My favourite spots for lunch at Raffles Place during the week

I am very lucky to work in the heart of Raffles Place. Singapore is a stunning city and from my office I enjoy world class views every day of the week. The toughest part about my job is deciding where to go for lunch. Because there are so many different types of workers in the central business district, there are endless varieties of eateries to satisfy lunchtime hunger pangs. From the very high-end and ultra expensive riverside restaurants to the cheap and cheerful foodcourts.

Lunch is my main meal of the day, and it is something I look forward to more than breakfast or dinner. I aim to spend under $15 and the food has to be fresh and delicious. After a year of working in Raffles Place, there are a few firm favourite places for lunch at Raffles Place that I would like to share with you.

Hup Lee Eatery

Located at the back of The Arcade, Hup Lee Eatery dishes up the best fish soup in the city. Whilst the place looks a bit rustic, the soup is tasty and the portion size is generous, however make sure you turn up early as by 12:00 there are already huge queues forming. The original soup chef serves guests dining in (usually the longer queue) whereas the newer soup chef cooks for those buying to take away.

If you are not familiar with how to order fish soup, be aware of the basic choices 1) fried or sliced fish or both 2) bee hoon noodles or side of brown or white rice, and 3) with or without condensed milk added. The fish soup costs around $6 and is a low calorie lunch option.

lunch at Raffles Place

Fried fish soup with condensed milk at Hup Lee

Instructions on how to order Fish Soup

Hup Lee Eatery
11 Collyer Quay, #01-35 The Arcade
Singapore 049317

Aussie Roll

As an Australian in Singapore, I was ecstatic to discover this place thanks to a good friend. Australian’s have a special way of preparing and eating sushi. It involves creating a long and fat sushi roll filled with raw or cooked ingredients and then eating it with your hands like a sausage roll. It is the perfect no-mess lunch when eating on the go!

Aussie Roll proves yet again that Australians are so innovative, they can always improve upon the original. Whilst not very authentic, my favourite sushi here is the fish cats, the raw salmon and avocado, and the tempura prawn. For individuals less comfortable eating with their hands, the service staff can cut your sushi rolls into smaller portions.

lunch at Raffles Place

Why does it take an Aussie to figure out how to eat sushi properly?

Aussie Roll
30 Raffles Place #B1-04A
Chevron House, Singapore

Yong Tau Foo at NTUC Foodfare

This is one of the (potentially) healthiest and tastiest options for lunch at Raffles Place. At the NTUC Foodfare in the Clifford Centre basement, you can choose from over 20 different ingredients for your soup at the Yong Tau Foo self-service counter. Choices include vegetables stuffed with fish paste, dried seaweed, enoki mushrooms, broccoli, Thai basil, bok choi, roasted eggplant, soft tofu and tofu wrappers filled with fish paste, sausage, boiled eggs and fried wontons. Select as many ingredients as you want, then choose a soup base (broth, tom yum or laksa) and noodles (egg, rice or bee hoon) and the chefs will prepare your meal.

I say this is potentially the healthiest lunch because if you avoid the fried stuff, there are plenty of fresh vegetables to choose from. I always go for the Chinese greens and tofu in plain broth. The price starts from $4.50 depending on how many ingredients you choose. This stall has the longest queue in the foodcourt so be prepared to wait.

lunch at Raffles Place

The Yong Tau Food service counter

Yong Tau Foo at NTUC Foodfare
24 Raffles Place, #B1-01/10,
Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621

Korean Cuisine at the Food Place

Food Place is a foodcourt located on level 5 of 1 Raffles Places. Whilst it is not spectacular in itself, there is a Korean Cuisine stall (no name) that dishes up the most amazing kimchi soup I have ever tasted. The soup is zesty and spicy as it is flavoured with that famous Korean picked cabbage called kimchi. It comes with Maggi-style wheat noodles, prawn dumplings and a raw egg, although I usually ask for the soup with no egg. It costs around $6 and they are generous with the number of dumplings they serve in the soup.

The Korean stall offers a menu of over 15 different dishes, all of which are made to order and all for under $10. However I always come back and order the same dish for lunch at Raffles Place.

lunch at Raffles Place

I love the Korean kimchi soup with dumplings

Korean Cuisine at the Food Place
1 Raffles Place, 05-07
Singapore 048616

Joe and the Juice

This is a contemporary cafe chain that originally started in the US but has since spread to Europe and Asia. Joe and the Juice in Raffles Place is the only cafe I will order a sandwich from because I can trust the quality of the ingredients and the taste is always consistent. They use thin, brown bread that is toasted. There are only offer four sandwiches on their menu and I always order the avocado, mozzarella and tomato sandwich. The sandwiches are served in sandwich paper with no bag, which is better for the environment. They cost around $9, which is more expensive than the local food options.

Joe and the Juice also make delicious smoothies, juices and milkshakes (including the incredible coffee milkshake that I love). They have coffee too, which is not too bad.

lunch at Raffles Place

The sandwiches use paper-thin bread

Joe and the Juice
30 Raffles Place, #01-35A/35
Singapore 048622

Healthy Soba Noodle

This is my go to place when I’m meeting a friend for lunch at Raffles Place. It is located in 1 Raffles Place and it is not too difficult to get a seat if you arrive before 12:30. They offer healthy food and great value for money for a dine in restaurant.

As the name suggests, this place specialises in Japanese soba noodle dishes. There are about 10 different types of soba noodle soups you can choose from (hot and cold) including teriyaki chicken, grilled salmon, wild mushroom and kitsune. There are also some local-inspired soups on the menu too including herbal chicken broth and Malaysian laksa. All dishes are made to order and for $15 you can order your soba as part of a set that comes with green tea and a small dessert.

lunch at Raffles Place

Soba noodle lunch set at Health Soba Noodle

Healthy Soba Noodle
1 Raffles Place #04-47
Singapore 048616

Haakon Superfoods and Juice

This is a new and much needed addition to the salad shops in the area, especially since the Salad Shop in UOB downgraded their offering. Haakon offers a wide range of unique and healthy ingredients that you can choose from to make a custom salad. These include zoodles (zucchini strips), salmon sashimi, edamame, umami tofu, avocado, onsen egg, grilled steak, beetroot humus and charred broccoli as well as many superfoods. A custom salad costs about $15 for a medium size.

If you don’t want the hassle of choosing your lunch ingredients, there are also lots of recommended dishes on the menu such as lite green curry chicken, the protein platter, avocado vegan bowl and Haakon bibimbap. Haakon is also fast building a reputation for having the best acai bowls in the city.

Incredible fresh salads at Haakon

Haakon Superfoods and Juice
1 Raffles Place
Singapore 048616

WHEAT

Another one of my favourites, I love WHEAT because it is affordable, healthy and really delicious. When I first moved to Singapore, this is the only place I went to for lunch at Raffles Place for the first month! WHEAT specialise in cold salads made with a green soba noodle base. The chain originally started as a German shop selling baumkuchen (a type of German cake) with soba added to the menu as a way to diversify. Now they specialise in soba!

My go-to dish here is the $8 soba noodles with salmon sashimi, which comes with a zesty salad dressing and lettuce. However their squid ink soba with mahi mahi fish and pineapple is also delicious. You can pay extra for more protein in your salad however the portion size is already very generous.

lunch at Raffles place

WHEAT was my first food addiction in Singapore

WHEAT
One Raffles Place #B1-32
Singapore 048616

And so there you have it, my top spots for lunch at Raffles Place. Where are your favourite places to eat lunch at Raffles Place?

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