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Entertainment, Food & Beverage

Low-cost meals now in CBD area

New NTUC Foodfare foodcourt gives office workers affordable options.
The Straits Times - September 27, 2012
By: Feng Zengkun
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Low-cost meals now in CBD area The foodcourt run by NTUC Foodfare provides affordable meal options for about 30,000 workers in the Marina Bay Financial Centre. It has 14 stalls offering Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Western and other fare. Chicken rice is priced at $3.50 and a plate of me

OFFICE workers in the city will now be able to get affordable meals at an upscale foodcourt that officially opened yesterday, the first such venture in the Central Business District by social enterprise NTUC Foodfare.

The foodcourt at the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) offers dishes such as chicken rice for $3.50 and mee goreng for $4.

The prices are several dollars cheaper than similar dishes sold at other eateries in the area, which are mostly more expensive.

NTUC union members can also get value meals starting from $1.40.

Located on level two of the MBFC's Tower 3, the foodcourt has a sports bar and lounge, as well as electronic tickers to display the latest news and financial updates.

Dishes can also be ordered online - at www.foodfareonline.com - and collected from express lanes.

The foodcourt will be open from 8am to 10pm on weekdays and 8am to 3pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays. It has 14 stalls offering Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Western and other fare.

Local restaurant chains such as Sakae Sushi and Go India have set up stalls in the foodcourt.

NTUC Foodfare chief executive Perry Ong said the group is able to offer lower food prices partly because it negotiated an affordable rent and a longer lease for the MBFC space.

While prices might rise in the future if labour and ingredient costs increase, Mr Ong said: "We will make an effort to be the most affordable eatery in the area."

He added that NTUC Foodfare will consider opening other outlets in the city, for example along Shenton Way or at Raffles Place.

Customers at the foodcourt yesterday said it was an affordable alternative to bistros and restaurants in the area. About 30,000 people work in the MBFC alone.

Finance executive Cynthia Ong, 38, who works in the centre, said: "I used to walk to Raffles Place for lunch. Now I eat breakfast and lunch here on most days. The quality is not bad and the location is very convenient."

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