Ah, the biggest dilemma in a typical work day – where to go for lunch? If you’re lucky enough to be working in the Tanjong Pagar area, there are plenty of food options available. But where are the best spots for delicious food? We asked our colleagues from Workspace at Keppel Towers for their favourite, lesser-known lunch spots. Here’s what they told us. Enjoy!

1)      Xiang Xiang Nasi Lemak

Who can say no to a plate of fragrant coconut rice topped with an unctuous runny yolk and a juicy fried chicken wing? Certainly not the hundreds who stop by this local favourite for their lunch. This popular store typically runs out of food by 12 noon, so be sure to get there early!

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(Photo source: Kyann Lim & Julia Khoo)

Xiang Xiang may be a favourite among the office crowd but it’s easy to miss as it is nestled on the second floor of the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre. Once you go in, though, it will be impossible not to notice the long queue! A typical meal with some sides will set you back about $4. 

Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre
#02-08
Singapore 081006

2) Issan Thai Food

If you’re in the mood for something a little spicier, check out this popular Thai stall. It serves a fiery tom yum soup that will leave you flushed and ready to zip back into your air-conditioned office. Like Xiang Xiang, Issan is a known favourite among the Tanjong Pagar lunch crowd – but you would never know it because it does no advertising at all. 

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(Photo source: Kyann Lim & Julia Khoo)

Frankly, it doesn’t need to – patrons can sometimes wait up to 30 minutes to get a taste of their home-style dishes, which include its top-sellers: pad thai, green curry and basil chicken. Sweet, sour, spicy, and definitely shiok, food from this stall will satisfy all your taste buds.

Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre
#02-13
Singapore 081006

3) Ah Seng Laksa and Prawn Noodle

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There are only a few places left in Singapore that serve prawn mee with that deliciously dark and flavourful broth – and this is one of them. The intense umami prawn flavour, coupled with fresh prawns and springy noodles, is just out of this world. Another treasure of the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre, Ah Seng’s prawn noodles are pretty much all slurped up by 12 noon.

Most people end up settling for the laksa, which is also memorable in its own right for its rich, tangy coconut gravy that’s not too thick, but still full of flavour. For $3 a bowl, you can’t go wrong.

Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre
#02-10
Singapore 081006

4) Hyang To Gol Korean Restaurant

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(Photo source: Hyang To Gol)

Tanjong Pagar is known for its vast selection of Korean restaurants, and Hyang To Gol, located on the second floor of Amara Hotel, is one of the best. It has a great menu of traditional dishes but its main attraction is the restaurant’s weekday lunch deal, where you can get a very decent meal for under $15.

Its bulgogi, or marinated BBQ beef set, for example, is only $12.90. A piping hot bowl of soondooboo jjigae (spicy soft tofu soup) is $9.50. All set meals come with rice and a dessert drink.

165 Tanjong Pagar Road
#02-00 Amara Hotel
Singapore 088539

5) Hanare Japanese Café

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(Photo source: Hanare Japanese Café & Kyann Lim)

If you’re looking for great value, look no further than this sister restaurant of the famed Teppei in the nearby Orchid Hotel. One of its most popular dishes is the chirashi-don, which, at under $20, is a real steal. Packed with fresh, thick-cut sashimi, a lunch set also comes with free flow of four different side dishes, miso soup, and iced tea.

Like all our recommendations on this list, be sure to head there early, as this 42-seater restaurant is usually at maximum capacity by around noon.

99B Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088520

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