As the world continues to experience the impact of the COVID-19, the F&B industry is most affected with fewer people dining out.
As social distancing becomes the new norm, some restaurant operators continue to serve its diners while adapting to the change.
You can do your share during these trying times by supporting the restaurants you have always loved – by practicing off-peak dining.
With less diners and more space, there is minimal human contact. Waiting time is reduced, and service becomes more personalised. Each bite will help support these F&B businesses, which continue to struggle through these challenging times.
Take advantage of ChopeDeals and save up to 50% when you dine during off-peak timings at these restaurants, which include Blu Kouzina, Chatterbox, Saveur (Purvis), Folklore, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar, Chicken Up (Tanjong Pagar, Buangkok), Full of Luck Restaurant, Wine & Chef, Ippudo (Guoco Tower) and more.
Here are 10 restaurants you can enjoy Off-Peak Dining Deals in Singapore:
Sum Dim Sum
161 Jalan Besar Singapore 208876
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Sum Dim Sum 心点心 is a relatively new dim sum eatery at the bustling Jalan Besar stretch, but it has been getting quite a bit of traction due to its variety of items and comfortable environment with tiffany-blue accents.
The menu is extensive, ranging from steamed dim sum items, to pan-fried, baked, deep-fried, rice, noodles, porridge to desserts.
Chef’s recommendations include the Classic Siew Mai topped with wolfberry ($4.50), Pan-Fried Carrot Cake ($4.50), Shanghai Xiao Long Bao ($5.50), Golden Custard Bun ($4.50), Beef Noodle ($7.80), Crispy Prawn Rice Roll with deep-fried prawn sticks wrapped within smooth rice noodle sheets aka cheong fun.
The one eye-catching dim sum item is the newly introduced Tiffany Blue Har Gow, a plump prawn dumpling with blue-skin which gets its colour naturally from butterfly pea flowers.
Go for the Pandan Crispy Char Siew Bun
The Pandan Crispy Char Siew Bun is the signature of Sum Dim Sum ($6) of crispy pandan exterior dish filled with moist honey pork char siew. You would notice the light green colour and delicate aroma of pandan as you take a bite, which sets this apart from the average versions.
ChopeDeals: Save with 30% OFF $30 or $50 Cash Voucher
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
183-191 Jalan Besar Singapore 208882
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 2am (Mon, Wed – Fri)
10am – 3pm, 6pm – 3am (Sat), 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 2am (Sun)
Swee Choon needs little introduction for dim sum lovers, established since 1962 and popular for its wallet-friendly prices.
A reason is due to its extensive menu of Hong Kong, Shanghai dim sum, and even zi char dishes.
If you do not know what to choose, its best-selling items include Siew Mai with generous filling of ground pork and shrimp; Har Kow with fresh shrimps encased in thin skin; Sichuan Chilli Oil Wanton soused in spicy mix of chilli oil and vinegar; and Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun with golden salted egg yolk lava centre.
Go for the Swee Choon Mee-Suah Kueh
This Swee Choon exclusive is developed by second-generation owner Joyce Ting, the founder’s eldest daughter. While wheat vermicelli is often used in soups or stir-fries, the mee suah appears in a pan-fried kueh form.
The mee suah is first stir-fried with preserved sausages, chicken, char siew, chilled in a mould for it to set, then fried again. This results in a crispy exterior, with the inside soft and flavourful.
ChopeDeals: Save with 10% OFF $50 or $100 Cash Voucher ChopeDeals
Book a seat here: Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
38 Maxwell Road #01-01 Air View Building Singapore 069116
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Mouth Restaurant at Maxwell Road had humble beginnings as a teahouse serving up handcrafted dim sum and Cantonese dishes,.
Diners can get a wide range of choices of Chinese dishes from Roasted Suckling Pig, Peking Duck, Black Char Siew, Phoenix Soon Hock Fish, to Chilli & Black Pepper Crab.
For some dim-sum during the off-peak hours, recommended choices are the Rainbow Har Gao, Squid Ink Char Siew Bao and Liu Sha Bao with baked crust.
Go for the Baked Liu Sha Bao
While most restaurants are popular for their Steamed Custard Buns, the ones served at Mouth Restaurant are baked. First savour the crispy exterior; then bite into it for the creamy liquid-gold fillings with grainy bits of the salty egg.
1 St. Andrew’s Road #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
Off-Peak Timing: 1:30pm – 2:30pm, 8:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri)
1:30pm – 2:30pm, 8:30pm – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Take this time to discover Yan and its impressive spectrum of Cantonese dishes helmed by Head Chef Ng Sen Tio.
Other than specially designed set menus, try the Chef’s Signature Creations of Crispy Roast Suckling Pig served 3 ways – crispy skin, carved shoulder, and oven-baked fillet with lemongrass.
If you are craving for seafood, order the Bi Feng Tang Crab and have it deep-fried with fragrant garlic, black beans and chili. The Fried Live Prawn with Crispy Noodle Ball is also recommended.
Not sure what to order on the dim sum menu?
The Steamed Prawns Bamboo Charcoal Dumplings with Black Garlic, packed with rich umami flavours is a chef’s recommendation. Juicy, naturally-sweet prawns are rolled in a charcoal bamboo skin, and the black garlic adds an interesting element to this far-from-ordinary dumpling.
Go for the Golden Pumpkin Broth with Seafood and Chicken Paste Beancurd
More importantly, boost your nutrition with a comforting Golden Pumpkin Broth with Seafood and Chicken Paste Beancurd.
This healthy soup combines steamed Golden pumpkin purée with a blend of pork and chicken consommé. Complement its creaminess with the silkiness of the steamed beancurd, made in-house from a paste of scallops, prawn, and chicken.
Uncle Leong Seafood – Anchorpoint
368 Alexandra Road Anchorpoint Shopping Centre Singapore 159952
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
First founded in a neighbourhood coffeeshop in Ang Mo Kio, Uncle Leong Seafood has expanded and that includes a full-fledged seafood restaurant at Anchorpoint.
The family-style concept is known for its Shimmering Sand Crab, Salted Egg Crab, Hong Kong Style Typhoon Shelter Crab, Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup, Golden Pumpkin Prawns, and Salted Egg Prawns.
For other zi char style dishes, recommended signatures are the Gold Coast Prawn in a spiced mix of golden, crispy topping; and Guinness Pork Ribs boasting caramelised flavour from the distinctive beer.
Go for the Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup
Its Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup (seasonal price) contains broth which is simmered for hours, flavourful and sweet with natural goodness from the crustaceans.
ChopeDeals: Save with 30% OFF $50, $100 or $200 Cash Voucher
Book a seat here: Book a seat here: Uncle Leong Seafood (Anchor Point)
114 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088529
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Chug Chug at Tanjong Pagar offers you a selection of Chinese-Western fusion foods in a homey atmosphere.
Discover their selection of signature dishes like Fiery Mala Pasta ($18), made with spaghetti and Szechuan mala spices, mushrooms, baby corn, crab stick and pork; and Scallop Mentaiko Pasta ($20) with USA scallops.
If you are a fan of burgers, opt for the filling Chug’s Wasabi Prime Beef Burger ($18.90) with USA prime beef patty, or Chug’s Buttermilk Chicken Burger ($18) in a brioche bun cradling a fried buttermilk chicken thigh, dressed with pepper jack sweet coleslaw and curry cream aioli. Enjoy with accompanying crispy fries.
Try their new finger food Chug’s Style Sambal Stingray ($18), featuring their in-house sambal and served with fried onion fritters.
Go for the King Prawn Chug’s Tom Yum Pasta
The best-selling item is the King Prawn Chug’s Tom Yum Pasta ($20), prepared with linguine in a tom yum cream sauce with XL King prawns, squid, and fried Sakura shrimps.
I thought that balance of rich-creaminess and the tanginess-slight-spiciness is managed just right. Plus, this was a rather saucy version so the pasta didn’t clump up even when left there for a while.
Burger+ – Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Rd Wisma Atria #01-37/38 Singapore 238877
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Burger+ – Clarke Quay Central
6 Eu Tong Sen Street #01-07 Clarke Quay Central Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Burger+ got you covered with more than 10 different burgers with juicy, premium US-imported beef patties.
Chef’s recommended burgers include the classic Cheeseburger, the decadent Truffle Burger, and Korean Bulgogi Burger with sizzled in special Bulgogi glaze, and topped with caramelised onions and double-dose mayo.
As for the Korean Fried Chicken, they are available in Mix Parts, Drumsticks, or Wingettes & Drumettes – using chicken that is always fresh, never frozen.
The all-time favourite is the Honey Chicken glazed with the candy sweet honey sauce; while the Yangnyeom Chicken would be sticky-sweet and just slightly-spicy.
Go for the Egg Toast Beef Bulgogi
This is a new introduction from Burger+ available from 8am till 5pm – good for those heading down during off-peak period.
What was appealing was the fluffy brioche that was pan-grilled till they are slightly crisp on the outside; contrasting with the fillings of fresh minced beef, fragrant fried onions pan-fried with signature bulgogi sauce
The highlight to some would be the runny yolk atop, which you can break apart and let it ooze down to the meat fillings. Warning: it can get slightly messy.
Brotzeit (Multiple outlets)
Including Vivocity (#01-149), Katong (126 East Coast Road), Westgate (#01-04), and Raffles City (#01-17)
When it comes to German cuisine, Brotzeit is a popular choice among diners who want authentic Bavarian food & drink. They’re crafted from the best ingredients, and everything is 100% German imports.
It is hard to miss the various types of wursts in the menu, like the Currywurst, a pork curry sausage served with chili-curry sauce and potato wedges; and Huhnerwurst, a spicy chicken sausage with potato salad and sauerkraut.
Among the melange of sausages, try the Bauernwurst or Farmer’s Sausage, a flavourful pork sausage with a coarse texture for a meaty bite. Served with roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage, you can have this as a complete meal in itself.
Make it a truly German meal with what else but beer. Pick from Brotzeit’s impressive line-up of beer cocktails and draft beers to complement your dish.
Go for the Crispy Oven-Roasted Pork Knuckle
Must-try here is the signature dish Schweinshaxn aka Crispy Oven-Roasted Pork Knuckle. It is prepared using pork hind shank marinated for 24 hours in premium draught beer and massaged with a proprietary spice mix.
Oven-roasted until the skin is crispy crackling but the meat still juicy, the pork is accompanied with traditional sides, sauerkraut and potato salad.
44A Prinsep Street Singapore 188674
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
SMÖÖbar is a stylish cafe that emphasises food and fun, located along Prinsep Street.
Love mentaiko? Then you will be lost for choices with offerings of Mentaiko Fries, Mentaiko Chicken Mantou, and Mentaiko Seafood Pizza – with chunks of prawns, squids, cheddar and mozzarella placed atop a mentaiko crust base.
Mentaiko fans can just go for the large Mentaiko Platter which consists of SMÖÖbar’s specialty mentaiko dishes.
Go for the Bakwa Carbonara
For something unique, the Bakwa Carbonara blends together spaghetti and cream sauce, along with strips of bak kwa which adds a sweet-salty touch.
Niku Katsumata 肉勝又
47 Duxton Road, Singapore 089511
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 5:30pm – 11pm (Sat – Sun)
Niku Katsumata is the go-to Japanese restaurant for Japanese yakiniku – experience grilled quality beef that is both juicy and tender.
As the beef used is premium, minimal garnishing or seasoning is required so that diners can savour the original flavours and juices of the meat.
Do you know that the beef is also grilled on a crystal plate?
By using the crystal plate, heat is kept low and evenly spread out. This retains the natural flavours of the meats and keeps them tender at the same time
Go for the Wagyu Yakiniki, Donburi and Sashimi
Diners can go for the satisfying 7-dishes Katsumata Course ($98) starting with Simmered Wagyu Beef Tendon and Assorted Homemade Kimchi and Marinated Vegetables; also included with three types of premium meat for Yakiniku – Assorted A4 Wagyu Beef, Kurobuta Pork Loin, and A4 Wagyu Beef Fillet.
If not, there is also an ala carte selection of Katsumata Premium A4 Wagyu Donburi ($48); and wagyu sashimi items such as Wagyu Tartare ($22), Wagyu Sushi with Sea urchin and Ikura ($20), and Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Sashimi ($22).
Here’s how you can enjoy massive savings with ChopeDeals in 4 simple steps:
Step 1 – Choose: Choose an offer from a list of curated restaurants available on the Chope app or ChopeDeals website.
Step 2 – Get Deal: Purchase the discounted voucher and receive it via the Chope app (‘My Vouchers’) or your email.
Step 3 – Dine: Inform the staff that you will be using your voucher prior to ordering.
Step 4 – Redeem: Present your voucher during payment to offset the bill and enjoy your savings.
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with ChopeDeals.