Cheap restaurants in Singapore
Singapore consistently ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world. With current inflation, as well as cost of living concerns, we know dining out is even more of a pinch than before. We know F&B prices have increased across the board, but thankfully, there are a handful of affordable restaurants in Singapore that have managed to continue to be kind on the wallet, including those on this list. The next time you’re looking to dine out on a budget, check out our guide to the best cheap restaurants in Singapore, with mains under $10.
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- Cheap restaurants in Singapore
- Cheap restaurants in Singapore with mains under $10
1. So Good Char Chan Tang
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So Good Char Chan Tang is the place for affordable Hong Kong cha chaan teng dishes. This laid-back café offers budget-friendly set meals priced under $6, This includes their BBQ Meat Value Set ($6), where you get to choose between roasted duck, char siew, soy sauce chicken, or steamed chicken served on rice, noodles, or hor fun, and your choice of a drink. Swing by during tea time, which falls between 2:30pm to 5:30pm, and you get to dig into the Polo Bun Set ($3.50), served with their wildly popular butter polo bao. This cheap restaurant in Singapore has six outlets: Midview City, Capitol Piazza, 100AM, Republic Plaza, i12 Katong, and 111 Somerset.
Read our So Good Char Chan Tang review.
Website | Full list of outlets
So Good is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Milan Shokudo
If Saizeriya is a regular on your cheap restaurant roster, make sure to include Milan Shokudo as well. This Junction 8 spot offers a Japanese-Western twist on Saizeriya’s beloved concept, so you get a wide variety of dishes priced under $10. The menu here spans Japanese-fusion pasta, pizza, as well as meats and dorias. It’s worth noting that the pasta here is made fresh to order. Highlights include their Japanese Clam Pasta ($5.90++), and their Smoked Duck Carbonara ($10.90++)—a little over our $10 price cap for this article, but it’s worth that little bit extra.
Read our Milan Shokudo review.
Address: 9 Bishan Place, #02-34/35 35A, Junction 8, Singapore 579837
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6259 6698
Milan Shokudo is in the process of getting halal-certified.
Another cheap handmade pasta restaurant in Singapore is 2KulGuyz, a Muslim-owned establishment by an ex-hotel chef in One-North. The pasta here is all made by hand, in-house, and includes colourful pasta options dyed with pink grapefruit and blue pea. Though most of their pasta dishes come in under $20, you have an under $10 option in the form of their Beef Rendang Lasagna ($9.90+)—cheesy, and packed with flavour thanks to the moreish rempah the minced beef is cooked in.
Read our 2KulGuyz review.
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Place, #01-34, Galaxis, Singapore 138522
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9pm, Sat 11am to 5pm
Tel: 8044 0463
2KulGuyz is in the process of getting halal-certified.
4. MTR Singapore
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MTR Singapore is an extremely popular vegetarian Indian restaurant, often sporting long queues during breakfast and brunch hours. The menu here is sprawling, lined with handmade idly, dosa, and various other snacks, all priced under $10. We suggest getting their Pudi Masala Dosa ($7), one of their bestsellers. You get a tangy, crispy thosai folded over spiced potatoes, served with mint chutney and lentil sambahr. Pair your meal with a Masala Tea ($3) or their signature Filter Coffee ($3), a frothy milk coffee recipe with South Indian roots.
Address: 440 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218134
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6296 5800
MTR is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Azmi Restaurant (Norris Road Chapati)
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Azmi Restaurant is a legend in Singapore’s dining circuits, as they serve, hands down, one of the best chapatis you can get. Made fresh and griddled to order, diners can expect fresh, slightly dense chapati rounds, priced at just $1.20 each, best enjoyed with some of their curries. The Mutton Keema ($4) and the Chana Masala ($2) are two of the most popular picks.
Address: 168 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218051
Opening hours: Daily 8:15am to 10:15pm
Azmi Restaurant is a Muslim-owned eatery.
6. Ah Lock & Co
Ah Lock & Co is beloved CBD lunchtime spot. They’re best known for their Hakka grain bowls, of which some are priced under $10, as well as their thicc min jiang kueh. The Hakka Signature Rice Bowl ($8.80) is one of the more popular options—this is like an upgraded lei cha, and is served with crispy tofu, meatballs, and a selectuon of veggies atop short grain rice. If you’d like noodles instead, try the Hakka Bee Hoon Soup ($8.80) an Ampang yong tau foo spin. Don’t forget to end off your meal with their min jiang kueh, available in all the usual flavours: peanut, coconut, red bean and black sesame, priced from $1.60.
Read our Ah Lock & Co review.
Address: 7 Wallich Street, #B2-22/23/24, Singapore 078884
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 8pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 6pm
Tel: 8218 8696
Ah Lock & Co is a halal-certified eatery.
7. Kim Dae Mun
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For one of the most budget-friendly Korean dining experiences along Orchard Road, look no further than Kim Dae Mun. A must-try is the Pork Kimchi Soup ($9.50)—a generous serving of kimchi stew packed with pork, tofu, cabbage, onions, and glass noodles. You also should also try their hotplate dishes, which start at $10, or their Bibimbap ($10), served with a medley of colourful, well-seasoned toppings, and a sunny-side-up egg.
Address: 100 Orchard Road, #01-03D, Concorde Shopping Mall, Singapore 238840
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 8pm
Kim Dae Mun is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Nhung Kitchen
Nhung Kitchen is a legit and cheap Vietnamese restaurant in Balestier that serves up banh mi till 3am. It is run by the founder, Nhung, a Vietnam native, and her husband, Thomas. Their banh mi are mostly under $8, with the popular choice being the Banh Mi Thit Nuong ($6.90), packed with barbecued pork, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, and pickled radish and a selection of fresh herbs. If you prefer a hot main, the Bun Thit Bo Xao ($8.90) is one of our faves—this classic rice noodle salad is topped with fragrant stir-fried beef, crisp veggies, and rice noodles, all to be tossed in a spicy-sweet fish sauce dressing.
Read our Nhung Kitchen review.
Address: 279 Balestier Road, #01-02, Balestier Point, Singapore 329727
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 3am
Tel: 6993 9855
Nhung Kitchen is not a halal-certified eatery.
Another famous Japanese franchise that has set up shop in Singapore is Katsu-an, a franchise with over 50 outlets across Japan. Their Suntec City restaurant is their very first outlet beyond Japan too! As katsudon specialists, Katsu-an serves up an array of fried cutlet dishes. This includes their signature Katsu Don, available at just $5.90 for a medium serving. Each bowl comes with sweet pearl grain rice, eggs cooked with onions and in dashi, as well as a crispy-fried katsu cutlet. If you’d like to upsize, the L portion is only $7.50, while the XL serve comes in at $9.50.
Read our Katsu-an review.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-149A Tower 2, Suntec City, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Katsu-an is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Ordinary Burgers
Ordinary Burgers levels up your usual fast food fare without major spikes in price. This homegrown chain has a small handful of outlets islandwide, but each promises great value for money and quality too. Most of their burgers are priced under $10, with fish, chicken, beef, and even vegetarian options to pick from. Some of their burgers are also upgraded dupes of McDonald’s seasonal specials, like their Ebi Mayo ($11.40), for example. If you’re spoilt for choice, the Buttermilk Chicken ($9.20) is our fave, and comes with a super juicy, crispy fried chicken patty.
Read our Ordinary Burgers review.
Website | Full list of outlets
Ordinary Burgers is a halal-certified eatery.
11. Thai Tantric
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Orchard Towers’ sleazy reputation be damned, because it does have some of the cheapest eats along Orchard Road. Thai Tantric is one example. This hidden gem is run by Thai locals, so you know you’re getting the good stuff. Tucked away in the corner of level three, the casual restaurant serves up delicious Thai fare that won’t break the bank. Noodles and rice dishes here are typically under $10, but you can also choose to get mains, typically priced around $12 to $15, to share with friends so you can split the bill, but order a variety fo their signatures.
Address: 400 Orchard Road, #03-44, Orchard Tower, Singapore 238875
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 9625 7523
Thai Tantric is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. Banh Mi Thit
Banh Mi Thit is one of the OG banh mi spots in Singapore. Nestled in Joo Chiat, this eatery is celebrated for its incredibly budget-friendly banh mi, available at just $5. You have the freedom to choose between pork, chicken, ham, beef, egg, or pate as your filling. Once you’ve picked, it gets packed into a house-baked baguette along with pickles and herbs. For an extra dollar, you can get your sandwich with a beverage of your choice, such as the Iced Authentic Vietnamese Coffee, usually priced at $1.80.
Read our Banh Mi Thit review.
Address: 543 Geylang Road, Singapore 389498
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 9pm
Banh Mi Thit is not a halal-certified eatery.
13. Little Teahouse
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Soup Restaurant has branched out into cheap dim sum with their new Little Teahouse opening, located at Bugis Village. There are over 35 handmade dim sum items here to pick from, all nett prices, with most coming in under $5. Try their Samsui Ginger Chicken Bao ($4.60), which uses Soup Restaurant’s signature as a filling for a fluffy bao bun. Another delicious pick is the Crispy Prawn Cheong Fun ($6.90), which you can enjoy as a standalone main. This is your usual cheong fan dish, albeit with crispy instead of steamed shrimp.
Read our Little Teahouse review.
Address: 229 Victoria Street, Bugis Village, Singapore 188023
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 10am to 11pm, Fri-Sat 10am to 11:30pm
Little Teahouse is not a halal-certified eatery.
14. Breakfast Club
You may know of Breakfast Club from their Kovan hawker stall, where they serve up Western brunch and big breakfast for cheap. They’ve also got a Tiong Bahru Plaza restaurant, with more dine-in spaces and air conditioning. You can get fluffy Pancakes ($7.50) here to start your day, or dig into Western mains, such as Chicken Cutlet, Chicken Chop, or Fish & Chips, priced at $9.90. If you don’t mind a bit of a splurge, the Omelette & Rosti Hash ($11) is worth the try—you get an omelette packed with cheese, ham, and bacon, served atop crispy rosti hash.
Read our Breakfast Club review.
Website | Full list of outlets
Breakfast Club is not a halal-certified eatery.
15. Ollella Far East Square
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Ollella, renowned for their legit kueh and hearty Indonesian mains, first made waves in Cluny Court two years ago , but they have since relocated to Far East Square. Mains under $10 is a rare find in the CBD’s restaurants, but Ollella delivers with the likes of its Lontong Sayur ($5.80), a rich coconutty veggie curry with rice cakes, and their Nasi Lemak Sambal Hijau Ayam Berempah ($7.80), served with marinated cubes of fried, spiced chicken.
Read our Ollella coverage.
Address: 135 Amoy Street, #01-04, Far East Square, Singapore 049964
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am to 3.30pm, Sat 9.30am to 3.30pm
Ollella is not a halal-certified eatery but uses halal-sourced ingredients.
Cheap restaurants in Singapore with mains under $10
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