25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices
Updated on 5 August 2014
Dining in cafes and restaurants can get annoying sometimes when it comes to settling the bill and you realise that the total amount on the receipt does not reflect the prices you had seen on the menu earlier. It also gets frustrating when splitting the bill and the best in Math at the table always gets arrowed to calculate an extra 17% for every person in the group. And so sometimes having a meal at a place that offers NETT PRICES is extremely helpful, convenient and straightforward.
This is a list of 25 places (fast food places & hawker centres not included) in Singapore which will come in handy when you want to avoid those complications. These places have either already included the GST in their prices or simply absorbed it themselves, some may require you to order your food at the counter before it is served to you while for others, service begins the moment you walk through their doors. Either way, prices at these eateries are ‘what you see is what you pay’.
P.S. But do endorse good service with a tip or two especially when they make the extra effort for you!
In alphabetical order:
Anthesis Boulangerie, Bistro & Café
86 Robertson Quay #01-01
Serving up a wide variety of international breads baked in-house every morning by Chief Baker Gan Eng Ling, daily brunch specials of eggs and toasts till late afternoon and a drinks menu comprising of artisan teas imported from Art of Tea in Los Angeles as well as a fair range of craft beers, Anthesis- both a bakery and cafe, provides the idyllic experience of dining along the river. They do not close in the afternoons so all-day-dining means you can drop by anytime and still order from a full menu. Food served here too is unbelievably photogenic and lighting is great, so get snapping away.
26 Evans Lodge
Sandwiched exactly between The Wine Company and Mr Prata, this self-proclaimed ‘third wave coffee movement’ cafe along Evans road, uses beans from local roasters such as Liberty Coffee and Geisha Speciality to feed the growing demand of coffee connoisseurs in our community. Offerings on the weekday menu is modest while the weekend brunch menu is a tad more substantial. Nevertheless, we adore their Salted Caramel Waffles (available everyday)- beautifully fluffy and crisp on the outside with a subtle hint of orange zest yet not cloyingly sweet and their amazing service which makes you feel at home.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Visitor Centre)
Casa Verde, which means ” Green House” in English, is nestled in the midst of all the lush greenery, serenaded by the rustling of tree leaves with the endless rhythm of the mini-waterfalls nearby. Located right at the Botanic Gardens Visitor’s Centre, driving in or cabbing is the recommended mode of transport. Food wise, the menu changes throughout the day- breakfast (local/western) from 7.30am to 11am, all-day dining till 6pm and more fancy Italian items for dinner. The pizzas are a must try!
Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road
Tucked away at the beginning of Duxton road, Department of Caffeine is an edgy coffee joint with an industrial-chic groove and a cosy homely vibe. Claiming to ‘take their food and drink seriously’, the people at DOC pull out all stops with their weekend brunch menu offering a good range of items while the weekday menu boasts of well thought-out comfort fare. For caffeine addicts, the barristers here pull a full-bodied perk-me-up with specialty coffee beans from Australian roaster Five Senses.
See also my list of 5 Best Waffles in Singapore.
94 Tanjong Pagar Road
Drury Lane (possibly named after the iconic street in London or possibly having no affiliation at all) along Tanjong Pagar Road, is situated in a two-story fire-engine red shophouse that is almost hard to miss. Serving up all day breakfast with additional dishes on the weekends, the café also offers a variety of homemade pastries which changes daily. Decor is woody and minimalist with bar seats available on the first floor while the stairs lead up to a bigger space. Drury Lane also serves a seasonal blend of coffee with beans from Toby’ Estate and has a ‘pay as you wish’ concept for their muffins.
See also my list of 10 Brunch Places in Singapore.
78 Moh Guan Terrace #01-25
A crowd-favourite in the Tiong Bahru enclave, Flock Cafe continues to draw crowds even after being around for more than a year now (proving that it is now the quality and not novelty that is pulling in the people) with almost every table filled on a weekday afternoon. This family-run cafe serves up All-Day-Breakfast items from $7.50, Sandwiches from $11.90 and Pastas for $14.50. For beverages, coffee is from Liberty while tea is Gryphon. Recommended items on the menu include the Scrambled Eggs & Croissant w/ Smoked Salmon, Banana French Toast & Crispy Bacon and Pulled Pork Gruyere Sandwich.
Food For Thought
1 Cluny Road #B1-00/8 Queen Street
The mission of Food For Thought Cafe has always been to serve food for a good cause. Among all three outlets, we like their most spacious one at Singapore Botanic Gardens best. Coupled with the huge running space and playground for the kids just outside the cafe, this FFT branch is the perfect spot for families, couples and large group gatherings. The variety of food served here is wide too- from All-Day-Breakfast staring at 8am, All-Day-Brunch from 11am, Lunch Specials, and even a dedicated Kids menu.
Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe
212 Hougang Street 21 #01-333
Opened by an ex teacher turned chef who trained at Bo Innovation, Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe located a few doors away from Nakhon Kitchen, serves up artisanal desserts, quirky cakes and super cute macarons in a whimsical Alice-In-Wonderland setting (remember The Mad Hatter?). We think their Whoa’ffles with homemade Pandan Ice-Cream and dressed in Gula Melaka is a genius combination, an absolute steal for $8.90 and well worth your trip all the way to Kovan for. And because the young pastry chef is always constantly experimenting, the offerings on display also changes regularly.
Jewel Café + Bar
129 Rangoon Road
Riding on the success of its flagship artisanal coffee house in Shenton Way- Jewel Coffee, owner Adrian Khong’s second outlet- Jewel Cafe + Bar in the heart of Little India, along Rangoon Road boasts of a full-fledged menu featuring all day comfort foods of unique appetizers, tantalizing pastas, scrumptious burgers and original cocktail concoctions from the bar. For the coffee connoisseurs, do not leave without trying Jewel’s espresso-based coffee specialties that are lovingly pulled with their Italian state-of-the-art La Marzocco Strada machine from single origin imported coffee beans. It will be a caffeine-rush you do not want to miss!
5 Simon Rd
Lola’s Cafe located in the North-East part of Singapore has been earning rave reviews for their good food and affordable prices. The cafe gets full even on weekdays and definitely more so on the weekdays. Not surprising, seeing that nothing on the Brunch Menu (10am-3pm) is more than $15 while items on the Dinner Menu (6pm onwards) does not exceed $16. This cosy space at Kovan is opened by a pair of twenty-something year olds who met during their university days, whose concept was to allow friends to gather and enjoy delicious food made from the heart.
Loysel’s Toy • The Coffee Crafters
66 Kampong Bugis #01-01
Easily one of the bigger cafes in Singapore because of its large alfresco area, Loysel’s Toy along the Kallang Riverside Park, is by the same people behind Papa Palheta and CSHH Coffee bar. The cafe has a peaceful, laid-back and airy feel to it, offering brunch options, sandwiches, pasta and baked goods. I personally think their pastries and cakes are one of their highlights though their coffee indisputably remains the main attraction. This place also probably kick-started the hipster coffee cafe trend.
Mean Bean & Wicked Grind
7500A Beach Road, The Plaza, #01-337
Selling primarily coffee and dessert, this quirky and vintage-themed cafe features a selection of cakes and pastries from various bakeries, making it your one-stop shop for all things sweet. Seeking to bring variety and diversity to the table, the assortment of desserts changes every week as young owner- 23 year old Kimberley rotates her suppliers. To keep things exciting and interesting, she shares that even she does not know what to expect till Monday morning. So keep close tabs on the cafe’s social media platforms to know what is on sale for the week.
Nam Nam Noodle Bar
Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-46 / 501 Orchard Road #B2-02, Wheelock Place
Nam Nam Noodle Bar by the Les Amis Group is a casual Vietnamese bistro with a simple concept- authentic Viet food, fuss-free service and an affordable price tag. Both outlets are crazy packed during lunch, with everyone jumping onto the bandwagon for a good bargain of a $9.90 nett set lunch or hearty servings of Banh Mi for only $5.90. With 11 different types of bowls of Vietnamese noodles from as cheap as $7.90 and 6 savoury Banh Mi choices, ranging from pork to tofu and chicken, we really do not see the crowds subsiding any time soon.
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
56 Tanglin Road #01-03 Tanglin Post Office
Artisan bakery by day and bistro + bar by night, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar is your answer for a chilled Saturday or Sunday out with the family or friends. With the bakery section helmed by Head Baker Audrey Tan of Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, you know that you are definitely in for a treat where the breads and baked goods are concerned, while the full array of alcoholic beverages of Grimbergen draught beers, Perrier-Jouët champagnes and bespoke cocktails promises you a great time once sun sets. Parking here is free though spaces are limited.
6 Greenwood Avenue/7 Binjai Park/56 Zion Road/95 Frankel Avenue
The casual dining sister arm of the Les Amis Group, Peperoni Pizzeria is notorious for their family sized XXL pizzas that is simply a party on a wooden board. It’s a family affair here at Peperoni Pizzeria as these ginormous pizzas are definitely for sharing and is indeed double the fun when everyone is fighting for one more slice of cheesy dough. Peperoni Pizzeria has recently introduced delivery service so you can now order those huge authentic Italian wood-fired oven thin-crusted pizzas for your parties or enjoy them at the comfort of your own home!
110 Killiney Road/6 Eu Tong Sen St The Central #B1-52-53
A grocer, cafe and bookstore, Real Food provides an all rounded wholesome healthy lifestyle experience when you dine here. The menus have clear labels indicating what is gluten-free, soy, wheat-free etc, perfect for individuals with special diets and allergies. Prices are reasonable when you take into account that only organic and fresh ingredients are used and everything such as the sauces and dressings are made from scratch. A great find in town when you are in need of a detox.
17 Hong Kong Street
The people behind The Plain and The Bravery’s third venture is in a dim-lit space along Hong Kong Street that bears no proper signboard or even a physical menu. The servers all memorise the items for the day (mostly sandwiches with various fillings, eggs and french toast) and recite it to you when you are seated. No worries if you have a poor memory, they are extremely patient too. The office crowd around the Clarke Quay adore this place and lunch time packs in quite a crowd. Many others simply drop by for a takeaway of their Genovese blends.
36 North Canal Road
Diner by day and cocktail bar- Bitters and Love by night, this unique 30 seater space with clean finishes serves up fuss-free affordable fare to the office crowd. The concept here is simple. Orders and payments are made directly at the cashier before the food is served to your table and you can leave once you are done. Great for executives who have limited lunch time. Serving up mainly fusion cuisine with both East and West influences, the menu here changes every 3 weeks or so, just to mix things up for the customers.
SPRMRKT- Food. Retail. Art.
2 McCallum Street
SPRMRKT which is actually SUPERMARKET spelt without the vowels, is a space that combines shopping, eating and even art appreciation all in one single visit. The brainchild of owners Joseph Yeo and Sue-Shan, SPRMRKT strives to provide you with a unique casual gourmet dining experience when you come here. The ingredients are fresh and dishes are made from scratch. And with a daily changing menu, you will definitely not get bored each time you visit. So check out their website to find out what’s on for that day before you visit! Service is top-notch too.
44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-52
From the same people behind home-grown ice-cream brand Creamier at Lor 1 Toa Payoh, comes a new soft-serve dessert concept located in the heart of Chip Bee Gardens. And almost an entirely different concept it is indeed as compared to their predecessor, as Sunday Folks serves mainly just 6 flavours of soft serve ice-cream (Summer Strawberries, Roasted Pistachio, Earl Grey Lavender, Madagascar Vanilla, Seasalt Gula Melaka and Dark Chocolate) which are each freshly churned and dispensed via copper taps, and a range of cakes which changes routinely. Rest assured however, their famous crisp eggy waffles are still on the menu.
Assumption Pathway School, 30 Cashew Road
Opened in April 2011, The Assumption Restaurant for Training, also known as The ART, is essentially a training restaurant which provides a realistic working environment for Assumption Pathway School students to train and put into practise, their skills and knowledge in Hospitality. Serving mainly Western cuisine, its attractive $12 nett set lunch for 3 courses (coffee/tea included) draws many regulars everyday to this restaurant on a hilltop along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Portions are huge and items on the menu changes every 2 weeks. The ART is opened to the public for lunch from Mondays to Fridays (12-2pm), not including public and school holidays.
69 Tiong Bahru Road
The Dispensary, located along Tiong Bahru road catches the eye with its bold Chinese characters, monochrome colors and oriental touches in architecture which the owners have insisted on preserving, to retain its authenticity. Reviving an abandoned Chinese medical hall and turning it into a Western cafe/bakery, the owners of The Dispensary have effortlessly blended the new and the old with their quirky venture. All cakes and cupcakes are baked in-house with prices starting at $3 for the latter and $6 for a slice of cake. Savoury offerings are limited with Bagels and Sandwiches.
The Living Cafe by Balanced Living
779 Bukit Timah Rd
Refresh, Revive & Rejuvenate at The Living Cafe- your one-stop shop for all things raw, healthy and organic. The food on the menu is mostly raw but tastes so good, you would hardly realise it. Cooked items such as Chicken, Grilled Fish and Brown Rice Bowls are also available for those transitioning to a raw diet or for boyfriends who were simply dragged there by their girlfriends. We love their Weekend Brunch Menu too, which features delicious items such as Raw Bircher Museli with Coconut Milk and the Sixth Ave Rosti with Smoked Salmon. Yummy and healthy, it is every foodie’s dream.
The Sushi Bar @ Far East Plaza 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #03-89
With effect from 1 July 2014, The Sushi Bar now charges GST and service charge.
No longer a hidden gem at the corner of level 3 at Far East Plaza, it is hard to miss The Sushi Bar with its snaking long queues. Granted that they have since expanded to the next unit since the crowds became too big, at least a 45 min wait is still mandatory. What makes this small sushi joint so popular with the people? Fresh sashmi, affordable lunch sets and their drool-worthy Salmon Aburi Rolls that everyone cannot seem to get enough of! Read more…
See also my list of 10 Most Memorable Meals of 2013.
Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-07/#B1-11 Raffles City/L1-16B TANGS Orchard
Touted as one of the best bakeries in Singapore when it first opened back in 2012, the man behind this very successful artisan bakery is none other than one of Paris’s most celebrated bakers- Gontran Cherrier. Collaborating with Spa Esprit Group, Tiong Bahru Bakery has since opened two more outlets in town- Raffles City and more recently TANGS Orchard. Their signature croissants that are baked on site using traditional French techniques remains a front runner for the flakiest and fluffiest croissants found on our island. Coffee is also a highlight here, especially when it is by Harry Grover of 40 Hands and Common Man Coffee Roasters.
28 Lorong Ampas
Part warehouse, part bicycle shop and part cafe, Wheeler’s Yard in the industrial part of Balestier, is definitely in a league of its own when it comes to quirky. Spacious and cheery, it is a nice place to while the afternoon away by yourself or with friends. You might even find a bicycle you like and end up cycling home! Food wise, the menu is simple and fuss-free with basic brunch food, burgers and fries. Come here just because of the space and what it holds and you will have a good time. Oh yes, taking a photo in front of their iconic large blue door at the front of the entrance is mandatory.
Do feel free to comment below with more places that offer nett prices in Singapore!
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