Raffles Place food spots
The hustle and bustle of the CBD mostly happen during weekday lunch hours. Every weekday, streams of office ladies and gentlemen raid the area looking for grub to fuel them for the day ahead. From the quick and cheap to the payday splurge, here are 18 Raffles Place food places that will cater to any budget.
1. Salmon Samurai
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Salmon Samurai offers affordable and value-for-money salmon donburi. A sister restaurant of Tanuki Raw, they target hungry office workers who have little time but want a hearty to-go meal.
At just $10.90, you can customise and create your bowl of Salmon Donburi from the choice of staple to the type of salmon. For the base, you can choose between mixed grain brown rice, udon noodles, and salad; for the salmon, you have the option of sashimi, salmon mentaiko, garlic shoyu, salmon poke, or spicy salmon poke. Sliced fresh every day, the salmon sashimi here is a popular option.
Address: 10 Collyer Quay, #B1-08, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6634 8593
2. Hans Im Glück
Hans Im Glück elevates the humble burger into a healthy, nutritious and delicious meal. While German fare is typically famed for their meats, this burger grill chain from Germany is known for their extensive menu of vegetarian and vegan options.
Choose between sourdough and multigrain buns when you order your burger. Alternatively, if you’re watching your waistline, you can opt for their naked burger too. The Birkenwald ($21++), a combination of earthy mushrooms and a thick and juicy beef patty, is a popular burger here. You can also make it into a set with a side dish and a non-alcoholic drink with an additional $6.
Check out our full review of Hans Im Glück!
Address: 9 Raffles Place. #01-01, Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 11pm, Fri 11am to 12am
Tel: 9738 5662
3. WHEAT Baumkuchen
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Serving Japanese and Asian style salads, WHEAT Baumkuchen is the place to go if you’re intending to eat clean and healthy. What stands out here is their generous portions and the wide variety of ingredients offered.
The Grilled Salmon Soba ($12.90) is the most popular item on the menu. The soba has a firmer texture than most cold noodles, and comes topped with a thick slab of salmon. Their Coriander Pesto Chicken Rice ($11.90) is complete with grilled chicken, red rice, onsen egg and mushrooms and pickled tomatoes. This hearty dish will definitely fill you up, and keep your calories in check.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-32, One Raffles Place Tower One, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30am to 8:30pm, Fri 10:30am to 7:30pm
Tel: 6443 3391
4. Gochi-So Shokudo
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No place of Raffles Place food spots is complete without Gochi-So Shokudo which offers a wide range of menu items such as Iberico don, steak, curry rice and tonkatsu, and kaisendon. The most popular orders here are from the Charcoal Grill Iberico Don range.
The Iberico Pork Jowl Don ($13.50) is by far the most popular, while the Iberico Pork Belly Don ($9.80) is the most value-for-money. If you prefer tonkatsu, opt for the Bellota Iberico Loin Katsu ($17.50) or the Bellota Loin Katsu & Cheese Katsu ($21.50) that comes oozing with melted cheese.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-30, One Raffles Place Tower 2 Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6536 6447
5. The Providore
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The Providore in Raffles Place is a unique glasshouse cafe that is also their flagship café-cum-retail outlet. They serve Breakfast from 8am to 11:30am on weekdays, Sandwiches from 11:30am to 5pm, Salads & Starters and Mains from 11:30am to 10pm, along with all-day Bread & Pastries for a quick snack or takeaway. Popular orders here include the Club Sandwich ($18.50++) and Lobster Mac & Cheese ($27.50++). My personal favourite is the Roasted Chicken Leg ($28.5++) with Baharat spice, couscous, house-made aubergine chutney and minted yoghurt. This with a guilty serving of Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Garlic Aioli ($12.5++), and that’s splurge day, sorted!
Address: 7 Raffles Place, Singapore 048625
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am to 10:30pm, Sun 9am to 6pm
Tel: 6533 1352
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For a quiet meal on the fourth floor of One Raffles Place, make a beeline for overflowing sashimi bowls at Kotobuki. Those looking to get more bang for their buck should spring for lunch sets such as the Kagoshima Tonkatsu Set ($18++) and the grilled salmon Sake Shioyaki Set ($18++).
But if you’re here for quality sashimi, go for the a-la-carte options as the lunch options are inadequate. The Sashimi Don ($22++) comes with thick slices of assorted sashimi, while their Insta-worthy Aburi Sake Bakumori Don ($26++) comes overflowing with sashimi cubes and mentaiko, all torched to a golden brown.
For more sushi, check out our guide to sushi spots in Singapore from hawker stalls to omakase restaurants.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #04-48, One Raffles Place Tower 2 Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 6536 9488
Soup might be in their name, but the real stars in Souperstar are actually the healthy fusion popiah. Building from their family popiah business, the sister-owners started out Souperstar selling popiah wraps and soups, branching to salads and sandwiches later on.
The popiah wraps are handmade fresh daily, and come in a variety of flavours with the Sesame Chicken ($5.10) as the darling of the bunch. If you’re going low-carb, opt for the salads or the hearty soups from Creamy Tomato Basil, Souper Shroomy to the Classic French Onion. The soups come in three sizes of Medium ($5.90) and Large ($8.40) and Extra Large ($16.50). But mind you, all the soups are quite indulgent—not the best for a diet.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-11, One Raffles Place Tower 2, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am to 8pm
8. Waa Cow
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The flame torch is the weapon of choice at Waa Cow, a tiny hidden gem that specialises in flame-torched Wagyu beef bowls. Pick your Wagyu flavour from Original ($20.90), Mentai ($22.90), Spicy Mentai ($23.90), Truffle ($22.90) and Yuzu Fois Gras ($25.90). Don’t bother adding $5 to make it into a set with a side dish, unless you’re really keen, as the donburi already comes with cabbage salad, an onsen egg and hot green tea. The wagyu is sous-vide before being aburi-ed with their moreish house sauce. Other non-beef bowls include the popular Mentaiko Salmon Poke Set ($17.40) and the vegetarian Truffle Mushroom Set ($14.90).
Address: 30 Raffles Place, #01-23/24, Change Alley Mall, Singapore 048622
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 8223 0550
9. Guzman y Gomez
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This popular Mexican food chain has a small branch at the underground walkway of Collyer Quay with all their works. The menu is quite straightforward. Choose from a selection of 10 bases from burritos to nachos, then choose your fillings, sides, and then your extras of drinks and desserts. The most popular bases include the Burrito (from $7.90), and the Burrito Bowl (from $7.90) that comes with the same ingredients as the former but with rice instead of a tortilla. For drinks, try their selection of Jarritos ($4), a brand of flavoured sodas imported from Mexico.
Address: 10 Collyer Quay, #B1-06, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 8:30pm
Tel: 6509 4401
10. Gado & Grill
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For filling Indonesian fare at hawker prices, head to Gado & Grill. They have a small branch at One Raffles Place with a simple menu of only six dishes including Gado Gado ($6.00+) and Ayam Penyet ($7.00+). Their GadoMie ($6.30+) is their most popular dish featuring Indomie-style noodles served with gado gado staples: meat, a sunny side egg, prawn chips and greens. For an extra $2, you can make this into a meal with a choice of Teh Botol or Honey Lime Juice. There’s no service charge if you decide to eat in, but there are only a few seats at the outlet, so it’s best to get takeaway.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-20, One Raffles Place Tower 2, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am to 7pm
Tel: 6988 7204
11. Healthy Soba IKI
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Opened by a Japanese owner, Healthy Soba IKI specialises in freshly handmade buckwheat soba noodles. Made with organic buckwheat, the soba noodles in question are also gluten-free. There are set menus during weekday lunch at a set price of $15 unless you opt for the Unagi & Egg that comes at $2 more. The set menu comes with a mini rice bowl, a choice of hot or cold soba, and a cup of tea. Kaisen-don, Teriyaki Salmon and Sobaya no Curry Don are just some of the choices available. Considering the airy space and comfortable seating, it’s quite amazing that the lunch sets are at nett prices.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #04-47, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Sat11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm
Tel: 6438 6022
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Haakon has an ambitious menu ranging from poke bowls, salads and protein platters to soba noodles, acai bowls and even brunch dishes. A good selection of these are vegan including the Avocado Vegan Salad Bowl ($11.90) and the Falafel and Quinoa Grain Bowl ($10.90). The Mentaiko Salmon Poke Bowl ($14.90) is easily the most popular dish at the joint, served with a whopping 11 toppings that include onsen egg and pineapple. The ambience here is a little less stuffy than the other places in this list are mostly underground. The window seat is a peaceful spot for a solo meal of people-watching.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #01-11/12, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 6:30pm
13. The Daily Cut
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This inconspicuous salad joint is quiet by design. Minimalist in nature, the shop has no signboard or people to take your order. You simply have to tick all that you want on their paper menu and hand it over to the people behind the counter. Each order starts with a bowl size (from $9) with varying amounts of base, protein, supplements (vegetables and grains), toppings and dressings. Some popular fillings include the striploin steak, baked sweet potatoes and baby king oyster mushrooms.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-31, One Raffles Place Tower 2, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 4pm
Tel: 6904 9656
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The set lunch bowls at Kipos are named after particular diets. The Keto Bowl ($19) comes stock full of five different veggies, salmon steak, guac and nuts. Other set bowls include The Vegan Bowl ($13), The Paleo Bowl ($15) and the Gluten-Free Bowl ($15). If none of these do it for you, you can opt to build your own bowl.
Choose your base from $0.80, one protein ($1.50 to $8), a selection of greens ($0.70 to $1.50) and a choice of dressing ($1.20 to $3). Add on up to ten toppings from $0.20. Their selection of dressings is particularly extensive from Truffle Shoyu ($2.50) and Apple Cider Yuzu ($1.20) to Mala ($1.50) and even Rojak ($1.20).
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #01-02, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 9:30pm, Sat 10am to 5pm
Tel: 9232 6073
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With 18 locations islandwide, umisushi is the place to go whenever you’re looking for a cheap and quick Japanese fix. Get their Sake & Tori Teriyaki Bento ($13.40) that comes with grilled Norwegian salmon and a half-portion of teriyaki chicken, potato salad and pickles.
For their sushi selection, they have the All Nigiri ($11.90) that includes salmon, scallop, octopus and smoked duck. Dining space can get rather limited during peak hours so it might be better to take your food away.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-24/25, One Raffles Place Tower 2, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 8pm
Tel: 6438 2869
16. JoAh Korean Restaurant
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Affordable authentic Korean cuisine might be hard to find but you only have to look no further than JoAh Korean Restaurant. The most popular item on the menu is their Half Ginseng Chicken Soup ($12.90). The chicken is said to be tender and served in a light broth, with a generous amount of leek.
Korean Mixed Rice is available for $12.90 and is topped with the usual suspects of cucumbers, shredded carrots, meat and egg. Each meal comes with a set of side dishes that rotate daily. Top up just $1.50 for free-flow Green Tea or Jasmine Tea to wash it all down.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #03-21/22, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 10pm, Sat 11:30am to 3:30pm
Tel: 6438 6484
17. Namino Hana
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Namino Hana is offering their Wagyu Hamburger Bento for only $15.80 from now till 28 February 2022, instead of the usual price of $17.80. Enjoy the wagyu patty with a jelly ajitsuke egg, braised assorted mushrooms, atop a bed of short-grain Japanese rice.
Alternatively, get their Yakitori Bento ($12) to try an assortment of yakitori, or the Yaki Butabara Bento ($13.50) if you only want juicy pieces of pork belly. With Din Tai Fung style fried rice being all the rave nowadays, you can upgrade to Garlic Fried Rice ($3) and see if you’d like it.
Address: 1 Raffles place, #B1-23, One Raffles Place Tower 1, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am to 6:30pm
Tel: 9879 1800
18. Syohachi Wagyu Hamburg
Using only the best-quality A5 wagyu beef from Miyagi Prefecture, Syohachi Wagyu Hamburg offers the Japanese Wagyu Beef Hamburg ($18). Diners can expect a tender and juicy patty kissed by fire, with salad and premium pearl rice doused in a mushroom gravy on the side. If you’re here for brunch, check out their Japanese Egg Omelette Toastie ($11) which pairs a fluffy omelette with gooey cheese. The restaurant is located near the entrance, and is blessed with natural lighting, which makes for a relaxing lunch away from the stresses of working from the office.
Check out our full review of Syohachi Wagyu Hamburg!
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #01-01, One Raffles Place Shopping Mall, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6223 0755
Raffles Place food spots for your next meal
These Raffles Place food spots will fill you up the next time you’re hankering for a meal in the CBD. Lunch will never be just the same food you’re starting to get sick of.
For more food around the area, you can also check out our list of Telok Ayer food places so you’ll always have something new to try.
Updated by Angela Kwon and Thames Teo.