Dining out in Singapore is definitely a very enjoyable and satisfying experience. Being a cosmopolitan city it hosts a wide number of cuisines from different parts of the world. Singapore brings you irresistible tastes and foods from around the world on a single platter.
However, dining out especially fine dining can prove to be an expensive affair if you want to do it a lot. With the given rates, you may be able to afford eating out only a few times every year. But with a few helpful tips, you will be able to relish your favourite cuisines without burning a hole in your pocket.
Use Restaurant Reservation Apps
There are thousands of restaurants in the city and quite frankly it can get confusing to choose one, sometimes annoying even. The most well-known eateries generally specialise in one particular cuisine, helping you narrow down on the type of food you want to eat. A good way of satisfying your cravings for a specific kind of cuisine is to download a reservation app.
There are many apps that help you make reservations, some go a step further and shows you the great discounts you get on dining out at various restaurants. Other apps may have attractive loyalty programs, with points earned on each reservation.
Credit cards are another way of saving big on your dining experiences. Many banks in Singapore offer specific cards that offer great discounts, dining rewards, and cashback every time you dine out. Some banks make these features available on all their cards.
Credit card companies often offer special schemes in partnership with certain hotels and restaurants, giving you higher discounts and rewards. Apart from discounts on dining many cards also offer discounts on fuel and cab rides, making your trip to the restaurant cost effective as well.
For example, Citibank Cashback Card offers 8% cashback on dining, groceries, and Grab rides, and 21% off on petrol at Shell and Esso.
Singapore Street Food
Singapore is known for its amazing street food. Spread over a number of cuisines, street food is a must-have even if you are visiting the city only for a short while. There are hundreds of hawkers who sell extremely affordable and high-quality food.
Apart from your run of the mill street food, Singapore also boasts two Michelin-starred hawker stalls. They are extremely clean and offer deliciously satisfying meals at jaw-dropping prices of less than S$5! The only drawback is that you will most often have to wait in long lines for hours to enjoy this world-class food experience.
Follow Food Bloggers
Experienced food bloggers are a wealth of information and often post updates on which restaurants are currently offering the best discounts. Following their updates can help you find great food at highly affordable prices.
They also pen down their experiences which makes for very good reading, giving you a first-hand account of what you can expect.
Other Points That can Help
- If possible, avoid alcohol altogether since it’s the main culprit in most sky-rocketing restaurant bills.
- If you do choose to drink, order during the happy hours to get super deals on your drinks.
- If you’re buying wine, buy it by the bottle than by the glass. It helps you save about 15% if you’re going to consume close to a bottle anyway.
- Skip “special promotions” on expensive restaurants/hotels. The prices there are much higher and you probably wouldn’t have eaten there in the first place anyway.
- Many dishes have multiple size options. When dining as a group, get the bigger portion and split it among the group.
- Stick to your budget. Don’t get swayed by the sights, smells, and sounds.
Singapore has thousands of dining options to choose from but not all of them may give you the experience you are looking for. Do your research in advance, find out the best deals, and read reviews. This will help you have the most satisfying and rewarding “dining out” experiences.
Ranted by Guest Writer