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30 Must-Try Cheap Restaurants In Singapore, Including Those With Mains Under $10

11th March 2024

Best 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. 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 30 best cheap eats in Singapore, where you can spend less than $30 per person—take this as our very own 30 under 30 list. Most of these places feature mains under $10 on the menu too!

All of these eateries have been reviewed by the Eatbook team, so you know we’re not saying the food is good for the sake of it—we’ve personally vouched for them. Menus have also been linked, so you can refer to the prices before making your trip down. 


1. Banh Mi Thit


Banh Mi Thit Pork Banh Mi

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.

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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. Check out the Banh Mi Thit menu here. 

Read our Banh Mi Thit review.

Banh Mi Thit by Star Baguette
Google Reviews
4.4
(1,113)
Address
543 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389498
Opening Hours:
Thursday 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
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Banh Mi Thit is not a halal-certified eatery.

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2. Katsu-an


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Another famous Japanese franchise that has set up shop in Singapore is Katsu-an, which has over 50 outlets across Japan. Their Suntec City restaurant is their very first outlet beyond Japan too!

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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. Check out the Katsu-an menu here.

Read our Katsu-an review.

Katsu-an (Suntec City)
Google Reviews
4.3
(195)
Address
3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-149A Tower, #2 Suntec City, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours:
Thursday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Show More Timings

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Katsu-an is not a halal-certified eatery.

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3. Nhung Kitchen


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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.

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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, 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. Check out the Nhung Kitchen menu here.

Read our Nhung Kitchen review.

Nhung Kitchen – Vietnamese Banh Mi
Google Reviews
4.7
(299)
Address
279 Balestier Rd, #01-02, Singapore 329727
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 03:00 AM Show More Timings
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Nhung Kitchen is not a halal-certified eatery.

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4. Tori Sanwa


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Tori Sanwa is a celebrated Japanese restaurant chain with a legacy of over a hundred years. They hail from Nagoya and are best known for their assortment of chicken delicacies, ranging from the traditional oyakodon to their acclaimed karaage.

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One dish that stands out is their Aburi Oyako Don priced at $14.90++. This unique twist on the classic oyakodon incorporates chicken thigh pieces that are seared with a flame torch before being served, imparting an additional layer of flavour and smokiness to every bite. Check out our Tori Sanwa menu here

Read our Tori Sanwa review

Website | Full list of outlets
Tori Sanwa is not a halal-certified eatery.

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5. Laifaba


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Westies, you’ll want to put Laifaba on your list of wonton mee spots to check out. This hidden restaurant in a Bukit Batok industrial estate is always crowded, especially at lunchtime, so head down early for the best pickings of their woodfire-roasted meats. Some IG-foodies have even proclaimed this is the best wonton mee in Singapore.

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Their signature dish is literally called Signature Noodles, and it’s priced at $12++. Alternatively, the Signature Rice option gets you the same bu jian tian char siew, poached and fried wonton, Hong Kong kai lan and a bowl of house-made pork bone and scallop broth, except with pearl rice and a sunny-side-up.

You get to choose whether you want lean, fatty, or a mixed cut of the char siew, prepared with the prized armpit of a pig. To go along with your wonton mee, order yourself some roast meats such as Wood-fired Roasted Duck (from $18++) or Wood-fired Crispy Roasted Pork (from $18++). Check out the Laifaba menu here.

Read our Laifaba review

Laifaba Authentic Wood-Fired Roast & Noodles
Google Reviews
4.5
(762)
Address
Laifaba, 02-02 Bukit Batok Cres, Prestige Centre, 71, Singapore 658071
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:30 AM - 03:00 PM Show More Timings
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Laifaba is not a halal-certified eatery.

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6. Isshin Machi


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With seven outlets across the country, and possibly more to come, Isshin Machi is one of the more popular Taiwanese restaurant chains in the country, and for good reason. It offers a wide range of dishes, the food is good, and best of all, its prices are relatively affordable.

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Step into Isshin Machi and you’re transported to the vibrant streets of Taiwan, thanks to its cosy interiors adorned with murals depicting iconic Taiwanese landmarks. The food is the real star of the show here, though. It’s all about Taiwanese comfort food on the menu, with the likes of their Hakka-style Braised Meat Rice priced at just $9++. This bowl of goodness boasts tender braised pork, suan cai, cucumbers, and a perfectly braised egg, all resting on a bed of fragrant pearl rice. Don’t miss out on their Fried Rice with Specially Marinated Pork Chop at $12.30++, featuring a juicy pork chop that’s crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside. And if you’re craving something with a kick, their Shrimp and Pork Wonton Noodles with Fiery Chilli Oil priced at $10.10++ will surely hit the spot. Check out the Issin Machi menu here.

Read our Issin Machi review

Website | Full list of outlets
Isshin Machi is not a halal-certified eatery.

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7. Tipo Pasta Bar


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If you love fresh pasta and Italian food, Tipo Pasta Bar is a name that’s likely crossed your radar. This Muslim-owned gem is renowned for their fresh pasta and build-your-own combos. Previously nestled along North Bridge Road, Tipo Pasta Bar has recently relocated to a more spacious abode along Aliwal Street

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The Build Your Own Pasta option starts at $9.90++. Here, you pick a pasta, your preferred sauce, and add-on toppings for an additional fee. Aside, the restaurant also has affordable pre-designed combinations for those lazy to DIY. These include the Classy Carbonara ($19.90++), featuring Creste De Gallo pasta adorned with a velvety sauce made from egg yolks, grated Grana Padano, and tender smoked duck. Check out the Tipo Pasta Bar menu

Read our Tipo Pasta Bar review

Tipo Pasta Bar
Google Reviews
4.5
(4,158)
Address
Halal
28 Aliwal St, #01-07, Singapore 199918
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
Tipo Pasta Bar is not a halal-certified eatery but it is Muslim-owned.

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8. Huevos


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If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you’ve probably heard of Huevos, a popular cheap eats spot located at North Bridge Road. Famous for their hour-long queues, Huevos dishes out delicious and substantial tacos, quesadillas, and burritos.

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If you love spicy food, try their Habanero Hot Wings ($9.90++), comprising chicken wings coated in a fiery habanero mango salsa. Don’t miss out on their Birria Beef Tacos ($15++) too. This gets you savoury tacos loaded with shredded beef short rib, tender brisket, chorizo, and a sinful layer of melted cheese. It’s served with beef consomme on the side, perfect for dipping.

These two items total just under $24.90++, but if you’re willing to splurge a little, consider adding their Jarritos ($6++), AKA Mexican sparkling soda, to your order for something refreshing. Check out our Huevos menu here.

Read our Huevos review.

Huevos
Google Reviews
4.5
(944)
Address
803 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198771
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM Show More Timings

Website
Huevos is not a halal-certified eatery.

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9. Prince Noodles


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Some of us here at Eatbook are of the opinion that Prince Noodles offers some of the best KL-style ban mian in the country. Prices are all nett here too, which is a big plus. 

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Get the Dry Ban Mian (from $6) and be blown away by its wonderfully chewy noodles, highly savoury dark sauce, and piquant chilli sauce. If you’re more into hand-pulled noodles, the restaurant also offers delectable bowls of Mee Hoon Kueh (from $6). These dishes are best accompanied by the Dumplings ($4.50), which are filled with juicy pork joined by either the delicate flavour of chives or the earthiness of mushrooms. Check out the Prince Noodles menu here.

Read our Prince Noodles review.

Prince Noodles
Google Reviews
4.5
(209)
Address
380 Jln Besar, #01-10 ARC380, Singapore 209000
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Show More Timings
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Prince Noodles is not a halal-certified eatery.

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10. Eat 3 Bowls


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Eat 3 Bowls is a household name when it comes to cheap Taiwanese eats in Singapore. Run by a Singaporean and his Taiwanese wife, the restaurant was formerly a hawker stall before they expanded into a full-fledged restaurant. They’ve got three outlets islandwide—in Bendemeer, Pasir Panjang, and Sengkang. Most of their items are under $15!

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A must-order is the 3 Bowls Signature Trio Combo ($12.90), which comes with three small bowls of their most popular dishes: Braised Pork Rice, Oyster and Pig Intestine Mee Sua, and Shredded Chicken Rice. Pair this with their Crispy Fried Chicken & Crispy Mushroom Platter ($7.50), where oyster mushrooms land bits of chicken thigh are deep-fried, then seasoned in a salt, pepper, and chilli powder mix. Check out the Eat 3 Bowls menu here.

Read our Eat 3 Bowls review.

Website | Full list of outlets
Eat 3 Bowls is not a halal-certified eatery.

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11. Butahage


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If you’re on the lookout for an authentic taste of Hokkaido in Singapore, head to Butahage. The Suntec City and Century Square restaurant hails from Hokkaido and specialises in butadon, AKA pork donburi. 

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The signature dish here is their Obihiro Meibutsu Japanese Pork Loin Don, priced from $18.80++ for the regular portion. This mouthwatering creation features succulent pork loin slices bathed in an 80-year-old secret tare sauce, slow-cooked to tender ends and served atop Japanese pearl grain rice. Aside from their butadon, they also have other Japanese dishes, from tendon to seafood noodles and more. Check out the Butahage menu here.

Read our Butahage review.

Butahage
Google Reviews
4.3
(240)
Address
3 Temasek Blvd, #01-625 / 626, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

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Butahage is not a halal-certified eatery.

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12. Paik’s Noodle Suntec


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Paik’s Noodle—the renowned creation of celebrity chef Paik Jong Won—is where it’s at for cheap Korean food, in particular, jjajangmyeon. With over 270 outlets spanning across 10 countries including the USA, Japan, and Australia, Paik’s Noodle has now made their mark on Singapore with their first outlet in Suntec City.

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Their Jajang Myeon, priced from $11+, is one thing you definitely have to order, starring handmade noodles coated in a rich black bean sauce imported directly from South Korea. For something spicy, try the Jjamppong (from $14+), a piquant soup loaded with seafood, pork, and vegetables. Check out the Paik’s Noodle menu here.

Read our Paik’s Noodle review.

PAIK’s Noodle @ Suntec City
Google Reviews
4.5
(1,591)
Address
3 Temasek Blvd, B1-177/177A, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings

Website
Paik’s Noodle is not a halal-certified eatery.

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13. Flavour Flings


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Flavour Flings in Hougang is a halal-certified cafe that specialises in unique Asian-Western fusion fare. The cosy cafe offers ample seating, but it tends to get busier during peak hours, so reservations are recommended. 

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You can expect creations such as Milo Popcorn Chicken ($11+), where you get sweet and malty Milo powder dusted atop crispy popcorn chicken, served with sambal belacan sauce. Another highlight is their Dirty Norwegian ($19+), a buttery croissant topped with smoked salmon, salted egg yolk sauce, poached eggs, and zi char-style cereal crumbs. Check out the Flavour Flings menu here.

Read our Flavour Flings review.  

Flavour Flings
Google Reviews
4
(672)
Address
121 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:30 AM - 04:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
Flavour Flings is a halal-certified eatery.

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14. Mrs Hen


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Ayam geprek lovers, make Mrs Hen your next dining pick. This cheap eats spot specialises in ayam geprek as well as fiery sambal, with the option to top your order with cheese and salted egg yolk sauce. They’re located in East Village, so Easties, you know where to go.

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A classic pick is their Ayam Geprek Sambal Signature ($8.70), where you get a cutlet of smashed fried chicken, white rice, and house-made achar, all dressed in their ultra-spicy sambal. If you’re not into white rice, you can opt to enjoy your ayam geprek with Indomie noodles (+$2) too. Check out the Mrs Hen menu here.

Read our Mrs Hen review.

Mrs. Hen (East Village)
Google Reviews
4.2
(78)
Address
430 New Upper Changi Rd, #01-43, Singapore 487048
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:30 AM - 08:30 PM Show More Timings
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Website | Full list of outlets
Mrs Hen is a halal-certified eatery. 

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15. One Fattened Calf


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For gourmet burgers at affordable nett prices, check out One Fattened Calf. With a focus on quality over quantity, the establishment boasts five signature burgers that showcase premium New Zealand grass-fed beef patties, house-made potato buns, and unique toppings. Try the OFC CheeseBurger ($17), where a classic cheeseburger is adorned with cheddar cheese, house-made pickles, red onions, and more. Pair that with their OFC Truffle Fries to share, priced at $12.90 a serving.

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Located at one-north, the eatery gets quite busy during lunchtime, fueled by nearby office workers. Swing by slightly earlier or after peak hours to bag a seat, as the restaurant only has space for 15 diners at a time. Check out the One Fattened Calf menu here.

Read our One Fattened Calf review.

One Fattened Calf Burgers
Google Reviews
4.7
(900)
Address
1 Fusionopolis Pl, #01-31 Galaxis, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM Show More Timings

Website
One Fattened Calf is not a halal-certified eatery but uses no pork or lard.

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16. Aburi-EN


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With 15 outlets across Singapore, Aburi-EN has made a name for itself thanks to its menu of cheap Japanese eats. They’re popular for their flame-grilled butadon, but have also recently added more new items to the menu, including the likes of mentaiko chirashi, and Wagyu don. 

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The Aburi Mentaiko Kaisen Bara Chirashi ($19.90++) is a new addition we particularly enjoyed, thanks to the generous amounts of creamy touched mentaiko sauce and cubes of sashimi. You’ll also be able to enjoy their Truffle Roast Wagyu Don for the super affordable price of $19.90++. Each portion comes with tender Aussie Wagyu, truffle paste, and an onsen egg. Check out our Aburi-EN menu.

Read our Aburi-EN review.

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Aburi-EN is not a halal eatery.


17. Umai Artisanal Udon Bar


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You don’t have to fly to Tokyo to get your hands on the viral thick udon from Ginza: Umai Artisanal Udon Bar does the same. Located in Bugis, the restaurant is founded by the team behind Omote, and specialises in udon. In fact, you find over 25 udon dishes here and four different types of udon to pick from. Nearly all their menu items are priced under $20. 

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We’re huge fans of the Miso Carbonara ($19++), where udon is tossed in a creamy, cheesy sauce, and topped with a cut of 72-hour slow-cooked black pork. If you’re willing to splurge a little bit, try the Himokawa Udon with Niku Shabu & Tempura Deluxe Set ($23++), where you get the famed thick udon with a side of sauce, tempura, and beef shabu. TBH, the set is very value-for-money, as you get several tempura pieces, as well as a generous serving of noodles. Check out the Umai Artisanal Udon Bar menu here. 

Read our Umai Artisanal Udon Bar review.

Umai Artisanal Udon Bar
Google Reviews
4.2
(255)
Address
128 Beach Road #01-05, Guoco Midtown, Market, Singapore 189771
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
Umai Artisanal Udon Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.

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18. Makan Makan


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If you love D’Penyetz’s ayam penyet, you’ll be happy to know that the brand has opened Makan Makan, a full-fledged Indonesian restaurant where you get their signature dish and other Indonesian dishes, mostly under $20! 

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This cheap eats find serves up homely Indonesian dishes best enjoyed with a serving of plain rice ($1.50++). Popular picks include the crispy fried Ayam Penyet D’Penyetz ($9.20++), paired with their fiery sambal, the Iga Bakar Kecap ($16.50++), AKA sweet braised Javanese beef ribs, and the Thai Sauce Fried Beancurd ($5.50++), starring crispy tofu doused in a sweet-spicy sauce. Check out the Makan Makan menu here.

Read our Makan Makan review.

Makan Makan
Google Reviews
4.2
(141)
Address
6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Makan Makan is a halal-certified eatery.

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19. Pancake & Waffle Place


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Some days, you just want to have breakfast food and call it lunch. You can do that and not break the bank at Pancake & Waffle Place, a cafe founded by the folks behind popular halal eatery, Royz et Vous. 

You get a wide range of sweet and savoury pancakes and waffles here, largely under $30. Portions are very generous as well, so you’ll leave feeling full. The Tiger Prawn ($20.90++) pancakes are our recommendation—these star buttermilk pancakes, a decadent, seafood-y sauce, and sprinklings of black truffle. For sweets, try the Smores Pancakes ($17.90++), but share with a couple of people if you don’t have the sweetest tooth! Check out the Pancake & Waffle Place menu

Read our Pancake & Waffle Place review.

Pancake and Waffle Place
Google Reviews
4.2
(315)
Address
56 Kandahar St, Singapore 198904
Opening Hours:
Thursday 12:00 PM - 03:15 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
Pancake & Waffle Place is a Muslim-owned eatery.

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20. Nummun Thai


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Nummun Thai is a popular Thai restaurant run by a native Thai cook. They’re a frequent name you see on social media, with posts praising their Crab Meat Omelette ($28++), loaded with fresh rounds of sweet crab meat. Prices for the rest of their menu items fall largely under $20 despite including generous amounts of seafood, making them a great cheap eats spot. 

If you can handle the spice, try the Tom Yum Seafood Soup ($14++), a coconutty, spicy soup laced with a variety of seafood. Pair that with their Steel Pot Vermicelli Prawn ($16++), where springy glass noodles are topped with sweet, huge shrimp. Check out the Nummun Thai menu here. 

Read our Nummun Thai review.

Nummun Thai Kitchen
Google Reviews
4.1
(104)
Address
103 Yishun Ring Rd, Singapore 760103
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
Nummun Thai Kitchen is not a halal-certified eatery. 

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21. Burgs


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Burgs by Project Warung is a Muslim-owned franchise that’s known for its affordable gourmet burgers. Started by two local chefs, Indra and Ridz, who previously worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, the brand went on to open four outlets across Singapore.

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Meat lovers will adore the BLT Beef Burger ($8,80 single, $11.80 double), which packs crispy bacon, bacon lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and beef patties between two browned buns. If you’d like to stick to just beef, try the Black Pepper Beef Burger ($6.80 single, $9.80 double), which has thick beef patties elevated by black pepper sauce and onion relish. As for sides, we recommend the Cuban Fries ($5.50), which pairs fries with succulent pulled beef and light mayo.  Check out the Burgs menu here.

Read our Burgs review.

Burgs (313@somerset)
Google Reviews
4.5
(993)
Address
Halal
313@somerset, Orchard Rd, #05-01/02/03, Stall 25 313, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 08:45 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

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Burgs by Project Warung is a halal-certified eatery.

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22. FYP Cafe


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For a chill cafe with a unique theme and a variety of dishes that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, check out FYP Cafe. The cafe is a collab between local bakery Whiskdom and another local F&B brand, Big Big Fries. Here, you can get XXL fries, lava brownies, loaded cookies, bagels, and more, all enjoyed in a glamping-style space set on the fourth floor of Orchard Central.

Most of the items are priced under $15, and are great for sharing, so you can try a bit of everything. For savouries, their showstopping fries, priced at $12.90+, are a must. Try this with their house-made mentaiko mayo, which is torched to serve. We also love their bagels, especially the Truffle Beef Steak ($14.90+)—where super juicy beef is paired with caramelised onions, truffle aioli and more. Finish off their meal with one of Whiskdom’s classic bakes, such as their Matcha Lava Cookie ($6.50+) or Gimme Smore Brownie ($6.50+). Check out the FYP Cafe menu here.

Read our FYP cafe review.

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FYP Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.

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23. Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining


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If you’re in the Farrer Park area, check out Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining for some wallet-friendly yet scrumptious Taiwanese eats. Don’t take our word for it: just look at its 4.2-star rating on Google Maps.

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Do check out the restaurant’s signature dish, the Stewed Beef Noodle ($14.90++). With its aromatic beef-based broth, chewy noodles, and juicy beef cubes, this hearty dish is easy to love. Otherwise, try the Braised Pork Rice ($9.90++), AKA the classic lu rou fan, or the crispy and savoury Taiwan Pancake ($9.90++). Check out the Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining menu here.

Read our Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining review.

Lai Lai Taiwan Dining
Google Reviews
4.2
(511)
Address
180 Kitchener Road #03-39/40 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 09:30 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

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Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining is not a halal-certified eatery.

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24. IndoChili


Though IndoChili is widely considered one of the best Indonesian restaurants in Singapore, its fare has remained relatively affordable through the years. 

There are many dishes here that will remind you of your latest trip to Indonesia, such as the Tahu Telor ($14.80++) and Sate Ayam Madura ($14.80++). But if you must get one dish, go for the wonderfully hearty Tumpeng Mini ($17.80++), which features a cone-shaped pile of nasi kuning joined by ingredients such as ayam bumbu rujak, begedil, peanuts, keropok, pickles, and sambal chilli. Check out the IndoChili menu here.

Read our IndoChili review.

Website
IndoChili is a halal-certified eatery.

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25. MTR Singapore


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A restaurant with a long history and plenty of accolades to its name, MTR Restaurant serves authentic South-Indian vegetarian fare at relatively affordable prices. 

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The sheer variety of dishes at MTR Singapore can leave one reeling, so if you can’t decide on what to order, we recommend starting with the Uddina Vada ($3+), a doughnut-like dish made from lentils that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Then, try the aromatic and crunchy Pudi Masala Dosai ($7+), before finishing with the hearty and savoury Bisibele Bhath ($6+), a rice dish served with assorted vegetables. Check out the MTR Singapore menu here.

Read our MTR Singapore review.

MTR Singapore
Google Reviews
4.5
(4,055)
Address
440 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218134
Opening Hours:
Thursday 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
MTR Singapore is not a halal-certified eatery.

MTR Singapore Review: Famous South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant With Long Queues


26. So Good Char Chan Tang


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For wallet-friendly Hong Kong fare in town, look no further than So Good Char Chan Tang. Prices are nett, too! This casual diner sits on the first floor of 111 Somerset, a mere three-minute walk from Somerset MRT Station. We recommend their roast meats; the Double Combination BBQ Meat ($19) lets you pick two out of three meats: Roasted Duck, Roasted Pork Belly, and Honey Char Siew

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They also have all-day dim sum and light bites on the menu, including their signature French Toast ($3.60), starring a crispy deep-fried toast with a soft and fluffy middle, paired with a slab of salted butter and golden syrup served on the side. Otherwise, go for their Polo Bun with Butter ($2.80), great for a midday pick-me-up!

The restaurant isn’t super spacious and tends to get packed during peak mealtimes, so you might have to wait in line if you’re visiting for lunch or dinner. Check out the So Good Char Chan Teng menu here.

Read our So Good Char Chan Tang review.

So Good Char Chan Tang
Google Reviews
3.6
(617)
Address
111 Somerset Rd, #01-16 TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164
Opening Hours:
Thursday 08:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

So Good Char Chan Teng is not a halal-certified eatery.

So Good Char Chan Tang Review: Affordable Hong Kong Cafe With Nett Prices At 111 Somerset


26. Signs A Taste Of Vietnam Pho


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Signs A Taste Of Vietnam Pho is a hidden gem tucked away in Basement 2 of Orchard Gateway. The casual restaurant was started by a deaf couple who hail from Vietnam, and their service staff are hearing-impaired too, though that didn’t hinder our ordering process one bit. Prices are nett and kept affordable at under $15 per main, so you’re getting good bang for your buck here. Go straight for their Beef Feast Combo ($13), which comes packed with flat rice noodles, beef balls, beef shin, and beef ribeye slices, all in a hearty broth that isn’t too salty.

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Otherwise, they do a delicious banh mi, too. Try the Grilled Pork Banh Mi ($10), starring tender grilled pork chunks and pickled veggies sandwiched by a well-buttered baguette. We were impressed by the bread, which boasted a slightly crispy exterior with a light crumb within. Check out the Signs A Taste Of Vietnam menu here.

Read our Signs A Taste Of Vietnam Pho review.

Signs A Taste of Vietnam Pho
Google Reviews
4.7
(680)
Address
277 Orchard Rd, #B2-15, Singapore 238858
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 08:30 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
Signs A Taste Of Vietnam Pho is not a halal-certified eatery.

Signs A Taste Of Vietnam Pho Review: Legit Vietnamese Food Under $15 Near Somerset MRT


27. Soi 47


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Looking for cheap food in the heart of town may seem like a wild goose chase, but Soi 47 proves otherwise with their wallet-friendly Thai offerings. This 50-seater hidden gem with floor-to-ceiling windows is located on the fourth floor of Orchard Central, and is a three-minute walk from Somerset MRT Station.

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Start your meal with the Phad Thai with Seafood ($6.80++), which comprises egg, squid, prawns, shallots, a side of crushed peanuts, tau gay, and a wedge of lime. We liked that there was a good balance of sweet and savoury flavours, and thought the use of fresh, plump prawns instead of white frozen ones was worth a mention too. Pair this with their Tom Yam Soup Clear ($9++) for a variety of ingredients, including mussels, mushrooms, and fried fish. The fried fish was our favourite of the lot as it was crispy even after being submerged in the soup! Plus, it was a nice change from the usual boiled fish slices in most tom yum soup. Check out the Soi 47 menu here.

Read our Soi 47 review

Soi 47 Thai Food
Google Reviews
3.9
(163)
Address
181 Orchard Rd, #04-08 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:30 AM - 03:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website
Soi 47 is not a halal-certified eatery.

Soi 47 Thai Food Review: Affordable Thai Restaurant At Orchard Central


28. Kim Dae Mun


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Here’s one for Korean food lovers: Kim Dae Mun on Orchard Road. This spacious eatery can easily house more than 100 diners at once, and there’s even a row of seats for solo diners to eat in their own comfort. Even better, Kim Dae Mun is a stone’s throw away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

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All prices are nett here, including the popular Beancurd Soup ($10.50) and Chives Pancake ($5). The soft tofu stew here is served with a bowl of rice and a banchan, which you can choose from three options: anchovies, cabbage kimchi, and cucumber kimchi. Each stone pot comes with beaten egg, soft tofu, shiitake mushrooms, green onions, and a variety of seafood—for so many ingredients, $10.50 is quite a steal. But if this isn’t enough, get the Korena pancake AKA jeon to substantiate your meal. FYI, this is probably the cheapest jeon we’ve ever tried in Singapore. Check out Kim Dae Mun’s menu here.

Read our Kim Dae Mun review

Kim Dae Mun Korean Food
Google Reviews
4.2
(1,358)
Address
100 Orchard Rd, #01-03D Concorde Shopping Mall, Singapore 238840
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM Show More Timings

Website
Kim Dae Mun is not a halal-certified eatery.

Kim Dae Mun Review: Korean Restaurant In Orchard With Mains Under $16 Nett


29. Omote


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Omote is a great option if you’re around town and looking to satisfy your Japanese and Korean food cravings at wallet-friendly prices. Their Raffles City outlet focuses on Japanese-Korean fusion food, serving dishes such as the “Cosmo-Signature” Black Pork Kimbap (from $9.80), Saikoro Ribeye Beef ($23.80), or the Black Truffle Tako Karaage ($19.80)

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Omote Raffles City has also kept their signature items on the menu here, including their value-for-money Omote Chirashi ($17.80). End your meal with their selection of drinks, including alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks, starting from $3

Omote also has various outlets around the island—Thomson Plaza, Velocity @ Novena Square, as well as at the abovementioned Raffles City. Check out the Omote menu here.

Check out our Omote Review

Omoté Raffles City
Google Reviews
4
(285)
Address
252 North Bridge Rd, B1-44C Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:30 AM - 02:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

Website | Full list of outlets
Omote is not a halal-certified eatery.

Omote Review: Popular Japanese Restaurant With Mentaiko Chirashi Don And More In City Hall


30. Lechon Republic


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If you’re a fan of suckling pig, you’ve got to try lechon, the Filipino version. There’s no better place in Singapore to try this than at Lechon Republic, tucked in a corner of Novena Regency, across the road from the Church of Saint Alphonsus━that Novena church.

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For a sampler, go for the Chopped Lechon Meal ($12.80), which comes with a drink of your choice. Most of the dishes at Lechon Republic are made with their famous roast pork; look into their glass-fronted kitchen earlier in the day to see whole hogs roasting on the spit. Another popular item is Lechon Sisig ($15.80), where lechon is chopped up and fried with onion, green chillies and more, then served with cracked eggs on a sizzling hotplate. 

Alternatively, consider Lechon Kare-Kare ($15.80), which sees chunks of pork cooked in a peanut-based gravy that tastes similar to satay sauce, or Lechon Sinigang ($15.80), an assam soup with melt-in-your-mouth cuts of lechon, plus veggies. Check out the Lechon Republic menu here.

Read our Lechon Republic Review.

Lechon Republic Singapore
Google Reviews
4.3
(453)
Address
275 Thomson Rd, #01-09 NOVENA REGENCY, Singapore 307645
Opening Hours:
Thursday 11:00 AM - 08:30 PM Show More Timings

Website
Lechon Republic is not a halal-certified eatery

Lechon Republic Review: Crispy Filipino Roast Pork From $6.50 Nett In Novena


Cheap restaurants in Singapore guide


Here’s our pick for some of the best cheap restaurants in Singapore. We do have guides for cheap eats from specific cuisines too, so you can check out our cheap Korean food guide, and cheap Japanese food guide! If 9% GST got you feeling some type of way, we also have our guide to restaurants with nett prices.

10 Cheap Korean Food Places With Mains Under $15, Including Hawker Options

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