Eat­ing Clean In Sin­ga­pore: Where To Go

FIND­ING GOOD FOOD THAT’S TASTY AND GOOD FOR YOU MAY NOT BE AS DIF­FI­CULT AS YOU THINK.

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Try­ing to keep your diet healthy? We’ve sussed out some great lo­cal spots to dine.

With so many new cafes and restau­rants con­stantly open­ing their doors, we’re al­ways spoilt for choice on where to head to for a team lunch or fam­ily din­ner. But did you know about these new spots for healthy meals? From leafy greens to the fresh­est sushi, you can in­dulge in your favourite foods on the go while keep­ing a bal­anced diet and skip­ping out on the ex­tra calo­ries. Now you’ll have no rea­son not to get back to your (old) New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to eat bet­ter. Here are our top picks for new restau­rants to try next.

1. TA-DA! THE BISTRO

Lo­cated con­ve­niently at Bras Basah, this clas­sic bistro ap­peals to the of­fice crowd and stu­dents alike. Per­fect for a hearty yet healthy lunch, the build­able DIY Poke Bowls is no doubt the star at­trac­tion – you can cus­tom­ize your bowl with sta­ples like flavoured mix rice, truf­fle pasta, salmon cubes and other in­gre­di­ents. Other must-trys in­clude the Fried Salmon ($21.90) with broc­coli purée, edamame and spiced-in­fused toma­toes and the Salmon & Ebiko Pasta ($18) topped with to­biko.

2. HRVST CAFE & BAR

Ve­g­ans, re­joice! This rus­tic restau­rant and bar launched by bou­tique gym Kil­ter Av­enue fo­cuses on mak­ing ve­gan meals look ab­so­lutely mouth-wa­ter­ing. With starters at $10 to $12 and mains rang­ing from $14 to $18, you can en­joy a sym­phony of flavours with dishes like Soy Sa­tay with peanut sauce and veg­gie chips and Bak Kut Teh Bar­ley Risotto with diced fresh daikon, cau­li­flower chips, gar­lic oil, pink radish and braised nuts.

3. BEARDED BELLA

Feel­ing hun­gry near the CB Dare a? Try this Mel­bourne in­spired neigh bo ur hood cafe for some guilt-free eats and cof­fee. Whether you’re ready to in­dulge your sweet tooth with some Chia Pud­ding or fill up your belly with the hearty Mush­room & Hum­mus, there’s a main for ev­ery taste. You won’t have to scrimp on sides like Poached Eggs or Sour­dough Toast ei­ther, since they’re wal­let-friendly at only

$2 to $3.50.

4. LIT­TLE FARMS CAFÉ

Since its open­ing in 2016, Lit­tle Farms has be­come the go-to store for fresh pro­duce, meats and gro­ceries from Aus­tralia and Europe. Now you can en­joy a scrump­tious brunch and all-day break­fast menu made with their pre­mium in­gre­di­ents! Of­fer­ings at this petite cafe in­clude a va­ri­ety of daily sal­ads and freshly baked goods, like Gra­nola & Fresh Fruit ($12) and Smashed Avo­cado ($15).

5. SUSHI KIMURA

This min­i­mal­is­tic fine-din­ing restau­rant is all about serving up fresh, au­then­tic Ja­panese fare. Owned and headed by Chef To­moo Kimura, each dish is highly sea­sonal – so ex­pect huge changes in the menu ev­ery cou­ple of months. With prices rang­ing from $120 to $250 for lunch and $280 to $400 for din­ner, you can ex­pect noth­ing but the best or­ganic in­gre­di­ents in each piece of sushi.

6. THE STAM­FORD BRASSERIE

Serving break­fast, lunch and din­ner plus drinks and cof­fee, this multi-con­cept restau­rant and bar is Swis­sô­tel The Stam­ford’s only F&B es­tab­lish­ment to be run with­out the use of plas­tic. Lo­cated on the ground floor of Equinox Com­plex, it fea­tures an All-day Din­ing Restau­rant, Beer Bar and a Grab-and-Go for busy Sin­ga­pore­ans on the go. Here, you can treat your­self to el­e­gant com­fort food like baked fish en pa­pil­lote and salt-baked tap­root salad with feta cheese, wal­nuts, and spinach.

7. VERDE KITCHEN

Head to the sec­ond floor of the Hilton Sin­ga­pore if you’re in search of freshly made mains, soups and sal­ads for break­fast or brunch. With gluten-free, dairy free, vege­tar­ian and raw food op­tions, this chic 32-seater in­cor­po­rates lo­cally and sus­tain­ably-sourced in­gre­di­ents. Like the restau­rant’s mantra ‘Real Food, Full of Nat­u­ral Fla­vors’, din­ers can ex­pect de­li­cious and whole­some of­fer­ings like the Grilled Tan­doori Or­ganic Lacto Chicken Wrap with ‘ketchum­bar’ salad ($27), and an Or­ganic Basil-crusted Glacier 51 Tooth Fish cooked with lo­cal mush­rooms ($38).

8. GOOD­NESS ME!

Lo­cated at the NTUC Food Fare in Clif­ford Cen­tre, Oh My Good­ness! is a lo­cal ini­tia­tive that makes healthy but de­li­cious food more read­ily avail­able to the pub­lic. Their prod­ucts are high qual­ity, gluten and dairy-free but still ex­tremely tasty. Some of their of­fer­ings in­clude su­per­food clus­ters and fruit sor­bet bars, frozen acai tubs, pa­leo beef jerky and ve­gan mush­room jerky, all of which make great nu­tri­tious and de­li­cious snacks for a mid-day of­fice break. For any­one work­ing in the CBD, con­sider this be­fore you head out to buy some­thing fried and oily to get you through the rest of the day.

Where: 01-03A Man­ulife Cen­ter, 51 Bras Basah Road Open­ing Hours: 11am to 11pm (Mon­day to Sat­ur­day), closed on Sun­days

Where: 05-01 OUE Down­town Gallery, 6A Shen­ton Way Open­ing Hours: 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30 to 11pm (Week­days), 9am to 3pm (Sat­ur­day brunch), closed on Sun­days and Pub­lic Hol­i­days

Where: #01-07 Palais Re­nais­sance, 390 Or­chard Road. Open­ing Hours: Lunch from 12pm to 3pm (last seat­ing 1:30pm), Din­ner from 7pm to 10pm (last seat­ing: 8.30pm), closed on Mon­days

Where: 8 Craig Rd, Tan­jong Pa­gar Sin­ga­pore 089668. Open­ing Hours: 7:30am to 5pm daily

Where: Val­ley Point Store (#01-20), Val­ley Point Shop­ping Cen­tre. Open­ing Hours: 7:30am to 6pm daily

Where: Level 2 Hilton Sin­ga­pore, 581 Or­chard Road Open­ing Hours: 10.30am to 5.30pm (Mon­days to Satur­days), closed on Sun­days. *Only desserts & bev­er­ages are served from 2:30pm on­wards.

Where: Base­ment 1, Clif­ford Cen­tre, 24 Raf­fles Place Open­ing Hours: Mon­day to Fri­day, 11am to 7pm

Where: Level 1 Swis­so­tel The Stam­ford, 2 Stam­ford Road. Open­ing Hours: 10am to 10pm daily

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