Located on the 25th floor of Andaz Singapore, Auntie’s Wok and Steam reopened on 4 January after a hiatus due to the circuit breaker, but its philosophy remain the same: to serve comforting, delicious tze char favourites accompanied by a spectacular view. Lunch is a casual affair here; there’s a set lunch of one main, one side and a special Andaz Iced Tea made with TWG Singapore Breakfast tea blended with a homemade pandan syrup (S$26 or S$29 with dessert). Dishes are familiar but elevated. For mains, there’s the Auntie’s Laksa with tiger prawns, fish cake and vermicelli rice noodles; Beef Brisket Noodle Soup; and Kung Pao Chicken with cashew nuts and mixed peppers, served with organic jasmine rice. Sides include a Double Boiled Soup of the Day or Wok-fried French Beans. If you’re having dessert, we highly recommend the smooth and silky Steamed Yam Paste with Coconut Cream and Gingko Nut.
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The premium teahouse chain offers two set lunch menus with a side of ambience. Dishes change weekly but you can expect fascinating tea-infused offerings that tease the palate. Choose a main course paired with either hot or iced tea (S$32++) and you have an option to add on a dessert (additional S$6). For the week of 8 to 12 March, mains include a pan-roasted grouper accompanied by a fragrant Coconut Tea-infused risotto, served with light curry emulsion and topped with green apple and coconut shavings; and a Mediterranean chicken stew with lemon confit, green olives and zucchini, paired with wheat bulgur infused with TWG’s Spice Route Tea. Dessert is a choice of either the refreshing lemon blancmange topped with almond tuiles and a scoop of matcha ice cream, and served with a mixed fruit and vegetable jus or one of TWG’s exquisite tea-infused patisseries. For updated menus, visit here and click the restaurant of choice.
An elegant steakhouse in the Orchard Road area, Gordon Grill at the Goodwood Park Hotel has been serving fine steaks and continental cuisine since 1963. For efficient and elegant lunches, there’s a Big-on-Small lunch menu of three- (S$68++) and four courses (S$78++). Here, several signature dishes can be sampled. Tuck into posh appetisers such as the duck foie gras with cherry compote, apple and raspberry sorbet, and classic mains such as the U.S. beef tenderloin with potato gratin, asparagus and couscous. The dessert course is a sample platter of two items of your choice, which includes a lingonberries crumble tart with vanilla ice cream, plus coffee or tea. Those opting for the four-course meal will enjoy the addition of a trio of Gordon Grill’s signature soups: lobster bisque, cream of mushroom, and soupe du jour.
A fine menu of European classics with a modern twist and old-world charm await at Tablescape – a great choice for a meal in the City Hall area. A three-course set lunch (S$29++) awaits diners, with dishes that showcase Executive Chef Armando Aristarco’s “flavour first” take on classic European dishes. For example, the hot starter, Egg (for an additional S$8), is a 62-degree cooked egg served with lentil purée and shaved Italian black truffles in a fondue of aged Parmigiano Reggiano (24 months). A highlight of any meal at Tablescape is the gueridon service, where a variety of fresh bread and butter (both made in-house) are served tableside on a trolley. Expect attentive but non-intrusive service and a lunch menu that changes monthly and features items that are not available on the regular a la carte menu.
Lunch here is served with a spectacular view, thanks to its amazing location at the 43rd floor of the Ocean Financial Centre. Helmed by head chef Andrea De Paola who joined the restaurant mid-2019, he presents a contemporary interpretation of traditional Italian cuisine. The menus here are refreshed, with classic plates elevated with imaginative touches – some with Asian influences. Set lunches here go for S$48++ (two-course) or S$58++ (three-course, with coffee or tea). Try starters such as the black angus beef tartare (additional S$6) with beluga capers, herbs pesto nori seaweed and balsamic confit egg yolk. and mains such as the duck breast with roasted cauliflower, spiced onion crumble and marsala jus.
This Italian restaurant’s forte is fresh seafood, Sicilian classics and handmade pasta dishes. The plush confines within a Tanjong Pagar shophouse make for elegant set lunches that are excellent value at $48++ (Tuesdays to Fridays) for three courses. The lunch menu constantly evolves with whatever is in season, but you cannot go wrong with seafood-centric dishes such as the tiger prawn salad with salmoriglio dressing and seared seabass with clam broth and broccolini. Dessert is a Bronte pistachio semifreddo or a cheese platter. The sommelier can make recommendations for wine pairings by the glass or bottle.
This microbrewery-restaurant pairs an excellent beer programme with a lunch menu, where beer and beer brewing elements such as malt and spent grain are incorporated into the dishes. The experience is further elevated by the views from Marina Bay Financial Centre’s 33rd level. Executive lunch sets start at $42++ onwards and can be enjoyed in the dining room or the outdoor social space. Dishes include the Brewery Burger with a Wagyu patty topped with cheddar and resting on top of a crispy beer malt artisanal brioche; and the Pan Seared Pork Belly with potato purée and grilled broccolini that’s drizzled with balsamic stout glaze. Make sure you wash the meal down with one of their house-brewed craft beers.
New York import Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a worthy meeting point in the Robertson Quay area. Choose a main and you are guaranteed a hearty meal with appetiser, soup or salad, two sides, dessert and tea or coffee. The highlight is the USDA Prime Ribeye steak ($92++). Appetisers include the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail or Tuna Tartare, while sides include options such as steak fries and creamed spinach. Also available are fish (Grilled King Salmon, $60++) and chicken (Chicken Parmigiana, $60++) options.
Located at the ground floor of Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Bedrock Bar & Grill is known for serving up the finest steak cuts that can be paired with its collection of rare and old single malt whiskies. For lunch you get the option of a two- (S$32++) or three-course set (from $38++). The three-course set, which comes with an additional starter on top of a main and dessert, offers a dish that’s not to be missed: The Signature Bedrock Black Pepper Steak Rice Bowl (S$58++). The Insta-worthy offering showcases a a wagyu petit fillet, luscious foie gras, grilled onions and soft boiled eggs resting atop a warm bowl of fragrant beef drippings garlic rice. Another standout is the Woodfire-Grilled Tenderloin (S$68++), which comes with potatoes, onions, foie gras and shallot sauce. Desserts from both sets offer mouthwatering choices of Burnt Cheesecake; Sticky Stout and Toffee Pudding with gingernut ice cream; and artisanal ice cream of the day with vanilla cookie.
Kinki recently underwent a revamp and now sports an edgier, countercultural vibe with a punk-chic aesthetic. Its penchant for pushing the boundaries shows in its food as well, with its offerings sporting creative flavour combinations and presentations. Set lunch options (from S$30++ to S$98++) are an enjoyable mid-day affair – A choice of main comes with a garden salad, miso soup and mochi dessert. Take your pick from dishes such as Executive Sashimi (15 pieces of assorted sashimi); Executive Sushi (10 pieces of assorted sushi and maki); Chirashi Don (premium seafood on sushi rice); High Roller Wagyu Don with Ohmi A4 Wagyu, Hokkaido uni, ikura, black truffle and onsen egg; and Buta Kakuni Claypot, a slow-braised pork belly claypot rice dish. Can’t make up your mind? Simply go for the All-Star Ninja Executive Set Lunch ($78++) which comprises a wide array of dishes such as sashimi, sushi, hot appetisers of foie gras chawanmushi and miso soup, cold appetisers of sakura salad, snow crab and century egg tofu, as well as a choice of sorbet for dessert.
Satisfy your cravings for Spanish food at Gaig Restaurant, which has been serving authentic Catalan cuisine in Singapore since 2017. Its set lunches feature an array of tapas – you get to choose four out of five light bites that rotate depending on the produce of the day. Pair those with rice, meat, or the catch of the day for mains (S$45++). For sweet-toothed guests who want more, you can select one out of two desserts (depending on what is available that day) for an additional S$7.
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.
This story was first published on 5 August 2020.