When we’re out for a day with friends, family or a significant other, the question we always ask is not “what to do?”, but “where should we eat today?”.
Because having good food is undoubtedly the favourite Singaporean activity that anchors everything else we do.
Some may even say the mission is to hunt down and try as many great food places as possible each time we make a trip out.
Hitting one gastronomical delight after the next is a sure way to satisfy our souls and make it all seem right in the world, but the only problem will be the hole that burns in our wallets.
If you’re often bursting your budget on food, split the cost with a pal next time, because anytime is a good time for a hearty meal when you can tap on more than 100 1-for-1 dining deals in Singapore! Only with OCBC Cards.
Ready to feast? We’ve compiled 10 deals for you to start with.
From idyllic Amalfi, to the bustling Singapore River, the owners of Limoncello have brought their team over from the famous Italian coastal town itself.
Bringing the flavour right from its origins, they promise an authentic spread of traditional Italian fare. Needless to say, you can expect they check all the boxes like homemade pastas, wood fired pizzas and charcoal-grilled meats.
Limoncello may not give you a view of green hills and crystal blue waters, but they offer plenty of alfresco seats, and even private dining rooms where you can raise your glass to the fancy life.
Dishes like linguine aragosta (lobster linguine) and costolette di agnello alla griglia (grilled lamb chop) can be a mouthful, but you won’t be fretting over the pronunciation once you actually dig into them.
If you think dining by the riverside along Robertson Quay is certain to rack up a big bill, you’ll be surprised that you can indulge in a 3-course set lunch for just $35++ per pax.
Address: 95 Robertson Quay, #01-19/20, River Gate Condominium, Singapore 238256
Opening hours: Mon – Tue: 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Wed – Sun: 12pm – 2:30pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm
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2. Kyoaji Dining
It’s all in the name: Kyoaji means “tastes from Kyoto”.
Among the endless plethora of restaurants around Orchard, this hidden gem is tucked away inside TripleOne Somerset where you can take a breather from the busy shopping crowd.
It’s helmed by Executive Chef John Phua who has almost 30 years of experience in authentic Japanese cuisine. Previously, he served at Fukuichi Japanese Dining, and he’s keeping some of his old fan favourites alive after its closure.
Decked out in modern furnishings, Kyoaji features a live sushi bar so you can watch Chef John and his team cook up a storm before your eyes.
While they’re known for their decadent assortment of sashimi and sushi, Kyoaji also dishes out a refreshing experience with less common items like gyuniki fagura sauce (grilled beef with goose liver sauce) and hiyashi gyomen (fish meat noodles).
Address: 111 Somerset Road, #02-05/06, TripleOne, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30pm – 3pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Sat – Sun & PH: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Get 1-for-1 Grilled Lobster With Garlic Sauce Here.
3. The Chop House
Meat lovers come to The Chop House to get their mouths watering over a great selection from steaks and burgers, to baby back ribs and pork knuckles.
With their creators hailing from the highly praised Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, The Chop House is a more laidback rendition, bringing a range of mains and sharing dishes perfect for hanging out with a group of pals.
Just like the first outlet at VivoCity, its second branch at I12 Katong is decorated with an industrial woody interior that eases you into a cosy mood.
Its hidden secret? This location houses the legendary Southbend broiler from the US; the same one used by the chefs at Wooloomooloo to make magic with their famous steaks.
When you’ve cleaned off your plateful of chunky chops, hit up the bar to wash it all down with ice cold beers, wine, or cocktails.
The Chop House
Address: 112 East Coast Road, #01-13, I12 Katong, Singapore 428802
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 12am, Sun: 10am – 12am
Get 1-For-1 Baby Back Ribs With 2 Pints Of Beer Here.
Nestled in the expansive ‘integrated community’ of Our Tampines Hub, Commons (previously Commonground) prides itself for creating memories with its customers in the neighbourhood.
Its warm lights and leafy fronds give the eatery a welcoming vibe for casual get-togethers at any time of day. Fancy a nice breakfast with your tribe of early-risers? No problem, they’re open from 8am on weekends.
Truly a place to eat in good company, their signature is the Commons meat platter hero loaded with a medley of roast chicken, beef tenderloin, lamb chop, Italian sausages, mashed potatoes, beetroot coleslaw and grilled tomatoes.
Address: 51 Tampines Ave 4, #01-103 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 11am – 10pm, Fri: 11am – 11pm, Sat: 8am – 11pm, Sun: 8am – 10pm
Get 1-for-1 Pizza And Pasta On Weekdays Here.
5. Pietro Ristorante Italiano
Pietro Ristorante Italiano takes residence along a row of old shophouses in the peaceful Seletar area.
Settle yourself in among the traditional decor, and you’ll soon be greeted with warm hospitality and a complimentary plate of herb-baked bread with garlic dip.
Aside from the familiar thin crust wood fired pizzas (try the bismark: honey baked ham, feta, mozzarella and rockets topped with a sunny side up) and pastas cooked in parchment paper, Pietro also boasts a melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with porcini kidney beans as its must-try item.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano
Address: 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 2:30pm; 6pm – 10:30pm
Get 1-for-1 Pasta, Pizza Or Mains Here.
6. Chicken Up
The comforts of Korean fried chicken never fail, and if you’re already a fan of the cuisine, then Chicken Up is likely to evoke involuntary ‘mmm’s.
Since they opened in 2010, their fried chicken wings in ganjang (soy) and yangnyum (spicy) flavours have been considered a reliable favourite among many Korean food lovers in Singapore.
When it comes to the temptation of sides like bulgolgi and kimchi fries, yangpa bomb (fried blooming onion), and toppoki (spicy rice cakes), we’re sorry to say there’s no way you can win this battle—so go on and indulge in your sins.
And if you and your friends come with a big appetite, there’s nothing more quintessentially Korean than sharing a UFO stew along with Chicken Up’s watermelon soju, served right in the watermelon husk!
Address: 277C Compassvale Link, #01-13 (Unit No.2A), Singapore 543277
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs: 11am – 11pm, Fri – Sat: 11am – 2am
Get 1-for-1 Chicken Wings Here.
7. Masons @ Gillman Barracks
Tucked away in the artsy locale of Gillman Barracks, the extra walk in (or drive) to get to Masons is totally worth it.
Housed in a fully restored black and white 1935 colonial bungalow and shrouded in lush greenery, the restaurant gives you an uncommon chance to picture yourself in a time of classic European luxury.
Between their main dining hall and the serene alfresco verandah, visitors love coming to the exclusive location to sneak away for a romantic date, or to celebrate an occasion. It’s no surprise that many choose this venue to tie the knot too.
Mason’s kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Jack Woolner, who has gone through training under Michelin-star chefs and served at acclaimed restaurants in the UK.
Among a grand spread of European cuisine peppered with local Singaporean influences, Masons highly recommends their house special pizza and duck pasta.
Masons @ Gillman Barracks
Address: 8 Lock Rd, #01-17, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108936
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 11pm
Get 1-For-1 Handmade Fresh Italian Pizza Here.
8. MeatSmith Telok Ayer
With glass windows embellished like a gentleman’s barber, a ‘rustic garage’ interior, and the tunes of classic rock and blues, MeatSmith Telok Ayer is the ultimate smokehouse diner in the CBD.
It’s the brainchild of Chef Andrew Baldus and General Manager Emmanuel Bernados, who are here to prove that a real-deal American barbecue can exist in our part of the globe too.
Chef Andrew spent most of his life working in Southern style restaurants in Nashville and Memphis, and he’s now brought over two Southern Pride smokers from the States to Meat Smith’s kitchen.
Meat is taken super seriously here, with mouth-watering homemade sausages, stuffed suckling pig, and pork ribs slowly smoked over hickory wood for up to 14 hours.
Beef lovers shouldn’t miss out on their beef brisket, perfectly charred on the outside, fatty and tender on the inside, and of course packed full of smoky flavour.
Address: 167-169 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068620
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:30am – 3pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Fri – Sun: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Get 1-For-1 Beef Brisket Here.
9. The Fine Line
The Fine Line is comfortably nestled in Holland Village, a popular chill-out spot that draws young Singaporeans and expatriates to its dining and bar scene.
Head over to unwind after a long day of work, or ring in the weekend with some well-deserved toasts to the backdrop of rustic red brick walls and live music performances.
While some bars are thought to offer food just to be paired alongside their main attraction of drinks, The Fine Line doesn’t cut the slack in the kitchen, serving a delectable spread from brunch to dinner and late night snacks.
The gastro bar’s signature dishes include their Fine Line burger, angus steak, and a perfectly balanced plate of salt and pepper squid.
The Fine Line
Address: 23 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277682
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 3pm – 1am, Fri: 1pm – 1am, Sat: 11am – 2am, Sun: 11am – 1am
Get 1-for-1 Steak Here.
10. Kanpai Izakaya
Kanpai! Also at Holland Village, this casual establishment is another laidback joint to raise your glass, and a great fit for those who have a taste for Japanese cuisine and drinks.
Lifting spirits with their all-day happy hour till 10pm (except on Fridays and public holiday eves), Kanpai Izakaya offers a range of Japanese sake, whisky and beer.
As the food here is served izakaya style, you’ll want to sample a variety of different bites.
Make your meal an entire journey, starting with classics like their recommended bara chirashi or tuna crown don.
Then dive into more adventurous terrain to try the also popular chicken heart skewers and blowfish seasoned with sweet sake!
Address: 40 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277695
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 12pm – 2pm; 5pm – 1am
Get 1-for-1 Mains Here.
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This article was written in collaboration with OCBC Bank.
Header Image Credit: Pietro, Kanpai Izakaya, Chicken Up