For a fresh, health-conscious feed, check out these 10 eateries including our all-time favourites Kitchen by Food Rebel, Joie by Dozo and Open Door Policy.
Carrotsticks and Cravings
A cafe, cooking school and food blog, Carrotsticks and Cravings serves up nutritious food made with love for breakfast and lunch. Owner Terri-Anne Leske, an Australian living in Singapore, offers mostly gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free or vegetarian-friendly items at her cafe in Dempsey. Leske says, “We believe that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring and bland, which is why you can always find deliciously nutritious food that doesn’t only look pretty but tastes amazing.”
For breakfast, get fuelled up with options such as their acai bowl ($14) or smashed avo made up of herb crusted sourdough, smashed avocado, feta and dukkah ($18). On the lunch menu, expect a range of sandwiches and salads such as organic lentil and dukkah roasted pumpkin salad ($18), or green falafel bowl ($20). Fresh specials changes daily.
75E Loewen Road. Tel: 8356 3331
Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar
Started by the people behind Sogurt, a self-serve frozen yogurt brand, Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar includes a large proportion of healthy eats on its all-day dining menu. Find salads amped up with wholesome goodness such as Kara super salad ($17) packed with superfoods like quinoa, berries and roasted spiced pumpkin; and Thai tofu salad ($14), made up of veggies like kale, mixed cabbage and shredded carrots topped with tofu.
Or opt for their grain bowls (from $13) such as taco mexx chicken, tempura fish kimchi and pork belly miso, with a choice of a garlic Japanese rice or quinoa salad base. For dessert, try one of Sogurt’s new botanical- and floral-inspired yogurt flavours such as maple lavender and strawberry thyme ($3.20 per 100g).
617 Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 6468 8940
Kitchen by Food Rebel
Serving breakfast, lunch and Saturday brunch, Food Rebel has a ban on refined sugar, preservatives and flavourings. Their meat and bread are halal-certified, and they cook without dairy, using plant based alternatives such as coconut butter, house made cashew or almond milk instead. All their dishes are clearly marked with clear labels such as vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten-free and nut-free.
Popular options for lunch include chicken protein bowl ($19), comprising hormone-free chicken, hummus, avocado, pumpkin and tahini dressing; and the rebel pie ($18), a grass-fed Aussie beef bolognese topped with sweet potato mash. For Saturday brunch, expect healthy and hearty options like rendang egg benedict ($24), where fresh, roasted sweet potato is topped with rendang sauce, and homemade coconut oat pancakes with mango chia seed jam ($17). There is a daily list on their specials board, so be sure to check out any new fusion concoctions they have for the day.
28 Stanley Street. Tel: 6224 7088
With a punchy tagline like #eatyourgoals, Yolo is a halal-certified takeaway outlet that offers local hawker fare but with less calories. Their menu offers healthier renditions of familiar favourites such as basil minced chicken with brown rice and egg ($9.90), Peranakan veggie with brown rice and chicken ($10.90), and miso salmon with quinoa and Asian greens ($15.90). You can also choose to build your own meal (from $9.90 for mini) that gets you one protein, two sides, one topping and one sauce.
For dessert, there’s build-your own acai bowls ($6.90) and smoothies ($6.90) such as Mixed Berry Bomb and Avocado Bombshell. You can also opt to leave your meals in their hands through a daily meal plan (from $19.80) that lets you choose from eight daily combos along each of its six calorie targets ranging from 1,250 to 2,450 calories. Also available via delivery with Honestbee, Deliveroo and UberEATS.
#01-01, Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street. Tel: 6221 3029 (second takeaway outlet at Star Vista)
A stalwart among local healthy eateries, Real Food began as an organic cafe in The Central, Clarke Quay. It now has three outlets in Singapore and two in Malaysia. It serves a Western and Asian-inspired menu of organic vegetarian food with vegan options. Their wide range of all-day breakfast, burgers, pizzas and pastas, soups, rice and noodles include the likes of vegetable balls pasta made with assorted beet and chickpea veggie balls tossed with certified biodynamic tomato sauce ($14.80), and stir-fried noodles with oyster mushrooms, bak choy, eggs and chilli paste ($9.50).
For drinks, try probiotics such as kombucha iced tea and kefir ($7 each), or their range of organic sodas ($6.80) that are free of artificial colours, flavours, refined sugars or preservatives. Organic foodstuff and lifestyle products such as Intelligent Nutrients’ ‘gluten-free nontoxic chemistry’ hair conditioner, Tai’s Choice Organic Butterfly Pea Tea and Cobs organic popcorn are also retailed here.
#02-16, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 9516 (for other outlets, visit their website)
Afterglow by Anglow
Another established name on the healthy eating scene, Afterglow at Keong Saik Road provides a menu with vegetarian and vegan options, and offers juice cleanses and eat-clean meal plans. Expect to find creative meatless dishes such as raw zucchini linguine with walnut ‘meat’-balls ($20), a dish of spiralised zucchini, dehydrated cherry tomato sauce, almond crumble cheese and walnut, shiitake and date ‘meat’- balls; and raw burger ($20), comprised of dehydrated carrot pulp patty, marinated Jicama fries and coleslaw.
Says Carmen Low, co-founder of Afterglow, “Clean eating to me is about a holistic lifestyle of having a balanced food intake, a fitness regime and most importantly a positive outlook in life. Each part needs to work together with the other two areas. I believe that eating clean is important, but it is not everything. After being in this space for a while, we realised that the most joyful customers are those who truly understand this delicate balance.”
24 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6224 8921
The Living Cafe
The Living Cafe sources organic ingredients where possible and does not use red meat, cow dairy, white sugar, preservatives, additives or artificial colourings. It can accommodate glutenfree requests and labels its menu with raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free items.
Ones to try under its raw entrees section include raw broccoli mushroom pizza ($20) with other ingredients like cauliflower, oats, flaxseed, onion and macademia cheese; and zucchini pesto pasta comprising homemade pesto, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts ($15.50). Or tuck into their mains such as brown rice bowls, salmon spinach wholemeal pizza ($26), or sesame tofu burger ($15), made up of sesame-crusted tofu bun, eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce and raw dijon mustard.
779 Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 6762 8029
Located near Holland Village, Lean Bento also delivers island-wide (flat delivery fee of $10.95 for orders $40 and above). They offer a variety of chicken, salmon and vegetarian bento sets (from $11.95) and all-day brunch options, with calories, carb, fat, protein and fibre content and dietary information such as vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free clearly indicated. If you dine in, you can customise all their chicken, salmon and vegetarian bentos with different carbs or sides.
For instance, the chilli chicken bento set ($11.95), which typically includes chilli chicken, multigrain sushi rice, truffle edamame, scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes and mesclun salad, can go with sweet potato mash, miso wakame, corn kernels, roasted chickpeas and mesclun salad instead.
#01-49, 43 Holland Drive. Tel: 67504504
Joie by Dozo
Located in the heart of Orchard Road, Joie by Dozo believes that veggies are very much a joie de vivre. The meatless restaurant offers six-course lunch ($38.80) and seven-course dinner ($68.80) menus featuring vegetable-centric dishes.
Some courses to look forward to include zucchini tower, an artfully plated zucchini stuffed with crème cheese, truffle mayo, medallion of puff pastry, beetroot sphere; and duo ravioli platter, a delicate duo of pumpkin and spinach ravioli, flower emulsion and cream sauce.
#12-01, Orchard Central, 81 Orchard Road. Tel: 6838 6966
Open Door Policy
Open Door Policy serves up gluten- and dairy-free meals in the rustic neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru. Under the Spa Esprit Group, the space features vertical gardens where watercress and vegetables are harvested for daily use. Weekday set lunch and tasting menus are available, along with an a la carte menu. The menu ranges from meaty items like braised veal osso buco ($32) and roasted pork rack ($38) to vegan maccheroni pasta ($25).
For weekend brunch, it offers signatures such as mountain yam rosti ($28), a Bismarck wagyu rump with egg yolk, tomato dressing and water spinach; and specials such as Madras curry eggs benedict ($25) with beef short ribs paired with beetroot quinoa, served with poached eggs on homemade injera or Ethiopian flatbread.
19 Yong Siak Street. Tel: 6221 9307
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s Jan/Feb 2018 issue – Embracing Clean & Green, ‘Feature’