Working along North Bridge Road comes with plenty of perks when it comes to lunch.
Not only are you nestled in-between hustling and bustling City Hall district – office- goers are lucky to be situated within the vibrant Bugis area – with no shortage of food options to get their nosh on.
And with, of course, comes the #FirstWorldProblem of deciding where to eat.
Fret not! Here is a life-saving list of 20 of the best places for lunch along North Bridge Road – enough to get you and your lunch buddies covered, and your taste buds satisfied!
Standing Sushi Bar
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By now, Standing Sushi Bar should be no stranger to die-hard fans of sashimi.
Serving up an extensive menu containing robatayaki, agemono, tempura, sashimi, speciality rolls, as well as the largest Japanese sake and alcohol selections in Singapore – eat your heart out with morsels of aromatic Garlic Fried Rice, soul-comforting Chawanmushi, and a large array of skewers to share.
To get the best bang for your buck, save your dollars for Salmon Madness that happens every Monday and Thursday – where you get 5 slices of salmon sashimi for just $3, sake for $2, and beer, wine, hot sake and umeshu going at $5!
Location: 331 North Bridge Road, #01-04, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
Operating Hours: Open Daily | Lunch: 12 PM – 2.30 PM | Dinner: 6 PM–10.30 PM
Weekends: 12 PM – 10.30 PM (including PH)
Contact: +65 6333 1335
It’s hard not to fall in love with Crossings Café – a social enterprise serving up delicious comfort food at great prices – all in the name of a good cause.
Not only do they provide employment opportunities to the disadvantaged, but Crossings Café also gives back their profits to various charitable and social causes! The service and food portions here are equally commendable – with a comprehensive menu doling out a wide array of Western-European plates featuring a local twist.
Tuck into some Tempura Onion Rings, Chilli Crab Pasta, BBQ ribs and the recommended Franciscan Burger – featuring a hand-moulded beef patty made with Friar John-Paul Tan OFM’s secret recipe, lettuce, sliced tomatoes and smoked cheddar cheese. Be sure to finish it off with some of their Belgium Trappist Beers – apparently well-known for being one of the best in the world!
Location: Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954
Operating Hours: 8AM – 10PM (Mon to Fri) 10AM – 10PM (Sat, Sun & PH)
Contact: +65 6338 2669
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For authentic Mexican food that you can count on – Papi’s got your back.
A 16-seater taqueria boasting some pretty darn good tacos, crunchy chips n guac and refreshing margaritas, almost everything you see on the menu is made by hand – with 5 different hot sauces to pair your food with.
You can’t go wrong with the mouth-watering Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas – juicy shrimps on a crispy corn tortilla and stuffed with capsicum, japapeńos and lime juice, or the crowd favourite Tacos De Pescado – grilled white dory paired with fresh cabbage and smoke chipotle aioli on a flour tortilla.
Vegetarians will also be stoked to know that Papi has a place for them as well – the Mushroom Quesadillas are surprisingly delightful and filling, even for those who love their meat.
Soak in all the good vibes (and all the hot sauce) with their set lunch options, where you get to enjoy their hero dishes served with Esquites – leaving you wanting to be back for more.
Location: 39 Seah Street, Singapore 188395
Operating hours: Lunch: 12PM – 2.30PM | Dinner: 5PM – 10PM (Mon to Thu)
Lunch: 12PM – 2.30PM | Dinner: 5PM – 11PM (Fri)
Lunch: 12PM – 2.30PM | Dinner: 5PM – 11PM (Sat)
Contact: +65 6258 0701
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For wholesome Japanese bowls that can turn any bad day good, head down to Tanuki Raw.
Located within the Bugis arts and museum district and sharing a space with Kapok Singapore – the space combines a lifestyle retail experience and a modern restaurant offers a good selection of Japanese rice bowls, sharing plates and appetizers with American street food influence.
If you can’t decide – go for the Chirashi NDC for your daily dose of omega-3, or the Foie Gras Truffle Yakiniku Donburi for awesome, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. In fact, Tanuki offers lunch bowls going at just $10 every Monday to Thursday! Included in the promotion is their Garlic Butter Chicken Don and Soboro Beef Bowl (minced beef) – packed to the brim with pickles, an onsen-egg, and Tanuki Raw’s signature mixed rice for extra flavour.
Calories well-spent, indeed.
Location: 111 Middle Road, #01-05, National Design Centre, Singapore 188969
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 10 am – 10 PM
Lunch: 11.30AM – 3PM
Contact: +65 9035 9398
Supreme Pork Chop Rice
Feeling cheeky today? How bout’ some crispy fried pork chops going for just under $5 – a rare find amongst the usual pricey cafés and restaurants in the area.
The place to go to is Supreme Pork Chop Rice – a no-frills, fuss-free stall located underground of an unassuming building opposite Shaw Towers.
Of course, the dish to go for is the Pork Chop Fried Rice – which comes with well-marinated pork cutlets fried upon order alongside a sunny-side-up, coleslaw and a substantial portion of fried rice.
The Chicken Chop Noodles is equally good – topped with brown gravy and cubes of grilled chicken and noodles doused in thick mushroom sauce.
This is truly a hidden gem that makes you ask yourself: “How did I not know about them earlier?”
Location: 67 Beach Road, Bulkhaul House, Singapore 189688
Operating Hours: 10 AM–8.30 PM (Mon to Sat, Closed on Sun)
Xin Yuan Ji
Famous for their signature Charcoal Fish Head Steamboat and nourishing bowl of Fish Soup Noodles is Xin Yuan Ji – where a typical day often involves the restaurant teeming with hungry lunch-goers and tourists.
A bowl of Fish Soup Noodles comes with a generous portion of sliced or fried fish, poured over with a rich and savoury soup boasting just a tang of sweetness.
The restaurant also offers a bunch of sides for those with a bigger appetite, including prawn, meat, egg, vegetable and bean curd dishes – it’s hard to leave this place still feeling hungry.
Location: 31 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-01, Singapore 188117
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 11.30 AM – 11 PM
Contact: +65 63344086
The Dim Sum Place
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Slightly further down on the other side of North Bridge Road heading towards Lavender – The Dim Sum Place has quickly become the go-to place for those craving for Yum Cha in the area.
Offering the best of Cantonese cuisine, crowd-favourites include the Beef Congee, Crispy Rice Superior Soup and Peking Duck Wraps. For dessert, try the indispensable Salted Egg Custard Bun and award-winning DSP Egg Tarts!
And did we mention? The restaurant is fully Halal-certified, which is why you will find dishes such as Chicken Siew Mai. Simply spot the bright orange exterior while walking towards Jalan Sultan, and get ready to take your taste buds on an adventure!
Location: 791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759
Operating Hours: Lunch: 11 AM – 2.30 PM | Dinner: 5.30 PM to 11 PM (Sun to Thu)
Lunch: 11 AM – 2.30 PM | Dinner: 5.30 PM – 5 AM (Fri, Sat and eve of PH)
Contact: +65 6655 8787
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Who doesn’t want to indulge in both tasty and value-for-money food?
Kin Moo fits the bill – a quaint and minimalist café bringing the best Thai-style Wanton Noodles in Singapore.
Featuring an open-kitchen concept, the owners decided to add their own unique spin to a classic Thai dish; giving it a modern touch catered to the taste buds of Singaporeans. In the menu is plenty of pork-based dishes, and the must-try has got to be the BaaMee Keow Haeng Moo Dang (Thai Wanton Mee), highly praised for its springy, al-dente egg noodles topped with wanton, pork char siew and crispy lard.
For those who are prepared to throw their diet out the door – order the Braised Pork Knuckle Rice for some tender, succulent meat to help you power through the rest of the day!
Location: 2 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01–02, Singapore 188091
Operating Hours: Open Daily, Lunch: 11.30 AM – 3 PM | Dinner: 5.30 PM – 10 PM
Contact: +65 8795 1188
Calling out to all Mala-hotpot lovers out there!
Peppercorn is a relatively new, halal-certified eatery for mala fans to have their daily fix. Tucked away within the peaceful Kandahar Street in Kampong Glam, dive into a bowl of Malatang paired with a variety of complementing dishes such as their Chicken Cutlet or Prawn Scallion Oil Noodles.
Simply choose your ingredients from a decent selection of chicken, fish, beef, vegetables and carbs, get it weighed, specify your spice level and wait – you know the drill!
Location: 30 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198890
Operating Hours: Lunch: 11.30AM – 2.30 PM | Dinner: 5.30 AM – 9.30 PM (Mon to Sat, Closed on Sun)
Contact: +65 9862 2559
New Rong Liang Ge
Who would ever guess that a Michelin-recommended dish can cost you less than 5 bucks?
Well, apparently it is possible at New Rong Liang Ge – a stall that is famous amongst the Bugis crowd for its Cantonese roast duck and double-boiled soups.
Conveniently located along Queen Street, right next to Albert Market & Food Centre – it’s not hard to find the stall with snaking queues during lunchtimes, but a plate of Char Siew Rice or “San Pin” – a combination of the 3 types of meat: Char Siew, Roast Duck and Roast Pork makes it all well worth it.
Location: 269B Queen Street, Singapore 182269
Opening Hours: Open Daily, 7 AM – 8 PM
Contact: +65 9099 9489
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If you aren’t feeling famished, just slightly peckish – hop on over to Asanoya Boulangerie to grab a light bite, and take away their signature bread and pastries to munch on after.
Originating all the way from Japan, the bakery is famous for their “Karuizawa Bread” which comes in 3 flavours: Blueberry, Green Tea and Raisin – each one bringing a different taste and texture to the table.
With the option to dine-in amidst the aromatic whiffs of fresh bread coming out of the bakery – diners can nosh on freshly made sandwiches, salads, wine, and even Japanese beer while admiring the view outside.
The gastronomic experience doesn’t end there – bring home the Curry Donut – blended with 30 different kinds of spices and filled with thick, Japanese curry before it is fried, or the Matcha Salted Egg Croissant – a popular item that is constantly raved about by customers.
Location: 15 Queen Street, #01–03, Singapore 188537
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 9 AM–9.30 PM
Contact: +65 6703 8703
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If you are a fan of Platypus Kitchen, you will absolutely love Platypus Cantina – the recently renovated restaurant boasting a new menu inspired by Mexico and Singapore.
Take a bite on some Angry Chicken Hot Wings Supreme, Truffle Mac n Cheese, “The Daily” Organic Quinoa Bowl and the Spicy Diablo Crab & Prawn – fresh egg taoliolini topped with char-grilled prawns, crab claw meat, zesty spicy egg crème and pepperoncino. The Cantina Burger is a definite game-changer – with a baby slider on top for double the delish!
Located in Bugis Junction, the restaurant accommodates to all kinds of dietary requirements: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and Lactose-Free, you name it! Promising to make their food as affordable as possible – you can be sure to treat yo’ self here, without having to go broke.
Location: 200 Victoria Street, #01-90/91, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021 (Along with the outdoor dining gallery)
Operating Hours: 11.30AM – 10.30PM (Mon to Thu) | 11.30AM–11.30PM (Fri and Sat) | 11:15AM–10.30PM (Sun)
Contact: +65 6333 4434
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Nothing beats a hearty lunch after a gruelling morning in the office.
Fat Bird is just one of those places to eat to your heart’s content – offering enormous portions at amazing deals!
On the menu: a signature chicken pot with bite-sized chicken chunks made from free-roaming kampung chicken, cooked with a secret recipe sauce to ensure a dish that is bursting with flavour.
The House Special Chicken Pot is perfect for those who can’t take too much spice, and on the other extreme end, the Numbing & Fiery Chicken Pot is just as it sounds – heavy on traditional Sichuan taste, just the way the locals like it!
We weren’t joking when we said you could eat to your heart’s content – Fat Bird has an All You Can Eat Sides Buffet on weekdays that allows you to choose your signature pot and sides, including pork balls, thick vermicelli, enoki mushroom and quail eggs!
Location: 1 Liang Seah Street, #01-15/16, Singapore 189022
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 12 PM – 1.30 AM
Contact: +65 6337 0612
Ah Loy Thai
It’s no surprise by now that we Singaporeans love our Thai food; its tantalizing and vibrant flavours never failing to whet anyone’s appetite.
Case in point: Ah Loy Thai is a restaurant that hits all the right spots when it comes to their Phad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Garlic Pork and Thai Lemon Steamed Fish – fresh Red Tilapia drenched in a tangy sauce made up of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and spring onions that leaves you wanting more with each bite.
You haven’t truly tasted Ah Loy Thai if you haven’t had their addictive Butter Calamari – matched perfectly with their house-made sauces. Whether you are dining alone or in a group, this restaurant can be considered as one of the best places for lunch if you are in for some feel-good food!
Location: 9 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-04, Singapore 188098
Operating Hours: Lunch: 12pm – 3pm | Dinner: 4.15pm – 8.30pm (Mon, Wed and Thu) | Lunch: 12PM – 3PM | Dinner: 4PM – 8.30PM (Tue) | Lunch: 12PM – 3PM | Dinner: 4:15PM – 9PM (Fri) | Lunch: 12PM – 3PM | Dinner: 4.15PM – 9PM (Fri) | Lunch: 12PM – 4.15PM | Dinner: 4.15PM – 9PM (Sat) | Lunch: 12PM – 3PM | Dinner: 4PM – 9PM (Sun)
Contact: +65 9329 7599
My Favourite Café
A popular lunch option, especially for the ladies has got to be Yong Tau Foo – which is why you can’t complete this list without mentioning My Favourite Café.
Famously known as the Lucky Plaza Yong Tau Foo– the café, unbeknownst to many, actually has a second outlet tucked away in Bugis Cube, and offers the same, delicious bowl of YTF at equally delicious prices!
When choosing 2 out of the minimum 8 pieces (including your base), make sure you pick up the Korean mushrooms and fried meatballs, the shining stars of the café! While the other ingredients are pretty standard – including your usual variety of freshly prepared tofu and various vegetables stuffed with minced meat or fish paste, it certainly tastes extra shiok with their Curry Laksa!
Location: 470 North Bridge Road, #02-10, Bugis Cube, Singapore 188735
Opening Hours: Open Daily, 9 AM – 6 PM (Mon-Sat, Closed on Sun)
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For wholesome, nutritious, earth-based cuisine that satisfies the palettes of both vegans and non-vegans – Sautè introduces a meat-free menu that has plenty of natural, refreshing options – best kept for days where you feel like cutting back on your meat intake and eating a little healthier.
The menu covers a good mix of Korean, Japanese, Western and Singaporean food, which is more than enough to keep you coming back without getting bored. The must-haves include King Oyster Mushroom Burger with Fries & Salad, Lion Mane Dry Ramen, Kimchi Baked Rice and Oyster Omelette.
Location: 470 North Bridge Road, #02-08, Bugis Cube, Singapore 188735
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 11 AM–9 PM
Contact: +65 9007 5507
QQ Noodle House
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No longer do you have to purchase a plane ticket to Sibu, Sarawak in order to enjoy a bowl of authentic Kampua noodles in Singapore!
You can find it right here at QQ Noodle House – which claims to be the only place in SG where you can get your hands on a plate of kampua noodles. Importing the noodles directly from Malaysia, and lovingly handmade by the owner’s family using the freshest eggs and flour, each and every springy bite says it all.
Recommended by the chef is QQ House Specialty – tossed in shallot oil, spring onions and a dash of soya sauce, and accompanied by fried wantons, kai lan, minced pork and char siew slices.
The best part is, you get to customize your noodles by choosing from 6 delectable flavours: want: original Kampua, black chilli, sambal chilli, tomato, black sauce and mala. The owner loves experimenting with new sauces and items on the menu, which is why you can find a list of snacks and rice dishes as well – but it’s clear that the noodles are the winner here!
Location: 231 Victoria Street, Bugis Village, Singapore 188025
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 11.30 AM – 11 PM
Contact: 6336 2698
Ah Chew Desserts
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The sweltering heat in Singapore can sometimes be unbearable – but nothing can’t be solved with some traditional desserts from Ah Chew Desserts.
Boasting a menu filled with over 50 items – the fail-proof choices are the Mango Sago with Pomelo, Glutinous Rice with Ice-Cream, Honeydew Sago, Black Sesame Paste and Hashima with Papaya Milk. Coming in hot and cold options, it seems that Ah Chew has mastered all the components of local-style afters that don’t always have to involve ice cream.
While you won’t be able to get your main course here – peckish people can find great solace in Ah Chew’s ceramic bowls, old-school Chinese art décor, and one exceptional bowl of dessert.
Location: 1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11, Liang Seah Place, Singapore 189032
Operating Hours: 12.30PM – 12AM (Mon to Thu) | 12.30PM – 1AM (Fri) | 1.30PM – 1AM (Sat) | 1.30PM – 12AM (Sun and PH)
Contact: +65 6339 8198
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Kurasu is a speciality coffee café that has partnered up with speciality roasters across Japan to connect coffee lovers in Singapore with quality Japanese brewing in the form of products, and a good cuppa joe.
Housed within a co-working space, its regular patrons don’t just include those decked in office wear, but in fact, almost anyone who appreciates a quality caffeine hit. The Dirty Matcha Latte, which features the usual Matcha Latte with a shot of espresso, is definitely a favourite amongst the regulars – but the usual Iced Black, Flat White and Latte is just as good.
Despite only offering beverages – Kurasu is definitely worth the pit-stop since no day often goes without the perfect pick-me-up.
Creatives will love the space, and if you are looking for a place to get productive, connect with others and call second home – consider getting a spot at The Company – featuring large spaces containing meeting rooms, private offices, office chairs, tables, and a lounge area where you can find Kurasu!
Location: 331 North Bridge Road, #02-01, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
Operating Hours: 9 AM–6 PM (Mon to Fri) | 12 PM – 6 PM (Sat and Sun)
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If you prefer eating at your desk, upgrade from your typical Zi Char stall and customize your stir fry with Wok Hey – a pure takeaway kiosk that allows you to choose from 4 carb options:
Shanghai-style fried rice, egg fried rice, ramen and udon (paired with the main protein), and add in your favourite ingredients such as Brussel Sprouts, Tobiko, Shimeiji Mushrooms, Chinese Sausage and a Sous Vide Egg!
The portions may seem small when stuffed into your typical American takeaway box, but the Wok Hei you get definitely hits the mark.
Part of its charm includes having a glass-viewing panel that gives you the opportunity to witness your meal being prepared – and given that it has recently renewed its halal certification, Wok Hey is sure to win more customers, that’s for sure!
Location: 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction B1, Singapore 188021
Operating Hours: Open Daily, 11 AM – 10 PM
Contact: +65 6694 0088
There you have it – 20 of the best places for lunch around North Bridge Road, and we are just getting started!