Whenever I think of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, a few things come to mind — tourists, rich locals, fancy branded stores and of course, a bevy of expensive, high class restaurants and cafes with exorbitant prices. Being one of Singapore’s most high-end malls, perusing MBS may make you feel like a fish out of water, especially for those of us with a limited disposable income.
However, as a self-proclaimed cheapskate who loves parading the walkways of MBS while pretending to be a wealthy tai tai, I believe that The Shoppes still does offer plenty of dining options that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Having a limited budget does not mean you can’t enjoy upper echelon estates like the Marina Bay area. Here are 10 places to have an affordable meal under S$30++ the next time you’re looking for a cheaper spot to enjoy a nice meal at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
1. Rasapura Masters (#B2-49A/50-53)
You’re probably rolling your eyes at the inclusion of Rasapura Masters in this listicle because, uh, duh, of course a food court would be the most affordable option to dine at in any mall. However, I believe that Rasapura Masters should not be looked down on, for its huge range of stalls and dishes, though pricier than food courts and hawker centres elsewhere, are pretty commendable.
Rasapura Masters can be easily found in Basement 2 of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands next to the Digital Light Canvas. You’ll be spoilt for choice as you peruse the various stalls there, with cuisines including local, Western, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and more.
For instance, HK Nanyang is a stall serving dishes with butterfly pea flower rice, such as the Chicken Rendang + Otah Meal (S$12.80). If you’re craving Western, Ali’s Grill Signature has pizzas, pasta, chicken, fish and steak dishes from just S$9.90.
Of course, being a food court in MBS means that some offerings at Rasapura Masters are bound to be a little more bougie. At the Singapore Fried Noodles stall, you can enjoy Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee with slipper lobster, squid, prawns and shell scallops from S$25.
I got a set meal from Dingtele, a Chinese stall serving noodles and dumplings. Set A came with Spicy Meat Noodles and Signature Pan-fried Crispy Pork & Soup Bun for S$15.80. The noodles were springy and well-coated in sauce, while the soup buns were crisp and generously packed with pork meat.
Daily: 10am – 11pm
2. IPPUDO (#B2-54/55)
IPPUDO is an award-winning Japanese restaurant specialising in ramen. This well-known, authentic restaurant is one of the more affordable spots to dine at in Marina Bay Sands, with their mains starting from S$11.90++.
The IPPUDO Chahan, a Japanese-style fried rice with spring onions, chashu, egg and Japanese fishcakes, is the cheapest main you can get, at S$11.90++. The Aburi Salmon Mentai Don (S$13) is another affordable dish, which consists of rice topped with salmon slices and torched mentai mayo.
Go for IPPUDO’s signature Shiromaru Special (S$26++), made with creamy tonkotsu broth served with noodles, 4 pieces of pork belly chashu, whole marinated half boiled egg, black fungus, spring onions and seaweed. If you’re feeling a bit thriftier, the Shiromaru Motoaji (S$18++) offers the same dish, just with 2 less pieces of chashu, no egg and no seaweed.
I opted to try the Akamaru Shinaji (S$19++), containing creamy tonkotsu broth, 2 pieces of pork belly chashu, miso paste and garlic oil. The noodles were soft and springy while the delicious, umami broth was worth all the praise.
I also got a Matcha Tiramisu (S$7.90++) with my ramen, with the total cost being S$26.90++. The dessert was creamy and satisfying, with the sponge fingers soaking up the rich matcha perfectly.
3. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer (#01-80)
Compared to other burger joints, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Bar is a little pricier, but still relatively reasonably priced for the portion sizes. This American restaurant is known for its huge burgers and milkshakes, with prices for their mains starting from S$21++.
The Wagyu Steakhouse Burger (S$29++) is one of Black Tap’s most popular dishes, being the 2021 Judge’s Choice Award Winner at NYC Wine & Food Festival’s “Burger Bash”. This huge burger contains a Wagyu patty, A1 steak sauce, pepper jack cheese, bacon, crispy onions and roasted garlic aioli.
Cheaper alternatives are The Falafel Burger (S$21++), containing a falafel patty, tahini, pickled onions, greek feta and hummus, and The Pizza Burger (S$24++).
Aside from burgers, you can also delight yourself in Black Tap’s Wings (S$15++ for 8 pieces), with flavours like Korean BBQ, White Miso BBQ, Carolina BBQ and Mexican Hot Sauce. For a more waistline-friendly alternative, the Craft Burger Salads cost between S$21++ to S$27++, with a vegan option being the Warm Spring Salad (S$21++).
4. So Pho (#01-03/04)
Looking for some Vietnamese fare? So Pho, located on the first floor of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, offers a wide range of Vietnamese dishes, ranging from spring rolls to Vietnamese fried noodles. Here, you can grab a main dish starting from just S$7.50++.
Try out some of So Pho’s Bánh Mìs, with the variations of Vegetarian (S$7.50++), Meatballs (S$8.50++) and Beef / Chicken (S$8.50). Of course, the restaurant has a number of pho dishes, from the S$11.80++ Phở Gà Với Gà Viên (pho chicken noodle soup with chicken meat balls) to the S$18.80++ Phở Dặc Biệt, containing premium marbled sirloin beef with beef balls.
The dish options at So Pho are vast, with affordable mains like Cà Ry Gà Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Lemongrass Curry Chicken w Bread / Rice) (S$11.80++), Nướng Sả (Grilled Lemongrass Beef / Chicken w Rice) (S$11.80++) and Bún Xào Tôm Sú (Crispy Vermicelli & Fresh King Prawns w Superior Stock Gravy) (S$16.50++).
Here, it is most certainly possible to enjoy a main, appetiser and drink for under S$30++, as long as you choose the right dishes.
5. Canton Paradise (#01-02)
If you love dim sum, Canton Paradise is a restaurant for you to check out while in Marina Bay Sands. This Cantonese restaurant offers an assortment of dim sum dishes from S$4.30++, while their mains start from S$6.80++.
Opt for some steamed dim sum dishes like Steamed BBQ Honey Pork Bun (3 pieces) (S$7.30++), Steamed Prawn Dumpling ‘Ha Kao‘ (3 pieces) (S$8.30++) or the Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken Wrapped in Lotus Leaf (1 piece) (S$4.30++). I personally love the crisp texture you get from fried dim sum, with Canton Paradise offering dishes such as Pan-fried Radish Cake (3 pieces) (S$6.30++) and Baked Mini Egg Tart (3 pieces) (S$6.80++).
You can also delight yourself in dishes like the Charred BBQ Pork Noodle (Soup / Dry) (S$14.80++), Yang Zhou Fried Rice (S$16.30++), Double-Boiled Superior Chicken Soup (S$15.30++) and their Signature Canton Congee (S$19.80++).
6. Da Paolo Gastronomia (#01-87)
Da Paolo Gastronomia is a one-stop gourmet boutique offering freshly made food, imported boutique products and Italian drinks. Their extensive menu includes dishes like freshly baked pizzas, pastas and Italian artisanal gelato.
Dig into their range of Pizzas, which cost S$10.50++ each, in flavours like Baked Ham, Grilled Chicken and Salami. Their Smoked Salmon Pizza (S$11.50++) is another option, for seafood lovers.
Their pastas, on the other hand, all cost under S$30++ each. How about some Carbonara (S$24++) or Pesto al Basilico (S$23++), if you’re into creamy pastas? Other flavours to try are the Impossible Pork Aglio Olio (S$26++) and the classic Bolognese (S$24++).
For a healthier alternative, opt for Da Paolo Gastronomia’s Greens & Grains Bowls, where you can mix and match your own grains, proteins, vegetables and sauces from just S$14.90++.
7. Tim Ho Wan (#B2-02)
If you can’t get enough of dim sum, the award-winning Tim Ho Wan is a place to check out while at Marina Bay Sands. Though this famous restaurant chain has many accolades to its name, its dishes are still affordable, with plenty of dishes costing under S$10++!
Some pocket-friendly dim sum dishes you can enjoy at Tim Ho Wan include the Spinach Dumplings w Shrimp (3 pieces) (S$6.80++), Golden Lava Salted Egg Buns (3 pieces) (S$7.50++) and Pan-fried Radish Cake (3 pieces) (S$6.50++).
Some more filling dishes to try are the Hong Kong Braised Beef Noodle (S$13.50++), Wok-fried Spicy Radish Cake w Shrimp (S$12.50++) and Hong Kong Pork Chop Fried Rice (S$13.80++).
8. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (#B1-07)
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands houses Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s only outlet in Singapore. While this famous American restaurant isn’t known for its affordability, its Brunch menu offers a number of filling meals under S$30++.
Try out some of Yardbird’s egg dishes, like the Bacon Hash Waffle & Eggs (S$24++), served with scrambled Farmer’s eggs, smoky bacon, country gravy and chives, or the Chicken & Egg Biscuit Sandwich (S$22++).
Yardbird’s pancakes are a must try, each costing S$22++. Select from the variations of Blueberry Pie, Funfetti and Buttermilk. How about having a delicious Salted Caramel Waffle (S$22++), topped with bruleed bananas and candied pecans?
You can’t miss out on trying Yardbird’s famous fried chicken, and the Brunch menu allows you to do so at under S$30++ so when you order their Biscuit & Gravy (S$26++), served with a crispy chicken thigh, crispy bacon, American cheese, a sunny-side Farmer’s egg and country gravy.
9. Din Tai Fung (#B1-01)
Are you DTF in MBS? Din Tai Fung is one of the most famous Chinese restaurant chains in the world, and for good reason. Their outlet in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands frequently has long queues, with diners even having to scan a QR code to get a queue number for a table.
Din Tai Fung’s affordable prices make it such that you can easily get a main, a side and a drink or dessert all for under S$30++!
Definitely try their popular Fried Rice with Pork Chop (S$14.30++), which is one of my top picks when I dine there. Their noodles are worth all the praise too, with options like the Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup with Beef (S$15.80++) and Noodle with Minced Pork in Bean Sauce (S$11.30++).
Who could forget their incredible xiao long baos, like the Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (S$9++ for 6 pieces, S$12++ for 10 pieces)? They even have sweet versions filled with Yam Paste (S$9++ for 6 pieces, S$11++ for 10 pieces) and Red Bean with Chocolate Lava (S$10.50++ for 6 pieces, S$12.80++ for 10 pieces).
10. Toast Box (#B1-01E)
Toast Box has outlets all over the country, even in the atas Marina Bay Sands. You can find classic local dishes here, and while the prices are marginally higher than what you would get from a hawker centre, their dishes are still some of the cheapest that you can get in The Shoppes.
Check out Toast Box’s set meals, which include a cup of Homemade Barley and a Teacake. Choose from sets like the Drumstick Braised Pork Rice (S$14.80), Laksa (S$12.30), Mee Rebus (S$12), Homemade Nasi Lemak (S$13.60) and even Salted Egg Minced Pork Rice (S$12.60).
How about some Traditional Kaya Toast (S$7.60) or Peanut Thick Toast (S$7.80), if you prefer bread? Each toast set includes a medium Kopi or Teh and 2 half-boiled eggs.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
8 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018955
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
8 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018955
Telephone: +65 6688 8868
Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)