The clock strikes noon and the question on everyone’s lips remains the same: where shall we go for lunch today?
The Central Business District boasts a dizzying, seemingly endless array of possibilities, but really, all you want somewhere hassle-free with a refreshing atmosphere to take your mind off upcoming deadlines and satisfying lunch to keep you going through the day.
Other times, you’re in a rush to suggest a reliable establishment in hopes of making an outstanding first impression on new clients or lock down a business deal. But no need to fret; this is where our list of dependable lunch spots in CBD come in — perfect for whether you’re looking to wine and dine a new client or wow your colleagues with your vast array of restaurant knowledge.
Having been in operation at the top of UOB Plaza since 1996, Si Chuan Dou Hua is a true stalwart of the Chinese fine-dining scene. It might be one of the more conservative options on this list but its classic take on Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine has garnered a loyal following of white-collar workers. The set menus here go for S$68, S$88, and S$108, and span dishes such as steamed cod, dan dan noodles and scallops stir-fried with basil. There are premium menus priced at S$788.80, S$988.80 and S$1388.80 for a party of 10 people — perfect for when you’re looking to host memorable business dinners.
Head to Stellar at 1-Altitude for lunch if you’re looking to impress clients and colleagues alike. Situated on the 62nd level of One Raffles Place, it goes without saying that the view here is unparalleled. The lunch menu here is priced at S$48 for three courses and S$58 for four courses. There’s even a five-course ‘gastronomique’ menu priced at S$78 for those looking for a memorable afternoon. The menu changes monthly to feature only the best of seasonal ingredients, which is just another reason to keep on coming back.
Sporting a glamorous Art Deco interior, The Black Swan might be one of the swankiest spots in town. The establishment might come across more casual than some of the options of this list, but their menu offerings don’t disappoint. The two-course set lunch is priced at S$39 and the three-course is priced at S$45. Choose between appetisers such as broccoli and avocado salad and house-cured gravlax. You can’t go wrong mains like the signature Black Swan Burger or the grilled Maine lobster with black barley and corn risotto (+S$9) either.
Chef Giovanni Mannino helms Gattopardo, a sustainable seafood restaurant specialising in Sicilian-style dishes. Housed in a historic shophouse, the spacious interior melds elegance and rustic charm. The three-course set lunch here is priced at S$38 per person. Pick from appetisers such as baby octopus braised in red wine and heritage bean and cotechino soup, before tucking into hearty mains such as oven-roasted chicken thigh with mushroom risotto and penne with guanciale (Italian cured meat from pork jowl or cheek) in spicy tomato sauce. Round out the meal with your choice of three dessert options.
Zafferano is the perfect spot for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city streets. The restaurant boasts two open kitchens and a sprawling view of the skyline, and its set menu is priced at S$42 for two courses and S$52 for three courses. Choose between five starters and six mains, and know you can’t go wrong with any of the pasta offerings. Opt for the private dining room, which seats 22 guests, for any upcoming company events.
Artemis boasts some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in town and its bright, airy space overlooking the waterfront provides a well-earned respite for any office worker. The executive set lunch here is priced at S$45 for two courses and S$52 for three. Starters include burrata alla norma (served with eggplant, ricotta, and tomato sauce) and cured salmon with horseradish cream, and wholesome mains such as red snapper with cauliflower rice and chicken breast with house-made sauerkraut are perfect for those looking to eat clean. It’s worth noting that there’s at least one vegetarian dish for section, meaning that you don’t have to worry about accommodating those with a range of dietary restrictions.