Singapore’s Top 20 Inexpensive Restaurants

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This guide to Singapore’s Top 20 Inexpensive Restaurants was last updated on 28 June 2014.

Dining out is an expensive affair, and nowadays, it is very difficult to find a decent restaurant/cafe which has main courses for under $20. However, if you know where to go, there are still some hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered.

Here is a list of Singapore’s Top 20 Inexpensive Restaurants where you can go for a good meal, even on a budget.

I’m a little wary of using the words “inexpensive and budget” because everyone has different interpretations. For me, a good inexpensive restaurant is one that serves quality food at acceptable prices. It doesn’t necessarily need to be dirt-cheap, it can also represent places that offer value-for-money options, such as Club Street Social and Table Manners in this list.

Brunetti Singapore


BRUNETTI


Brunetti is our favourite haunt for desserts and gelato, but for some reason, we have never tried the food here before. On a recent visit, we had the Pan Seared Red Snapper (S$19.90) and Homemade Tagliatelle (S$18.90); both dishes turned out to be very decent. All the main courses, pastas, pizzas and sandwiches are priced under S$20. I would not suggest to come all the way here, but if you are in the area, this is certainly a good choice than to fight with the crazy crowd in town.

163 Tanglin Road
Tanglin Mall
Tel: +65 6736 4922
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Beviamo


CAFFE BEVIAMO


Another place that is worth checking out at Tanglin Mall is Caffe Beviamo, which has long been a popular spot with locals and expats alike. It is not difficult to understand why Beviamo is always packed. It offers very affordable Australian-inspired food. You can get a simple Scrambled Eggs with Toast (S$8). If you want something more substantial, go for Pasta (S$12-18) or Pizza (S$12-14). It also has a range of tempting desserts (S$3.50-7.50), including cupcakes, carrot cake, and sticky date pudding.

163 Tanglin Road
#02-K1 Tanglin Mall
Tel: +65 6738 7906
Daily: 9am – 9pm

Club Street Social


CLUB STREET SOCIAL


Located at Gemmil Lane (a quiet corner off Club Street), Club Street Social is a chic restaurant/bar which does simple and well-made food — such as all day breakfast, salad, soup, crostini, tramezzini, panini — at reasonable prices.

5 Gemmill Lane, off Club Street
Tel: +65 6225 5043
Mon to Fri: 11am – 10.30pm
Sat: 9am – 10.30pm
Sun: 9am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Raffles Place

Department of Caffeine


DEPARTMENT OF CAFFEINE


Department of Caffeine at Duxton Road is nothing fancy, but that is the main reason why we like it. Good, honest and simple food which represent decent value for money. The coffee here is also excellent.

Main courses on the weekday menu include Minute Steak (S$16), Chicken Fillet Burger (S$15), and a 8 Hour Pulled Pork Burger (S$14.50). You must not leave the cafe without trying its Buttermilk Waffles (S$12.50).

15 Duxton Road
Tel: +65 6223 3426
Mon to Fri: 10.30am – 7.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 7.30pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar


FOOD FOR THOUGHT


This kids-friendly restaurant at Singapore Botanic Gardens is a great place to meet your friends, especially if you are on a budget. The basic breakfast set is only S$8, and comes with scrambled eggs, bacon and butter toast. The pancakes (S$9-13) here are excellent and a must-order, while the burgers (S$9-15) are very decent.

1 Cluny Road,
Tanglin Gate, #B1-00
Mon to Sun: 8am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Habitat Cafe


HABITAT COFFEE


This little cafe along Upper Thomson Road is worth a trip. It is a cosy chill out spot which has comfort food such as sandwiches, salads, pastas and breakfast food. Most of the items on the menu are under S$20. Make sure you try the Eggs Tomato Relish, Truffle Fries, and churros when you are there.

223 Upper Thomson Road
Tel: +65 6456 2567
Tue to Fri: 11am – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Marymount

Huber's Butchery Burger


HUBER’S BUTCHERY & BISTRO


If you are on a budget and do not know where to eat at Dempsey, try Huber’s Butchery & Bistro. The main courses like Roast Beef Sandwich ($12.50), Meatloaf (12.50), or the Huber’s Beef Burger ($15) are all reasonably-priced, and I would go back again just for their burger.

18A Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6737 1588
Tue to Fri: 11am – 7pm
Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 7pm
Closed on Mon


JAL THAI


When it comes to Thai food, I like to go Jai Thai for a simple and reliable meal. Most of the items on the menu are priced between $5-8 for small portion.

27 Purvis Street
#01-01 An Chuan Building
Tel: +65 6336 6908
Daily: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

7 Clover Way
Tel: +65 6258 0228
Mon to Sat: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm
Sun: 6pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Marymount/Bishan

kith Cafe


KITH CAFE


My go-to place when I am meeting my friends in town. The prices of the main courses - smoked duck breast ($12), hotdog ($12), vongole with fresh clams ($17), marinara ($18), and mushroom aglio olio ($14) – are acceptable. For a meal under $20, Kith Cafe at Park Mall should be on the top of your list.

9 Penang Road
#01-01E Park Mall
Tel: +65 6338 8611
Daily: 8am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut

Lola's


LOLA’S CAFE


Dining out is becoming increasingly more and more expensive, and it is rare to find a cafe which offers main courses for under S$20. Note down Lola’s Cafe at Kovan on your list. It serves very decent cafe food. For brunch (10am – 3pm), the full breakfast and eggs benedict are only S$15 nett.

On the dinner menu, there are options like Seafood Marinara (S$14 nett), Duck Leg in Orange Mustard Sauce (S$16 nett) and Spicy Grill Chicken Burger (S$14 nett). Desserts, which are baked in-house, are also very affordable. The Lemon Meringue Tart (S$4) and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Tart (S$5) are the best way to end your meal on a sweet note.

5 Simon Road
Tel: +65 6343 1808
Tue: 3pm – 11.30pm
Wed & Thu: 10am – 11.30pm
Fri to Sun: 10am – 12 Midnight
Nearest Station: Kovan

Noodle Stories


NOODLE STORIES BY TUNGLOK


Where do you go to when you are craving an honest Chinese meal that is unpretentious, satisfying and affordable? Our recent lunch at Noodles Stories by TungLok Group gave us an answer. The use of fresh ingredients in every dish made it such a stupendous meal, and we left with very happy tummies.

Highlights include Wanton with Black Vinegar and Chilli Oil (S$6 for 6 pcs), Pork and Cabbage Pan-fried ‘Jiaozi’ (S$6 for 4 pcs), ‘Zhajiang’ Noodles (S$8) and their signature ‘Biang Biang’ Noodles (S$10.80).

181 Orchard Road
#07-14/15 Orchard Central
Tel: +65 6509 1878
Mon to Fri: 10.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Somerset

Pint & Curries Clarke Quay


PINT & CURRIES


The folks behind the highly popular Bar Bar Black Sheep have launched this very concept right here in Singapore. Nestled in the heart of Clarke Quay, Pint & Curries offers an affordable supper menu of North-Indian curries and well-loved crafted beers.

Pint & Curries is a great late night dining option in Singapore, and your best bet and pit stop when you need a hearty supper.

#01-14, Clarke Quay
3D River Valley Road
Tel: +65 6337 4616
Daily: 7pm – 4am
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay

Wild Rocket Beef Burger


RELISH BY WILD ROCKET


Relish by Wild Rocket is one of my favourite burger joints in Singapore. Most of the burgers are priced between $14 – 18, which I have to say is excellent value for the quality.

1 Maju Avenue
#02-07/09 myVillage at Serangoon Garden
Tel: +65 6634 3422
Nearest Station: Serangoon

Saveurs


SAVEUR RESTAURANT


Saveur Restaurant at Purvis Street has done a good job by serving inexpensive French food. The long line of hungry patrons during meal times is a testament to its popularity.

It is probably impossible to find another place that gives you Pan Seared Foie Gras for $8, and Duck Confit for $9.90. So, if you are on a budget, check out Saveur.

5 Purvis Street #01-04
Tel: +65 6100 1788
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

Selfish Gene Cafe


SELFISH GENE CAFE


While cafes are sprouting out everywhere these days – most with predictable and mediocre food – Selfish Gene Cafe stands out for their consistency in delivering good comfort food. You can find all day breakfast ($10.80-15.80), sandwiches ($9.80-12.80), salad ($6-12.80), soup ($5.80) and desserts ($5.80) on the menu.

40 Craig Road
Tel: +65 6423 1324
Daily (except Tue): 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

Supply & Demand


SUPPLY & DEMAND


With its al fresco area and a rooftop bar, Supply & Demand Modern Bistro & Rooftop Bar at Esplanade Mall is a great place for a relaxing meal. They focus on Italian and South East Asian cuisines, and you may expect a combination of mouthwatering street food – from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Burma – presented in a modern way.

Most of the pastas, pizzas and main courses are priced below S$20. Come with a big group and order a variety of dishes to share.

#01-13 Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6336 0588
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 2am
Sun: 11.30am – 11pm
Nearest Station: City Hall/Esplanade

Table Manners


TABLE MANNERS


With a name as quirky as Table Manners, it is hard not to do a double-take when we passed this little gastrobar hidden in a corner of Changi City Point. The sleek layout had been thoughtfully planned, with wooden furniture and quirky quotes adorning the walls, adding a casual vibe to the chic atmosphere.

With its hearty grub fare at student-friendly prices, and its after work chill-out vibe, we are sure it won’t be long before this little gastrobar starts drawing in the after-work crowd from the Changi area.

#01-68/69 Changi City Point
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
Tel: +65 6604 7669
Daily: 11am to 12am
Nearest Station: Expo


TAMOYA UDON


This udon specialist from Japan serves cheap and delicious handmade udon. This is a place where regulars come back again and again for a quick fix.

177 River Valley Road
B1 Liang court
Daily: 11am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay

101 Thomson Road
United Square #B1-07
Daily: 11am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Novena

The Provision Shop


THE PROVISION SHOP


The Provision Shop at the charming Everton Park neighbourhood is a casual eatery which dishes out simple yet delicious meals at affordable prices.

Some dishes that are worth trying are Reuben sandwich (S$10), eggs Benedict (S$10), and the homemade pastas (S$14 – S$16). Remember to save room for desserts, too. We love the blueberry lemon cake (S$6.50)!

Block 3 Everton Park #01-79
Tel: +65 6225 9931
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 9pm
Sun: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Outram

Yayoiken Restaurant


YAYOIKEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT


This Japanese casual dining restaurant serves surprisingly decent food at affordable prices. Most of the dishes are priced below S$15, and there are several value-for-money sets at S$9.90.

Meidi-ya Supermarket
177 River Valley Road
#B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay

26 COMMENTS

You should try Sarnies cafe on Telok Ayer. They have the most amazing sandwiches (roast-chicken, steak, schnitzel) for around SGD12. The sandwiches are huge too, can definitely share between 2 people

Great recommendations!
I think new Vietnamese restaurant Wrap & Roll should also be on your list! Never had such great variety of Vietnamese cuisine in Singapore before and the Banh Xeo is just addictive!

Thanks for the recommendations! now
I’ll have more options as I dine out. Should include Blackbird Cafe at Handy Road too :)
I love their coffee and their signature Seafood Risotto! And it’s also less than $20.

just stumbled upon your list. My add: Café Iguana in Clarke Quay. Superb Mexican food and hands down the best margaritas in Singapore!

Please intro some nice restaurants on chicken dishes.. My mum doesn’t like beef and lamb.. Had a hard time searching for nice restaurant with tasty chicken dishes T_T

Try out Chuckwagon BBQ & Grill :) it’s at 7 Portsdown Road (next to Temasek Club. They have really good western food and It’s a place to relax with your friends or family.They even have Happy Hour!!

Great list, we seem to like the same places, I think Park in Holland Village should be on your list amazing food and very reasonable

Excellent list!!

Looking for good places like cafes and such I now have options. will be trying them out asap.

Saveur has a new outlet in Far East Plaza Basement.
#01-07B, Far East Plaza, 14 Scott’s Road

Perhaps you would like to update it.

PLEASE, listen to me. With reference to “GRUB”, that place is horrendous (not the ambience though). Expect to wait at least 1 hour before you get seated. The menu is limited in range of choices and sure, you might think they would focus on the few dishes they serve, you are dead wrong. The portion is atrociously small even for a thin person like myself; and you’ll be paying at least $20 for 1 meal, possibly inclusive of GST. The food quality isn’t fantastic either. Service is decent because the service staff are friendly, but they might be short on manpower during peak hours. Save your money and time by avoiding this place AT ALL COSTS.

TL;DR
Food is below average, portion is for babies (not kidding), with the price you pay, you might as well go for a decent $30 buffet. Only thing good about the place is the ambience.

Been to both La Petite, the one at Upper Thomson Road seems to do a better job with the dishes compared to the one at Bukit Timah Road when I visited so my personal suggestion is to go for the Upper Thomson Road outlet.

If you want the best food for very little money: go hawker. My favourite lunch at the market is a masala thosai, sets me back 1.80 :)

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  • you mentioned Oriole Cafe in your introduction, but it is not listed “in this list.” did it not make the cut?

    Should add in penny university!! the food there is unique and tasty with good ambience and acceptable service, definitely a must-go if wallet is feeling thin but stomach’s craving for some cafe food :)

    The service and food at La Petite Upp thomson is really bad- food came all at once, which is the most basic no-no in a french eater or at least if u r posing as one.
    Duck was too dry. Even the mushroom soup was bad, which says it all….

    Suggest that this restaurant Chef’s Hats at Hougang Green should be on your list too! provides quality food yet reasonable pricing. Simply love the salmon (sashimi grade) & aglio olio pasta. serve live oysters & mussels too!

    Highly reccomend Fat Cat at HV, excellent Thai and Indian food, great prices, service team very friendly. Good happy hour drink deals as well, tucked down the quieter end away from the crowds. Recently moved from Serrangoon to HV, Chef Nang and team continue to deliver authentic meals, emsure you ask for chef to add chili if you like more spice!

    The last time I was at Big Mama the power kept going on and off. Like every 2 minutes. I got dizzy and nauseous from the flicking of the lights which was compounded only by it getting so very hot. What a ruined experience. We were offered a free cola for our troubles. Um, thanks but no thanks. We’re going to have a meal for 4 that costs $130 and all you can offer us is a free coke?

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