Looking for a healthy meal in town? Here’s a list of the best healthy restaurants in Singapore where you can satisfy your rumbling tummy without sacrificing your #eatclean goals
Looking for a healthy spot for lunch with the girls? We round up our favourite healthy restaurants in Singapore that serve up delicious food that’s good for you too, from vegan, to vegetarian and gluten-free restaurants, to cafes serving raw dishes or just doing their best to ensure everything on the menu is as wholesome, unprocessed and as fresh as possible.
Whether it’s superfood quinoa bowls or sexy salads, Omega 3 poké dishes, protein-rich bowls or vegan raw pizzas — there’s something to satisfy every kind of craving! Many of these healthy restaurants make everything from scratch and use healthier, better quality ingredients so it’s natural that the price point for these dishes will be higher (BUT! If you dine using these dining apps or discount books you can score 1-for-1 deals on your healthy meal!)
Afterglow – Raw, Vegan
Afterglow in foodie hipster enclave Keong Saik serves fresh, healthy vegan dishes (with a lot of raw options too), subbing standard carbs with more nutritious alternatives like nuts or veg as in the Avocado Kimchi Rolls ($14) with almond sushi “rice” and the Raw Vegan Nut Cheese platter ($14) offering cultured cashew cheese instead of the dairy cheese version. Afterglow even has a kid-friendly healthy menu consisting of lentil flaxseed nuggets with garlic cheese “aioli” ($8) and sweet potato wedges ($6). Raw dishes include Raw Pizza and Raw Lasagna ($22) while cooked mains include the hearty Quinoa and spinach hash brown burger ($20). Don’t miss desserts like raw chocolate and raw cheesecake. NB: Check to see if this spot is still on Eatigo – you can bag yourself a 50% bargain if you are in luck! Read more about dining deals here.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, Tel: (+65) 6224 8921, www.facebook.com/afterglowsg
A Poké Theory — Poké
Poké here, poké there – there’s pretty much poké everywhere in Singapore now! A Poké Theory remains one of our faves thanks to their great range of choice for bases (sushi rice or healthier lemon herb quinoa), plus raw fish cubes of shoyu tuna or spicy salmon and plenty of veggie toppings. Poké bowls range from $11.50 (sushi rice)/$12.50 (quinoa) for 100 grams to $15/$16.50 for 150grams. For brekkie (or dessert) – try one of their superfood smoothie bowls ($6). They have several branches so there’s bound to be one just an order away.
For other poké restaurants check out this roundup!
A Poké Theory, various locations including 27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623, www.poketheory.com.sg
The Botanic — Plant-based, Vegan Options
The Botanic beside the Fairmont is decked out in hanging plants, gorgeous lights and wicker chairs, making for a bright and airy lunch spot. The menu showcases Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on plant-based dishes with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free plates alongside free-range, organic meat and seafood dishes. Group Executive Chef Shannon Binnie is vegan so that says something about their authenticity! We love their vegetarian rendition of the Scotch Egg ($15) with an organic free-range egg encased in falafel instead of traditional pork sausage, on a creamy sauce of tabouli, cucumber and yoghurt. Also try their vegan Kale Salad ($16) and Harissa Spiced Spatchcock ($29) chicken, a carb-low dish of lemony grilled chicken on a bed of labneh, smokey eggplant and verde sauce.
The Botanic, 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre, #01-22A, Singapore 179103, Tel: (65) 6837 0995, www.thebotanic.com.sg
Bakalaki Greek Taverna — Grilled Greek Meats
Not billed as a healthy restaurant officially, but from fitness experts we know that Greek cuisine is alway a good bet when hunting down healthy dishes thanks to the largely grilled meats, colourful salads, and liberal use of heart-healthy olive oil (just skip the extra pita bread!). Bakalaki Greek Taverna is one of our fave spots for a leisurely lunch or group dinner with its great seating from booth seats to alfresco. Healthier dishes include the Grilled Octopus and the Mixed Grilled Meat platter. Good luck averting your eyes when the next table orders the Greek doughnuts, Loukoumades of little fluffy fried doughnut balls! Other Greek spots to hunt down include Blu Kouzina and Alati.
Bakalaki Greek Taverna, 3 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168891, Tel: (+65) (+65) 6836 3688, www.facebook.com/BakalakiGreekTaverna
Carrotsticks & Cravings — Kid-friendly Healthy Cafe
Carrotsticks & Cravings cafe at Loewen Gardens is a healthy, Aussie-style café popular with mamas after nearby fitness sessions or kids’ classes. There’s a play area for kids and a small trampoline (currently closed due to pandemic as of August 2020) so the little ones can romp before or after your meal while you enjoy that almond milk flat white or turmeric latte. On the menu: healthy, refined sugar-free dishes from Shakshuka to Smashed Avo, Feta and Dukkah on sourdough toast ($16), to Acai Bowls ($14). Plus there’s lots of gluten free and dairy free dishes, and a cute kids’ menu too. If Dempsey is too far for you know that there’s a Carrotsticks & Cravings cafe at Rob Quay, too.
Carrotsticks & Cravings, 75E Loewen Rd, Singapore 248845 Loewen Road, Singapore 248845, www.carrotsticksandcravings.com/cafe-and-cooking-school
Cedele – Soups and salads
Cedele may be a chain but that does mean you know what you’re getting no matter which branch you pop into. They offer low-carb Grills & Greens that are great for a balanced diet – high in protein, fibre, and vitamins and minerals. Their soups are super healthy and made daily with fresh ingredients and many of their mains are gluten-free.
Cedele, various locations in Singapore, www.cedelegroup.com
Chico Loco – Hormone-Free Chicken and Salads
Chico Loco is pioneering the oxymoron of a hashtag #dirtyeatclean with its (almost) guilt-free protein-rich dishes of grilled chicken (antibiotic-free, hormone-free, cage-free and organic-fed, by the by). Chico Loco brines the chickens for 10 hours in an umami-sweet solution, then bastes them with a secret house blend of 11 herbs and Mexican spices before spit roasting them for an hour. Chicken is served in three sizes –Quarter ($9), Half ($17) and Whole ($32) with Mexican sides of corn and guac. Load up on fresh veg in their side salad or plump for their weekly Salad Special (from $13, with add-ons available).
Chico Loco, 102 Amoy Street, 069922 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 9738 782, www.facebook.com/chicolocosg
COMO Cuisine — Healthy COMO Resort Food
COMO Cuisine in Dempsey offers the refined contemporary healthy food that the Como Resort & Hotel Group is known for. This restaurant is another great option for a ladies (or business) lunch thanks to its minimalist cool white decor and soft lighting. There are lots of fantastic salads on the menu like COMO’s ‘Big Raw Salad’ ($18) of shredded vegetables and apple cider vinaigrette, or the more interesting Roasted Cauliflower salad with pomegranate and kale ($18). Mains include Grilled Squid and Grilled Lamb but it’s not all squeaky clean healthy here so when you fancy you can order Steak Frites or a bowl of pasta. Portions are modest so there’s always room for dessert. We love the fact that instead of a kids’ menu they are into developing kids’ palates so small foodies get to choose any dish in a smaller portion.
COMO Cuisine, Block 18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677, Tel: 1800 304 6688, www.comodempsey.sg
The Daily Cut – Protein and veg bowls
A fave with office workers and fitness peeps, The Daily Cut allows you to build your own bowl ($9-15) from the range of ready-made items including lots of protein options from skirt steak to chicken or shrimp plus fresh vegetables like green beans, cauliflower, glazed root vegetables, and salad. Pimp up your bowl with Sichuan silken tofu, egg whites and spicy house seasonings and you are all set. Lots of outlets around town.
The Daily Cut, various outlets including1 Raffles Place, #B1-31 One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, www.thedailycut.sg
DoSiRak — Korean bowls
DoSiRak serves healthy, Korean-style lunch bowls in the CBD. You can choose your own bowl – carb (like brown rice), protein like beef bulgogi ($8.90 or kimchi tofu $7.90), and several veggies like beansprouts and carrots. DoSiRak say their offerings are prepared with less oil and if you load up on the veggies this makes a healthy Asian style lunch.
Dosirak, 6A Shenton Way, #01-44 Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815, Tel: (+65) 6636 6034, www.dosirak.com.sg
Grain Traders — Healthy Bowls
Grain Traders are probably the original grain bowl people here in Singapore! Choose one of their signature bowls, with ingredients ranging from tuna and wild mushrooms to strip loin accompanied by a combination of vegetables. Or build your own bowl (start with bases like quinoa or super greens, then add on a protein and all manner of veggies and healthy sauces) from $16. They also do a great breakfast (with both sweet and savoury options), along with fab coffees and fresh juices.
Grain Traders, 38 Market St, #01-01/02/03, CapitaGreen, Singapore 048946, www.grain-traders.com
Kitchen by Food Rebel — Wholesome, Healthy Meals
Kitchen by Food Rebel has health coach Elika Mather at the helm. Elika is passionate about wholesome healthy food and she does a huge amount of research on finding honest suppliers. Everything in her little café is made from scratch. Check out their veggie Zoodles with Bolognese ($18), or their Sustainable Barramundi with Asian Greens ($21) for solid protein-rich meals. They are also open on the weekends for brunch for açai bowls, Cinnamon Spiced Overnight Oats ($9.50) and Rendang Eggs ($24), plus Bulletproof coffee or super smoothies like the Incredible Hulk ($9). They have even partnered with fitness gurus for a special Ultimate performance-approved menu!
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley St, Telok Ayer (S) 068737, Tel: (+65) 62247088, www.foodrebelsg.com
The Living Cafe — Raw foods, vegan and gluten-free options
Balanced Living Café on Bukit Timah is popular with those serious about eating clean. Their menus offer something for those eating vegan, gluten-free and even raw diets (but they do serve meat, too so you can dine in a group with various requests). The Living Cafe uses lots of healthy nuts, seeds and grains as well as fresh vegetables (including herbs harvested from their Aerospring Indoor system) to offer a wholesome and nutritious meal. Look out for their crunchy vegan broccoli mushroom pizza ($20) with a crust made of herbs, oats and flax seeds, and toppings of pesto and macadamia cheese, Barramundi brown rice bowls ($18), sesame tofu burgers, and Sweet Potato Rosti With Poached egg and Smoked Salmon. Those with a sweet tooth will be satisfied with their RAW desserts and bliss balls.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758, Tel: (+65) 6762 8029, www.thelivingcafe.com
Original Sin — Vegetarian Restaurant
This Chip Bee Gardens Mediterranean vegetarian restaurant is a hit with the ladies that lunch. It’s been around for ages and is still going strong thanks to their varied menu and lunch set deals. It’s pretty easy to eat unhealthy veggie dishes here; Bosco Misto ($29), one of our fave dishes, can’t be really that good for you given the spinach, feta and tofu patties are deep fried — but it is oh so tasty! but there are healthy options on the menu. Original Sin can prepare dishes to be gluten-free, vegan and without onion/garlic for their sizeable Indian clientele so they are used to requests. The a la carte menu boasts lost of fresh salads like Kale Salad with sweet potato, feta and lentils ($19) and Beetroot Salad ($19) with avocado, edamame and yoghurt. Look out for their lunch specials at $24++ which includes a choice of main like the meatless Beyond Burger (ask them to swap out the fries for extra salad) or Veggie Bowl with spiced tofu, cauliflower, spinach quinoa with a choice of drink.
Read more: Best Set Lunch Deals in Singapore
Original Sin, 43 Jalan Merah Safa, #01-62, Holland Village, Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6475 5605, www.originalsin.com.sg
Real Food — Vegetarian with Gluten-free & Vegan options
Real Food is a cafe set up by the organic grocery shop Real Food Grocer. There are three branches at South Beach, Oasia Hotel Novena and their flagship the lovely decked out Orchard Central branch with a retail section and comfy seating. Real Food serves vegetarian food with a conscience: NO processed ingredients, artificial preservatives or trans-fat. Their burger menu sees Portobello mushroom ($14.80), Millet and veg patties ($13.80) and Lentil Quinoa patties ($1380) instead of meat. There are brunch dishes from Gluten-free Banana Pancakes ($11.80) to gluten-free Soy Yoghurt with Granola ($8.80) plus vegan cakes, sourdough. cinnamon buns, smoothies, organic coffee and other health drinks.
Real Food, 3 locations, check the website for details, 181 Orchard Road #02-16 Orchard Central, 238896 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6224 4492, www.realfoodgrocer.com
Soup Restaurant — Chinese herbal soups & Asian dishes
Soup Restaurant has locations all over Singapore and specialises in making traditional Chinese food. The menu features many herbal soups that are less than 500 calories in case you’re looking for a nutritious meal. For a protein boost try the Samsui Ginger Chicken ($19.9o) with a pretty spread of tender, juicy, chicken (half thigh and half breast) with a side of soup ($6-10).
Soup Restaurant, Locations all over Singapore, www.souprestaurant.com.sg
SunnyChoice Cafe — Healthy vegetarian Asian
SunnyChoice is a family business run by five sisters, selling organic products with a cafe on the side. Healthy Asian vegetarian dishes are on the menu so this is your spot to try one of our favourite healthy hawker dishes Hakka Thunder Tea Rice with its side of antioxidant-rich matcha soup. There’s mock Ikan billis and lots of vegetables served up with brown rice. Other dishes include Mushroom Tofu Set meal, Pumpkin Fried Brown Rice, Curry and Bibimbap – a traditional Korean rice dish with shredded vegetables served in a steaming stone pot.
SunnyChoice Café, at various locations in Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6892 2383, www.facebook.com/SunnyChoice
Shake Farm — CBD Smoothies & Healthy Bowls
Shake Farm serves healthy food for city slickers in the CBD with a plentiful menu of healthy juices like their $8 Summer Slimmer of kale, spinach, passionfruit, orange, passionfruit and coconut water served in a glass bottle (no plastic, yay!), plus protein shakes, acai bowls $12, and salads $10-20 and pita pockets like the Chicken Pita pockets with hormone free chicken, cherry tomatoes, spinach, mayonnaise and wholemeal pita bread. There’s also a Shake Farm Express at Raffle Place. Shake Farm is also on the Burrple Beyond deal so you can get 1-for-1 meals here.
Shake Farm, 126 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068595, Tel (+65) 9027 0177, www.facebook.com/shakefarm
VeganBurg — Vegan fast food burgers
VeganBurg was one of the first 100% plant-based fast food burger joints. All of their burger patties are made mainly of soy and mushroom and are GMO free. Watching your carbs? Go bun-free and replace the VeganBurg wholemeal buns with a lettuce wrap and swap out this fries for Broccoli! The avocado-Beetroot Burger ($11.80) is their bestseller and for dessert you can almost guiltlessly indulge in their dairy-free coconut ice cream ($6.80).
VeganBurg, 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore, 419502, Tel; (+65) 6844 6868, www.veganburg.com
YOLO — Halal Healthy Grain Bowls
YOLO offers healthy and halal food for dine in or take-away. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on the menu (which also has a calorie count for dishes, too). You can build your own healthy bowl or choose one of their dishes like the Cauliflower Fried “Rice” with chicken and Veggie ($7.9) to Brown Rice with Salmon and Kimchi ($14.50). For dessert they also have Acai Bowls ($6.90) and Beetroot Brownie ($2.90).
YOLO, multiple locations, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-48 The Star Vista, Singapore 138617, Tel: (+65) 66940612, www.yolofood.com.sg
Verde Kitchen – Healthy Dishes at the Hilton (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Verde Kitchen, tucked on Level 2 of Hotel Hilton Singapore, focuses on locally grown, organic ingredients and healthy salads, mains and smoothies. The set up is a little cold and industrial rather than a ‘verdant’ green feel, but the food uses fresh ingredients including pesticide-free greens cultivated from the hotel’s own vertical garden. Highlights include raw salad Salmon Sashimi & Pomelo Salad ($27), and the Low-fat Creamy Broccoli & Kale Soup ($16) which comes with a poached egg and an Emmental and parmesan melted toast – which is great bang of your buck. Desserts are refined-sugar-free; for a modern take on chendol, order the Homemade Gula Melaka Ice Cream ($14) or for a dose of superfood goodness try the Chia Seed & Caramelized Hazelnut Pudding ($14).
Verde Kitchen, L2 Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd, Singapore, 238883 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6730-3397, www3.hilton.com
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