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Escape the lunch rush and head to these restaurants for a satisfying meal instead

After months of working from home due to the pandemic, we are finally beginning to head back to the office. This, of course, means having to beat the lunch crowd once again. Fortunately, when it comes to lunch options, the CBD boasts some of the best dining spots in town. So, if you are looking for a bite to eat, here is a list of restaurants to choose from.   

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1. Stellar at 1-Altitude

For modern Australian fare, head to Stellar and revel in its four-course lunch menu. Look forward to an array of dishes featuring the best seasonal ingredients. Highlights include chestnut mousse with jamon, winter berries gel and pickled gooseberries; hearty bulgur wheat risotto with Canadian scallops; and wonderfully pan-seared salmon with artichoke barigoule. Book here.
Tatler Tip: As its lunch menu changes monthly, head back next month and expect a newly curated menu.

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2. Zafferano

Escape the lunch crowd with an indulgent meal at Zafferano. Its three-course set features a selection of starters, pastas and mains. Dig into the likes of oxtail ragout with house-made pappardelle and black winter truffle; tender Iberico pork loin with pumpkin, broccoletti and pepper jus; and roasted cauliflower with parmesan foam and hazelnuts. Finish the meal with a rich Valhrona chocolate mousse that is sure to satisfy any sugar cravings. Book here.
Tatler Tip: A la carte dishes are also available and feature dishes such as roasted Italian seabass, Wagyu beef tenderloin tartare, and tagliatelle with truffle butter sauce and black winter truffle. 

3. Vue

If you are looking to impress your clients and colleagues, head to Vue and opt for its three-course executive set lunch. Look forward to exquisite dishes featuring the season’s finest produce. Standouts include crab toast featuring Norwegian red King crab; wonderfully grilled New Zealand Ora King salmon; and Comté and Emmental raviolini. Top up and dig into the signature 24 hour Wagyu brisket, for an additional cost, a luxurious slab of A5 Kumamoto Wagyu accompanied with sauteed kale, potatoes and peppercorn sauce. Book here.
Tatler Tip: Can’t decide what to get? Leave things in the hands of executive chef Sam Chin and his team instead, and opt for its five-course omakase menu. 

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Raffles Place
$ $ $ $

4. Artemis Grill

Dine at Artemis and savour comforting Mediterranean cuisine while overlooking the Marina Bay skyline. Indulge in mouth-watering creations including Hokkaido scallop crudo (raw Hokkaido scallops) finished with curry oil and Avruga caviar; succulent Iberico pork chop accompanied with rutabaga purée and pickled mustard; and juicy Moroccan lamb chops with cauliflower couscous and pomegranate relish. Save room for dessert, in particular, the rich hazelnut rice pudding studded with coconut toffee sauce, coconut sorbet and bitter chocolate tuile. Book here.
Tatler Tip: Not a fan of meat? Opt for its vegan menu and savour palatable dishes such as grilled heirloom zucchini, quinoa falafel and crispy fried artichokes.

Artemis Grill

Marina District
$ $ $ $

5. Garibaldi

For a taste of traditional Italian cuisine at lunch, head to Garibaldi, located in Purvis Street. While the lunch set changes weekly, diners can anticipate delectably cooked dishes such as Italian Buffalo mozzarella with San Marzano tomatoes and basil; pan-fried stone bass with tiger prawns and crab meat sauce; and grilled chicken breast with corn puree and broccolini. Book here.
Tatler Tip: Gourmands can also look forward to its seasonal specials’ menu, curated daily by executive chef Roberto Galetti. This menu is available for lunch and dinner.

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