Dining on fine food without going broke
You really do not have to blow a few hundred dollars just to dine at celebrity chef restaurants in Singapore. Of course, this does not apply to all of them esteemed, posh restaurants out there but if you look hard enough, and perhaps pop by for lunch to grab some of their exclusive lunch promos, you can end up saving a fair bit of money without compromising on your celebrity restaurant experience at all.
To keep things more affordable for all of you, we have done the hard work and picked out options that are considerably more inexpensive, right from those that start from just $18.
In the mood for some atas contemporary Chinese cuisine? Make your way to local celebrity Chef Sam Leong’s restaurant, Forest森. People who are on the hunt for the cheapest options can skip their 3-course, 4-course and 5-course set menus but instead go for a la carte options like Fish Noodles ($18) stir fried with X.O. chili sauce accompanied with deep fried five spice duck drumstick, Tiger Prawn Rice Vermicelli Soup ($20) served with Chinese wine in chicken consommé and more.
Lunch (Monday to Saturday): 12pm–2.30pm
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, Equarius Hotel™, Lobby, Singapore 098269
Phone: 6577 7788
For something that strays a little from what you probably normally go for, tantalize your taste buds with some authentic Straits-Chinese fare done with a modern, refined twist at Malcolm Lee’s Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant. Pair your bowl of fragrant white rice with favourites like Buah Keluak of Braised Local Chicken, Peranakan Signature Black Nut Sambal ($22) or Local Squid, Sambal Belachan, Cherry Tomato, Red Onions ($20) if you want to fill your tummy without breaking the bank.
Psst, they have plenty of other options for you to choose from, too.
Lunch: 12pm - 2.30pm daily
Address: Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Phone: 1800 304 2288
3. Jamie's Italian
Whether you are a foodie or aspiring chef, you would have watched many of Jamie Oliver’s cooking programmes on TV plenty of times, plausibly with some drool on your T-shirt after seeing his completed plated dishes. Although Jamie probably wouldn’t be cooking at Jamie’s Italian you can have your meal without burning a big hole in your pocket when you go for dishes like Our Famous Prawn Linguine ($18.50), Wild Mushroom & Winter Greens Risotto ($26.50), Courgette Pollo ($24.50).
Address: Forum, 583 Orchard Road #01-01/04, Singapore 238884
Phone: 6655 7676
Address: VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk #01-165/167, Singapore 098585
Phone: 6733 5500
4. Pizzeria Mozza
Ears up, pizza fanatics! Time to drop those delivery pies you’ve been a fan of ever since you learnt how to use a phone. Pizzas at Pizzeria Mozza actually cost just a tad bit more than those more mainstream ones that we shall not name. For those who are not in the know, Pizzeria Mozza is the brainchild of Mario Batali, previously of Iron Chef America and famous wearer of Crocs.
Go for the simpler (aka cheaper) za’s, such as the Margherita ($27) and Funghi misti ($30). The ingredients might be less fancy, but Mozza’s dough is well worth the price. For an even better deal, make it a point to try their Express Lunch ($28) which comes with the choice of an antipasti and a pizza from the express lunch menu.
Express lunch hours (Monday to Thursday, excluding P.H): 12pm-5pm
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Galleria Level, B1-42-46,10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Phone: 6688 8522
5. Bread Street Kitchen
Surely everybody knows who Gordon Ramsay is by now. He’s that shouty Scottish guy with way too many wrinkles commonly seen cursing at contestants on various reality cooking shows. Occasionally though, he makes use of this culinary background to open restaurants around the world. Bread Street Kitchen is one of these places.
Nestled in Marina Bay Sands, BSK features a British European menu, which harken back to the celebrity chef’s roots. Meals that are less steeply priced include BSK Short Rib Beef Burger ($28), and Traditional Fish & Chips ($28).
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Bay Level, L1-81, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Phone: 6688 5665
6. db Bistro & Oyster Bar
Renowned celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro & Oyster Bar offers quality casual French food at a great steal when you dive straight in for their 2-course Express Lunch ($32) where you can pick from a selection of dishes.
Pick from either Wild Mushroom Soup or Pâté “Bourguignon” for starters, and Traditional Cobb Salad, Tagliatelle Verde, The db Club Sandwich, Daniel Boulud’s Pain Bagnat, or Slow Cooked Scottish Salmon for mains.
Lunch: From 12pm on weekdays, 11am onwards on weekends
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-48, Galleria Level, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Phone: 6688 8525
7. Ocean Restaurant
Cat Cora’s Ocean Restaurant is where you can dine on seafood dishes while watching majestic sea creatures in S.E.A. Aquarium swim past. You have the option of ordering from their a la carte menu if you are on a smaller budget, available for both lunch and dinner with the former being less expensive. For a la carte lunch, the price is $38 no matter whether you choose to order Braised-Seared Beef Short Rib, New Zealand Sustainable Fresh Fish, Compressed Lamb Rib-Crispy Brick, or Crispy Skin Barramundi.
Just a tip - you need to reserve tables by the tank in advance if you want that magical experience to take your dining experience in a celebrity chef restaurant up a notch. Additionally, you are entitled to a 10% discount on your a la carte items when you pay with a Mastercard card.
Lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm daily
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, S.E.A. Aquarium, Level B1M, S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore 098269
Phone: 6577 6688
8. Spago by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck has sky high prices that would not fit right in our list but his second restaurant at Marina Bay Sands does. Although you can order Grilled Iberico Pork Chop ($48) or Steamed Norwegian Salmon ($42) from their lunch menu, Spago’s Express Prix Fixe Menu 3 courses ($45) is a much better deal that you should go for.
The latter comes with a starter with choice of Chicken ‘Laksa’ Spring Roll, Pan Seared Pork Dumplings or Big Eye Tuna Tartare Cones; a main course of either Steamed Norwegian Salmon (yes, the same $42 item from their a la carte menu), Grilled Angus Beef Burger, Grilled Mediterranean Prawn Salad, Grilled Organic Chicken Club, or Soft French Omelet; and a dessert Coconut-Passion Fruit Trifle.
Lunch: 12pm-2.30pm daily
Address: Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 2 Level 57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 (Access from Hotel Lobby Tower 2)
Phone: 6688 9955
9. TungLok Heen
You will find Susur Lee, Canada-based celebrity chef, a familiar face if you regularly watch TV programmes like Iron Chef America, Chopped Canada, and MasterChef Asia. He is well-known for bridging flavours from the East with techniques from the West for his Chinese fusion dishes. For those who are a little confused, TungLok Heen was previously known as Chinois by Susur Lee.
Even though their Deluxe Menu A ($45) requires at least 2 people to dine in, it is pretty good value considering that it is the least expensive set available yet it comprises a slew of dishes like Crisp-fried Fish Fillet with Butter and Cereal, Braised Sea Treasure Broth in Noble ‘Tanfu’ Sauce topped with crispy chinese ham, Singapore-style Wok-fried Boston Lobster accompanied with fried ‘mantou’ and garlic, Stir-fried Seasonal Greens with monkey head mushrooms, Braised Noodle with Scallion Oil accompanied with braised pork belly in chinese wine, Chilled Cream of Pumpkin and Black Forbidden Rice with coconut sherbet and chinese pastry atop.
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael Lobby, Singapore 098138
Phone: 6884 7888
10. Corner House
Multi award-winning restaurant Corner House helmed by renowned local Chef Jason Tan focuses on Gastro-Botanica cuisine that underscores both quality and refinement, and pays equal attention to botanical and protein elements on the plate.
Foodies on a tighter budget can go for Corner House’s 3-course Business Luncheon ($58) that comes with a starter choice of either Japanese Kingfish or Foie Gras; main course of either Mangalitsa pork jowl, New Zealand Cod “Crispy Scales”, or Australian Wagyu beef (add on $8); and a dessert choice of Soursop with watermelon, rose and rambutan, Chef Jason Tan’s interpretation of kaya toast, or Durian BB Pudding (add on $6).
Business Luncheon hours (Tuesday to Saturday): 12pm-3pm
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, E J H Corner House, Singapore 259569
Phone: 6469 1000
Time for some indulgence
Are you tempted to make a reservation at these celebrity chef restaurants already? Note that you will still have to pay charges for GST and service, though.
Nevertheless, these dining options still make great additions to your approved-dining-places-to-visit list. Now, you know where you can go with your significant other, friends, and family on special occasions without making a huge dent in your wallet! You’re welcome.