Ladies, we’re done with sad desk lunches. There’s no excuse for to eat poorly (by that we mean miserably icky food, or worse – skipping lunch altogether!) in Singapore, especially when we’re renowned for being food paradise.
Here’s Sassy’s guide to the best lunches for the working crowd, you deserve a party in your tummy for every day you’re slogging away.
Whether we’re dressed in our Great Gatsby best and looking for some place pretty to go or taking a client out – we never really need a reason to catch lunch at the gorgeous Black Swan. The Lo & Behold folks know how to do things right and their fantastically priced set lunches (2-courses @ $36++, 3 courses @ $42++) are a great way to take in some of the Swan’s glamorous swank, without breaking the bank.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, 8181 3305. www.theblackswan.com.sg
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11.30am-2.30pm, Mon-Sat: 5pm-10.30pm (closes late Wed-Thur at 1am). Closed Sun
Health – coming to a driveway near you
There are so many things we love about Grain. They’re like Uber but for healthy food, and promise to get hot meals to you in 15 mins. Go to their website (you can’t order in advance), click to make your order and the Grain delivery team will magically appear at your driveway with food in hand. All too easy.
But that’s not all. Their menu is temptingly delish, with unexpected dishes like lotus leaf rice (for real!) and the daily changing menu is a surprise – they don’t reveal the menu in advance. We absolutely adore one of their sayings, “Abs are made in the kitchen”!
Grain, 83074253, www.grain.com.sg
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-2pm
Coffee addicts, this one’s for you
Coffee is as important as food to us – wait, make that as important as the air we breathe! The best way to fight the post-lunch coma is to make sure you get good coffee at lunch, and Sarnies simply excels there. Sarnies are obviously the mainstay on the menu, and you MUST pair them with the excellent coffee that Pav, the cool barista with the easy swagger, creates. All their espresso-based drinks are a double ristretto, and you’ll feel the kick. And see if you can score yourself an off-the-menu Orange Mocha, or the alcoholic coffee that’s kept pretty much a secret.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068601, 6224 6091, www.sarniescafe.com
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 7.30am – 10.00pm, Sat – Sun: 9.00am – 4.00pm
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Hands up if you’ve never heard of Piao Ji Fish Porridge. Yep, pretty much what we thought – nobody. This legendary stall at Amoy Street Food Center has raised the bar for the humble fish porridge. Options like the Pomfret Soup set you back a good $10, with bigger-than-usual portions. Be prepared to spend a good hour or so queuing (people usually order copious portions to justify the crazy wait), and brace yourself for the equally legendary ‘uncle’ running the stall – he doesn’t believe in service. Or you could just send that unsuspecting new colleague to tapao for the gang.
Piao Ji Fish Porridge, 7 Maxwell Road, #02-100 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 10.30am-3pm daily (closed Thurs)
Gimme some fast food, make it good!
Everyone loves KFC, Korean Fried Chicken that is, and no sane person can turn away from crunchy chicken. Pay no heed to Kko Kko Nara’s set lunches or noodle/rice options. There’s one thing, and only one thing you’re there for – crispy fried chicken. There’s Soy Garlic, Sweet & Spicy, Hot & Spicy and Original to choose from, and the ever-popular Combo for those who can’t decide on just one. It can get crowded so if you’re planning for lunch with a big group, make sure you call to reserve. It’s extremely hard to satisfy a disappointed tummy expecting crunchy chicken, with anything else – we speak from experience!
Kko Kko Nara, 57 Tras Street #01-01, Singapore 078996, 6224 8186, www.kkokkonara.com
Opening Hours: 11-4am daily
Vegan never looked so sexy
Meat folks have it so good with juicy beef burgers, but VeganBurg has closed the gap with their lip-smacking vegan burgers of soy/mushroom (non-GMO) patties. They practice sustainable eating, and ingredients for their 100% plant-based menu are sourced as close by as possible to reduce carbon footprint. These guys cater, deliver, take advance orders, reservations and are halal-friendly. What’s not to love? Whether you’re in the vegan-diet practice for health reasons, planet Earth or the animals, these guys are making the burger revolution irresistibly sexy.
VeganBurg, 50 Market Street #01-28D
Golden Shoe Carpark, Singapore 048940, 6534 0386, www.veganburg.com
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:30am – 9.00pm, Sat: 11.00am – 3.00pm (closed Sun and Public Holidays)
Who’s counting calories?
They may be called The Brat, but it’s their mouthwatering Aussie Burger (voted Best Burger in 2013 – Timeout Singapore) that’s captured our hungry hearts. Beautifully stacked between two toasty buns is a 140g homemade Aussie beef patty, pineapple rings, bacon, greens and our fave – a fried egg, just the way we like it. Their thick-cut fries are there to make your tummy sing – we say heck with the calorie count, just tuck in!
The Brat, 24 Raffles Place, Clifford Centre #B1-K1, Singapore 048621, www.thebrat.com.sg
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 7.00pm, Sat: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Takeout to the rescue
Meetings never end on time, you can almost count on it. As they creep into precious lunchtime, our bellies start growling ferociously as realisation dawns (alarm bells!) – food isn’t coming… gasp.
Not that they’re knocking the usual takeout sandwich and salad, but the guys at Feedex know how much we hanker for local food, even when we’re helplessly stuck behind a desk. They’re a takeout service designed for the Singaporean palette, with a daily-changing menu of scrumptious Asian eats – think Phad Thais, Ramly Burgers and Hainanese Chicken Rice, slurp! Order online, pay with Feedex credits, collect at their Telok Ayer pickup. We’re signing up right now!
Feedex, pickup at 137 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068602, 8190 8403, www.feedex.sg
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:45 am – 2.00 pm