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. There are three- ($42++) and four-course ($49++) set lunches, with dishes that showcase Executive Chef Armando Aristarco’s “flavour first” take on classic European dishes. For example, the hot starter, Egg, is a 62-degree cooked egg served with asparagus 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.
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- ($58++) and four courses ($68++). Here, several signature dishes can be sampled. Tuck into posh appetisers such as the Pan-fried Foie Gras served with caramelised Granny Smith apple and balsamic glaze, and classic mains like Grilled Australian Ribeye with mashed potato and roasted vegetables. The dessert course is a sample platter of two items of your choice, which include Cherry Clafoutis, a baked French dessert with vanilla ice cream, plus coffee or tea.
New York import Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a worthy meeting point in the Robertson Quay area. You are guaranteed a hearty meal of four courses with sides and tea or coffee. The highlight is the USDA Prime Black Angus Beef ($88++) that is dry-aged onsite for 28 days. Set meals begin with a seafood taster such as Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and soup or salad. The sirloin, ribeye or filet mignon cuts are served with two sides (options include steak fries and creamed spinach). Also available are fish (Grilled King Salmon, $58++) and chicken (Chicken Parmigiana, $58++) options.
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 lunches that are excellent value at $48++ 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 lightly seared yellowfin tuna salad and spaghetti with clams in white wine sauce. 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. 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 lettuce, and flavoured with roasted yeast and crispy malt. For dessert, try the Burnt Butter and Malt Ice Cream served with Spent Grain Granola and apple. Also try one of the house-brewed craft beers.
6. Le Bon Funk
Usually a popular hangout spot in the evenings, this natural wine bar is quiet at lunchtime (like most of its Club Street neighbours). An excellent choice for a fine meal and a glass of organic or biodynamic wine, lunch is currently served on Fridays and Saturdays only, so advanced planning and reservations are recommended. Priced at $45++ for two courses and $53++ for three; the menu constantly evolves but excellent touches such as house-cured charcuterie, sourdough and brioche baked in-house, and pickled fresh vegetables are what elevate the dishes. We highly recommend the airy, cloud-like cedar jelly or alcohol-cured foie gras on homemade brioche, as well as the beef tongue sandwich with gribiche, a French mayo-style cold egg sauce.