By the time noon rolls around, sunny day in Singapore was blazing hot especially in the afternoon. Lunch at food court would probably be a better alternative; opt out of eating a pricey but in need of air conditioned. Do you know there are some eateries (including restaurant and hotel) that offer attractive set lunch at affordable prices. I believe it could be a good idea to eat in air conditioning eateries. At least not to sweat or smell so badly after returning to office or school. Here’s the shortlisted eateries with affordable set lunch that are below S$20.

1. Aqueen Hotel Paya Lebar

aqueen paya lebar

Dreams do come true. You can have your lunch comfortably in the hotel restaurant ambience, without burning a hole in your pocket.

The Set Lunch at S$9.90++ is available daily inclusive of a main, dessert and soup of the day, ice cream and soft drink. With over 15 dishes to choose from the a la carte menu; ranging pasta, asian food and even western dishes. All Western dishes are served with 2 side dishes of the day. What’s more, you can even add S$4.80++ for a salad buffet.

Alternatively, you may also order from the ala carte menu, prices from S$10++.

aqueen paya lebar

Featuring Grilled Salmon Filet with Teriyaki Sauce. The Grilled Salmon Filet is opaque and flaky with a nice crispy layer on the outside in a sweet and salty teriyaki-style. It is served with side dishes.

aqueen paya lebar

Featuring Fettuccini with Squid Ink. Smooth and well-tossed pasta with calamari and a rich flavour benealth the deep, black colour.Those who are new to squid ink, not to worry, it wasn’t even fishy. In fact, it is lightly briny and surprisingly neutral in flavour in finished dishes like pasta.

How to go Aqueen Hotel Paya Lebar

Aqueen Hotel Paya Lebar
33 Jalan Afifi
Singapore 409180

Telephone : +65 6713 9999

Email :

Lunch from 12PM to 3.30PM (Last order 3PM)

2. Jimoto Ya

 Jimoto Ya

Shio Ebi Ramen with its Signature sweet prawn and pork bone broth with soya seasoning and marinated lava egg. . This ladies lunch set comes with 2 side dishes and a dessert at S$20 NETT on weekdays from 11.30AM to 2.30PM. Men are welcome to order this set too! I think this petite ramen portion is just right for lunch. You can even try some side dishes alongside with this set lunch.

Get a new experience to pair this meal with sake from Inter Rice Asia.

 Jimoto Ya

 Jimoto Ya

Don’t miss some of these ala carte bites; Hokkaido Corn Croquette & Grilled Mushroom

The Hokkaido Corn Croquette is packed with a generous amount of corn kernels and mashed potato. It is light in its crisp shell and the good thing is it is not oily!

Savoury Grilled Mushrooms with a smoky richness that you hope for a second serving.

How to go Jimoto Ya

Address: 3 Pickering Street, Nanking Row, 01-44/01-45 (opp Hong Lim Complex), Singapore 048660

Contact: +65 6223 3397

Operating Hours:

Monday to Saturday: 11.30AM – 2PM, 6PM – 10PM

Sunday: CLOSED

3. Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken

Now, you get to enjoy more Malaysian cuisines exclusively from Lou Yau Bedok Mall. In the new menu “Taste of Malaysia”, you get to enjoy dishes from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Ampang and Ipoh.

Ipoh Lou Yau

Foodies who are into herbal based broth bak kut teh will be delighted with Malaysian style Claypot Bak Kut Teh. The broth is light with hint of herbal herbs, slices of deep fried bean curd skin and assorted vegetables like lettuce, enoki and button mushrooms.

Claypot Bak Kut Teh at S$8.50.

Ipoh Lou Yau

Lor Bak is one of the Penang well known hawker delights that is commonly found in Penang street stalls or night markets as finger food. Now you can have it at Bedok Mall too!

Lor Bak is similar to our Singapore Ngoh Hiang. Lor bak is full of chunky meat with more texture whereas Singapore version wu xiang is made from minced meat. It is well-marinated, and would be better if it is less oily.

Penang Lor Bak at S$4.50.

How to go Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken

Address: 311 New Upper Changi Rd, B2-28

Contact: +65 6844 9979

Operating Hours:

Daily: 11AM – 10PM

4. Wan He Lou

The newly-launched 5 course lunch set at S12.80 that is only available from Monday to Friday. And for the main course, you can choose from Black Truffle Pork Chop, Whole Abalone Seafood Pasta and Langoustine Bee Hoon. It’s a steal, to get whole abalone seafood pasta together with other 4 dishes at S$12.80.

Wan He Lou

Besides the value set lunch, these are some ala carte dishes which are worthy to try.

Wan He Lou

Porridge is no longer plain and comes with huge and sweet lobster and prawns. The broth was flavourful and appetizing, in fact, I had 2 servings of this. Teochiew porridge lovers will be delighted as it is cooked towards Teochew style with the rice grains still in tact.

Signature Lobster Porridge from S$31.90.


Fine streaks of fat that make each piece tender, sweet, with a good taste that is rich and succulent. While the rich and savoury sauce counterbalances the taste of the pork. I’ll definitely get a bowl of rice for this dish.

Pan-fried Kurobuta Pork from S$14.90.


Nothing beats getting a cold dessert after the meal. This coconut dessert is served cold, comes with a thick layer of pudding and a scoop of ice cream, leaving the coconut flesh intact. What I like about this dessert is the coconut pudding; so creamy rich and delicious. Warning! It’s hard to share among friends or family.

Coconut pudding with ice cream at S$9.90.

How to go Wan He Lou

Address: 65 Maude Rd, Singapore 208347

Contact: +65 6294 8057

Operating Hours:

Daily: 11AM – 2.30PM; 5PM – 10.30PM

5. 8Korean BBQ

For S$10.90, you get to customise your bowl of bibimbap. And the taste of Bibimbap varies from the ingredients and sauces put on the bowl. Start off with one carbohydrate (white rice, purple rice, quinoa +S$3), one protein (spicy chicken, stir-fried pork, beef bulgogi) and also three complements. Lastly, pick a sauce (original-spicy or soy) to enhance your bibimbap. The presentation of the bibimbap has awaken all the senses even before I start to feast. Do note that Design Your Own Bibimbap is only available at 8Korean BBQ The Central at Clarke Quay.

8 Korean BBQ

Besides the value set lunch, I would also recommend these ala carte dishes; Mangalitsa pork bellies in 8 Signature flavours and Bibimbap Bingsu. I admit that the prices are steep, but the quality of food is there.

8 Korean BBQ

Probably the only Korean restaurant in Singapore where you can order Mangalitsa pork bellies in 8 Signature flavours eg. Wine, Original, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso, Red Pepper Paste, Kalbi. Start from the lightest flavour, Wine to the strongest flavour, Red Pepper Paste, being the last. Have you spotted your favourite among the flavour feast?

8 Colours Set (inclusive of seafood stew) at S$98.

8 Korean BBQ

Hot weather calls for a… Bingsu! This was just the perfect dessert to cool off. Cooling house-made milk ice and 8 refreshing ingredients like assorted fruit, marshmallows and crunch. Don’t forget to drizzle Hershey’s hot fudge for a delicious ending. In case you are wondering, this is not a bibimbap.

Bibimbap Bingsu at S$28

How to go 8 Korean BBQ

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-79//90 The Central, 059817

Contact: +65 8692 1188

Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday: 1.30AM – 2:30PM; 5.30PM – 10.30PM

Saturday & Sunday: 11.30AM – 10.30PM

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