich Shop #02-07 good option for a light lunch. The “All Day Breakfast” in sandwich form is yums, as is the ½ sandwich option if you’re not very hungry.
Joe & Dough #02-05
Black for coffee and sweets (Drew employees get 20% off!!!) #01-11/12
Dimbulah for soup and wraps #01-31
Green Bar* the smoked duck salad is a winner, as is the chilli crab salad
TheSoup Spoon for more expensive soup – cheaper Chinese soup option at the Arcade
Chevron House Basement
The Well dimsum
Sun & Moon – they’ll juice the fruit you pick on the spot
The Palace (Korean Restaurant – only hazard if desperate at night
Boat Quay (more expensive)
South Bank Authentic Thai Restaurant 35 Boat Quay
Thai food! Decent set lunches about $12. if x is the number of diners (x must be >1), you’re entitled to x+1 dishes.
Penny Black for pub food 26/27 Boat Quay 6538 2300
Red Dot for Green Beer (!) and Bar Food 33/34 Boat Quay
Awesome Nasi Padang – if you’re in a big group, call in advance to book a table (seats upstairs for bigger groups) and pre-order. The tauhu telur is AMAZING. Also like the beef rendang, sweet potato leaves, curry chicken (very good!) and sambal prawns.
Molly Malone’s 56 Circular Road 6536 2029
tcc 51 Circular Road
Raffles Quay Underpass
Chopsticks Asian Kitchen - The simplest option is the $7 char siew noodles (with gravy), and if you're feeling extravagant, the $14 crayfish noodles in milky stock is delicious.
Marina Bay Link Mall8A Marina Boulevard (pricier, at least $15/person or more depending on what you order)
Standing Sushi #B2-51 6634 7068
Ding Tai Fung #B2-05/06
Youmenya Goumon for Japanese Pasta #B2-03 good value pasta sets and a salad bar (1 serving only) in the middle
Munch* for salad from an extensive salad bar with generous servings and soups #B2-19
RepublicPlazaBasement (pricier eg iFreshCo set will come to about $13)
A few restaurants “food court” style but more atas. I like iFreshCo* for fusion Japanese food without MSG. There’s also Asian Kitchen!
Coffee for that 4pm drowsiness
Chinese styleeg kopi / teh, not the Americano type
Coffee&ToastRaffles Exchange 5 Raffles Place #B1-17/21/22
Fun Toast One Raffles Place (OUB Centre) #B1-13
Teh Tarik Cartel 1 Raffles Place OUB Centre #B1-04
Arcade ground floor on the left as you walk in from Raffles Place
Dilys’ Creation at Clifford Centre ground floor
Stall between Dilys’ Creation and the glass doors opening onto Collyer Quay has yummy toast with home made peanut butter too!
Western coffee i.e Americano
Starbucks at Singapore Land Tower
Coffee Bean at Republic Plaza
**see Chevron House above
Sweet Tooth Satisfaction
One Raffles Place (OUB Centre)
Once Upon A Milkshake #B1-03E
Brownie Factory #B1-01B
Famos Amos Cookies #B1-02A
Dessert Hut* #01-06
Mao Kong Bubble Tea (opposite Dessert Hut)
Yami Yoghurt #B1-K1
Royal cake shop with sliced cakes
Mirana cake shop with sliced cakes
Republic Plaza 9 Raffles Place
Awfully Chocolate chocolate ice cream and cake#01-16
Level33* at Marina Bay Financial Centre for high altitude al fresco drinks
Oosters China Square for Belgian Beers
Lantern* Fullerton Bay Hotel
Post Bar* Fullerton Hotel
OneAltitude 63-64 floor One Raffles Place (OUB Centre)
Nueva Cuba Customs House #01-03
OverEasy* One Fullerton
The Blarney Irish PubMarina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
Boat Quay pubs (again, Red Dot is good)
The Atas Section (some have set lunches for $30++, all more upmarket)
Sabai Thai #01-02
Sansui Sumiyaki & Bar #01-05
Marina Bay Financial Centre
Rock great steaks and chic interior
Far End of Boat Quay (nearer South Bridge Road than Raffles Place)
L’Operetta Italian cuisine cooked with deft touch of Japanese chef. Chef trained extensively in Italy, and is interested in opera, too. Hence the name. Suggest ordering a pizza set and a pasta set then sharing between 2.