Where to eat at Raffles Place
The hustle and bustle in Raffles Place is most happening during weekday lunch hours. Streams of office ladies and gentlemen raid the streets to look for food to fuel them for the day ahead. With the short lunch breaks on top of having to queue with many other office people, it is difficult to enjoy an unhurried lunch break – especially if you don’t know what to eat to begin with.
From a quick and cheap lunch spot to a place to splurge on payday, we highlight 10 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 donburis. A sister restaurant of Tanuki Raw, Standing Sushi Bar and The Secret Mermaid, they target hungry office workers who have little time but want a hearty to-go meal.
At just $9.90, you can customise and create your bowl of Salmon Donburi that caters to your unique preferences. From the choice of staple to the type of salmon, you’ll be left spoilt for choice. For the base, you can choose between mixed grain brown rice, udon noodles or salad; for the salmon, you have the option of sashimi, salmon mentaiko, garlic shoyu, salmon poke or spicy salmon poke. Sliced fresh everyday, the salmon sashimi here is a popular option.
Salmon Samurai also recently opened a new outlet in 100AM mall at Tanjong Pagar.
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 ($16++) is a popular burger here – a combination of earthy mushrooms and a thick and juicy beef patty, what’s not to love? If you’re feeling ravenous, you can also choose to Double Up and get an extra patty at an additional $4.
Check out our full review of Hans Im Glück!
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) is the most popular item on the menu. The soba has a firmer bite than most cold noodles, and comes topped with a thick slab of salmon. Their Chicken Cauliflower Bowl ($12) is one to try. Complete with cauliflower rice, egg, avocados and grilled chicken, this hearty dish will definitely fill you up, despite it being less than 500 calories.
Address: One Raffles Place, #B1-32, Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 4pm
Tel: 6443 3391
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Going by the slogan “Meat That Salad”, Omnivore is all for healthy eating and a clean diet. The salad bowls here come in Regular ($9.90), Medium ($12.90) and Large ($15.90). Build your own salad bowl by choosing your own protein, veggie and dressing.
The Sirloin Steak (+$1) here is a crowd-favourite. Unlike most salad places, Omnivore does not scrimp on its portions. Unless you are feeling wolfish, a regular portion is enough to leave you satisfied.
5. Gochi-So Shokudo
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Gochi-So Shokudo offers a wide range of menu items – Charcoal Grill Iberico Don, Kaisen Don, Iberico Steak, Iberico Curry Rice and Iberico Tonkatsu. The most popular orders here are from the Charcoal Grill Iberico Don range The Iberico Pork Mix Don ($11.80) brings the best of both worlds by serving pork belly and pork collar in one rice bowl, while the Iberico Pork Belly Don and Iberico Pork Collar Don are the most value-for-money, priced at just $10 each.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-30, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6536 6447
6. Baba Bento
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Previously known as Daddy’s Kitchen, Baba Bento serves up traditional Peranakan food in bento boxes to cater to the busy working crowd in the Central. You can choose from four sets on the menu – Beef Rendang ($13.90), Ikan Assam Pedas ($13.90), Ayam Kapitan ($11.90) and Ayam Pongteh ($11.90). Each bento set comes with blue Bunga Telang rice, sambal egg and chap chye. You will also get a pack of freshly fried keropok as well as a drink.
Address: 16 Raffles Quay, B1-49, Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 2pm
Tel: 9382 1792
7. Aussie Roll
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Originating from Australia, Aussie Roll is one of the more affordable eateries found on this list. Here, sushi rolls are priced from $2.60 to $3. Their menu includes more than 30 variations of maki rolls such as King Prawn ($2.80) and Lobster Salad ($3). The crowd-favourite here are the Teriyaki Chicken and Salmon Avocado. The variety of options and, affordability are what keeps customers coming back for more.
Address: 30 Raffles Place, #B1-04A, Chevron House, Singapore 048622
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 7pm
Tel: 6746 3077
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Tucked away in a small unassuming shop in the basement of Raffles Place, Parallel specialises in coffee, acai bowls, and smoothies. Amongst the slew of stalls that mainly cater for takeaway, Parallel has a standing bar counter that for those who prefer to dine around the area.
Their simple menu consists of just three acai bowl options – Superstar Bowl, Antioxidant Bowl and Amino Bowl. All of these go at $8.90 for the Regular and $12.90 for the Large. For an additional $0.50, you can add on extra toppings to your bowl such as dried goji or chia seeds for $0.50, or $1 for almond, cashew or pistachio butter.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-34, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9298 2896
9. The Palace Korean Restaurant
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Hidden in the basement of Chevron House, The Palace Korean Restaurant offers simple Korean fare that is hearty and comforting. Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of Cheese Ramen with Egg ($8.50). If you’re looking for a more complete meal, I recommend going for the Cheese Ramyun Set priced at only $10.90 which come with rice balls and kimchi.
Popular side orders here include their Kimchi Jeon ($7.50) and Jab Chae ($3.50), which have been commented by friends to be “as good as those in Korea!”. Food here may look simple, but the flavour sure hits the mark. Head down to have a taste of these comfort foods for yourself.
Address: 30 Raffles Place, #B1-03A, Chevron House, Singapore 048622
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6327 4555
10. The Providore
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Located in the heart of Raffles Place, The Providore is a unique glasshouse cafe. This outlet at Raffles Place is the flagship store and is considered a café-cum-retail store. They serve Breakfast from 8am to 3pm, Salads & Starters from 11am to 10pm, Sandwiches 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 ($26.50++).
They recently included a High Tea menu that is available from 3pm to 6pm on weekdays and 12pm to 6pm on weekends. At $27.50++ per person, the high tea set for two comes with a pot of the Providore Tea. At. $37.50++ per person, the set comes with a glass of Prosecco.
Bonus 1: Restaurant Ibid
Located along North Canal Road, Masterchef Asia Winner Woo Wai Leong opens his first restaurant. Restaurant Ibid serves up contemporary Chinese fare. With an open kitchen concept in a shophouse setting, the restaurant has a neat and elegant interior.
The lunch and dinner menus are simple and easy to navigate. During lunch, you can get a Main with either a Small Plate or Dessert at $18. Or if you want a more complete meal, you can top up $7 to get both. Dinner is more pricey, and starts at $78++ for a Four-Course Meal ($78++). a Six-Course Meal ($88++), or an Eight-Course Meal ($118++). From Spring Onion Shaobing to Lamb Tartare Garlic Yoghurt to Momoiro Collar Sweet Potato, you’ll be in for a gastronomic adventure.
Address: 18 North Canal Road, Singapore 048830
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 9151 8698
Food places in Raffles Place to fuel you up for the day
In the heart of the CBD, Raffles Place has plenty to offer on the food front. Lunch will never be just the same food you’re starting to get sick of. Let us know in the comments below if we have missed out any of your personal favourites.
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.