Realistically, it’s tough to find a place that marries affordable pricing with top notch, quality food in Singapore. This comes as little surprise with our island nation becoming an increasingly expensive place to cure our hunger pangs. But we’ve managed to sieve out 5 places that strike a balance between price and affordability, to ensure that you end the year with pleasant “food-infused” memories – without breaking the bank!
$49+ per pax might not sound like the most budget-oriented outing, until you scrutinise what’s in the 7-course menu! If you have no travel plans, Snack Culture will be the place to be as it intends to bring these memories right on your plate, with dishes inspired by popular Christmas dishes around the world. Omakase degustation dinner will be served for 7 nights this Christmas season, with a mix and match of cultures over the course of the dinner. You’ll start off with Filipino and Nonya-inspired food, followed by quirky selections influenced by Europe. You’ll never know what’s on your plate until you’re there – as its munched into bite-sized bits based on the chef’s creations!
Take a walk down memory lane at the National Museum of Singapore, and make a pitstop at Food For Thought. Those who had patronised the restaurant on regular days might be familiar with their “Full Works” (an all–day breakfast concoction with eggs, garlic mushrooms, sausages etc..) and the ever-present banana walnut pancakes, but the chefs have whipped up something special and affordable for Christmas too. $75 for 3 to 4 pax sounds like an absolute steal, if you consider a full platter of slow roasted soy beef brisket with crunchy brussel sprouts and yam crisps. There are also options for add ons with Molten Spiced Chocolate Cake ($10) and Papadum ($5), but we prefer to keep it simple and reasonable!
Yes, a picture this appealing can also fall under our bang for buck category, at $59.90 nett for 2. This Christmas High Tea Set is by far one of the prettiest we’ve come across this Christmas, with a total of 8 “elements” whipped up by the artisans to get you in the mood! The set consists of Mille Feuille, Strawberry Shortcakes, Salted Caramel Macarons, a “Dragon” Sandwich, Croissants, Smoked Salmon Profiterole, Green Tea Financier, as well as Scallop and Prawn Canape. It’s a neat blend of 4 sweet and 4 savoury treats to satisfy the entire spectrum of your taste buds. We want in!
Ditch the usual Western-inspired Christmas dinners for a cozy all-you-can-eat buffet right smack in the heart of Toa Payoh. Although these privileges are not available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, it’s well worth the visit over the course of this festive period. At $45++ for the 1st diner and 50% off for the 2nd diner, you can indulge in sashimi, tempura, udon and all kinds of Japanese delicacies along with free flow of ice cream and drinks. And more importantly, the price point is pitched much lower than other restaurants located in town. Celebrating the festive cheer within the heartlands can be equally appealing, too!
Located alongside North Bridge Road lies a humble restaurant serving sharing platters over the festive period. Hyde & Co.’s set for 2 starts from $68 for 2, and you and your other half will start off with a bowl of pumpkin soup, before digging into a Turkey Roulade platter. You can opt for a Roast Crackling Chicken, Baby Back Ribs or Roast Beef to go along with the turkey. End off the meal with a Homemade Christmas Sundae to cap off a meaningful, low-key night without breaking the bank!