When it comes to lunch options, the Central Business District boasts a dizzying, seemingly endless array of possibilities. But sometimes, all you want is somewhere hassle-free with a relaxing atmosphere to take your mind off upcoming deadlines (and the ongoing pandemic), and with satisfying grub to keep you going through the day.
Other times, you’re in a rush to suggest a reliable establishment in hopes of making an outstanding first impression on new clients or lock down a business deal. This is where our list of dependable business lunch spots in the CBD comes in — perfect for whether you’re looking to wine and dine a new client, or wow your colleagues with excellent food recommendations.
Read on for our picks of where to go for the best business lunch sets in the CBD.
An earlier version of this story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.
Perched on the top floor of Marina Bay Financial Tower 1, microbrewery and restaurant Level33 boasts sweeping views of the city skyline. It has rolled out a refreshed weekday lunch menu (S$42++) that includes an entrée buffet of cold cuts, fresh seafood, salads and cheeses, as well as a choice of main course — which ranges from fish and chips to duck leg confit and poached halibut. If you’re seeking a heartier option, we recommend the Classic Brewery Burger, which comprises a juicy wagyu patty layered with cheddar cheese and caramelised onions, and sandwiched between crisp brioche buns infused with beer. There are fries on the side, too. For a more indulgent meal to celebrate scoring that massive business deal, add on some a la carte dishes such as the Ah Hua Kelong seafood bouillabaisse — an addictive broth brimming with sweet prawns, clams, mussels and salmon chunks — or the grilled “ugly” French beans, which are seared on binchotan coals and dusted with a chilli-cumin spice mix that rings of piquant mala flavours. Wash these down with Level33’s delicious craft beers, which are all brewed in-house.
This sleek venue at OUE Bayfront may be more known for its binchōtan-grilled fare and rooftop spritz bar, but it also serves up an excellent weekday lunch set. Available in two and three courses (S$68++ and S$78++), the menu features appetisers ranging from Waldorf salad to sea urchin bruschetta, mains such as grilled octopus and salmon, and desserts like Shizuoka musk melon and Vue’s rendition of the trendy Basque burnt cheesecake.
The Spot, an all-day dining and multi-concept space at Marina One, will have you spoilt for choice with its extensive lunch menu which boasts six to seven different options for each section. Presented in two, three or four courses (S$33++, S$39++, S$49++), the repertoire spans appetisers of baby squid and beef tartare, mains of decadent Boston lobster capellini and succulent duck breast glazed with sweet chrysanthemum honey, and desserts such as Valrhona chocolate tart and salted plum panna cotta.
Head to Stellar at 1-Altitude for lunch if you’re looking to impress clients and colleagues alike. Situated on the 62nd level of One Raffles Place, it goes without saying that the view here is unparalleled. The lunch menu here is priced at S$48++ for three courses and S$58++ for four courses. The menu changes monthly to feature only the best of seasonal ingredients, which is just another reason to keep on coming back. Its November repertoire showcases the likes of sea bass with bok choy, spelt risotto, and beef tenderloin.
Chef Giovanni Mannino helms Gattopardo, a sustainable seafood restaurant specialising in Sicilian-style dishes. Housed in a historic shophouse, the spacious interior melds elegance and rustic charm. The three-course set lunch here is available from Tuesdays to Fridays and is priced at S$48++ per person. Pick from appetisers such as wagyu beef carpaccio and cured ocean trout salad, before tucking into hearty mains like grilled bluefin tuna and carnaroli risotto with artichoke. Round off the meal with a dessert of Sicilian lemon tart.
Artemis boasts some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in town and its bright, airy space overlooking the waterfront provides a well-earned respite for any office worker. The executive set lunch here is priced at S$47 for two courses and S$55 for three. Starters include duck consommé and fig and freekeh (a type of wheat) salad, while wholesome mains such as roasted salmon with saffron couscous and chicken breast with roasted Jerusalem artichoke purée are perfect for those looking to eat clean. It’s worth noting that there’s at least one vegetarian dish for each section, meaning that you don’t have to worry about accommodating those with a range of dietary restrictions.