Photo: Sunnychoice Cafe
What does it mean to serve “healthy” food? A diversity of restaurants exists, each offering their take on organic, vegan and vegetarian, all emphasising the use of quality, seasonal ingredients without excessive additives or flavourings. While the cost of these ingredients may be more expensive, enjoying a healthy feed in Singapore need not be overly pricey if you know where to go. Here are our top five picks to leave you feeling nutritionally energised.
The Greenroom Café
For vegan dining in a lush park setting
Head to The Greenroom Café for a wide selection of vegan, GMO-free dishes like vegan soy laksa ($14) and creamy mushroom soup ($8). Good news for the sweet toothed – a great selection of desserts is available including vegan ice-cream, handmade locally with brown rice and nuts. Weekday diners can enjoy the executive lunch set of a starter and main for $15 from 12pm-3pm. Note that The Green Room’s sister restaurant next door, Canopy Garden Dining & Bar, allows guests to sit with their pets in their alfresco dining area while still enjoying dishes from The Greenroom Cafe’s menu.
The Greenroom Cafe | Address: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2 | Tel: 65561553 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm: Sat, Sun, Eve of PH & PH 12noon-10.30pm | Price: around $20++ per person
For leisurely vegetarian grub in the city
This 3-in-1 café-bookshop-grocer is an airy welcoming haven of organic vegetarian yumminess. While portions are on the modest side, they are made with love and include Western dishes like pasta and pizza alongside Asian offerings like rice and noodles. Try the beet burger, featuring a handmade patty of beetroot, carrots, onion, millet and potato, coupled with organic sweet potato wedges ($12.80). For the perfect brunch pick-me-up, the organic gluten-free strawberry and banana pancakes combine warm bananas, tart strawberry pieces and a sweet drizzle of organic agave ($9.80). One downside: Real Food has a tendency to be real slow. But hey, you can’t rush goodness.
Real Food | Address: 110 Killiney Road, Tai Wah Building | Tel: 6737 9516 | Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8.45pm, Sun 10am-7.45pm | Price: around $18 per person
Healthy fare in suburbia
This store cum cafe run by five sisters serves up a great variety of healthy vegetarian dishes at a great price. Guests can enjoy a casual meal and later stock up on the affordable organic products available in-store. Try their version of Thunder Tea rice ($7.50), generously topped with flavourful veggies and mushrooms. Other delicious options include the pumpkin fried brown rice, pineapple fried rice and bibimbap, all of which can be washed down with a refreshing glass of organic fruit juice. Additionally, all prices are nett – no service charges or GST are applicable.
SunnyChoice Cafe | Address: 34 Upper Bukit Timah Road | Tel: 68922383 | Opening Hours: Daily 10am-9pm | Price: around $13 per person
Poison Ivy Bistro at Bollywood Veggies
A wholesome family dining adventure
Yes, location-wise, this is decidedly ulu by Singapore standards, but the trek is well worth it. The bistro takes farm-to-table cuisine seriously, with majority of its ingredients grown onsite, free from chemical fertilisers, pesticides and growth hormones. Accessible by driving or a 20-minute shuttle bus from Kranji MRT, make a day of it and visit the Food Museum and the Farm Tour. Cooking classes can also be arranged upon request and you can even buy some seasonal farm-fresh vegetables and fruits to bring home. Note that dinner is not served at the Bistro as the farm closes at 6.30pm and all payments are cash only.
Poison Ivy Bistro | Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road | Tel: 6898 5001 | Opening hours: Wed-Sun & PH from 9am-6.30pm (no dinner) | Price: around $15 per person
Photo: Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar
Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar
Clean, healthy date night or catch-up with friends
Onaka presents well-thought out, artfully presented organic Asian-Western fusion fare at reasonable prices. Customers can order from categories of ‘Superfoods’, Asian-inspired or Premium dishes. Two or three course set-menus (prices range from $20++ to $30++) are available weekdays during lunch and dinner. While almost 50% of the menu is vegetarian, Onaka serves up several meaty dishes of goodness including the lamb shank ($28) and boef bourgignon ($30). Try the watermelon sashimi ($10) which is a sous vide watermelon, topped with agar wasabi "tobiko" and kombu,with daikon tamari dip for an inventive take on vegetarian sashimi. Onaka also gets brownie points for being receptive to special dietary requests like being low glycemic, gluten free or vegan.
Book a table here | Address: 460 Alexandra Road, #01-32 Alexandra Retail Centre | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 10.30am-10pm | Price: around $25 per person
A self-confessed daydreamer, Pudding Ibrahim is into writing, intrepid travels, well-being, hugs, 3D movies and constantly seeking the meaning of life. Through her journey thus far, she has discovered that the answer to most questions in life is…chocolate. She also has been known, on several occasions, to fight for the last brownie, with about a ninety-eight per cent success rate. You have been warned.