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Nothing spells leisurely weekend like a long lunch. I don’t know about you but weekends are treasured times around our house. Finally there’s time to put your feet up, read the papers and be leisurely. And nothing says leisurely quite like a long lunch. I’m not necessarily talking about a decadent and boozy long lunch. Just a long lunch to relax, enjoy good company, admire a view perhaps and, of course, eat good food.

Being the spoilt ang moh that I am, I’ll often eat out on the weekends, a casual brunch followed by dinner on at least one weekend day is pretty much par for the course. Lunch is different though. If you’re going out for a long lunch you have to hold back in the morning, avoid the usual eggs or croissant, and wait until a lunch menu is in front of you and you can choose aaaaanything you like.

Salted & Hung for a brilliant brunch or long lunch

Yes I know I’ve written about it before. I’m mentioning Salted & Hung here though because, to me, it’s more like a lunch than a brunch. Each visit to Salted & Hung gets better for me. The food is grown up and it’s the perfect place for a casual but classy weekend lunch. Not only that but for all the food you want and two hours of free flow you’ll only pay $88++. And the food isn’t buffet style, it’s cooked freshly and brought piping hot to your table. And I’m serious when I say the food is top notch. You can read a full review of the weekend brunch (lunch) at Salted & Hung here.
Salted and Hung
12 Purvis Street, Singapore
Open for brunch on weekends from 11.30am to 4pm (last order at 3.30pm)
Open Tuesday to Friday for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm, dinner from 5pm to late, Saturdays from 6pm to late

Luke’s at The Heeren

I’ve been to lunch at Luke’s in The Heeren twice lately. I thought it was a bit excessive but every time I bite into one of their tenderloins I remember why I keep going back. And Luke’s for lunch is pretty damn good value, especially when you consider this is the BEST STEAK IN SINGAPORE. I’ve been saying it for years and I’m willing to argue the point. At lunch the tenderloin goes for $39++, served with salad and fries. It really is outstanding value.
Luke’s at The Heeren
260 Orchard Road, #03-02 Singpaore, 238855
Enter from Robinsons at the Heeren, head up to the third floor and towards Orchard Rd and on your right hand side you’ll find some lovely wooden doors amongst the dresses
phone +65 6733 4813
Open from 12 noon to midnight
Luke’s also have a private room seating up to 10 people

FOC Sentosa

It took me a while to get down to FOC at Sentosa, but now that I have I’m a fan. The beach views and poolside vibe make the perfect setting for a long lunch. Tasty morsels of tapas ordered to share are the perfect way to enjoy a leisurely long weekend lunch. You can read my full review here.
FOC Sentosa
110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa
Open Tuesday to Friday 11.30am to 11.00pm (last kitchen order: 9.30pm, Fridays: 10.00pm)
Saturday & Sunday 11.30am to 11.00pm (last kitchen order: 10.00pm, Sundays: 9.30pm)
PH Eve 11.30am to 11.00pm (last kitchen order: 10.00pm)
PH 11.30am to 11.00pm (last kitchen order: 9.30pm)

Summerlong for river views

Eating down at Robertson Quay can be a fairly hit and miss affair. Whilst brunch options are fairly good, something a little more grown up is trickier to find. Summerlong opened back in May and whilst there were some service glitches along the way, things have improved in leaps and bounds. A recent long lunch with my Mum and Sister, visiting from Australia, firmly installed Summerlong as a great weekend option for a long lunch. We enjoyed a mix of individual dishes as well as a few shared items, and a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate having visitors in town. It was pretty much perfect. You can read a full review here.
Summerlong
The Quayside
60 Robertson Quay
Open Tuesday to Friday 5pm to midnight
Open Saturday and Sunday 11.30am to 3pm and 6pm to midnight (soon to open at 11am on weekends)

Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar

The key is in the title really. The fact that you can sit and have a rather lovely long lunch, then if you want to make a day of it, kick on at the bar afterwards. Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar hasn’t been around long but the quality of food is first rate and the space they’ve created is stunning. You can read more here.
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
17D Dempsey Road, Singapore
phone 1800 304 5588
Reservations necessary, click on their website above

Pollen for the tranquility

Pollen is a standout for many reasons. Set amongst the green and lush surrounds of the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Pollen is as unique as the garden you are sitting in. The added bonus of dining at Pollen is that you gain free entry into the gardens. It’s the perfect stroll after you’ve filled yourself up on their gorgeous food. It might not be the first thing that springs to mind but meat is a highlight here. Check out the ageing cuts in the upright fridge just off the main dining room if you don’t believe me. You can read a full review here.
Pollen
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
Main dining room open for lunch between 12pm and 3pm and for dinner between 6pm and 10pm
Closed Tuesdays
Pollen also offer the option of booking the Chef’s table
Take a taxi to the above address and you’ll be picked up by the buggy. Alternatively walk from Marina Bay Sands and enter to the right of the Flower Dome

Spago for the views

It’s not the inside setting at Spago that stands out, it’s the view as you look down to Gardens by the Bay from the back balcony. And sunset on the other side isn’t too bad either (just try to block out the swathes of people mingling in the pool!) Spago has two dining options, the casual option on the terrace, or a full on fine dining experience inside. Both are very good, depending what you’re in the mood for. You can read a full review here.
Spago by Wolfgang Puck
Sands Skypark
Tower 2, Level 57
Marina Bay Sands

Bistecca

Bistecca is not the coolest option on this list. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be considered as a long lunch destination. Especially if the weather’s cold outside, this little shophouse in Mohamed Sultan is the perfect place to escape for some great Italian food. Note that they’re in the process of moving next door so be sure to call ahead.
Bistecca
25 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore, 238969
phone +65 6735 6739
Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 2pm, dinner Monday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm
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Open Farm Community

The greenest of all the entries here, Open Farm Community consistently wins for a chilled out, green space where you have the choice of eating indoors or out. Added to that, the many community events that are on over weekends always mean there is something to look at. Food is a nice range of healthy and hearty, and wines are reasonably priced too. You can read more here.
Open Farm Community
130E Minden Road, Singapore (Dempsey)
phone +65 6471 0306 or enquiries@ofcsingapore.com.sg
Open on weekends from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
Open on weekdays from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
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SPRMRKT upstairs

Note that it’s upstairs you want to go to. Downstairs is very much not a long lunch venue. Upstairs though is tranquil, light filled and with a menu that offers diners some great individual choices, but for a group there are also superb sharing options. You can read a full review here.
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar (pronounced supermarket)
#02-01, 41 Robertson Quay (on the river side of the Singapore Tyler Print Institute)
phone +65 9736 4032
Note that the booking link below takes you to the site for the Kitchen & Bar, there are separate booking links for the McAllum Street location and the downstairs location at Robertson Quay.

Where’s your favourite place for a long lunch?

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Orchard Road can be a bit of a minefield when it comes to food and drink options. As I’m not a great expert I collaborated with some people who are to bring you a post that includes a range of food ideas in Orchard Road, some of which even I didn’t know about! 

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Shopping Fuel

Anybody who has spent time on Orchard Road will know that this vast boulevard is not short of spectacular shopping opportunities.

And in order to keep the shoppers fuelled for their retail fever, Orchard has also got a great selection of restaurants and cafes. So here’s a look at some of the most stylish and trendy restaurants that are making Orchard Road such a foodie hotspot.

Saybons French Food Factory

French food has a great international reputation, and Saybons have somehow managed to distil the essence of a three-course gourmet meal into a fun and friendly convenience food.

With a tempting selection of super cute takeaway soup packs, healthy Nicoise salads, skinny and sweet crepes, and even hearty Burgundy beef stews, Saybons has helped all of us get a good appreciation of French cuisine without having to take a flight to Paris!

Haakon Superfoods and Juice

You can’t go anywhere nowadays without being instructed on how blueberries, flax seed and spirulena are going to help us live longer and healthier lives.

And where better to put this theory to the test than by heading to Haakon Superfoods and Juice on Orchard Road. With all of the green juices and colourful smoothies that you’d expect, this fun outlet also has plenty of hipster-friendly wholesome treats including Nordic Brunost waffles, vegan salad delicacies, and Haakon’s Classic Acai bowls.

LLAOLLAO Frozen Yoghurt

Of course, we have to give ourselves the occasional treat every now and then. And those who are looking for a sweet treat should check out LLAOLLAO’s frozen yoghurts.

This stylish outlet is a great place to take refuge from Orchard’s Road’s crowds, plus the use of natural ingredients in the frozen yoghurts shouldn’t make you feel too guilty about enjoying a little treat!

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant

As Orchard Road offers a vast selection of restaurants, it can be tough to know where to choose. And a look at the list of Orchard Road restaurants that are served by Deliveroo reveals all manner of unexpected delights.

Finding an authentic German outlet in the heat of Singapore might surprise many. But thankfully the Brotzeit restaurant delivers everything from traditional Thuringer pork sausage to goulash soup, and it even a trendy superfood salad option for those feeling a little weighed down by the hearty Central European cuisine.

And with plenty of famous German draft beers like Löwenbrau and Franziskaner on offer, it shows that there’s plenty to enjoy on Orchard Road!

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With thanks to Deliveroo for selecting these great options for eating along Orchard Road.

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If you haven’t been to Quayside at Robertson Quay for a while, you’re in for a treat. After months (feels like years) of reconstruction work, the whole area has re-opened with a slick new look and great options for eating out. The Quayside area, so named for the condo at 60 Robertson Quay, offers you a whole lotta dining options in a picturesque spot by the river.

I’ve already written about Summerlong, probably my favourite of the new kids on the block. And lots of old favourites are still here too, like Decker Barbecue, Super Loco and Les Bouchons. It’s just that everything’s a whole lot prettier now, plus there are some great, new, options to try out. Note that there are still a few tweaks being made to the area, but every time I visit there’s a bit less construction and a bit more loveliness.

TEN Sushi by Marusaya

Of the places I visited recently as part of a small media group* TEN Sushi impressed me the most. The boss is Kaz (pronounced Cash) and he has a whole lotta enthusiasm for his little sushi bar. What I liked most about the menu is that the portions sizes aren’t massive so you can easily share a few things in a group of two or three.

Decker BBQ

If it’s meat you’re after, Decker is your new best friend. The outdoor seating makes Decker a great, casual option for after work dinner, or a relaxed catch up with friends. The meat platters to share are the best option, and reasonably priced too. You can read more here.

Super Loco

Super Loco wasn’t as badly affected by all the work that happened at Quayside as some of the other venues. No doubt though, with the whole area being so much more pleasant now that means Super Loco benefits as well. I really like their Mexican style brunch, lots of different options and they’re well done. Coffee is also ok, although not as good as Common Man which isn’t far away. You can read more here.

Les Bouchons Rive Gauche

The popular French bistro has been around Robertson Quay for years. Some time last year they moved to the current location, tucked into a corner next to Summerlong, closer to the city. It’s not quite as nice as the direct riverside location they used to occupy, but you can rely on consistently decent French food. Another good thing is their reasonably priced wine list, including carafes (500cl) for those not in the mood for a whole bottle. You also have a choice of two champagnes at less than $100 a bottle.

Dabbawalla

This modern Indian concept is a brand new addition to Quayside. Well kind of. It used to be called The Curry Culture and did a great curry. I haven’t eaten here as the new incarnation but they’ve added a modern twist to things and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Toilets

It might be a strange subtitle but I’m writing this for those who may be new to Singers. Unfortunately, even with the whole refurb, the toilet situation remains the same. There are only a couple of central toilets along this stretch of river, the one I know is behind Summerlong. I guess we’re largely spoilt in Singapore, but using public toilets does seem to involve an inevitable gross out factor. Just a warning but if you have a choice whether to go to the toilet before or after you’re at Quayside, I suggest you go before!

Quayside at Robertson Quay
Behind the InterContinental Hotel at 60 Robertson Quay

*I was able to briefly attend a media tasting but most of the above reviews are based on my own personal experiences.

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Lunch on National Day might just be the perfect solution to a hump day. National Day falls on a Wednesday this year, this coming Wednesday to be precise, which means we get a public holiday! Yay! Except that a public holiday on a Wednesday is not the most useful day to have off. What a Wednesday public holiday is good for is lunch!

As part of a bigger post coming soon, here are 12 great venues for you to think about for lunch on National Day. The thing about National Day is that whilst the main parade will take place in the late afternoon and evening, lunch time is still up for grabs. So grab your phone and book one of these babies.

Summerlong for National Day by the River

Summerlong at the newly opened Quayside area on Robertson Quay has just announced they’re open for National Day (they’re usually closed for lunch during the week). They’ll be open from 11am and whilst I’d recommend you reserve a table, they always keep room for walk-ins. A great place to sit by the river and enjoy their tapas and brunch options. You can read a full review here.

Spago for the views

Unbelievably you can still get a reservation for lunch (and dinner) on the Spago terrace for National Day (I’d hurry if you want to book!) Whilst you’ll be too early for much of the aerial show, the buzz will be fun and you can still celebrate having the day off.
Spago has two dining options, the casual option on the terrace, or a full on fine dining experience inside. Both are very good, depending what you’re in the mood for. Food is described as Californian which seems to include a bit of everything. Burgers, pasta, salads and seafood are all up for grabs. There are no seats available for the dining room in the evening, but there are spaces for lunch. And terrace seating is still available throughout the day. You can read a full review here.
Open for lunch and dinner reservations on National Day 
Spago by Wolfgang Puck
Sands Skypark
Tower 2, Level 57
Marina Bay Sands

Luke’s at Orchard for the steak

Kill two birds with one stone and sit down to a very civilised lunch at Luke’s after a spot of shopping on Orchard Road. Luke’s still nails it for me with their pepper crusted tenderloin, I dream of it. And whilst the location inside Robinson’s sounds a bit odd, it works surprisingly well. You’re sitting pretty whilst the mayhem is happening below on Orchard Road. You can read a full review here.
Open for lunch and dinner reservations on National Day 
Luke’s Orchard
260 Orchard Road, #03-02 Singpaore, 238855
Enter from Robinsons at the Heeren, head up to the third floor and towards Orchard Rd and on your right hand side you’ll find some lovely wooden doors amongst the dresses
phone +65 6733 4813
Open from 12 noon to midnight

Pollen at Gardens by the Bay

You’ll feel a million miles away from the mayhem at Marina Bay when you sit down to a lunch on National Day at Pollen. And since it’s a holiday, you’ll also get to take advantage of free entry to the gardens after your lunch. Steve Allen recently took over the kitchen at Pollen and you can expect a similar brand of bright, light vegetarian options as well as great cuts of meat. There’s something for everyone. You can read a full review here.
Open for lunch and dinner reservations on National Day 
Pollen
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
Main dining room open for lunch between 12pm and 3pm and for dinner between 6pm and 10pm
Closed Tuesdays
Pollen also offer the option of booking the Chef’s table
Take a taxi to the above address and you’ll be picked up by the buggy. Alternatively walk from Marina Bay Sands and enter to the right of the Flower Dome

Bistecca for a hideout

Another great option for steak, and also if the weather is a bit shit. Bistecca is a cosy Italian restaurant that consistently serves good food, with the beef cuts being a stand out. They also have a very good Sardinian red wine that’s remarkably reasonably priced. Perfect for a long lunch on National Day. You can read a full review here.
Open for lunch and dinner reservations on National Day
Bistecca
25 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore, 238969
phone +65 6735 6739
Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 2pm, dinner Monday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar

Part of the new new COMO lifestyle concept at Dempsey, the Cookhouse and Bar is a perfect setting to enjoy your relaxing day off. The food is international and the cooking is fresh and light. I loved a lunch I had there not long ago and can’t wait to get back. And after lunch you can grab a seat at the bar and while away the afternoon. You can read a full review here.
Open for late lunch and dinner reservations on National Day
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
17D Dempsey Road, Singapore
phone 1800 304 5588
Reservations necessary, click on their website above

Open Farm Community

Another Dempsey choice for lunch. This time with an outdoor option and lots of greenery both inside and out. The vibe of OFC is chilled and service has improved a lot since they opened. The pasta with mushrooms and blue cheese I had here last time was fabulous. You can read a full review here.
Open for lunch and dinner reservations on National Day
Open Farm Community
130E Minden Road, Singapore (Dempsey)
phone +65 6471 0306 or enquiries@ofcsingapore.com.sg
Open on weekends from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
Open on weekdays from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm

Botanico for the gardens

I think one of my lasting memories of Singapore will always be the Botanic Gardens. They’re something special. So accessible, with so many different spaces, and so many areas where a trainer can inflict pain! Most of all though, they’re quite beautiful. The tranquility of being seated in a gorgeous black and white building, surrounded by lush greenery, brings instant calm. The food at Botanico isn’t bad, and it’s a lovely setting for lunch on National Day. You can read my full review here including my rant about the service!
Open for reservations on National Day 
Botanico
50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore (Cluny Park Gate)
phone +65 9831 1106

SPRMRKT Kitchen and Bar

Robertson Quay can get a bit manic on any day, but lunch on National Day might just be a bit much for some. Escape the crowds and head upstairs to the SPRMRKT Kitchen and Bar. The space upstairs offers a lot more in terms of style and comfort than the downstairs cafe. The room is light and airy though so you can still feel like you’re part of the action. Food is also a notch up, with lots of good pasta, meat, fish and salad options. You can read a full review here.
Open for lunch and dinner reservations on National Day
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar (pronounced supermarket)
#02-01, 41 Robertson Quay (on the river side of the Singapore Tyler Print Institute)
phone +65 9736 4032
Note that the booking link below takes you to the site for the Kitchen & Bar, there are separate booking links for the McAllum Street location and the downstairs location at Robertson Quay.

House of AnLi

It might be in Tanglin Mall but if you happen to be there anyway on National Day then House of AnLi is a perfect lunch option. The space at this lovely cafe is bright and airy, and you’re at the back of the homewares shop of the same name. Food includes lots of healthy options but also a few more hearty dishes like their famous moussaka. Coffee is also excellent. You can read a more here.
Open for lunch reservations on National Day at 11.45am or 2pm, otherwise walk ins only

Bella Pasta and Pizza

Bella Pasta and Bella Pizza are an old faithful down at Robertson Quay. The food is consistently good Italian and their pizzas are some of the best on the island. You can read more here.
Open for lunch and dinner on National Day
Bella Pasta
30 Robertson Quay, #01-09, Singapore, 238251
phone +65 6734 0139

Fat Prince

Fat Prince doesn’t do lunch. But they do do brunch. Enjoy their normal weekend brunch menu on National Day and pick the free flow option to make it a bit special. You can read a full review here.
Open for brunch and dinner on National Day
Fat Prince
48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore
phone +65 6221 3683

FOC Sentosa

I’m kind of cheating by putting this one in because I haven’t been here. But I have been to FOC in Hong Kong Street and Orchard, and I’m booked to go to Sentosa in a couple of weeks. The reason I’m including it is because I do love FOC’s Spanish food and Sentosa is a great place for lunch on National Day.
Open for lunch and dinner reservations on National Day
FOC Sentosa
110 Tanjong Beach Walk
Sentosa

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