Photo: Pink Fish
When it comes to sustainability, more restaurants are doing their part with farm-to-table offerings, biodegradable packaging and certified produce, so you can now make informed eating choices that will help save the environment. Here are some places where you can indulge guilt-free.
Pink Fish – Everything Salmon
Photo: Pink Fish
Norway’s next greatest export, after A-ha and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is salmon.
And with the opening of Pink Fish at Jewel Changi, the brand’s first-ever outlet outside Norway, we’re about to get plenty of it, of the fast food variety.
Head chef Geir Skeir, 38, is big on sustainability, and he loves salmon as the hero ingredient as it is the most sustainable source of protein – the carbon footprint per kilo for farmed salmon is much lower than other meat – and he chooses suppliers with the same ethos, all with transparent and traceable production.
Another reason to eat here? Their packaging is biodegradable… and edible. So the question is: Will the packaging be as tasty as their European Burger? We can only add the coleslaw and BBQ sauce to find out.
Jewel Changi Airport
Salted & Hung – Singaporean farms to table
Photo: Salted & Hung
Local ingredients = less carbon footprint. Chef-owner Drew Nocente, 37, of this award-winning contemporary Australian restaurant, champions local produce as much as possible in his new ‘minimal-waste’ menu, e.g. using local pearl grouper in his Grouper – Infused Soy, Charcoal & Fermented Prawn Butter dish (his also champions delicious words.)
Inspired by his childhood on his family farm near Brisbane, Australia, he wants you to have the whole hog and to eat it too. So one ingredient can be used many ways: the grouper head is used to make the broth it sits in, while its homemade kelp oil is transformed into creamy kelp butter, used in the delicate Uni & Caviar Tart.
Leftover trimmings from their homemade sourdough are turned into sourdough ice cream, blended with IPA beer to give it an extra kick. Together with burnt butter crumbs and fermented strawberries, the Jam on Toast gives us a delish reason to embrace the minimal-waste lifestyle.
12 Purvis Street
Jamie’s Italian – The Sustainable Naked Chef
Photo: Jamie’s Italian
We know Jamie Oliver is great at clearing out the junk, and that he’s an advocate for healthy food. When it comes to sustainability, he’s equally strict, and through his JOSIE system (Jamie Oliver Suppliers Information Exchange), his restaurants enforce strict rules and regulations that suppliers must adhere to, in an effort to support a fairer, more sustainable food system.
A dish like the Chicken Al Mattone features free-range chicken from Johor-based Toh Thye San Farm, a provider of ethically farmed French chickens (the chicks are housed comfortably). Another trusted supplier is Silver Fern Farms, who uphold New Zealand’s high standards of animal welfare. They also grow their own herbs (natural fertilisers) and the staff are trained to minimise food waste.
Food descriptions in their menus have clear indications of how the ingredients stay true to their ethos, a fun read as you’re ordering your next Italian Steak Tagliata.