10 Places To Get A Healthy Lunch For Less than S$10 in the CBD
Mondays just bring all the blues in, don’t they? Especially when you’re back at work and you realize that your food bills are going to hit the roof, since you’re working at Singapore’s rampantly busy Central Business District.
Is it possible, perhaps, to switch the tables, and afford a healthy meal for a reasonably decent price at the same CBD? One that doesn’t go beyond S$10?
Oh yes, it is feasible. Here are a couple of places that will get you delicious, wholesome meals for a steal.
What makes a good sandwich? Crisp greens, sourdough bread and a decent slice of protein – think Honey Baked Ham or Mozzarella Cheese. Half a sandwich costs S$3.50 if you’re here by 11am. Come by after that time for a full sandwich with a soup from S$5.00.
Location: Amoy Street Food Centre, #2-106, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
Operation Hours: 7.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (Closed on weekends)
2. The Two Men Bagel House
The bagels served up at this humble café is note-worthy. Popular flavours such as their cheese, cinnamon raisin and sea salt bagels retail at S$2.60 per piece. You could have it plain or get your bagel dressed in fascinating cream cheese-based spreads like Salmon and Dill or Walnut and Raisin for S$4.50 each.
Location: Icon Village Atez, Icon Village, #01-12, 16 Enggor Street, Singapore 079717
Operation Hours: 8.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. on weekdays, 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
3. Coffee Hive
Fancy a bite of good old Singaporean food for lunch? Well then, head over to Coffee Hive at Robinson Road. They serve a mixed selection of local and Western dishes, with meals like their Claypot Tofu and Chicken Curry priced at S$5.80.
Location: 63 Robinson Road, #01-02 Singapore 068894
Operation Hours: 7.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m on weekdays, closed during weekends
4. Eighty Days
This eating spot pays homage to the book, as it features teensy pizzas and salads that have been roused by globe-trotting travels.
The lunch boxes are priced at S$6.90 onwards, and consists of a starch, a salad and a protein slice.
Location: 8A Marina Boulevard, #B2-67 Marina Bay Link Mall, Singapore 018984
Operation Hours: 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. on weekdays
This Vietnamese eatery is brimmed with customers during lunch hours, so go over early. A bowl of delicious pho and its springy noodles come shy of S$10 at S$9.90. You could also go for a Vietnamese individual rice dish meal.
Location: 1 Raffles Place, B1-17 Singapore 048616
Operation Hours: 7.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. daily
An Italian restaurant that’s worth the mention. For one, you’d be able to dig into a plate of Linguini Al Nero Di Sepia (that’s squid-ink pasta for us who can’t speak the language) for only S$9.70. If carbonara or risottos are your thing, head down here – just early as the restaurant packs up pretty quick during lunch hours.
Location: 10 Anson Road, #01-37 International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Operation Hours: 11.30 a.m – 9.00 p.m. weekdays, 11.30 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. on Saturdays, Closed on Sundays
7. Japanese Restaurant
Yep, we did not make that up. The name of the place is actually Japanese Restaurant. Placing the name aside, you’d be able to eat a Chicken Karaage Set or a Dory Fish Teriyaki Meal for just S$4.80 (not including extra charges). The meals are served with orange slices and miso soup for a balanced meal.
Location: Block 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-06 Singapore 082001
Operation Hours: 11.30 a.m. – 11.30 p.m.
This salad and sandwich bar will put a smile to your face. A salad that’s got Smoked Duck or Turkey Ham & Cheese, for instance, goes at a decent S$9.90. If you’re feeling peckish for breakfast, grab a cup of coffee and one of their buttery croissants instead.
Location: One Raffles Place Tower 1, #B1-04/05 Singapore 048616
Operation Hours: 7.30 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. on weekdays and 9.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. on weekends
Try out this restaurant that tests your perspective on salads. This Middle-Eastern salad bar entices its customers with their raw meals, all aptly named after locations from around the world – Shanghai, Athens and California are just a few on its list. Rawbar undertakes to serve only natural and wholesome ingredients in its meals 24/7.
Location: Republic Plaza #B1-08, 9 Raffles Place, Singapore 048619
Operation Hours: 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. on weekdays
10. Wheat Baumkuchen
Baumkuchen sells a selection of sweet and savoury food with a German/Japanese twist. There are many exhilarating choices to choose from. Give the meatless Reindeer a try – you’d be in for soba noodles tossed in sesame souce and loads of wakame and edamame for just S$9.80. You could alternatively go for the Lava Rice which is a set meal of brown rice, curried chicken, salad and carrots for the same S$9.80.
Location: Asia Square Tower 1, Food Garden, 8 Marina View, #02-02 Singapore 018960
Operation Hours: 11.00 a.m. – 9.30 p.m. daily
In actual fact, it doesn’t cost much to eat healthily. All you need to know is the right place to eat (even for lunch!), and you will be able to maintain a healthy diet and bank balance too. All prices indicated are subject to change.