Given that 60% of Singaporeans eat out four times or more weekly (event more than me!!), their health-food scene is starting to pick up. A new breed of restaurant is spreading - offering delicious options for those who are more healthy conscious. I headed out there to soak up some culture and check out the good grub on offer. Check out my top pics for chowing down in Singapore:
1. Afterglow by Anglow
At this delicious raw food veggie eatery, you'll find farm-to-table, eco-friendly dishes a-plenty. The team here have a hardcore dedication to making everything from scratch, and the menu serves up some awesome options - think raw pizza, acai bowls and raw pesto pasta. Yes, it’s hipster heaven, but you won't miss the meat, I promise!
Afterglow by Anglow, 24 Keong Saik Road s089131
2. Grain Traders
Grain Traders is a new kid on the block in Singapore. Its DIY health bowls allow you to pick from a selection of grains, proteins, toppings and yummy sauces. The menu is effortlessly cool. Think vegetable options such as apple kimchi and charred furikake corn, and sauces like beetroot cream (above). At just S$16 a bowl, it looks and tastes like a restaurant-quality special.
Grain Traders, #01-01-3, 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen
3. The Daily Cut
While this isn't in the most beautiful of settings, (in a shopping mall basement) the food far makes up for it. Collect a menu-option sheet at the beginning of the queue and select your base, protein, carbs (if wanted) and any dressing from the extensive list. Your perfect bowl is then make up on the spot as you hand it in to the counter. Fresh, wholesome, and totally your own creation. Tip: order takeout and enjoy on the grass outside.
The Daily Cut, 1 Fusionopolis Pl, Singapore 138632
4. The Living Cafe & Deli
A second raw food offering, The Living Cafe specialises in uncooked creations using no red meat, gluten, dairy, refined sugar, preservatives, additives or artificial colourings. There's an awesome plant-based lunch menu and a great selection of raw cheesecakes or bliss balls for dessert. Try the Raw Matcha Mint Cake and escape to foodie heaven.
The Living Café, 779 Bukit Timah Road s269758
5. Toss & Turn
This gourmet Salad, Soup & Sandwich Bar by Cedele has a few locations across Singapore. Customers can select their own customisable and pre-designed gourmet salads. Offering huge portions and excellent value for money, this is a great option on the run or mid-shopping frenzy.
Toss & Turn, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #B4-55 s238801
6. Lean Bento
Using only pesticide + gluten free ingredients, Lean Bento's menu is created specifically for fitness buffs - with clearly stated nutritional content on all dishes (which I think all restaurants should have!). Depending on your level of activity or your fitness goals, pick from one of three categories: High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate and Complex-Carbohydrate. Think salmon, chicken breast patties and other lean meats. Sides include protein-rich edamame, antioxidant-rich wakame salad, vegetables and multi-grain nigiri. Tip: Try the Lemon Sea Salt Salmon Roasted Broccoli Salad or Protein Garden (Vegan) - so good!
Lean Bento, #02-02, 11 Collyer Quay, The Arcade
Prefer to make your own?
The Rawyal Kitchen
The private chef provides customised detox programmes and meal plans, catered dinners and small-group cooking classes all pivoting around raw cuisine. Classes start at $80 for themed one-hour classes or from $280 for three-hour introductory raw cooking classes.