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With so many new cafes and restaurants constantly opening their doors, we’re always spoilt for choice on where to head to for a team lunch or family dinner. But did you know about these new spots for healthy meals?
From leafy greens to the freshest sushi, you can indulge in your favourite foods on the go while keeping a balanced diet and skipping out on the extra calories. Now you’ll have no reason not to get back to your (old) New Year’s resolution to eat better.
Here are our top picks for new restaurants to try next.
1. Ta-da! The Bistro
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Located conveniently at Bras Basah, this classic bistro appeals to the office crowd and students alike. Perfect for a hearty yet healthy lunch, the buildable DIY Poke Bowls is no doubt the star attraction – you can customize your bowl with staples like flavoured mix rice, truffle pasta, salmon cubes and other ingredients.
Other must-trys include the Fried Salmon ($21.90) with broccoli purée, edamame and spiced-infused tomatoes and the Salmon & Ebiko Pasta ($18) topped with tobiko.
Where: 01-03A Manulife Center, 51 Bras Basah Road
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sundays
2. HRVST Cafe & Bar
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Vegans, rejoice! This rustic restaurant and bar launched by boutique gym Kilter Avenue focuses on making vegan meals look absolutely mouthwatering. With starters at $10 to $12 and mains ranging from $14 to $18, you can enjoy a symphony of flavours with dishes like Soy Satay with peanut sauce and veggie chips and Bak Kut Teh Barley Risotto with diced fresh daikon, cauliflower chips, garlic oil, pink radish and braised nuts.
Where: 05-01 OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way
Opening Hours: 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30 to 11pm (Weekdays), 9am to 3pm (Saturday brunch), closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
3. Bearded Bella
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Feeling hungry near the CBD area? Try this Melbourne-inspired neighbourhood cafe for some guilt-free eats and coffee. Whether you’re ready to indulge your sweet tooth with some Chia Pudding or fill up your belly with the hearty Mushroom & Hummus, there’s a main for every taste.
You won’t have to scrimp on sides like Poached Eggs or Sourdough Toast either, since they’re wallet-friendly at only $2 to $3.50.
Where: 8 Craig Rd, Tanjong Pagar Singapore 089668
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 5pm daily
4. Little Farms Café
Since its opening in 2016, Little Farms has become the go-to store for fresh produce, meats and groceries from Australia and Europe. Now you can enjoy a scrumptious brunch and all-day breakfast menu made with their premium ingredients!
Offerings at this petite cafe include a variety of daily salads and freshly baked goods, like Granola & Fresh Fruit ($12) and Smashed Avocado ($15).
Where: Valley Point Store (#01-20), Valley Point Shopping Centre
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 6pm daily
5. Sushi Kimura
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This minimalistic fine-dining restaurant is all about serving up fresh, authentic Japanese fare. Owned and headed by Chef Tomoo Kimura, each dish is highly seasonal – so expect huge changes in the menu every couple of months.
With prices ranging from $120 to $250 for lunch and $280 to $400 for dinner, you can expect nothing but the best organic ingredients in each piece of sushi.
Where: #01-07 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road
Opening Hours: Lunch from 12pm to 3pm (last seating 1:30pm), Dinner from 7pm to 10pm (last seating: 8.30pm), closed on Mondays
6. The Stamford Brasserie
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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner plus drinks and coffee, this multi-concept restaurant and bar is Swissôtel The Stamford’s only F&B establishment to be run without the use of plastic. Located on the round floor of Equinox Complex, it features an All-day Dining Restaurant, Beer Bar and a Grab-and-Go for busy Singaporeans on the go.
Here, you can treat yourself to elegant comfort food like baked fish en papillote and salt-baked taproot salad with feta cheese, walnuts, and spinach.
Where: Level 1 Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
7. Verde Kitchen
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Head to the second floor of the Hilton Singapore if you’re in search of freshly made mains, soups and salads for breakfast or brunch. With gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian and raw food options, this chic 32-seater incorporates locally and sustainably-sourced ingredients.
Like the restaurant’s mantra ‘Real Food, Full of Natural Flavors’, diners can expect delicious and wholesome offerings like the Grilled Tandoori Organic Lacto Chicken Wrapwith ‘ketchumbar’ salad ($27), and an Organic Basil-crusted Glacier 51 Tooth Fish cooked with local mushrooms ($38).
Where: Level 2 Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 5.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays), closed on Sundays
*Only desserts & beverages are served from 2:30pm onwards.
8. Goodness Me!
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Located at the NTUC Food Fare in Clifford Centre, Oh My Goodness! is a local initiative that makes healthy but delicious food more readily available to the public. Their products are high quality, gluten and dairy-free but still extremely tasty.
Some of their offerings include superfood clusters and fruit sorbet bars, frozen acai tubs, paleo beef jerky and vegan mushroom jerky, all of which make great nutritious and delicious snacks for a mid-day office break.
For anyone working in the CBD, consider this before you head out to buy something fried and oily to get you through the rest of the day.
Where: Basement 1, Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm