9 satisfying set lunch menus under $45 to try in Singapore

These conveniently located restaurants offer business set lunch menus that are satisfying yet won't burn a hole in your pocket.

By Amy Van | 26 June, 2018 | Food, Restaurants
2018-06-26 15:36:13 2018-09-15 09:47:49
Akira Back
Akira Back’s beautifully plated sashimi-don

Akira Back

Contemporary Japanese restaurant Akira Back at JW Marriott serves up a three-course set lunch menu, which consists of daily appetiser and dessert as well as a choice of main course (starting from $33) . You will get pan-seared flounder with cauliflower and a drizzling of garlic ponzu at $33, or Chilean seabass with spicy tomato dashi and roasted heirloom tomatoes at $38. For something more substantial, go for the Iberico pork secreto ssamjang with endive kimchee at $42. Alternatively, you will get to enjoy a healthy sashimi don with katsuo goma brown rice topped with assorted sashimi at $45. The menu is available 12pm to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach road, Singapore 189763
Tel: 6818 1914
Website: Akira Back

Racines set lunch
Racines Chinese caramelised honey pork jowl


A range of new French and refined Chinese offerings has just been launched at Racines, Sofitel Singapore City Centre. Diners can choose either the two or three courses set lunch, which is inclusive of Nespresso Coffee or TWG Tea at $28 or $38 respectively. Available only on weekdays, this value-for-money set lunch is updated each month.

From the French menu, you will get dishes like seasonal French heirloom tomatoes with piquillo and clear gazpacho; chargrilled Australian pork jowl with smoked garlic on ciabatta mustard butter, sweet onion marmalade and seasonal vegetables; and steamed halibut fillet with fennel salad and shellfish consomme. For dessert, a creamy avocado mousse of caramelised banana, forest berries, bee pollen and Tahitian vanilla ice cream rounds off the meal. From the Chinese menu, there’s the Chinese caramelised honey pork jowl and steamed seabass fillet with bok choy and Shaoxing wine to fuel your stomach, followed by a dessert of pulut hitam with coconut emulsion Thai honey mango sorbet and a sprinkle of salted caramel rice crispies for textural contrast.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich St, Singapore 078885
Tel: 6428 5000
Website: Racines

La Brezza’s trofie pasta with basil pesto

La Brezza

For a relaxing lunch away from the CBD crowds, book a table at St Regis’ poolside restaurant LaBrezza. The comfortable, light-filled restaurant focuses on creations with a contemporary take on traditional Italian cuisine. At $43 (three courses) you will get dishes using quality fresh ingredients such as fresh burrata with cherry tomato and basil leaves, pan-seared seabass with zucchini and mint leaves, braised lamb leg with mashed potato or a hearty trofie pasta with basil pesto. To sweeten the palate, dessert is either a refreshing fresh fruit salad with lemon sorbet or cake of the day. The set lunch is available on weekdays, 12pm to 3pm.

The St Regis Singapore Level 2, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Tel: 6506 6884
Website: La Brezza

Kimme’s quail with salad


Modern Korean bistro Kimme draws the CBD and Amoy Street lunch crowd with its three-course set lunch menu at $45. Chefs Sun Kim and Louis Han have devised a creative menu with touches of Korean and Asian flavours. For starters, you will get tangy-sweet tomato with creamy burrata, dressed with yuzu and basil oil, or pan-seared scallop with endive and century egg. This will be followed by a choice of mains such as French quail with celeriac mash and crunchy watercress salad, pork T-bone steak with ponzu and pickles, or wagyu striploin with shishito and portobello. Desserts here are usually light and delicious – you can expect items like Earl Grey panna cotta with honey ice cream and granola, or a refreshing makgeoli sorbet with mascarpone and fermented grape. The menu changes regularly, and is available Mondays to Fridays.

47 Amoy Street, Singapore 069873
Tel: 6514 1588
Website: Kimme

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Gunther’s set lunch menu, which is regularly changed, includes this tender grilled squid.


The recently renovated Gunther’s continues to present well-executed modern European meals. For lunch, the three-course set is priced at an affordable $38 per person. The menu changes often based on the availability of seasonal ingredients. You may start with dishes like a smooth veloute of pumpkin with bonbon of comte cheese and Alsace bacon, or carpaccio of celeriac with Iberico de Bellota. For mains, there’s the tender grilled squid with raisin sauce and mousseline of cauliflower; grilled Belgium pork with coquille pasta tomato, lightly spiked with chilli monte poro;  or succulent charcoal grilled wagyu steak (at an extra $20). Finish with dessert of the day, cheese platter (add $10) or the signature fine apple tart with a quenelle of Havana rum raisin ice cream (add $8). End the meal with coffee, tea and petit fours before heading out. The set menu is offered Monday to Friday, 12-2.30pm.

36 Purvis Street #01-03, Singapore 188613
Tel: 6338 8955
Website: Gunther’s

Aura’s scallops crudo


Located at the National Gallery Singapore, Aura offers Italian dishes such as antipasto, homemade pastas and mains using fine quality ingredients. The menu priced at $35 for three courses includes starter, choice of pasta, meat or fish, and dessert. Start with either sunchoke cream with beetroot and tarragon sauce, or Atlantic sea trout tartare with sudachi, micro tomatoes and candied oranges. Then move on to heartier mains such as tagliolini with blue crab and fennel pollen, or beef tenderloin with potato mousseline, green asparagus and mustard sauce. The set lunch includes dessert of the day, plus coffee or tea. Available, Monday to Friday, 12-2pm.

#05-03 and #06-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
Tel: 6866 1977
Website: Aura

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Origin Grill’s dessert options include this cranberry Victoria cake

Origin Grill

Origin Grill’s Executive Set Lunches, which is updated on a weekly basis include a three-course set menu at $34 and four-course set menu at $45. You will be served a choice of soup of the day or appetiser like heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella bocconcini salad, followed by substantial main courses, such as grilled fish of the day with summer vegetables, roast chicken breast with grilled olive polenta, or a superbly succulent 400 Days Grain Fed Williams River Cross-Bred wagyu flank steak. To finish, take your pick from the irresistible dessert display of cakes and tarts that changes daily. A choice of daily selection of freshly squeezed juices or house wines is available at an additional $12. Available Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 2.30 pm.

Shangri-LaHotel, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Singapore 258350
Tel: 6213 4595
Website: Origin Grill

mezza9 signature dish – clam & lobster bake


mezza9’s menu has recently been refreshed to showcase quality-driven sustainable ingredients and fresh organic produce. Diners can choose either a two- or three-course set lunch, and tuck into dishes like luk chin yang grilled Thai fish balls with flavours inspired by the town of Songkhla in Southern Thailand, or the flavourful Maine Lobster Hot Pot. The latter is prepared with ASC-certified Maine lobsters, mushrooms, garlic, spring onions, chilli, and coriander from the hotel’s rooftop garden; the lobster is accompanied with ginger fried rice. Finish lunch with a light dessert, such as the vanilla custard peach compote topped with fresh raspberries.

The two-course set lunch at $35 is inclusive of one starter and one main, the three-course set lunch at $45 includes one starter, one main and one dessert. Top up $5 to complete the lunch with coffee or tea. Available Mondays to Saturdays, 12 pm to 3pm

Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
Tel: 6732 1234
Website: mezza9

The Spot
The Spot – frozen chocolate peanut dessert with black rice

The Spot

Located at the glittering Marina One complex, The Spot is a new multi-concept venue comprising an all-day café, restaurant, and bar. If you’re working in this financial district and hoping to try something new, this is the place for you. The two courses set lunch, which includes a choice of one main or one appetiser/dessert is only priced at $30. The three courses set lunch at $38 which includes a choice of one appetiser, one main and one dessert.

For starters, opt for the Atlantic salmon brightened with citrus and plum sesame dressing or warmed baby squid with soy bean mayo, soy curd and tamarind soy dressing. Mains-wise, savour the pork cheek bbq (grilled bak kwa style with potato mousseline and caramel vinegar), local skate with pearl rice risotto and salmon roe, or risotto with soy brown butter, oriental mushroom foam and preserved lemon. Complete your meal with a unique sea coconut brulee with sour cream ice cream and kaffir lime or the jivara cake with dulcey peanut ganache, honeycomb and black rice. The Spot’s set lunch is available from Monday to Friday.

5 Straits View, #01-26/27, Marina One The Heart, Singapore 018935
Tel: 6284 2637
Website: The Spot

Publico Ristorante offers a range of wood-fired pizzas.

Publico Ristorante

At Publico, diners can enjoy a two-course set lunch at just $30. Pick any two items from any two categories: antipasti, bruschetta, insalata, zuppa, primi/pizza, and dolci. For the three courses menu at $35, select one from antipasti, bruschetta, insalata or zuppa section, one from primi/pizza and one from dolci (dessert).

Start with buffalo mozzarella salad or wild mushroom soup, followed by a hearty primi (pasta). Highlights include the fresh spaghetti chitarra tossed with cherry tomatoes, olives and chilli flakes, or liguine ala vongole brimming with clams cooked in a white wine, leek and garlic broth, or fresh pasta alla carbonara made with free range egg yolk, pancetta, and pecorino.

Publico’s wood-fired pizzas include the meaty “Carne” with pancetta, salami, bacon, fennel sausage, beef bresaola and rocket leaves, or the highly popular “Tartufata” topped with mozzarella, porcini mushroom, and smoked scamorza. The set lunch is offered from 12pm to 3pm, Fridays and Saturdays.

Intercontinental Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909
Tel: 6826 5040
Website here: Publico

Mitzo’s hand-crafted dim sum creations


Those hoping to find a quiet spot on Orchard Road, can head to Mitzo, a modern Cantonese restaurant at Grand Park Orchard. The three-course dim sum set lunch at $28, includes a double-boiled soup of the day, plus dim sum selections (choice of three items, two pieces each) and dessert of the day. The range of meticulously hand-crafted dim sum include royal shrimp dumpling with black caviar, charcoal barbecued pork bun, pan-fried pumpkin and yam cake and others.

At $38, and you will get to enjoy the four-course dim sum set lunch which offers double boiled abalone soup of the day, dim sum selections, and a noodle/porridge option. Choose either dry style thin noodles with prawn dumplings and signature mitzo barbecued pork or porridge with lobster claw, fish and pork, and round off with a refreshing dessert.

Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857
Tel: 6603 8855
Website: Mitzo

Her 18 years in the media have equipped Amy with an extensive network and excellent knowledge of the food, travel and lifestyle industries. She is also the co-author of Chinese Heritage Cooking. All this belies the fact that she’s a self-confessed loony with a wicked sense of humour, and that she can be bribed with copious offerings of char kway teow, cake, champagne and cava (or anything bubbly, really).