Republic Plaza’s Basement@RP has recently gone through a revamp with expanded seating areas, and a fresh new look.

Some call this the ‘secret lunch spot’, accessible via an escalator behind the taxi stand of Republic Plaza or through the entrance at Raffles Place MRT.

Once inside, you won’t miss the diverse eating concepts, offering a variety from Japanese Bento, Chinese La Mian, Herbal Soups, Middle-Eastern inspired Salads and Wraps, and freshly prepared bakes and sandwiches.

During lunch time, it is packed with office workers enjoying fresh and tasty meals in air-con comfort.

For the relaunch, participating outlets will offer affordable $9.90 lunch deals from 1 Mar – 29 Apr! Along the theme of ‘Fresh!”, here’s what you can expect:

Republic Plaza – Revamped Basement@RP, Fresh Meals & Fresh Deals at $9.90!

Isshin Japanese Restaurant
Republic Plaza #B1-02
Tel: +65 6536 0818
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun & PH

For sashimi, sushi, tempura and bento sets
Isshin Japanese Restaurant is popular with the CBD crowd for its variety of bento sets, which range from Tempura Soba, Sushi Soba, Nigiri, Cod Fish Teriyaki, and Sashimi bentos, just to name a few. A LOT to choose from. Check out the gorgeous Chirashi Don, especially the pinkish-orange sashimi.

Amongst the lunch promo items, I would go for the Seafood Salad (during my feel-like-diet days) which contains generous portions of romaine, fresh salmon sashimi slices, creamy avocado topped with fragrant Japanese sesame sauce.

On cheat days, try the Ebi Tempura which is light-fully battered and crisp (didn’t taste oily to the lips), and generous in portion.

Lunch Time Deal Promo
$9.90 Ala Carte dishes – Salmon Sashimi, Ebi Tempura and Seafood Salad
(Available for in-house customer, not for take-aways.)

The Asian Kitchen La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Republic Plaza #B1-01
Tel: +65 6438 3884
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.15pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 3.15pm (Sat), Closed Sun

For tasty Xiao Long Bao, Dumplings, La Mian and Fried Rice
Is this super value-for-money or what? I was surprised when 2 baskets full aka 10 pieces of Xiao Long Bao arrived at the table with a drink, all at $9.90.

The Asian Kitchen is known for its range of hand-pulled La Mian noodles (go for the Prawn Wanton or Pork Cutlet), Claypot Rice, Fried Rice dishes, and Dumplings such as Siew Mai, Iron Pan Fried Dumplings and Xiao Long Bao.

The true test is when you can pick the Xiao Long Bao up, and the thin translucent skin does not break. Woo hoo… The inner filling hot with rich stock and fresh tasting pork.

Lunch Time Deal Promo
$9.90 for 10 pcs of Dumpling (Pork, Pork and Prawn or Steamed Chicken Dumplings) with 1 Drink (Longan Red Date Drink, Iced Lemon Tea and Barley)

Republic Plaza #B1-08
Tel: +65 6535 3230
Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon – Fri)

For wholesome, delicious salads and saj
It is not common to see saj served in salad bars, at least in Singapore. Rawbar has a rather distinctive take, with some salads and wraps being Middle-Eastern inspired.

So don’t be surprised to find the Levantine inspired salad Fattoush on its menu, with addition of pomegranate molasses and crackers dressing, keeping it delicious and mildly unusual at the same time. Some of the key ingredients are imported from the Middle East, and staff trained by a Chef from Syria.

You can also include a side of Fattoush, Hummus (all made in-house) or Soup in a Cup. I had the pumpkin soup which was warm and comforting, no cream added.

Rawbar’s philosophy is to serve food in its most natural state as much as possible, and they are proof that salads need not be boring.

Lunch Time Deal Promo
$9.90 Raw Meal which includes Salad or Saj with 1 side. A Raw Meal Plus comes with 2 sides at $11.90

The Herbal Bar
Republic Plaza #B1-07
Tel: +65 9185 2835
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun & PH

For nutritious soups and rice cooked with natural ingredients and herbs
There are times when we just crave for a comforting bowl of hot soup. The soups at The Herbal Bar such as Ginseng Chicken, Fish Slice with Tofu, Chinese Cabbage with Fish Maw & Meatball, and Mixed Beans with Lotus Roots Soup remind me of what my grandma used to painstakingly prepare at home. Oh, the love.

I found out that the recipes are from the founder’s mother, as I quote him: “She is a TCM practitioner. She makes sure that we eat only the best.” Auntie has more than 40 years of experience in Chinese medicine, and is still practicing.

I am a fan of its meatball soup – the balls are handmade, doesn’t taste starchy, with a familiar element of home-style cooking. The other I tried, the Detox Kelp contains tender ribs, soup brimming with sweetness from the corn and carrot.

Less oil, less salt, less sugar and absolutely no MSG.

Lunch Time Deal Promo
$9.90 for Detox Kelp Soup Set

Republic Plaza #B1-04
Tel: +65 6278 2929
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH

For custom-made submarine sandwiches
Subway needs little introduction, known for their custom sandwiches “made fresh before your eyes, just the way you like”.

Some fun facts to share: Do you know that Subway has a number of Fresh Fit Subs such as Roasted Chicken Breast, Ham, Roast Beef, and Chicken Teriyaki, all with just 6 grams of fat or less?

For a healthier treat, I would recommend the Oven Roasted Chicken Breast which contains boneless chicken breast patty with your choice of fresh vegetables and condiments in bread. Honey Oat bread always for me. Plus it is just 289 kcal.

The other popular choice is the classic Subway Melt (347 kcal, I checked) with sliced turkey, ham, crispy bacon, melted cheese and vegetables.

Lunch Time Deal Promo
$9.90 lunch set which includes a 6″ Subway Melt or Roasted Chicken, 16oz drinks, 1 pc cookie and soup.
(For Subway at Republic Plaza only)

The Gourmet Bakery
Republic Plaza #B1-05
Tel: +65 6534 5037
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)

For freshly baked bread and sandwiches
Support local. The Gourmet Bakery established since 2009, prides itself for creating healthier breads with less use of salt and no preservatives.

Tried a couple of their bakes, and the texture comes across as a lighter version of dense European breads – chewy, mid-compact type.

One of their best sellers is the black Charcoal Scrambled Egg Burger ($5.90) with other fillings of cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, and a touch of mayonnaise.

The prices at The Gourmet Bakery are surprisingly easy-on-the-wallet, with a variety of grab-and-go bites such as French Toast ($1.20), Fish Burger ($3.00), Chicken Burger ($3.00), Scrambled Eggs and Cheese Sandwich ($5.00) and Bamboo Baguette with Chicken Mayo ($5.90). A homely feel, plus the staff over there is friendly. Feel free to ask for recommendations.

Republic Plaza’s Basement@RP Relaunch campaign with $9.90 lunch deals will take place from 1 Mar – 29 Apr, from Mondays to Fridays (excluding Public Holidays) from 11am to 2pm.

9 Raffles Place, Republic Plaza #B1—07 Singapore 048619 (Direct link from Raffles Place MRT)

* This post is brought to you in partnership with Republic Plaza.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here