Christmas is a time for celebrating, but the last thing you want is to feel like a pauper the rest of the year. If you want to have a cheap Christmas meal and you don’t want to cook, here are some restaurants and cafes to consider. Also read my article on 15 places to have Festive Afternoon Tea, because afternoon tea is cheaper than Festive Buffet Lunch or Dinner!
1. IKEA Singapore
Yes it’s not just a cheap furniture you can get at IKEA, you can also enjoy a cheap Christmas buffet dinner on 22 Dec 2017 for only $30/pax if you book early! The buffet menu has not been published, but if it is anything like previous years, you’ll be getting things like the ever popular Swedish meatballs with Lingonberry Jam, Christmas Hams, Smoked Sausages, Gravad Lax, Pickled Herrings etc. If you’ve always wanted to have a Scandinavian Christmas, now’s your chance. Just be wary that might be a mad house during those precious 2 hours.
Location : IKEA Tampines and IKEA Alexandra
Date : 22 December 2017 Friday | 5.30pm — 7.30pm or 8pm — 10pm
Cost : $30/pax if purchased before 17 Dec, $40/pax after. $10/kids under 13, free for kids under 5. Tickets can only be purchased at the IKEA Restaurant
2. Jack’s Place
Over the years, I’ve actually been to Jack’s Place a number of times for their affordable Christmas Eve dinners. If you want steaks for less than $40 during Christmas, this is one of the rare few places. They used to give out small festive packs containing party hats and noise makers, which I thought added to the festive mood. For Christmas Eve dinner, choose from roast turkey, tenderloin and garlic prawn combo or half lobster and prawn ragout teriyaki salmon combo.
Location : Multiple Locations
Date : 18 — 24 (Pre-Christmas Set lunch) | Christmas Eve Dinner | Christmas day Lunch & Dinner
Cost : From $19.90++ (Pre-Christmas set lunch) and from $32++ (Christmas Eve dinner)
3. The Ship
Sorry no picture of their Christmas menu so here’s a picture of their old school style coffee tea and desserts
The Ship is another of my go to places for affordable Christmas eve dinner. In fact, it has one of the most affordable set lunches in Orchard Road, the slice fish noodles set at $13.90 being super popular. This place has been around for more than 30 years. I used to frequent prior to their renovation when it was really dark and decked in a strong nautical theme. I loved the character! They have since renovated, it’s much brighter now, and there is also another outlet at NEX in Serangoon. For the Christmas dinner set, you can choose from roast turkey to snapper to ribeye.
Location : 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre 03-16/18 Singapore 228208 (Orchard Road)
23 Serangoon Central, NEX, #01-61/62 Singapore 556083 (Serangoon)
Date and Cost : 15 Dec — 1 Jan (Set lunch) $13.90 onwards | 15 —22 Dec & 26 — 29 Dec (Set Dinner) $28.90 onwards | 23 — 25 Dec (Christmas Dinner) $38.90
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Saveur, the restaurant which serves affordable French fare all year round will of course be offering a festive menu priced from $34.90. Choose from mains such as salmon & mussels, or duck confit, or chestnut stuffed turkey breast (add $2). A festive ala carte menu will still be available if you don’t want the festive set, so your bill could be as low as $16.90 (signature duck confit or wild mushroom risotto) if you just stick to 1 mains! It’s the festive mood that counts right??
3 Location : 5 Purvis Street #01-04 Singapore 188584
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #01-07b Singapore 228213
2 Handy Road, The Cathay, #01-11/12 S229233
Date : 22-31 December | 12pm — 9.30pm
Cost : from $34.90++ for the festive set menu
5. W.39 Bistro & Bakery
Even cafes are getting in on the Festive dinners. From 23- 25 Dec only, W.39 will be offering a set dinner at $48++. You can choose from Turkey a L’orange, Aussie Lamb Rack, Pan-fried Norwegian Salmon, Steak & egg and Confit of Duck Leg for the mains. There is even a glass of wine included in the set. And if you book before 20 Dec, they’ll throw in a complimentary Christmas gift!
Location : 39 Jalan Mas Puteh, off West Coast Road, Singapore 128637
Date : 23 —25 Dec 6pm onwards (closed on 26th Dec)
Cost : $48++
Location : Multiple Locations
Date : now until 1 January 2018
Cost : $15.80 — $18.80
Also check this out : 15 places to have Festive Afternoon Tea