You Pay Whatever Amount You Want for this S’pore Restaurant


We actually wrote about this once, about a couple of restaurants in China. Those restaurants were a disaster, and the owners lost a crazy amount of money rapidly. This just goes to show human beings are pretty terrible in general.

But what happens if we have that in Singapore?

Believe it or not, there’s one such restaurant in S’pore

The answer is probably the same since basically every Singaporean is kiasu AF. However, take a look at this Indian vegetarian restaurant, Annalakshmi. In open defiance of the expected norm, this restaurant where you can pay however much you want has been open for 30 years.


30 years! The restaurant is actually part of a chain started in Malaysia and has branches in Singapore, Australia and India. There are actually two restaurants here in Singapore!

A Buffet That Lets You Pay Whatever You Wish

The restaurant serves South Indian vegetarian food, in a buffet style, and patrons are not given a bill after they’re done. Everyone gets to choose how much they want to pay, which probably makes you wonder just how the restaurant is still running. 

Apparently, the staff are all voluntary, and the restaurant itself is part of a non-profit organisation known as the Temple of Fine Arts, with the proceeds going to charity.

At this juncture, I would just like to say that I’m absolutely impressed, at both the restaurant for being able to keep this afloat for so long despite what we all expected to happen and at Singaporeans for being reasonably generous with their money.


Actually, it’s probably to do with saving face here. Nobody really wants to be seen as a cheapo. Lose face sia.

The good thing about a restaurant like this is that they can serve really cheap or even free food to those who actually need it.

According to reviews, the food here is excellent, for those of you who are wondering. The restaurant is decked out in standard Indian restaurant décor, with comfortable air conditioning and no menu at all. Dishes like varieties of dosai, oothappam (rice and lentil pancakes) and curries are available at the buffet spread.

Personally, I’ll definitely visit this restaurant, and maybe even when I eventually become flat broke. I would imagine this to be a terrible dinner date destination, though. Pay too little and you’ll be judged by your date, pay too much and you probably can’t keep the façade up for long.

Annalakshmi Restaurant
Central Square, #01-04, 20 Havelock Road
Monday – Sunday
Lunch: 11.15am – 3pm
Dinner: 6.15pm – 9.30pm
Tel: 63399993 

Annalakshmi Janatha
104 Amoy Street
Monday – Saturday
11 am – 3 pm
Tel: 62230809

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