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By Gayatri Bhaumik | March 13th, 2020

Central has restaurants aplenty, but not many of them are going to go easy on your pocket. Luckily, there are a lot of restaurants that offer great set meals so you can easily find lunch under $200 in Central. Here’s where we head when we want a cheap midday meal.

lunch under $200 in Central

DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant

Tucked away on Wyndham Street, this cute little spot offers a great Italian-esque deal for lunch under $200 in Central. The two-course set is a steal, and the 3-course will make sure you stay full all afternoon. Kick things off with the soup of the day of a super-fresh salad — though there’s often a hot starter dish available for a little extra. For mains, expect a selection of pastas and fish or meat-focused dishes. The menu changes weekly, so you’ll want to keep going back to try the newest dishes on offer. 

Monday-Friday, 12pm-3pm; $148 (2 courses) / $158 (3 courses)

73 Wyndham Street, Central, 2167-8883

lunch under $200 in central
Photo: FRITES / Facebook

FRITES

Ideal for a snappy, casual midday meal, FRITES’ three-course set lunch gives diners the chance to mix-and-match their meal with their choice of entrées, mains, and dessert or coffee. The menu changes, but you’ll be feasting on things like mussels chowder to start, and FRITES house mussels or steak and frites for mains. Plus, if you finish lunch before 1245pm, you’ll get a 20% discount. Now that’s a good reason why FRITES landed a spot on this list of lunch under $200 in Central.

Monday-Friday, 1145pm-3pm; from $128

1/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, 2217-6671

Photo: Wagyu / Facebook

Wagyu

A great spot for people-watching — and perhaps some enjoying some fresh air through the open windows — Wagyu is a good choice for an easy, breezy lunch. Choose from two courses plus dessert or drink, or three courses plus tea or coffee. Enjoy fresh East-meets-West plates like crispy whitebait and prawn & mango salad to start, and beef tenderloin or salmon steak for a hearty main. Either way, you’ll get Nutella doughnuts to finish!

Monday-Friday, 12pm-3pm; $165 for three courses or $185 for three courses plus a drink.

Unit 3, G/F Centrium Building, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, 2525-8805

lunch under $200 in central
Photo: Motorino / Facebook

Motorino

Sometimes a busy day requires a heavy meal to see you though. So when the need for a lunch-time carb hit strikes, head straight for Motorino. The escalator-adjacent pizza joint offers a quick and easy prix fixe menu that includes a veggie starter, and your choice from five pizzas. Pick your poison from marinara, Margherita, soppressata piccante, bacon corn, or brussel sprout.

Monday – Friday, 12pm-3pm; $128

14 Shelley Street, Central, 2801-6881

lunch under $200 in central
Photo: Pici / Facebook

Pici

Whether it’s a friendly catch-up or business power lunch, Pici will hit the spot with its Italian-inspired lunch menu. The three-course menu changes weekly but includes a starter, a pasta dish, and a dessert. You can choose from Pici classics like burrata, beef tartare, ravioli, and tagliatelle. For dessert? Tiramisu, of course (though panna cotta’s on offer, too).

Monday-Friday, 12pm-3pm; $148

G/F, 24-26 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2755-5233

lunch under $200 in central
Photo: Spiga / Facebook

Spiga

Considering it’s a pretty flashy joint, Spiga offers a great — and pocket-friendly — lunch selection. For a quick and simple meal, head for the salad and dessert buffet ($188) which includes cold cuts, soups, salads, breads and dessert. If you’re hungry, you can add on a selection of pastas, mains and pizzas (additional $60-$90. If that’s not your thing, the a la carte lunch menu has a larger selection of soups, salads and pizzas for under $200.

Monday – Friday, 1130pm-3pm; various prices

3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queens Road, Central, 2871-0055

Maison Libanaise

This cute spot right by the escalator dishes up one a super popular lunch under $200 in Central. Start with hummus and babaganous with freshly-baked pita bread, fill up on your choice of chicken, lamb or beef kebabs (or perhaps a roasted cauliflower) served with a side of Syrian salad or rice pilaf. Grab a table on the third-floor terrace to enjoy a breath of fresh air with your meal. 

Monday – Friday, 12pm-3pm; $138

10 Shelley Street, Central, 2111-2284

lunch under $200 in central

Mercedes Me

Fancy enjoying a lush lunch under $200 in Central – and perhaps check out some fancy cars while you’re at it? You’ll want to head to this sleek joint where you can enjoy a two-course meal that starts with foie gras terrine brulée or steak tartare and fills you up with mains like linguine with black truffle cream or a spiced chicken burger. A three-course version is also available, so you can enjoy dessert if your sweet tooth rears its head.

Monday – Friday, 12pm-3pm; $198/$248

48 Queen’s Road Central, 2598-7155

La Petite Maison

If you feel like splashing out – or perhaps looking to take a client for a nice but casual lunch – you can’t do better than this popular French restaurant. Their Déjeuner d’Affairs menu is a decadent celebration of French cuisine – but it’s also served with friendly, fast service so you can dash back to the office quickly if you need to. The set is a three-course symphony of flavors and textures – you just have to pick two starters and a main from a given selection. Try the Tapenade (of Niçoise olives), the Croquettes de Brandade (cod croquettes) and Calamars Frits to star. For mains, you can choose all manner of hefty, meaty dishes (or fish, if that’s your thing). The Gnocchi a la Tomate Fraîche and lamb cutlets were both excellent. Top tip: save room for dessert, and convince someone to share the vanilla crème brûlée with you. 

Monday – Friday, 12pm-230pm; $448

H Queen’s, 23-29 Stanley Street, Central, 2887-1113

 

[Updated March 2019]

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