Singapore’s Top 20 Inexpensive Restaurants That Won’t Burn A Hole in Your Pocket

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This guide to Singapore’s Top 20 Inexpensive Restaurants was last updated on 24 Feb 2015.

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.

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 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

Habitat Cafe


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

Hoopla Cafe


The moment we stepped in to Hoopla Coffee & Kitchen, we knew we would fall in love with the cafe. It ticked all the right boxes: well-cooked comfort food at affordable prices (everything on the menu is priced below S$17); a welcoming and friendly environment where you can hang around with your friends; good coffee and homemade cakes; and for those who drive, inexpensive and convenient parking at Infinite Studios.

#01-05, Infinite Studios, 21 Media Circle
Tel: +65 6778 0051
Tue to Sun: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Station: One-North

Jai Thai Restaurant


A neighbour to First Thai – and a better one at that – Jai Thai is a perennial favourite whenever we find ourselves at Bugis. Cheap and good sounds overrated, but it describes exactly every dining experience at Jai Thai. They fry one of the better Phad Thais in town, and at S$5, you get a generous serving that comes complete with prawns.

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

K Cook


K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet has just opened at Orchard Central for a few months, but it has already earned the loyalty of many customers for a simple reason. It is one of the most affordable Korean BBQ buffet restaurants in Singapore. Granted, the quality and variety of meat are not the best, but given the prices, there is really nothing to complain about.

Lunch: S$14.90++ (Mon to Fri), S$24.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).
Dinner: S$24.90++ (Mon to Thu), S$26.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).

#07-01, Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6884 7282
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset

Little Diner Singapore


Little Diner is a New York style restaurant and bar that serves honest and hearty comfort food at super reasonable prices. Some of the dishes that we love include Truffle Fries (S$9.50), Buttermilk Fried Chicken (S$18.50), Beef Burger (S$21.50), Truffle Mac & Cheese (S$20.50) and the Nutella French Toast (S$16.50).

789 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: +65 6466 4088
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Holland Village/Botanic Gardens



While Nakhon Kitchen is more of an eatery than a restaurant, it is a popular option for many because of its affordable and authentic Thai food. Perennial favourites include Pad Thai, Beef Kway Teow, Green Curry Chicken and Stir-fried Pork with Thai Basil.

212 Hougang Street 21 #01-341
Tel: +65 6286 8785
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Kovan

Noodle Stories


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

P Bistro


Unlike most of the new cafes that are more hype than substance, P Bistro at Owen Road – just down the road from L’Etoile Cafe – is a refreshing addition to the local dining scene. The no-frills bistro dishes out delicious and well-cooked comfort food at reasonable prices. Expect dishes like Carbonara (S$15), Beef Bolognaise Spaghetti (S$16), Coq au Vin Jaune (S$22), Roast Chicken with Mushroom Sauce (S$18) and Duck Confit (S$28).

142 Owen Road
Tel: +65 6392 2333
Sun to Thu (Closed on Mon): 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park



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. Saveur is still worth a try for those who are dining out on a budget.

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

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

Sin Lee Foods


A notch above the rest – that’s how we’d describe Sin Lee foods. It is different from most of the cafes that serve your typical brunch fare like Eggs Benedict and Pancakes. The offerings here are creative, well-cooked and refreshing.

Our favourite dish was the Soft Shell Crab Bun (S$19). A well-seasoned breaded soft shell crab with kimchi aioli and house slaw sandwiched between a toasted bun – we’d come back again for this. Other dishes that are worth trying include The Breakfast Tortilla (S$19) and Aburi Broccoli Salad (S$12).

The much-lauded Fried Chicken & Waffles (S$21.90, on the other hand, did not live up to the hype. The waffle and the melted maple butter were excellent, but the fried chicken was slightly underwhelming.

4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
Tel: +65 6377 3170
Tue to Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat: 9.30am – 9pm
Sun: 9.30am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru

Spathe Public House


Housed in a historic brick and timber shophouse along Mohamed Sultan Road, Spathe Public House encourages communal dining by serving dishes with hearty portions that are perfect for sharing.

The food is relatively inexpensive – Spathe Classics include Crispy Black-inked Hake (S$18), Spathe Cheese Burger (S$14) and Homemade Salt Beef Sandwich on Ciabatta (S$22). We also highly recommend the Belgian Waffles & Fried Chicken (S$17), which is one of the best we’ve had in town.

8 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01
Tel: +65 6735 1035
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay

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

The Assembly Ground


This relatively new addition to the cafe scene is a pleasant one. Spacious, dimly-lit and sexy, very good green tea latte and more. Fronted by the guys behind label Benjamin Barker, The Assembly Ground at The Cathay is fast becoming our favourite spot to have a break when we are at the Dhoby Ghaut area.

On the food menu, they’ve got you covered with appetisers, sandwiches and burgers, salads and soup, pastas and pizzas and brunch food. Among the many, the Porcini Cream pasta (S$17.50) deserves a mention. Think a trio of mushrooms, truffle-scented egg and generous amount of shaved parmesan.

As fans of scrambled eggs, we had to try the Omega 3 Scrambled Eggs (S$14). A shame it was not as runny as we’d like it to be. Other outstanding creations to order include the Ragout of Beef with Rosti (S$22), Beef Chilli Fettucine (S$16) and The Assembly Wagyu Burger S$24).

#01-21 The Cathay
2 Handy Road
Tel: +65 67333375
Mon to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut

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


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 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


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

For more recommendations, read our guide to Singapore’s Top 10 Budget Restaurants in Orchard Road.