17 Places To Help You Find Healthy Food in Singapore
In the recent years, there is a world trend of people becoming more health conscious too and these people lean towards making choices for nutritious and well-balanced meals. Especially after Chinese New Year which was full of feasts, we’re pretty sure many of you are looking for healthier meals to cleanse your palates. Here’s a list of best places you can head to for a healthy yet tasty and satisfying meal.
Where To Find Healthy Food?
The bosses of this Hawaiian-themed café located at our busy business district were vacationing in Hawaii when they first stumbled upon the Poke (seasoned raw tuna) in a supermarket no less. “We noticed it was the choice food among surfers and many would wander in dragging sand off the beach to eat Poke between catching waves,” explained John, one of the owners. For them, it was love at first taste! They spent the rest of the vacation hunting down the best Poke on the island.
Remembering the best recipes, they decided to bring Poke back to Singapore and a healthy and delicious salad/rice bowl. They designed their outlet to remind customers of the perfect sunny day on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu – a quick getaway right in the midst of Singapore’s CBD. Their Poke bowls take centre stage here but in the evenings, they also serve other traditional Hawaiian delights such as Musubi, Loco Moco and Kahlua Pig. Basically, their menu is a compilation of the best of Hawaiian food that they got to experience during their vacation. Aloha Poke recently launched their Tiki Bar on the same premises serving signature Tiki Cocktails and traditional island favourites like Mai Tai, Pinacolado and Blue Hawaii.
Dosirak touches the hearts of Koreans with authentic and healthy rice bowls. Owner Edward and his brother are always looking for ways to expand their family’s business and constantly making trips back to Korea. One day, while they were having a meal at one of those build-your-own-sandwich cafés, they realized that Korean food has always been healthy so the idea of having a similar build-your-own concept around Korean rice bowls was born.
The main focus for the brothers has always been food with value and “a balanced meal”. They believe that every dish has value but having it in moderation and based on individual requirements is how it will provide your body with the right value. Hence, Dosirak is about serving healthy and tasty food fast, with the right portion of good carbs, vegetables and protein. To ensure that, the brothers researched various cooking methods and landed on sous vide. They used their family recipes and engaged a certified food nutritionist to substitute certain ingredients without compromising the overall taste. Health Promotion Board is very supportive and received their concept very well so Dosirak is recognized as a Healthier Dining Partner. Dosirak’s signature items are beef bulgogi, soy sesame chicken, spicy kimchi chicken and cured salmon. They will be introducing new items such as soups and teas soon!
Having lived his life as an overweight teen, owner of Lean Bento, Charles, have grown to understand the importance of eating proper, delicious nutrition, as well as, the right amount of food in order to keep himself satisfied and his body healthy. Being brought up by a Chinese-Peranakan grandmother, he helped with the preparation of food in the kitchen. As he grew to become sportier and more health conscious, he realized there was a vast difference between real food and commercially produced food that was perceived to be “healthy”. Lean Bento was thus born and the team aims to disguise nutritious food as delicious food and disguise the science behind eating healthy into a real meal.
The cafe wants to serve healthy food that has a flavour made from home, with all their heart. Their signature items include the garlicky chilli chicken bento, burnt cheese chicken bento, lemon sea salt salmon bento, honey baked chicken bento and salmon Laksa pasta special that’s only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays in high-fibre pasta. This dish is inspired by Charles’ cooking roots and combines the traditional Peranakan flavours of home-made Laksa tossed with high-fibre pasta and sous-vide cooked lemon sea salt salmon. The flavours are rich, distinct, yet harmonious. Healthier options do pack a punch of flavours too! The team have always been looking inwards to come up with new flavours and varieties of bento to engage customers. They are also continually looking at improving their cooking methods, operations and more efficient ways of up-keeping consistent food quality and serving customers to the best they can.
RawBar was started in 2014, with the simple philosophy of being a destination where people can find “real food”. In a world filled with processed food, RawBar wants to show how everyone can still enjoy natural food without compromising on nutrition or flavour. Keeping it real and staying sustainable, the cafe has been serving healthy meal using wholesome ingredients to maximize their benefits to our bodies.
The signature items at RawBar includes Shanghai Salad, that’s created to target Asian palates, using ingredients such as tofu, beansprout and brown rice, with honey soy and sweet chilli dressing. Mexican Chicken Saj is another bestseller. Saj is a type of thin Arabic bread commonly found in the Levant region and one of RawBar’s founders has been working in the Middle East for more than 10years and is a big fan of Arabic food. He has thus introduced saj, which works well for people who prefer something less doughy compared to a sandwich. Saj at RawBar are baked daily at their premises and prepared as you order to guarantee its freshness.
Hummus is another crowd-pleaser and RawBar uses chickpeas and tahini which are rich in protein and many minerals. This is a perfect side dish eaten with plain saj. RawBar is proving themselves to not be your run-of-the-mill salad outlet. Having been designed to provide vegetarians and health conscious a well-balanced meal through alternative food items which are not commonly found in other salad establishments, they intend to continue building up their customer base and open up more outlets.
Roll Out Sushi Bar
Address: Tampines Mall B1-K11, 4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510
Phone: +65 6900 4372
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 10pm daily
Owners of Roll Out Sushi Bar travel quite often to Japan and are greatly inspired by the culture there. Combining with our rich multiculturalism, they have introduced locally infused sushi rolls with various flavours such as The Hainanese (poached chicken drenched with home-made grated ginger sauce on a roll of chicken flavoured sushi rice) and Red Hot Chilli Pincers (battered snow crab leg with chilli crab sauce, garnished with capelin roe) that appeal to a diverse palate.
Each roll is crafted with much happiness and love. The mountain and waves on their simple logo represents ingredients that come from the land and the seas. No pork or lard is used but Roll Out Sushi Bar is not Halal-certified. Their bestsellers are the Electric Una (grilled unagi with tamago, cucumber and spring onions, drizzled with kebayaki sauce), Emperor of the Sea (sashimi salmon accompanied with creamy avocado strips, cucumber and wasabi mayonnaise) and The Quacks (black pepper smoked duck with a good mix of cucumber and Hoisin sauce). The owners’ personal favourite is She Says More, consisting of layered avocadoes, breaded shishamo and mentaiko. Roll Out Sushi Bar is planning to “roll-out” healthy rice bowls soon so do keep your eyes opened for the latest updates!
This family business started off with a simple desire of providing wholesome, nutritious and delicious food in a bustling city like Singapore. As the idea grew, they realized that they do not just want to feed people yet, at the same time, impact and educate diners about eating well. They aspire to change the way they think about food, especially in a world where speed, time and money is paramount.
SaladStop! has a range of bestsellers such as the Singapore Chilli Crab that is inspired from our local dish and the salad consists of Romaine, crab sticks, tomato, vermicelli, egg, red onion, croutons and Singapore Chilli Crab dressing. SaladStop currently has 14 outlets across our sunny island so do check which outlet is nearest to you before you decide to go down! With 5 outlets in the Philippines at the moment, SaladStop plans to open more outlets in Indonesia and Japan this year. For other branches, click here to find out more.
Owner Ben Lee set up Sarnies café in 2011 as he felt that Singapore was lacking the kind of café he was used to in Sydney, like a hole-in-the-wall kind of sandwich bar serving wholesome meals, good food and great coffee. Sarnies is the type of place customers can go for a quick coffee and end up staying for an hour or two. This café oozes personality and embraces a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.
Bestsellers include items such as their Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich and their Home-made Bacon Cured In-House. They have opened a couple of outlets over the past two months – Sarnies Coffee and Pimp My Salad at Pasarbella Suntec City and Jar’d by Sarnies at One Raffles Place. Pimp My Salad offers gourmet salads on the go, with more than 30 ingredients to choose from for customers to build their salads from scratch. There is no limit to the number of ingredients you have to choose and no minimum at all. Every single component has a different flavour and meats are carved on the spot to ensure the best flavours. Sarnies is expanding regionally so do keep a look out for their new concepts that they will be launching in Malaysia and Bangkok over the next couple of months.
Owner Howard felt that people were gravitating towards eating more purposefully, being more conscious of what kind of food they’re having at each meal and ultimately looking for dishes that are healthy yet satisfying. People look at salad bars as places that offer healthy dining but usually these dishes are not very fulfilling. With Shinkansen, we saw the appeal of these “modern” style salads, essentially protein bowls that were full of meat, filling and offered interesting ingredients to mix together. With Howard’s love for Japanese food and his desire to offer something healthy and modern for the office crowd, Shinkansen came about.
There are a few signature bowls but the most popular is definitely the Omega 3 Donburi. It contains Shinkansen’s unique mixed grain sushi rice, salmon sashimi, maple and genmaicha cured salmon, sliced almonds and cashes, ebiko, baby spinach, romaine and butterhead lettuce, and an onsen egg along with a ginger balsamic sauce. This is a fusion dish between Japanese and Western. Shinkansen will be offering Japanese inspired breakfast soon to help those working in the CBD get a head start to their day. They’ll also be adding on a few new signature bowls and thinking about adding an option where customers can take their signature bowls and turn them into sandwiches. Another outlet is at 100AM @ Tanjong Pagar, 100 Tras Street, #03-22, Singapore 079027.
Owners of Simply Wrapps had spent collectively more than 50 years in the corporate world, travelling and living in different countries across the world, having a busy life-style always commuting and meeting people. They started as colleagues and then later become close family friends. By chance, the 3 founding members landed an assignment together in the very exotic city of Dubai, UAE and that was the time when friendship was developed, dream was created, vision was planted and mission was set for a common interest they have been enjoying together – GOOD FOOD! One major challenge they found while in their corporate lives was that while the corporation they worked for have very high demands of them in terms of energy and mental strength, they were not having proper nutritional food to keep them going. Hence, their concept is to target people who are always on the go with no time for a proper sit down meal.
To keep the body healthy in order to handle the tremendous stress of daily work load, pollution in the air and fast moving environment, there is a need to have very balanced of intake of fiber, protein and vitamins as well as lot of varieties to make every meal interesting. While the founding members where traveling extensively, they have experienced different cuisines. The idea of putting all the goodness of different vegetables, protein and vitamins as well as best of the different cuisines into a wrap or salad bowl with healthy dressing complimented with a cup of freshly cold pressed juice in an affordable and quick service approach came to their mind. They believed that Healthy and Tasty Food and Beverages should be made affordable and accessible to everyone.
Simply Wrapps has their 15 Chef Creations on their menu specially designed to excite the taste buds and unlock imaginations of their customers about food they are consuming with Simply Wrapps, while at the same time to promote quality and healthy eating at a very affordable price level. Each Chef Creation item represents a name that customers can easily associate their “selected cuisine” with a specific country. The bestseller is “Martian Delights” as Simply Wrapps simply explained, “Martians love this item but the fact is that this item has been our top selling that cut across many nationalities and races that we could not fairly name it after any country or Planet Earth”. Simply Wrapps will continue looking into setting up more outlets across Singapore and even overseas in the near future. For other branches, please click here.
The Bento People was birthed with a mission to encourage customers to embrace healthy eating as a lifestyle. The inspiring guy, Tat Hon, behind this healthy concept, is commonly known by others as “Doc”, simply because he was a doctor-turned-accidental chef. He wants to prove that it’s a mistake to stereotype doctor chef with healthy food. All he wanted was to be a chef who creates sincere and good food that people can enjoy with their loved ones and the fact that he was a doctor should be immaterial.
The Bento People goes by these four strict “rules” of “no added sugar”, “more whole grains”, “more vegetables and fruits” and “a healthy balance”. Their Bento Box is a useful powerful visual guide to choosing healthy as it is all about proportions and portions. Instead of prescribing a healthy balanced meal, The Bento People provides a range of food, some healthier than others, with information and descriptions attached, which encourage customers to choose healthily. The idea is to allow customers to realize that eating healthy is essentially about choosing what they put onto their plate and to embrace that as a habit, a lifestyle and to be practicing that even when they are not dining at The Bento People. Some of their signature dishes which are very popular with their regular customers include Quinoa Fried Rice Yangzhou style under the category of whole grains, Salmon Confit and Sous Vide Chicken Breast for proteins, and cauliflower in Thai green curry for vegetables. People often go for their ultimate Quinoa beef bowl and Quinoa Lemak bowl as well.
The Daily Cut
Address: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-31, Singapore 048616
Phone: +65 6221 6165
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm and 6pm – 8.30pm (Mon-Fri). 11am – 3.30pm (Sat&Sun). / 11am – 8pm (Mon-Fri). 11am – 4pm (Sat). Closed on Sun&PHs.
Founder Jonathan was looking for a healthy eating option that allowed him to still indulge in sizeable portions of meat as opposed to chowing down on only great servings of greens. He did not find any that satisfied his criteria. Therefore, he decided to start his own. All of The Daily Cut’s protein salad bowls are completely customized.
The most popular item is their Ribeye Steak and their Turkey while their most popular salad dressing is the Ginger Ponzu dressing. The premise behind the preparation of food at The Daily Cut is simple and straightforward as everything is cooked on-site and on-demand. The proteins at most salad places are either pre-cooked and chilled or outsourced to be cooked by third-party vendors, which does not always result in the most appetizing end product. Hence, The Daily Cut opts to cook everything at their outlets so that customers can eat healthily and still enjoy the flavours that naturally accompany freshly prepared piping hot food. Customers can also create their desired completely chilled traditional salads if that is more of their preference. They have another outlet at 1 Fusionopolis Place, #01-28/29 Galaxis, Singapore 138522. Keep your eyes peeled as their third outlet will be opened in the second half of 2016 at the upcoming Tanjong Pagar Centre.
VeganBurg offers burgers that make you happy and the planet happy! The world is consuming much more meat than our grandparents did back in their day and factory farming has become the root cause of global warming. Another detrimental issue is that it’s also the number one cause of obesity yet, people are also suffering from hunger because of it. There is more than enough food to feed everyone but it’s not going to the right places. It’s going to the livestock industry, which is eventually supplied to the fast food industry.
The fast food concept will continue to be a big chunk of our lifestyles and it supports a growing population. VeganBurg cannot change the fast food system but they can change what goes into it. Holding a strong belief in changing our lifestyles to support the livestock industry in order for our planet to be sustainable, VeganBurg has refined food pop culture and comfort food with its 100% plant-based menu. Combining fibre-fueled bun, farm fresh greens, GMO free patty and gourmet sauce, VeganBurg has fused the concept of a sustainable fast food and serve vegan burgers that are great in taste and nutritional in value. Every bite at VeganBurg is a step towards an environmentally sustainable diet and every meal is an effort towards a better world by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.
Items on their burger menu include Cracked Mayo, consisting of egg and dairy-free mayonnaise burger with a wonderfully crispy, yet moist GMO-free soy patty, accompanied by garden fresh lettuce, which is high in iron, magnesium and calcium and Smoky BBQ, consisting of a thick patty of succulent mushroom slathered in sweet smoky BBQ sauce, coupled with layers of garden fresh green, onions, tomato and pickles, nestled within soft wholemeal bun, which is high in beta-carotene. There are also other burgers such as Char-Grilled Satay that is high in anti-oxidants and Avocado Beetroot that is rich in folate and vitamin K. You can end your meal with desserts like their organic brown rice ice cream which is a velvety banana encompassed by rich dark chocolate and almond coating – an irresistible gluten-free crunch!
Address: One Raffles Place, #B1-32, Singapore 048618
Phone: +65 6443 3391
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon – Fri), 10.30am – 8pm (Sat), 10.30am – 2pm (Sun). Closed on PH.
Lilian started WHEAT selling baumkuchens five years ago but she finds it guilty to eat baumkuchens everyday so, she switched to selling healthy tasty food a year later. She hopes her menu of delicious healthy food is able to cater to all walks of life. The pricing at WHEAT is very reasonable and the food is easy to prepare. This enables WHEAT to provide their customers with short waiting time while serving them quickly and efficiently, especially during the busy lunch hour. As Lilian heads to the gym often and watches her weight conscientiously in order to keep fit, she feels that the current menu of WHEAT is more suitable. She loves trying new food and eats everything in moderation so the low calorie of the food at WHEAT keeps her weight in check!
WHEAT has just been approved and recognized as Healthier Dining Partner by the Health Promotion Board so now you know that all their dishes are kept below 500 calories. WHEAT’s top three popular items are their Salmon Soba – grilled salmon fillet with soba, Bull Run – teriyaki chicken with soba and the Penguin – shredded steam chicken breast with soba. WHEAT will be introducing new dishes to be launched in mid-March such as quinoa salad with grilled chicken, beef stew with brown rice and barramundi belly with soba. Customers can request the items of their choice to pair with soba, brown rice or salad. The brown rice at WHEAT consists of 50% red rice and 50% brown rice. Red rice is a very healthy choice. Many customers enjoy their Sriracha Chilli sauce as well. Do feel free to ask for less/more/no sauce. Other outlets include Asia Square Tower 1 and International Plaza.
Fitness Ration is meant to provide healthy, fitness food at everyone’s convenience. The team started out with the vision of raising the standard of living in Singapore hence their meals are the only ones that are Gender Specific. On top of getting quality food that is baked, steamed or grilled, customers are also getting just the right amount for their bodies. What truly sets them apart is the fact that their meals are all freshly frozen to preserve the quality, nutrition and taste and no preservatives are required.
Fitness Ration offers two basic meal plans, “Lean On Me” (perfect for shedding some weight) and “Heavy Duty” (complements muscle gaining) and they deliver island-wide. Their menu is revamped every 2-3 months to bring a greater variety of healthy, fitness food to the masses. Everything prepared is inspired from different cultures, from “Spicy Thai Minced Beef” to “Authentic Black Charsiew Chicken Breast” and “Miso Salmon” to “Gochujang Sliced Beef” so customers get the best of international cuisine. All sauces and marinates are made in-house and every carbohydrate and fibre is peeled, sliced, mashed and prepared in their kitchen. Fitness Ration is currently not Halal certified but they do not use any pork or lard in their meals. There is no alcohol-infused ingredients and their protein sources come from Halal suppliers as well. Fitness Ration has received many inquiries for vegetarian and vegan meal plans and are currently undergoing R&D to cater to these customers.
When one thinks of eating healthy, “troublesome” and “expensive” are words that normally come to mind, especially in Singapore. The people behind local food delivery service, Food Matters, aims to put those perceptions to rest. The increasingly popular service is owned and managed by Massive Collective, a brand name synonymous with the Food & Beverage and Lifestyle industries in Asia, and is a collaboration with American Firness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) certified nutritionist Alexandra Prabaharan. Targeted at millennials, the brand saw a gap in the market for food options catering to busy people who wanted to eat healthily on a consistent basis without burning a hole in their pocket. Thus, Food Matters was conceived, with the aim of catering to the next generation of modern, lifestyle enthusiasts who care about their physical well-being in the workplace, offering them healthier food options that still taste great, are reasonably priced and are delivered to them daily through efficient logistics channels. The service values itself in increasing efficiency, optimization and overall happiness and well-being amongst consumers.
Popular dishes on the menu include Nasi Lemak, using baked chicken breast and brown rice, Hainanese Chicken Rice, with baked chicken thigh and brown rice cooked in chicken stock and tossed in olive oil and the Salmon Cilantro Fishcakes with Quinoa Miso Salad. The service also offers a daily “Paleo-friendly” option that consists of one meat (grilled chicken, steak or fish) and vegetables and is a hit among more health conscious consumers. The menu currently features over 40 different dishes and is made up of healthy versions of local Singaporean and Western meal options to cater to a mixed consumer base that enjoys different cuisines.
Grain is a venture-backed food technology company based in Singapore. They aim to make it easy for everyone to eat better and conveniently. Customers are able to order delicious, wholesome meals or cold-pressed juices in a few simple clicks at their corporate website. Grain stands out in a crowded food delivery space by maintaining control over nearly every piece of the entire supply chain, from cooking to ordering to delivering. Grain’s philosophy is to spend on infrastructure when necessary and reap the benefits from greater volume in the long run. This has helped Grain drive its high level of customer service, which is its competitive advantage over other food delivery market places. While the team is currently focused on Singapore, it has eventual plans to extend its philosophy to serve customers across Asia. Their signature dishes are Miso Salmon on Soy and Ginger Soba Salad, Thai Citrus Sea Bass on Quinoa and Papaua Salad and Gyudon with Ramen Egg. Grain has made many efforts, enlisting the help of prominent food investors, so as to open up more outlets and get in guest chefs to create more exciting dishes. They’ll be moving into a new kitchen the following month that is ten times bigger than their current kitchen as they currently sell out very quickly on most days.
Spinacas’ delivery concept is inspired by delicious, fresh food when founder and fitness fanatic Phyllis took a sabbatical in Spain. What started out as a 2-months sabbatical in Spain spun into a healthy salad delivery concept for this former architect. Inspired by her trip to Europe where she discovered healthy good food as a way of life and was exposed to a variety of fresh whole produce and readily available meats used in the salads, she attempted to recreate her meal experiences back in Singapore but without success. Being an all round foodie, she felt that salads that were both nutritious and hearty just did not exist. Most of them were too protein-light and carb-heavy and she would always be hungry by 3pm. It was then that she begin creating her own salads, always adding more meat cooked in flavour-packed mixes. She packed some for friends to try and before she knew it, she was making deliveries around town on her red Vespa scooter, and Spinacas was born! Spinacas has introduced a premium line recently, which is receiving great response from their customers. Dishes include Shiraz Braised Beef Cheeks and Espresso Pork Loin Pork Ribs. The idea behind the Beef Cheeks came to Phyllis when she was holidaying in France. She spent a week in the Alps and stayed in a tiny ski hotel with full-board hence, it was quite common to have all meals in the hotel because there weren’t many places to go after dark. The owner made the most amazing beef stew Phyllis has ever savoured. Hence, Phyllis proceeded to ask for the owner’s secret and created a healthier version. You would love the Shiraz for its deep robust flavour! Spinacas is looking to get a larger premise this year as they have a lot to expand on their delivery model.
Having tried salads and healthy rice bowls, we still prefer having our fatty meats but we believe everything has to be taken in moderation. Thanks to the above places, we now believe that healthy meals doesn’t necessarily mean bland nor tasteless. Healthy meals can be created to taste delicious too!