Need a food detox? Head to these organic cafes in Singapore which serve up healthy meals free of pesticides, toxins and harmful chemicals
If you’re an already advocate for low-fat, diet-friendly meals, you’d know the difference that clean eating truly makes to your wellbeing. But if you’re looking to up your nutrition game, it may be time to switch to buying organic produce. Too soon for a big commitment? Try dining out at one of these organic cafes in Singapore first – these serve up locally grown and unprocessed produce, which are free of pesticides, toxins and chemicals. Taste and feel the difference, and you’ll be a convert in no time.
For a healthy food experience, head to Afterglow. This Keong Saik cafe’s mission is straightforward: to make vegetables “sexy” again. We’d say they’ve hit the nail on its head – on the menu is an array of satiating yet delish vegetarian dishes made with fresh, non-processed and eco-friendly produce. Our favourite picks are the chunky quinoa-strone soup, drag-pom salad of dragonfruit, pomegranate and avocado with chopped macadamia, as well as mains like raw zucchini linguine.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, p. 6224 8921.
Kitchen by Food Rebel
Food Rebel advocates knowing what goes into your body and the origins of food – they preach the 80/20 rule, where the outweighing percentage involves only eating real, unprocessed food. Pop by the 40-seater space in the afternoon for a healthier lunch – order up the nutrient-rich Buddha bowls, or hot mains of sustainable barramundi and chilli padi chicken sandwiches made with gluten-free bread.
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737. p. 6224 7088. Open weekdays 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm. Closed on Sun.
You can’t think of organic cafes in Singapore without thinking of Real Food – this health food institution is one of the island’s OGs of clean eats. These guys take their food seriously – dishes do not contain pre-cooked, processed food, or pre-cut ingredients, and are made with produce painstakingly sourced from farmers and raw food producers. Our favourite location’s the one at Orchard Central – the sprawling space contains 250 seats, a grocery section, and plush seating if you need a little respite.
Real Food, Various locations including Orchard Central and Far East Square.
The Living Cafe
Joined at the hip with holistic wellness centre, Balanced Living, The Living Cafe serves up a massive menu of raw and unprocessed organic foods at affordable prices. There are plenty of mains to be had, but leave some space for dessert; the raw blueberry cheesecake and raw blackforest brownie (made with dates, nuts and cacao powder) are must-tries.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758. p. 6468 4482.
Mahota prides itself on being a “gathering of goodness”. Here, it’s all about growing good food, serving up good meals and stocking only good ingredients – at its farm, only certified organic vegetables, herbs and grains are served. Pop by for lunch at the kitchen for Italian fusion fare (made with greens and organic free-range meats), or the pantry for an organic cuppa with a slice of coconut cake.
Mahota, Level 3 Kitchener Complex, 809 French Road, Singapore 200809.
Open Door Policy
If you’re one for indulgent brunches, you can tone down the guilt at Open Door Policy. Chef Ryan Clift’s 100% gluten- and dairy-free brunch dishes aren’t just flavour-packed – they’re also made with sustainable, locally grown and farmed produce. On the menu are delish dishes like king crab eggs florentine, and the French toast loft with coconut cream and a crème chantilly made using Italian meringue.
Open Door Policy, 19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650. p. 6221 9307.