Stories of an era when a bowl of noodles would cost a mere 50 cents sound more like a myth in our current reality, especially when GST has just risen to 8%, and will eventually rise to 9% in 2024. Good food at affordable prices is becoming an increasing rarity.
That’s not to say that it doesn’t exist. When you pair cost-effective lunchtime promotions with exclusive SAFRA discounts, you can indulge in great food while sticking to your saving goals. For the everyday saver, here are six great food spots which will leave your bellies happy, and your wallets even happier.
1. Andes by Astons
The Astons brand can be deemed a local culinary miracle. Originally a humble stall in a coffeeshop along East Coast Road, it has since grown to become a culinary giant with over 12 outlets and off-shoot brands, with Andes alone boasting 10 outlets across Singapore. Its recipe for success is straightforward – big portions at affordable prices. Ask any true fan of Andes and they will tell you about the huge slab of a chosen protein, masterfully cooked, served on a huge white plate alongside two sides you can pick. Even the most ravenous of appetites can be sated with Andes’ comforting and homely flavours.
An entire set starts from as low as $12, which is a bargain given its generous portion size. And if you’re feeling especially hungry, you can opt for its Double Up Chicken set, which consists of two chicken chops of your choice with sides, all for $17.90.
SAFRA members enjoy additional 10% off the total bill. Find out more at safra.sg/amenities-offerings/andes-by-astons
SAFRA Toa Payoh: 293 Toa Payoh Lor 6, #01-05, Singapore 319387
The aptly named Wingstop is the one-stop hub for all your chicken wing cravings. And of course, any chicken wing enthusiast would know that every amazing chicken wing needs an amazing spice rub. Wingstop has flavours from all parts of the world, with the likes of Kecap Manis, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, and a good ol’ Louisiana Rub.
Starting at just $10.95, you’ll get 6 pieces of boneless wings comprising two flavours of your choice. The meal comes with a serving of fries, a dipping sauce, and a drink.
SAFRA members enjoy 10% off the bill. Find out more at safra.sg/amenities-offerings/wingstop
SAFRA Punggol: 9 Sentul Crescent, #02-02, Singapore 828654
3. Food Paradise – Ichizen
Ahh, the classic Katsu Curry Rice plate – a staple that has quickly gathered a cult following since it was first imported from Japan. Part of the “don” (rice bowl) family, this dish, alongside other favourites such as the Tonkatsu and Karaage Chicken Don, are now a mainstay in our local food scene. Ichizen offers these rich Japanese flavours without burning a hole in your pocket. For $9.90, you’ll get an entire Chicken Katsu Curry set, which comes with a bowl of Miso Soup!
On an even stricter budget? For just $4.90, you can get their Tamago Don (egg) set! And if you have a couple of extra dollars, you can complete your meal with a cup of hot Japanese Matcha Green Tea for $1.80.
SAFRA members enjoy 5% discount. Find out more at safra.sg/amenities-offerings/food-paradise
SAFRA Mount Faber: 2 Telok Blangah Way, #01-08, Singapore 098803
4. Jack’s Place
Jack’s Place extends the sage advice of “saving as early as possible” to students with its deliciously cost-effective student sets. And they definitely do not cut corners when it comes to quality as well. For just $9.90, you’ll be presented with a choice of culinary favourites such as a Cheesy Mayo Chicken Cutlet, Striploin Steak accompanied with Aglio Olio pasta, as well as various baked rice selections. That’s not all of course, as you’ll get to complete your meal with either a soup of the day, a soft drink or a scoop of gelato.
For the working professional, the set meals are elevated a notch with more options which are rotated daily. For $14.80 (or $17.80 if you opt for the steak), you can expect a bowl of soup served alongside garlic bread, a drink as well as dessert to complement your main dish. Looking for something lighter? Its $9.90 Healthier Choice Set Lunch consists of a nourishing salad as well as a cup of coffee or tea.
SAFRA members enjoy 10% discount. Find out more at safra.sg/amenities-offerings/jack’s-place
SAFRA Punggol: 9 Sentul Crescent, #01-01, Singapore 828654
SAFRA Jurong: 333 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 649848
5. Pizza Hut
While pizza is often known as the quintessential delivery food, it can also be a satisfying and affordable option for the working professional and student. This is especially true with Pizza Hut, as it offers a whopping 50% off pizza slices every day, and 50% off drumlets and wings every Wednesday via its self-collect and delivery menu! Just imagine — $3 for your own personal pan pizza, and only $8.90 if you add two sides of your choice. While the selection of pizzas at that price point is slim (you’ll get to choose either Chicky Ham & Corn or Just Cheese), it’s definitely worth the savings!
Of course, if you’re intending to dine in at Pizza Hut, you should definitely utilise SAFRA’s 10% dine-in discount for members. Find out more at safra.sg/amenities-offerings/pizza-hut
SAFRA Punggol: 9 Sentul Crescent, #02-01, Singapore 828654
You just can’t discuss set meals without some appreciation for McDonald’s. One of the earliest pioneers of this budget-friendly concept, McDonald’s has tweaked its offerings to fit the preferences of the contemporary diner. With the introduction of its in-house app, you now gain instant access to a trove of offers. Make sure you keep a lookout for its weekday savers promotion, which may include deals such as a set of two cheeseburger meals for just $4!
SAFRA members get to redeem a free apple pie or sundae to complete their Extra Value Meal. Find out more at safra.sg/amenities-offerings/mcdonalds
SAFRA Toa Payoh: 293 Toa Payoh Lor 6, #01-02, Singapore 319387
SAFRA Punggol: 9 Sentul Crescent, #03-05, Singapore 828654
SAFRA Yishun: 60 Yishun Avenue 4, #01-11, Singapore 769027
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