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21 Feb 2022

Raffles Place Guide: 10 Chill Eateries and Upscale Restaurants to Dine at

Raffles Place Guide: 10 Chill Eateries and Upscale Restaurants to Dine at

Think of Raffles Place and you’ll think of skyscrapers and people slowly returning to work physically at the offices. The CBD area is coming back alive and so are the F&B restaurants in the vicinity. 

So if you want an affordable dining option to stay healthy or a fancy restaurant for business meetings to impress your clients, here are some places I’ve rounded up at Raffles Place for you to dine at.

1. Zafferano

    Source: Zafferano   

    When I took the lift to the 43rd floor to visit Zafferano for the first time, I was awed by the magnificent view of the Singapore skyline. The staff were warm and friendly, and there was a vibe of relaxed efficiency as the dishes came out of the kitchen, plated as beautifully as they tasted. 

    Zafferano is upscale yet inviting, making it perfect for business meetings or that special occasion you want to celebrate. Conveniently located just a few minutes walk away from Raffles Place MRT station, Zafferano sets itself apart with their handcrafted pasta and hot off the pan main courses. 

    Their Executive Set Lunch is a fantastic option. Choose between pumpkin soup or heirloom tomatoes for starters and spaghetti and Mediterranean seabass for mains. Top up $10 to end off your meal with a tangy wild berries parfait, ice cream or sorbet. 

    10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315

    Opening Hours:
    Monday - Sunday: 12-3pm, 6-11pm 

    Get 10% off your next visit to Zafferano with ChopeDeals here.


     2. Si Chuan Dou Hua (UOB Plaza)

    Source: Si Chuan Dou Hua

    Perched on the 60th storey of the UOB Plaza, Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Singapore. You can enjoy the beautiful cityscape while tucking into a wide array of exquisite dishes such as roast suckling pig, nutritious double boiled soups, and Braised Pork Belly in Homemade Brown Sauce.

    From now until 28 Feb, you can enjoy their Reunion Imperial High Tea Set. Indulge in a stunning box of handcrafted dim sum and dessert items. The drinks pairing include Chinese tea and a unique gin-based Tropic Growl cocktail.

    80 Raffles Place, #60-01, UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624

    Opening Hours: 
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am-10:30pm

    Get 10% off your next visit to Si Chuan Dou Hua with ChopeDeals here.


     3. Taki Izakaya Bar

    Source: Taki Izakaya Bar

    Walk for a few minutes from Raffles Place MRT’s Exit A into
    Taki Izakaya Bar and you will be transported from Singapore to Japan temporarily.

    At the 120-seater restaurant, you will be welcomed with the magical torri gates, drawing inspiration from the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine of Japan. 

    Order the Nigiri set, a premium set that comes with Chawanmushi, Miso soup, Salad and Pickles!Alcohol enthusiasts will be delighted at the amount of choices availabler; the menu boasts over 100 different types of liquor, with more than 10 types of sake and almost 20 types of whiskey.

    16 Collyer Quay, #01-05A/B, Income @ Raffles, Singapore 049318

    Opening Hours: 
    Monday - Friday: 12-2pm, 5-10:30pm 

    Get 20% off your next visit to Taki Izakaya Bar with ChopeDeals here.


     4. Sarnies Cafe 

    Source: Sarnies Cafe

    Sarnies Cafe is a
    relaxed and casual cafe by day that transforms into a groovy restaurant by night. They offer freshly prepared gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade bakery treats. It’s a lovely spot to chill at and catch up with friends over a pleasant brunch, especially on a lazy weekend afternoon. Their service is fast, friendly and attentive.

    Choose to pimp your own breakfast from an expansive list of options: house-cured bacon, pork and fennel sausage, country sourdough. Pair that with a freshly roasted coffee in-house or tea and you’re good to go! 

    136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601

    Opening Hours:
    Monday - Friday: 7:30am-10:30pm

    Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am-4pm

    Get 10% off your next visit to Sarnies Cafe with ChopeDeals here.


    5. Xperience Restaurant

    Source: Xperience Restaurant

    Located at the lobby of Sofitel So Singapore, Xperience Restaurant is unique and modern open-kitchen restaurant. 

    Their specials include Mother of all Brunches, a feast feat for royalty. Think of the ultimate indulgence made for sharing: an overflowing tower brunch of papadom nachos, half roasted chicken with homemade barbecue sauce and tender Australian striploin. You’ll also get a chocolate waterfall flowing over an array of sweets of homemade waffles, mini churros and chopped nuts.

    On Sundays, 12-2pm, bring a friend along to try Singapore’s first alcoholic pancake stack, infused with coffee liqueur dalgona cream. You’ll also share a brunch board and six mini Nespresso martinis.

    35 Robinson Road, Level 1, Singapore 068876

    Opening Hours: 
    Monday - Friday: 7:30am-8pm

    Get 20% off your next visit to Xperience Restaurant with ChopeDeals here. 


    6. Cali (Ascott Raffles Place)

    Source: Cali 

    Situated at the heart of Singapore, Cali Restaurant at Ascott Raffles Place serves up Southwestern cuisine. Directly located near the MRT, you can easily access it. 

    If you’re looking for a classy place to have a meal with a client or to celebrate an important occasion with loved ones, you’ll enjoy their exquisitely plated food and calming ambience. 

    Be sure to try out their signature braised beef cheeks or regional favourites like fajitas and quesadillas. Vegetarian options are also available. Finish your meal on a decadent note with their famous molten lava torte, served with summer berries compote and vanilla ice cream.

    2 Finlayson Green, Ascott Raffles Place, Singapore 049247

    Opening Hours: 
    Monday - Friday: 7am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm

    Saturday - Sunday: 7-10:30am

    Get up to 30% off your next visit to Cali, Ascott Raffles Place with ChopeDeals here.


     7. USHIO 

    Source: USHIO

    Part of the TungLok Group, USHIO is a
    Japanese Sumiyaki and Sake Bar restaurant located on Level 8 of the iconic OUE Tower. Based on my personal experience, the best seats are the outdoor counter seats looking out onto the Bay. So do reserve them in advance!

    You can indulge in Japanese-style charcoal grilled delicacies and an extensive range of artisanal sakes while basking in an unblocked view of the Marina Waterfront.

    60 Collyer Quay, Level 8, OUE Tower, Singapore 049322

    Opening Hours: 
    Monday - Friday: 5-10:30pm

    Get 10% off your next visit to USHIO with ChopeDeals here.


     8. Dumpling Darlings

    Source: Dumpling Darlings

    Ever since Dumpling Darlings opened, they have consistently gotten rave reviews because of their amazing service and fabulous food.

    What I like most about their concept is that their dumplings cater to different dietary preferences. Vegetarians can go for the Impossible plant-based Momo Curry, or Veggie Mandu, a spicy Korean inspired dumpling with garlic aioli, spinach, tofu and shitake. Meat lovers can choose from Smoked Duck, Prawn & Crab and Spicy Sichuan.  

    The most unique flavour must be the Dessert Dumpling, which is filled with amaretto, cream cheese, vanilla beans, poached pears and served with Tasmanian ice cream.


    • 44 Amoy Street, Singapore 069870
    • 86 Circular Road, Singapore 049438

    Opening Hours: 


    • Tuesday - Sunday: 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm 

    Circular Road

    • Monday - Saturday: 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm 

    Satisfy your dumpling cravings at Dumpling Darlings!


     9. WHEAT Baumkuchen

    Source: WHEAT Baumkuchen

    At WHEAT Baumkuchen, you can choose from a variety of rice bowls, soba noodles, quinoa bowls, salad bowls or simply build your own bowl.

    Their Salmon Poke Soba is one of the most popular healthy options. With salmon sashimi cubes, corn, edamame, tomatoes, cucumbers, and sous vide egg arranged on top of a bed of soba, it’s a visually pleasing treat that’s bound to please. 

    When you opt for pick up, you can use promo code PICKMEUP to get $2 off all items, excluding drinks. 

    1 Raffles Place, #B1-32, Singapore 048616 

    Opening Hours: 
    Monday - Tuesday: 10:45am-9pm

    Wednesday - Sunday: 10:45am-8:30pm

    Visit WHEAT Baumkuchen here for more details!


     10. The Daily Cut 

    Source: The Daily Cut

    The Daily Cut has a straightforward mission: to make healthy food uncomplicated, so you can focus on living well. 

    Immensely popular among the busy office folks who want a balanced and healthy diet, do expect to join a snaking queue during the lunch rush hour. There are great options available for vegans and vegetarians too.

    Featuring fresh meat, wholesome veggies, nutritious grains, The Daily Cut offer a seasonal menu to change things up. Choose from three sizes: the Petitie, Regular or Large. All salads come with two bases, protein, supplements, one topping and one dressing. Unique options include tahini miso tempeh and maple-roasted yams. 

    • 1 Raffles Place #B1-31 One Raffles Place Singapore, Singapore 048616
    • 7 Wallich Street, #B2-16 Guoco Tower, Singapore 78884
    Opening Hours: 
    Monday - Friday: 11am-9pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11am-4pm 

    Build your own healthy bowl at The Daily Cut!

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