Singapore is popularly known for being a food paradise, offering a myriad of flavours from around the world. From hawker stalls to posh restaurants, it is a breeze finding dishes from the aromatic Chinese chicken rice to juicy American-styled steaks. But fret not if your gastronomical adventure revolves around healthy food, as there are a variety of places, both hawkers and restaurants, catering to the health conscious. With the big push on healthy eating in Singapore, you can quite easily find stickers (usually a red and white coloured food pyramid sticker) on food stalls providing a healthy option for many local dishes, meaning, less oil or no MSG. However, if that still does not suit your requirement, then do try out the restaurants listed below.
For an organic and nutritious meal, ONAKA Café would be the place to visit. The environmental friendly café offers a variety of tasty food choices and fresh juices designed to benefit your body and soul. ONAKA, which is an acronym for Optimum Nutrition and Kitchen Arts, is conceptualized as an “East meets West” outlet offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals such as the Teriyaki Multigrain Sandwich. ONAKA also caters to those with specific dietary requirements, preparing meals that range from being gluten-free, to diary-free and even onion/garlic-free. As the café is designed to be a place for the healing of the mind, body and soul, its décor features an open concept fitted with wooden resort-style flooring and a sleek almost Zen-like concept. In addition, ONAKA is also a one-stop sanctuary for those who need to shop for their organic groceries. You can even register for nutrition and cooking classes and detox programs at ONAKA.
Address: 44 Rochester Park, Singapore 139248
This fast-food styled joint is filled with pictures of tantalizing burgers and fries but as the name suggests, VeganBurg only serves vegetarian meals. VeganBurg uses organic whole-wheat ciabatta buns and uses purely vegetarian patties, which are made of soya or minced mushrooms, amongst others ingredients. Just like ordering a meal at McDonald’s or KFC, the burger meals at VeganBurg comes with a side of Seaweed Fries and a juice of your choice. VeganBurg also indicates the nutrients (beta-carotene, anti-oxidants, etc.) that your body stands to gain from the delicious yet healthy meal. VeganBurg also delivers to offices and homes, so even if you are stuck at work, you always have the ready option of having your healthy lunch sent to you.
VeganBurg Founding Restaurant – 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502
Golden Shoe – 50 Market Street #01-28D, Golden Shoe Carpark, Singapore 048940
Marina Boulevard – 12 Marina Boulevard #02-05, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018981
The Grandstand – 200 Turf Club Road #01-32, Singapore 287994
Orchard – Orchard Gateway #03-01, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Singapore:
The popular American chain selling healthy Texan-Mexican cuisine recently opened up in Singapore in 2012, bringing to shore freshly made tacos and salsas. Priding itself as a fresh and healthy establishment, Baja Fresh offers an array of delectable dishes such as Chicken Quesadillas, Baja Shrimp Ensalada, and a variety of Fajitas, amongst others. The dishes are flame grilled (they even grill the tortillas) and quality meat and seafood are used. With the flame grilled method of cooking, one need not worry about an unhealthy amount of oil being added to their meal. There is also a free-flow bar spread of a variety of freshly made salsa, ranging from different levels of spiciness. Though it is slightly costly ($10 – $30) for a quick-casual dining restaurant, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill does make the price worth it with the large portions served.
Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, #01-03 Rendezvous Hotel Singapore (S) 189559
Having healthy food does not mean compromising on flavours, and Nando’s is one restaurant that whips up flavourful health food. Well-known internationally for it’s juicy flame-grilled chicken basted in the sauce of your choice (lemon and herbs to extra hot), Nando’s serves up a variety of grilled chicken, pitas, burgers and salads. The 24-hour marinated chicken dishes served at Nando’s are butterfly cut and trimmed of any fats and contain no preservatives, flavourants, colourants or MSG (this includes the sauces too!). You can even request for your chicken to be prepared skinless to reduce your calorie intake further. You can also complete your healthy meal with sideline choices that includes grilled vegetable, corn, spinach, sweet potatoes or side salad, amongst others.
Bugis Junction – #01-85, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Plaza Singapura – #04-10, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Tanglin Mall – #01-14, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
Tampines Mall – #01-46, Tampines Mall, Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510
112 Katong – #01-14, 112 Katong, 122 East Coast Road, Singapore428802
JCube – #03-07, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
The Star Vista – #B1-09, The Star Vista, 1 Star Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617