It takes a great deal of effort to plan a memorable date when there are so many variables to consider – affordability, food, ambience, service and time.
Time and affordability would most likely stand out when weighing all the factors mentioned earlier.
You would hope that the date turns out amazing. Otherwise, you would have waste your precious time and wishing that you could spend it during something more meaningful and fulfilling.
Affordability does not mean austerity. You will not want to look too shabby by going to a cheap place and turn your date off.
At the same time, it will be advisable not to set the hurdle too high by starting off the relationship with an expensive date. Hence, it is important to strike a balance when it comes to cost.
In order to ease up your planning, we came up with a list of 10 cheap restaurants (S$30/pax and below) situated at accessible locations that we think can help you to optimise the time spent with your date.
Read on to find out more.
#1: Platypus Cantina
If you are looking for quality in terms of food, ambience and taste, Platypus Cantina has it all.
In a niche of its own, the decor is carefully set up to transport you to a different landscape to give you wonderful dining experience.
They serve a variety of authentic Mexican dishes such as their signature Tacos (Soft Wheat Tacos and Masa Corn Tacos), Quesadillas (their Josefina’s Enchiladas de Pollo, in particular, is worth a try), and Burrito Bowls.
Platypus Cantina is located just above Bugis MRT. You will just need to head up to the ground floor once you exit from the MRT station.
Bus stops are situated near Bugis Junction as well so you will not need to be afraid of getting lost.
200 Victoria St, #01-90/91 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Monday to Thursday – 11:30am to 10:30pm
Friday to Saturday – 11:30am to 11:30pm
Sunday – 11:15am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6333 4434
#2: Moa Tiki
Moa Tiki offers a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere for an unforgettable time with you and your date.
With affordable lunch specials, you will not have to worry about burning a hole in your wallet. Moa Lunch Specials comes in 2 sets which costs S$11.99 and S$15.99 respectively, with starters + mains + desserts + beverages.
Moa Tiki is also known for its wide selection of craft beer and wine from New Zealand. It serves a few ranges of beer: MOA Classic Range, MOA Estate Range, MOA Reserve Range, and MOA Seasonal Range. Of course, there is always another time for that.
Moa Tiki Restaurant is just 3 mins walk away from Expo MRT station. Changi City Point itself is located near to a number of office buildings.
If you’re working at Changi Business Park, there is a weekday lunch hour shuttle bus service operating from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, with a frequency of 15 minutes.
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-70/71 Changi City Point, 486038
Monday to Saturday – 11:30 am to 12 am
Sunday – 5pm to 12am
Tel: 6636 3353
According to Google, people typically spend 15 minutes to 1.5 hours here.
#3: Hans Im Glück
With its unique forestry outlook, it is little wonder that Hans Im Glück has gained popularity with over 4 outlets in Singapore. It offers an enchanting space and has a variety of interesting burgers and drinks that will put you in the good books of your date.
With just an additional S$5 on top of the burger of your choice, you will be able to enjoy the restaurant’s set that comes with a side order of your choice, a cold and hot drink.
Alternatively, you can order the same meal with an alcoholic beverage of your choice with an additional S$9 to your entire meal.
9 Raffles Place. #01-01 Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619
VivoCity #01-57, Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Although there are 4 branches across Singapore, we have decided to insert branches that are easily accessible.
The Republic Plaza is located within the Central Business District (CBD). From Raffles Place MRT, it is a 2 minutes walking distance, with exit D being the nearest.
The VivoCity branch is located within the shopping mall itself. What’s more, it is situated just above Harbourfront MRT station.
Saturday to Wednesday – 11 am to 12 am
Thursday to Friday – 11 am to 1 am
Tel: 9750 1488
According to Google, people typically spend an hour to two across all branches.
Known for its sumptuous fusion menu, Redpan is one of the many cheap restaurants that offer a cosy and a less crowded environment.
With such great food, affordability and service, you and your date are bound to have a wonderful time.
The menu has a number of eclectic fusion dishes that will tickle your taste buds.
Some notable mentions would be the Prawn & ‘Hae Bi Hiam’ Pasta (S$19), ‘Bak Chor’ Foie Gras Pasta (S$19) as well as Steak & ‘Chinchalok’ (S$25).
You can upgrade to a lunch set by adding just S$3 to your mains to enjoy a starter and a drink.
Redpan is located within Marina Square and walking distance no more than 5 minutes from Esplanade MRT.
If you’re taking a bus, you can alight at the bus stop outside Suntec Convention Centre and cross the overhead bridge.
6 Raffles Blvd, 02-03/04 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Daily – 12pm to 10pm (Closes at 11pm on Friday)
Tel: 6255 5850
According to Google, people typically spend 15 minutes to 1.5 hr here.
#5: Two Hana
Located in the heartlands, Two Hana offers an array of Korean-Western fusion dishes that will make you drool. It is a nice, cosy and well-designed cafe that will give a wonderful date experience.
There is a value-for-money weekday set meal (S$15) consisting of the main course, a side dish, and a drink.
Some recommended dishes to try would be the Striploin Bap (S$13), the Braised Gochujang Lamb Shank (S$24), and the Korean Cauliflower Fritters (S$9).
Food is prepared fast here so you will have more time to interact with your date.
Two Hana is located within Tampines Central, with the MRT station and Bus Interchange situated nearby.
According to Google, people typically spend 5-45 minutes here.
2 Tampines Central 5, #01-21, Century Square, Singapore 529509
Monday to Thursday – 10 am to 10 pm
Friday – 10am to 10:30pm
Saturday – 9am to 10:30pm
Sunday – 9am to 10pm
Tel: 6260 4321
Saveur offers a casual environment for a wonderful date. You will be able to enjoy restaurant-quality French cuisine at an affordable price.
Popular selections from the menu would be the Saveur Pasta (S$9) and the Signature Duck Confit (S$19)
Saveur offers a 3-course lunch set at S$24 with starters, mains and desserts. You will be able to add on drinks from flavoured sodas (S$3) to house pour wine (S$9).
Saveur Restaurant is located just 4 minutes away from Bugis MRT.
There are familiar landmarks nearby such as National Library Building (located just opposite the stretch of road where the restaurant is) and Bras Basah Complex that can help you find your way easily.
If you’re taking the bus, there is also a bus stop opposite Bras Basah Complex.
5 Purvis St, #01-04, Singapore 188584
Daily – 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6333 3121
According to Google, people typically spend 1-2 hours here.
#7: 49 Seats
49 Seats offer great food at an affordable price, served by friendly staff. Its interior design boasts a fascinating industrial-chic decor.
The environment makes it ideal for a casual yet romantic date.
You will not want to miss out their most popular fusion dish, Tom Yum Seafood Pasta (S$14.90) that is guaranteed to savour your taste buds.
There is also a weekday Lunch Happy Hour, similarly priced, which you can order any one of the main courses topped with a drink and a bowl of soup.
The good news is that there is no GST or service charge.
49 Seats is located within The Centrepoint. If you’re taking the MRT, it is just 4-minutes walk away.
The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road #01-49, 238843
Monday to Thursday – 11:30 am to 2:30 am
Friday to Saturday – 11:30 am to 5 am
Sunday – 11:30am to 11pm
Tel: 6225 4332
According to Google, people typically spend 1-2 hours here.
#8: The Botanic Restaurant
If you and your date have a liking for Vegetarian and Vegan food, The Botanic could just be the right choice for you. Its casual environment adds up to a relaxing and a less tense first date.
For lunch, The Botanic offers a S$24 set lunch special topped with a main, side and a drink. If you’re willing to spend more, you can include a fantastic lunch dessert for an additional S$8.
The Botanic Restaurant is easily accessible as it is located within Raffles City Shopping Centre. City Hall MRT station is right beside the mall.
According to Google, people typically spend 10 minutes here.
252 North Bridge Rd, #01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 179103
Sunday to Wednesday – 11:30 am to 11 pm
Thursday to Saturday – 11:30 am to 11:30 pm
Tel: 9827 0131
This popular UK Pizza chain serves authentic Italian Pizza.
It offers a cosy and comfortable environment for you and your date to take your mind off work.
Their thin and crispy Romana Pizzas are served with a generous portion that will decently feed the both of you.
If you are not up for pizza, you can also try their other popular choices such as Linguine Granchio Con Panna (S$25) and Lobster and Crabmeat Ravioli (S$28).
Most of their mains are priced below S$30, reasonably priced for its portion.
PizzaExpress is located within Scotts Square, just 2 minutes away from Orchard MRT, with exit A being the nearest.
6 Scotts Rd, Scotts Square, #B1-08/09, Singapore 228209
Daily – 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6538 0083
According to Google, people typically spend 10 minutes to an hour here.
#10: Zaffron Kitchen Westgate
If you have a taste for Indian Cuisine, then you may not want to miss Zaffron Kitchen. It is opened by the owners of Prata Wala and has gained popularity amongst expats and locals alike.
Food selections from the menu are priced moderately. Butter Chicken (S$17.50) will definitely be worth the try.
It is basically Chicken Tikka marinated in a delightful yoghurt and spice mixture and simmered in a rich tomato, cashew nuts, butter flavoured gravy accented with dry fenugreek.
More crowd is expected on a Thursday at the Westgate branch but you would not have to worry about spending time to wait and frustrating your date.
Zaffron Kitchen is conveniently located within Jurong East Central. Westgate is a 2 minutes walking distance away from Jurong East MRT. The Bus Interchange is easily accessible as well.
3 Gateway Dr, Westgate, #01-20, Singapore 608532
Weekdays: 11am-3pm; 5pm-10pm (Closes at 10:30pm on Friday)
Tel: 6465 9880
According to Google, people typically spend 5-30 mins at the Westgate branch.
#11: Wildfire Burgers
Being the winner of the Asia Burger Challenge in 2015, Wildfire Burgers offer a wide range of delicious burgers such as the Truffle Mushroom Burger, Shabu Burger, and SRF Wagyu Burger which are reasonably priced.
If you and your date have a sweet tooth, their Burnt Cheesecake is worth a taste. It holds the perfect balance of cheese, flavour, and texture, making every bite a piece of luxury to savour.
Wildfire Burgers is located at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Campus, just a 2 mins walk from Bencoolen MRT.
80 Bencoolen St #01-15, NAFA Campus 1 Wing A, Singapore, 189655
Weekdays: 11:30am-3pm; 5:30pm-9pm
At the end of the day, it is about making a connection. You won’t expect a relationship to progress without taking the first step.
If you are keen on making this first step, Fabrique Love is always ready to lend a helping hand.
We hope this list of 11 cheap restaurants will help you in planning a memorable date. Have we missed any restaurants that are worth the mention? Do feel free to leave us a feedback.