If we could have our way, we'll have good food all day, every day. But not everything that tastes good, is good for you. For those who dread vegetables and healthy food, you'll be pleased to know that it's more to it than just chicken breast and a mountain of mesclun. Variety is key and that's where these places excel.
The next time you find yourself staring at your boring desk salad, think about all the other healthy food options available to you instead. Whether you're in the CBD or in the heartlands, these healthy restaurants all around the city help meet your #eatclean goals – without boring you.
It’s not all about cold salads when eating clean. At Tokyo Sundubu, tuck into a warm meal of Korean tofu stew, which is well-loved for its collagen-rich soup and fresh toppings. Its main highlight: the humble sundubu, or soft soy tofu, that’s made in-house to yield a silky texture. Choose from ingredients like chicken ($14), beef ($17) or Asari clams ($16) to add an extra dose of protein, before slurping up the fiery broth with red pepper that’s said to help kick-start your metabolism.
The latest all-day dining concept of Tiong Bahru Bakery serves up thoughtful, clean plates that aren’t just leaves tossed with dressing. Take for instance the hot chicken salad with caramelised pumpkin ($20) – it might sound simple, but to prepare it, chicken breast is first marinated overnight in turmeric and lemongrass, then slow-cooked in a pan. For a balanced square meal, pair it with the Super Green Warm Soup ($16) blended with a long list of nutritious greens, or get the one-dish Rainbow Bowl ($19) where brown and wild rice are topped with pineapple kimchi, purple potato chips, salsa verde, and a slow-cooked organic egg. The only downside? Resisting the buttery pastries on display.
COMO Cuisine brings together the best dishes from the luxury hotel’s various properties. So while you might be dining at COMO’s hip Dempsey enclave, your tastebuds will be taking a journey across the globe, sampling Bhutanese momo ($12) with a side of ezay chilli, or digging into the same aromatic lobster biryani ($48) that’s served at its Cocoa Island property. The menu leans healthy, thanks in part to a series of signatures from COMO Shambala, the brand’s wellness arm. Try the popular tandoor cauliflower ($22), which is marinated in yoghurt, turmeric, garlic, ginger, and coriander before it goes into a tandoor oven to earn a smoky char. Savour other vegetable-forward dishes like the mangrove crab salad ($24) and golden beetroot ($20) as well.
Supergreek makes its own Greek yoghurt – a painstaking process that takes over 30 hours – just because it believes that the final product is smoother, creamier, and healthier. Try it in its protein-packed Super Smoothies ($6), blended with fruits, or find it in a range of homemade sauces like tzatziki and avocado that tops the many healthy grain bowls. There’s the grilled chicken steak ($9.90) with quinoa, spinach, roasted pumpkin, and other vegetables, served with hummus and Greek yoghurt avocado sauce; and the more traditional Greek beef meatballs ($9.90), which comes with spicy feta cheese and tzatziki.
The Garden Club serves a vegetable-forward menu, and even has a rooftop garden where ingredients are grown, harvested and used in its food. A Quick Serve menu (from $8) is served during lunch, where you can customise your own bowl with choices like roasted purple carrots, fried Brussels sprouts, and garlic mushrooms. Its à la carte menu also features waistline-friendly options like the garden ragu fettuccine ($15) made from Beyond Meat and miso chicken breast ($17).
Here, toasts (from $8) come topped with hearty, healthy ingredients like mashed avocadoes or roasted eggplant drizzled with miso dressing ($8). The Social Space also serves colourful smoothie bowls (from $10) blended with a variety of fruits and vegetables. You can also swap out the usual cuppa for a calming chamomile lavender latte ($7) or a golden turmeric latte ($6). But more than just a healthy eatery, is is also home to a socially-conscious nail salon, and stocks eco-friendly lifestyle products.
If you're in the heart of the CBD and looking for really healthy food, Shake Farm serves up healthy juices, protein shakes, acai bowls, super toasts, pita pockets and salads you can mix and match to your heart's desire. Healthy eating comes with a cost of course, as salads start from $10 for a regular bowl. Shakes and juices start from $8 but it they're packed with superfood ingredients like bananas, spinach, almond butter and more.
With plant-based trend picking up in the restaurant scene, The Botanic have done right by switching things up, offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes like ricotta dumplings with pomelo, pickled pumpkin, and pumpkin seed miso ($25) and smoked eggplant with coconut and black bean sauce ($20). But if you love your meat, don't fuss too much. The plant-based dishes feature alongside free-range, organic meat and seafood offerings as well and dishes like grilled squid with inked rice ($28).
DoSiRak serves healthy, sub-500 calorie Korean-style lunch bowls in the CBD. Create your lunchbox by choosing a carb, a protein and several veggies including its housemade kimchi. The standard serving packs white rice into the bowl, but add $1 for brown rice or buckwheat noodles to add heft to add-ins like beef bulgogi ($9.90), cured salmon ($11.90) and kimchi tofu ($7.90), drizzled with DoSiRak’s homemade Korean chilli sauce.
For healthy and affordable build-your-own bowls in the CBD, hit up Wafuken at either Asia Square Tower 2 or OUE Downtown Gallery. A plain donburi ($4) – choose between furikake Japanese brown rice or white rice – is served with onsen egg, daikon and cucumber pickles and you can choose to add on protein options like sous vide chicken breast ($4) to make a bowl that still comes in at under $10.
Opened by health coach Elika Mather, Kitchen by Food Rebel aims to improve the wellbeing of diners through what they eat. Everything in this 40-seater café is made from scratch – including the sauces and salad dressings – and is free from preservatives. You can’t do wrong with one of its signature Buddha bowls: the vegan sweet potato and chickpea one ($19) comes with beetroot hummus, quinoa, and a dollop of tofu and avocado that’s been blended together, finished with tahini dressing. Craving pasta but trying to curb your carbs? Opt for the zoodle bolognese ($18), raw zucchini noodles ladled with hearty meat sauce that’ll leave you satisfied but not stuffed.