If you ever have a health-conscious friend, you would be privy to the common challenge health junkies face – how do you eat healthily when there is so much junk food around?
To them, junk food isn’t limited to fast food. Hawker fare lathered with oil can be just as frightening to those controlling their intake.
However, unbeknown to many, there are some cafes in Singapore that offers food that any health-conscious being can enjoy. Here are the 10 best cafes in Singapore that serve delicious and healthy food.
1. Real Food
Real Food is a household name for many health junkies. Self-run by a team of individuals who believe in using nothing but the best quality ingredients, their food is free from processed ingredients, artificial preservatives and trans-fat. The business has expanded to 6 locations, including Orchard Central, South Beach and even Kuala Lumpur.
Boasting a cosy interior, Real Food’s menu includes the exquisite beetroot burger ($12.80), and vegan dry dumpling noodles ($8.80) alongside the common salad.
Address: Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Drive Square 2 #B1-105/106/129 Singapore 307506
Nearest MRT: Novena
Operating hours: 10am-9pm daily
Telephone number: +65 6397 2289
Sarnies, whose name is a slang for sandwich, is a quaint café in the busy street of Telok Ayer. The café serves organic ingredients that follow its stringent guidelines on quality: grass-fed beef, chicken free from hormones and antibiotics and bacon cured in-house.
Their mains often differ from day to day, but their healthiest dish is probably the Vegan Zoozle Pad Thai ($15), made from various greens and the iconic noodle. The prices of their signature sandwiches range from $14.50 to $16.50, with the ever-popular Smoked Salmon Sandwich priced at $15.
Expect long queues during dinner time though. Sarnies is extremely popular among the local office workers.
Address: 136 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068601
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
Operating hours: Monday and Tuesday: 7.30am to 10.30pm. Wednesday to Friday: 7.30am to 12am. Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am to 4pm
Telephone number: +65 6224 6091
3. Mahota Kitchen
Mahota Kitchen, a subsidiary of Mahota Commune, is a restaurant that serves Italian fusion food and hot pot.
All ingredients used in Mahota Kitchen are grown organically by their own farm, and is also offered in the grocery market nearby.
For the truly health-conscious individual, Mahota Kitchen offers the All Vege Lite500 set ($22.80) that comprises of assorted vegetables and light carbs. Best of all, it’s under 500 calories.
Address: Kitchener Complex, 809 French Road, Level 3 Singapore
Nearest MRT: Lavender
Operating hours: Weekdays: 11am to 10pm. Weekends: 10am to 10pm.
Telephone number: +65 6299 6809
A farm-to-table vegan restaurant, Afterglow offers a humble menu of 21 items. Their small pool of dishes are centred on their motto, “Bringing sexy back to vegetables” – every dish features organic vegetables that help to bring out the flavour of the dish.
Their Raw Burger ($20) consists of seasoned mushroom, feta cheese, rolled oats and bread crumb, dotted with fresh pineapple and a side of baked sweet potato wedges. Afterglow also offers unique desserts such as the Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Fudge ($12.50).
Address: 24 Keong Saik Road
Nearest MRT: Outram Park
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 12pm – 11pm.
Tuesday: 5pm to 11pm.
Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 12am.
Telephone number: +65 6224 8921
5. The Lawn
The Lawn is the only specialty salad & grills cafe in Singapore where you get to customize your own salad, adding your favourite vegetables to your grills and end it off with their in-house dressing.
Similar to Eighteen Chef’s Be-Your-Own-Chef system, The Lawn allows you to create a bespoke salad or olive rice bowl with your choice of meat and toppings. The cheapest salad goes for $9.90.
Address: 31 Bipolis Way #01-07, Nanos Singapore 138669
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista
Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 10.30am to 9pm. Sunday: 10.30am to 4pm.
Telephone number: +65 6478 9739
6. Kitchen by Food Rebel
Kitchen by Food Rebel caters to a wide range of customers; individuals with allergies, meat lovers, strict vegan and pure vegetarians. Even customers with dietary restrictions around ingredients such as dairy and gluten can dine here.
Their Zoodle Bolognese ($18) is a low-carb high-quality protein dish. It consists of Zucchini noodles that weigh 1/8 the carbs and 1/8 the calories of regular noodles, spaghetti and pasta. They are served with using Bolognese sauce made using only Australian grass-fed beef.
Note that the dish is only available from 11.30am to 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. Perfect for a healthy lunch to fuel your day.
Address: 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
Monday to Thursday: 8am to 6pm.
Friday: 8am to 8pm.
Saturday: 9am to 2pm.
Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays
Telephone number: +65 6224 7088
7. Grain Traders
At Grain Traders, you can build your own bowl that comprises of 1 grain, 1 protein, 1 hot veg, 2 cold veggies, 1 sauce and 1 topping. Besides that, you can also purchase add-ons such as avocado and hard-boiled egg. With a wide variety of ingredients and sauces, you will never be tired of the same dish again.
Address: 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen #01-01/02/03 Singapore 048946
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm.
Telephone number: +65 6384 6559
Plentyfull uses seasonal, fresh, quality ingredients to offer a table spread of food where diners can mix and match their meals during lunch. So, if today, you feel like eating all greens, go ahead and grab all the greens you like. Be that wellness warrior!
Red beetroot, orange beetroot and sugar beetroot are done in a variety of ways to form this dish. Beetroots are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. They are also an excellent source of folic acid and a good source of fibre, manganese and potassium. This dish has more than meets the eye. Expect the unexpected, beetroot lovers!
Address: #01-79/80 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Operating hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm daily
Telephone number: +65 6493 2997
Shinkasen, named after the famous maglev train in Japan, serves salad, sushi and sashimi. Besides that, you can also opt to make your own Shinkansen bowl that comprises of the base, toppings, meat and sauce. So, if you are staying away from carbs, go for Mixed greens for the base.
If you do not want to make your own Shinkasen bowl, then why not give the Omega-3-Donburi ($15) a try? It comes with salmon sashimi, maple genmaicha cured salmon, onsen egg and mixed grain sushi rice.
Address: Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay #B1-08 Singapore 049315
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm
10. Lean Bento
Lean Bento serves low-cal, high protein and affordable food. Besides the bistro-type dining experience they offer, Lean Bento also delivers islandwide.
Give their Sea Salt Salmon Bento ($13.95) a go. A mere 598kcal calories, 36.3g of quality protein, 56g of carbs, beneficial 22.8g omega-3 rich fat and 4.5g of natural fiber to keep you lean, full and guilty-free. Isn’t that just healthy and delicious?
Address: 43 Holland Drive, #01-49, 270043
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista
Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 10am to 9pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm.
Telephone number: +65 6750 4504