With these weekday lunch promotions from your credit card, eating healthy no longer means eating bland or doubling your budget.
Eating clean is easy — and more affordable — when you are eating at home, but we are all too familiar with how inevitably excuses pop up to derail our good intentions. Well, fret not. Especially for those of you who simply can’t afford the time to make your own lunch on weekdays, we’ve rounded up a list of restaurants where you could eat out and eat well — without busting your meal budget.
51 Tampines Ave 4, #01-103 Our Tampines Hub (Tel: 6386 6917)
Common Ground whips up a well-curated offering of fresh gourmet nosh at wallet-friendly prices. With a comprehensive menu comprising salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and entrees, they’ve got your power lunch covered. Zero in on the their signature Kraftwiches (from S$12) filled with wholesome ingredient options like smoked Salmon, honey dijon pulled beef, spicy chicken avocado, and mushrooms in multigrain and maize bread.
Save: With a minimum spend of S$50, OCBC credit card members receive 10% off a la carte items. Terms and conditions apply. Remember that with the OCBC 365 Card, you get 3% rebate on weekday dining, so be sure to use take this one to lunch with you!
Esplanade Mall, #01-13D, 8 Raffles Avenue (Tel: 6327 9301)
So, you know A Poke Theory, right? Well, Alter Ego is by the same people who has been feeding us those yummy and yogi-approved poke super bowls. Although they’re sort of known as “the evil opposite of its healthier sister brand”, we assure you health freaks that you will find something that is not sinful.
In fact, one side of the menu is specially dedicated to “Eat Clean” and “Drink Clean”, featuring The Original Poke Shaker (S$16), shoyu salmon, lime avocado and pineapple topped with the signature roasted cashews, ikura and pickled seasonal vegetables. We also recommend the Vegan Green Goddess (S$13), an avocado poke on nutty brown rice, served with fresh ingredients, premium toppings of kimchi and Peruvian pomegranate.
Wash it all down with the Southern Sunrise with white hibiscus, lemongrass, grapefruit or Pumping Pomegranate with apple, rosehip, pomegranate petals.
Save: Enjoy 10% off total bill with a minimum spend of S$80 when you pay with your UOB card. Terms and conditions apply.
Gallery & Co Cafe and Store at National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew's Rd, National Gallery Singapore (Tel: 6385 6683)
Set in the historically significant building of the National Gallery Singapore, the café features a clean, light-filled space that also serves multi-cultural local fare with a contemporary twist. They made our list because, yes, they do serve the healthy stuff, too. Think Marinated Beetroot Quinoa Salad and spiced roast chicken leg if you’re off carbs — and it’s served with eggplant salad for a protein packed lunch.
Save: Bring your best lunch mate and get 50% off for the second diner when you pay with your American Express credit card. And if you dine often, you should consider the American Express Platinum Card and save up to 50% when you dine at hotels and trendy restaurants in Singapore.
41, Rochester Drive (Tel: 6659 0879)
DW Workshop is a hidden gem tucked inside a heritage house encompassing a café, brunch place, healthy dining restaurant and design workshop studio all under one roof. They serve up a great variety of Instagram-worthy Healthy Lunch Bowls (S$19 each) with options such as Salmon in a Bag, Savoury Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potato Frittata.
How it works: Choose one main, three sides, one grain (brown rice, red quinoa and basmati rice) and a topping to complete the bowl.
Pair your meal with a cold-pressed juice. Pick your favourite from the powerful Mighty Spinach with Cucumber, Red Apple and Lemon or the “Green Greens” with kale, celery and English parsley with red apple.
Save: UOB is offering one-for-one coffee and tea from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on weekdays. Terms and conditions apply.
9 Jalan Kubor, #01-01 (Tel: 6291 9901)
Symmetry, as the name suggests, is a serene spot within Jalan Kubor to calibrate your energy with equilibrium and harmony. Striking the perfect balance of modern food preparation techniques and the freshest produce, the Symmetry family is well known to provide food and beverages that are made with love as well as quality service for anyone that comes by.
Try their exclusive Monday Menu — specially designed to counter those Monday blues. For the other days, the Baby Carrot Salad, House-Cured Norwegian Salmon and Asparagus & Crab Salad will keep your healthy-eating goals on track.
Save: American Express cardholders enjoy 50% off the total bill with two diners. Terms and conditions apply.
The Soup Spoon
The Soup Spoon needs no introduction. You can always count on them for a vibrantly appetising but light meal. In fact, their “Souperchef” Anna’s message to you is to “Be Fit & Fab” this year as they offer an enhanced, enlivened version of their original #SouperDiet whether your goal is weight loss or to build a stronger body.
Our top pick? The Beauty Collagen Stew — the perfect soul food made from homemade collagen stock, yamaimo (mountain yam) and sea cucumber. Yum.
Save: Get your second soup set free when you use your Mastercard via Android Pay. Terms and conditions apply.
8 Marina View, #01-05, Asia Square Tower 1 (Tel: 6636 1200)
This modern Australasian outfit in the heart of Singapore's CBD offers power lunches using only the finest and freshest home-made ingredients. If it sounds good, wait till you’ve tasted their fare.
The Exchange’s mission is simple: Delicious, fresh and satisfying dishes. The signature Exchange Bowl comes with the goodness of quinoa, black bean, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg, edamame beans and beetroot with the option to add smoked salmon, grilled herb chicken or avocado. If you're up for a main course, try the duo of chicken which consists of roasted chicken breast, confit chicken leg with seasonal vegetables to up your protein game. Can’t wait for our next lunch break.
Save: Use your UOB card to enjoy 10% off your total bill at The Exchange. Terms and conditions apply.
Don't own a credit card yet? Use SingSaver.com.sg to find a dining credit card that will help you save more on weekday lunches and restaurant meals.
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By Alexa Fang
Alexa is a pop-culture vulture. She lives to read, write and travel, and decided long ago that life is stranger than fiction. When she's having croissant, she thinks in French. "31 Rue Cambon" is her favourite address, and she believes that money one enjoyed spending is never money wasted.
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