Is eating clean one of your resolutions for 2015? Stuff like fried chicken, sausages, and donuts will get in the way at first, but surely it’s mind over matter. To help you achieve your goal (or get the last of the holiday goop out of your system), turn to this list of healthy restaurants for flavoursome, even luxurious food made with natural, unadulterated ingredients. Minimal effort required!
Afterglow by Anglow
Specialising in raw and vegan plates, this intimate, industrial-chic café serves up seriously tasty dishes that would even make the most insatiable carnivores give the meat a miss. Our favourite? The Deconstructed Sushi Bowl — black rice, seasonal pickles, shiitake mushrooms, and avocado topped with wasabi and miso dressing. Be sure to mix up your bowl before you dig in, lest you suffer a big wasabi kick up the nose!
Afterglow by Anglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131. p. 6224 8921. Open Mon, 12pm – 11pm; Tue, 5.30pm – 11pm; Wed – Sun, 12pm – 11pm.
Onaka Restaurant and Wine Bar
Onaka (short for Optimum Nutrition And Kitchen Arts) is all about “creative conscious cuisine”, where Asian and European fare get a healthy and innovative spin with fresh ingredients. You’ll find all your favourite classics like Duck Confit (with pumpkin mash, orange, roasted mushroom and orange caramel sauce) alongside more innovative plates like Pear and Salmon (with a 62 degree sous vide egg). Don’t miss their list of Superfood Smoothies, Healing Teas and pure Healing Juices, too.
Onaka Restaurant and Wine Bar, #01-32 PSA Building, 460 Alexandra Road, Singapore, 119963. p. 6270 2012. Open Mon–Sun 11:30am–10pm.
They say good things come to those who wait. At Real Food, dishes are made to order with only ethically sourced ingredients. Spend an afternoon chilling out in their Killiney outlet, which is more of a lifestyle hub than a typical restaurant, with plenty of books, music and grocery items to browse.
Real Food, #B1-52/53 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817. p. 62244492. Open Mon–Sat, 10am–9pm; Sun 10am–8pm.
Nordic cuisine is one of the healthiest diets around and Gaest is proof that you’ll never have to sacrifice indulgence in the name of eating clean. Their Pork sandwich, consisting of generous mountain roasted pork, crispy crackling, orange marinated red cabbage with parsley, red apple and mustard mayonnaise is sure to get your mouth watering. If you’re looking for a lighter option, go for their daily-changing vegetarian soups and salads. Don’t forget to order their Hazelnut Waffle, which comes with creamy Greek yoghurt, fresh berries, chia seeds and an oozy, sweet date syrup, on weekends.
Gaest, #01-01, The Clift, 21 McCallum Street, Singapore 069047. p. 6634 0922. Open Mon–Fri 7:30am–4:30pm; Sat–Sun 8:30am–3:30pm.
The Living Café and Deli
Joined at the hip with holistic wellness centre Balanced Living, The Living Café and Deli serves up raw and unprocessed organic foods at incredibly affordable prices. There are plenty of mains to be had (including cooked meat dishes), but their secret weapon lies in their desserts. Their Raw Blueberry Cheesecake is a definite crowd favourite, but our money is on the Raw Dark German Chocolate Cake.
The Living Café and Deli, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758. p. 6468 4482. Open Mon–Thu 11am–7pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–8pm.
Dishing up wholesome and hearty sandwiches, salads and soups of the day as well as great coffee, we’d be more than happy to come here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They only use the best ingredients, and even cure their own bacon in-house, so it doesn’t contain any of the usual nasties you get in packaged varieties.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601. p. 6224 6091. Open Mon–Fri 7am–10pm; Sat–Sun 9am–4pm.
This DIY takeaway place is totally kawaii. It lets you custom design your own maki roll with traditional fillings like salmon sashimi, as well as less conventional ingredients such as sliced cheddar cheese and turkey bacon bits. You also get a choice of savoury sprinkles and sauce. For an extra health boost, substitute white rice for brown. If you’ve already been good, treat yourself to their crispy range of tempura snacks. You can even order online, and they’ll deliver straight to your office!
Maki-San, #B1-17/18, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233. p. 6737 8772. Open Mon–Sun 11:30am–9pm.
The Daily Cut
Gym nuts, this one’s for you. The Daily Cut lets you beef up your bowl with an array of protein packed fillers, from generous servings of sirloin steak to veggie-friendly tofu, before topping up on other nutritious goodies like quinoa, sweet potato and avocado. Feeling particularly carnivorous? Push your order into Beast Mode and pile high with three giant portions of protein!
The Daily Cut, #B1-31 One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616. Open Mon–Fri 11am–3pm, and 6pm–9pm; Sat–Sun 11am–4pm.
On a Paleo diet? (For the unintiated, it’s what our ancestors ate in the Paleolithic era.) Head to Caveman Food for their paleo-friendly menu, consisting juicy mains like spiced baked chicken and stewed beef cubes, sans hidden sugars, soy, dairy, gluten, grains and most importantly, MSG!
Caveman Food, #B1-130 Square 2, 10 Sinaran Road, Singapore 307506. p. 9690 0822. Open Mon–Sun11:15am–7:45pm.
Thunder Tea Rice
Hawker food are notoriously grease-laden, but not Thunder Tea Rice. Order a perfectly portioned bowl of brown rice, which sits beneath sprinklings of tofu, vegetables, peanuts, dried anchovies and doused with lei cha, a vibrant soup of tea leaves, herbs, sesame and nuts. This healthy bowl is low fat, low cholesterol and even boasts medicinal properties from all the goodies in that magical tea blend.
Thunder Tea Rice, various outlets.
Their creative smoothie and juice combos are split into three categories to help you meet your health goals, with the option of adding different Enhancers to boost your beverage. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, they also offer a range of salads and wraps. They display all their nutritional info, so you won’t have to worry about hidden calorie-bombs!
Smoothie King, various outlets.
This burger joint has pulled the meat from between the buns and replaced it with 100% plant-based, non-GMO patties made from mushrooms and soybeans, scoring well on both health points and environmentally sustainability. Be as healthy or as decadent as you like: tuck into the Salad Bomb with a bowl of Granny’s Soup, or sink your teeth into their best-selling Creamy Shrooms burger with seaweed fries or Chillin’ Broccoli.
Veganburg, 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, p. 6844 6868. Open Mon–Sat 11:30am–10pm; Sun 10:30am–10pm
Top image: Gaest