Cheap eats in Sentosa
Sentosa—our beautiful man-made island known for its artificial beaches and other tourist traps. Singaporeans think everything on this tiny island is overpriced and underwhelming. But does it really have to be this way? We show you 13 places where you can dine for under $25 per pax without compromising on the quality of your food.
1. Malaysian Food Street at RWS
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The local fare at the Malaysian Food Street won’t be as cheap as what is available at our hawker stalls, but you can get really authentic Malaysian street food here. The old school decor also makes you feel like you’ve travelled in time and space back to Penang in the 1960s, but you still get to enjoy your food in a nice air-conditioned environment.
Try the Malacca Chicken Rice Balls ($5), KL Jalan Ah Lor Hokkien Mee ($6.60), or the Penang Lim’s Brothers Char Kway Teow ($5.50). All three dishes are relatively uncommon in Singapore, particularly the Hokkien Mee. This Malaysian version features thick, chewy, wok-charred noodles tossed in a mixture of dark and light soy sauce, shrimp, and vegetables.
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, Waterfront Level 1
Opening hours: Mon-Tues & Thurs 11am to 7pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 8pm
Tel: 8798 9530
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Situated near the beach, Trapizza offers Italian cuisine at affordable prices. They are also located next to Nestopia, a kid’s playground perfect for keeping the young ones entertained. For classics, go for their Pizza Pepperoni ($23) or Pizza Margherita ($22). If you’re up for more than just pizza, they have pasta and other Italian mains as an option too. Take things up a notch with their Gnocchi alla Sorrentina ($25) or Penne Arrabiata ($21) if you’re going vegetarian.
Address: 10 Siloso Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098995
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm to 9pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 10pm
3. Bikini Bar
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Besides hot bikini babes, you’ll also find incredibly scrumptious Chilli Crab Dip with Crispy Mantou Buns ($15) at Bikini Bar. Their other sinful treats such as Roast Chicken with Guacamole, Tomato & Jalapeno Salsa Tacos ($14) go excellently with a glass of ice-cold beer.
Address: 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, #01-01, Singapore 099000
Opening hours: Daily 2pm to 10pm
Tel: 6276 6070
4. Coastes at Siloso Beach Walk
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While their pastas are average and rather pricey, Coastes does a pretty decent breakfast selection ranging from the full works to simple items such as the Homemade Granola with Greek Yoghurt & Fresh Summer Berries ($12). Their Eggs Benedict ($18) are classic and no-frills, with runny poached eggs resting on slices of panfried ham and toasted English muffins.
If you’re feeling peckish, try their Sinfully Good Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($12), which features a fudgy brownie served with a dollop of salted caramel ice cream and drizzle.
Address: 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, #01-05 Singapore 099000
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 10pm
5. Good Old Days Food Court
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Good Old Days Food Court is an excellent spot loaded with local delights at affordable prices. It is also halal-certified, which is good news for Muslims who are looking for food options around the area. There are two levels—the first level houses grilled and roasted fare, while the second level includes your local favourites.
Go for the Hainanese Chicken Rice Set ($7.80) or Ayam Penyet ($7.80)—local classics that won’t go wrong. Alternatively, you can head down to level one to get Chicken Satay ($7.80), or, for a more premium option, go for the New Zealand Angus Striploin Steak ($22.80).
Address: 60 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098997
Western Grill (Level one)
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm to 8pm, closed from 3pm to 5pm, Fri-Sun 12pm to 8pm
Food Court (Level two)
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8pm
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Discreetly located at the Sentosa Golf Club, Panamericana is an American bar and grill with an extensive range of food with Argentinian and Latin American flavours. If you’re up for a treat, start off with their Salmon Cakes ($19) topped with poached eggs, coriander aioli, and cucumber salsa. Get their Quesadilla ($16) and Minute Steak ($25), which are both available on the weekend brunch menu.
Address: 27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore 099892
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 8817 0961
7. Miska Cafe
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One of the newest kids on the Quayside Isle block, Miska impresses with its Mediterranean menu and quirky decor. They have an exciting range of pitas available in addition to brunch staples like Shakshouka ($20). For a truly Mediterranean experience, go for their Green Pea Falafel ($13)—a falafel ball served with tomato salsa and beetroot tahini puree. Another excellent choice would be the Cypriot Halloumi ($20), featuring baked halloumi in a freshly baked pita, topped with olives, cucumber, and tomatoes.
Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-07, Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove Singapore 098375
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 8pm
Tel: 6339 0903
8. Central Hong Kong Cafe
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Here at Central Hong Kong Cafe, you can find many Hong Kong staples and popular street food. Their value-for-money bento set is perfect for a hearty meal without the splurge. Each bento set comes with free ice lemon tea or ice milk tea. For a simple Hong Kong-style meal, get their Set A ($9.80++), which consists of fried instant noodles with egg and luncheon meat. You can also opt for Set C ($13.80++), which comes with Hong Kong famous double sausage. If you’re adding sides to your mains, try their Sweet Potato Fries ($5.80++) in salted egg flavour!
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6686 2285
9. LeNu Chef’s Wai Noodle Bar
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You can’t miss out on LeNu Chef’s Wai Noodle Bar’s affordable noodles. Here, you can choose between two of their soups—braised beef broth or signature pork bone soup—and customise your bowl with your preferred noodles and meat selections. There are three choices of noodles: thick vermicelli, la mian, and rice noodles. The highly recommended Braised Wagyu Beef Noodle ($17.50) uses imported Wagyu beef to give the soup a rich flavour. Alternatively, go for their Fish Fillet with Preserved Vegetable Noodle ($15.90), made with their signature pork bone soup.
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #B1-201, Singapore 098138
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 9:30pm
10. Paradise Classic
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Here at Paradise Classic, you get to enjoy Chinese cuisine reminiscent of home-cooked dishes. They have a wide selection of vegetables, sides, mains, and even soups to choose from. Get a steaming hot bowl of their Braised Prawn Broth Hor Fun with Big Prawn ($13.90/$20.90), which comes in regular and large portions. Pair your mains with a serving of Grandma’s Scrambled Egg with Tomato ($11.30), or Crispy Prawn Roll ($12.90).
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #B1-201, The Forum, Singapore 098138
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6570 9265
11. Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo
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You may have heard of Keisuke as they have a total of 22 outlets here in Singapore. At Sentosa, Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo offers Japanese food inspired by French cooking techniques. Their signature Lobster Broth Ramen ($13.90) comes with chashu and a lobster-infused broth—a different take on your regular shoyu ramen. Top-up $2 to pair your ramen with their flavoured egg.
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #B1219/220, Singapore 098138
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6261 6897
12. Streats Asian Cafe
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From Chinese fare to Western cuisine, Streats Asian Café offers more than 100 food choices to choose from. For small bites, go for their Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun ($4.20), or get their Chongqing Chicken in a Basket ($8.80), which is said to be one of the most popular dishes there. For mains, get their Mee Goreng with Satay ($13.80) or Nasi Lemak Set A ($14.50), which comes with skewered prawns on the side.
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-205, Singapore 098138
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6570 0420
13. Tino’s Pizza Cafe
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Tino’s Pizza Cafe serves handcrafted Italian specialities. The kitchen team constantly adds items to the menu, so there’s always something new here. Their signature item, Mr. Tino ($16.90/$22.90), consists of pepperoni, bacon, oyster mushrooms, oregano, and black olives. If you want something unique, go for their Duck Caponata ($16.90/$22.90), which comes with roast duck, capsicum, and basil.
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-206, Singapore 098138
Opening hours: Mon, Thurs and Sun 11am to 8pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6570 5812
Affordable dining options at Sentosa
With all these Sentosa food options, you don’t need to worry about burning a hole in your pocket for a fun beach day out. Bookmark this list for your next visit to the island!
This post was originally written by Deborah Nah in 2015.