Get on board these 8 food trends of 2019

From sustainable dining to gut health to guilt-free desserts - these are the food trends to dig into this year

4. Sustainable Dining


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It has been a buzzword for a few years now but ‘sustainable food’ is definitely gaining traction in Singapore. Farm-to-table restaurants have been sprouting out all over our sunny island and eateries like Open Farm Community focuses on locally sourced, seasonal and innovative dishes. The herb and vegetable garden as well as farmers’ market here are definitely worth a look too.

Even The Grand Hyatt’s popular restaurant mezza9 launched a new menu a few months ago with sustainability on its mind. All the seafood is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council or the Marine Stewardship Council as responsibly farmed or caught. The restaurant also uses herbs from the hotel’s rooftop gardens and sources for organic vegetables from farms in Singapore and Malaysia.

And popular brunch spot Strangers’ Reunion has just launched a new menu soon (on Feb 27), featuring some exciting additions that are prepared with upcycled ingredients. For example, Salmon Skin Chips utilises salmon skin which would otherwise be discarded, and Pork and Broccoli gives the vegetable’s stems and stalks a new lease of life by first steaming to soften them, then slow roasted to enhance their natural sweetness. Less food wastage overall – we’re definitely applauding this.

Open Farm Community is at 130S Minden Road, Singapore 248819, tel: 6471 0306. mezza9 is at Mezzanine Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, tel: 6738 1234. Strangers’ Reunion is at 33-35 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169355, tel: 6222 4869.


5. Going Meat-Free

Perhaps you’re vegetarian or vegan or you just like to have a few meat-free days during the week. It’s now easy to find such dining options, with a plethora of cafes and restaurants with vegetarian/vegan menus. Greendot is an Asian-fusion meat-free casual eatery that started out as a stall in Temasek Polytechnic in 2011 and has grown into a chain with 10 outlets all over Singapore.

And if burgers are your food of choice, VeganBurg is the place to go. The world’s first 100 per cent plant-based burger joint is, indeed, a Singapore brand, and it has an outlet in San Francisco too. It’s also changing the concept that fast food is junk food; their burgers aren’t just vegan, they’re also free of cholesterol, hormones and GMOs. Celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Belinda Carlisle and Chrissie Hynde are huge fans of these burgers, how cool is that?

Greendot has various outlets, check here for details. VeganBurg is at 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, tel: 6844 6868.


6. Famous Names Go Casual

Singapore has been a haven for celebrity chefs to venture into the Asian market and we have seen a number of them set up shop here, with varying levels of success. But it seems well-known faces in the F&B scene are scaling down and making their food more accessible to the masses.

David Pynt, from modern Australian barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends (which earned a Michelin star in 2018), surprised many when he opened a hawker stall at Makansutra Gluttons Bay in December. Meatsmith Western BBQ is a nod to his other venture, American barbecue joint Meatsmith. The menu features reasonably-priced Asian-inspired BBQ dishes, such as Char Siew Pork Ribs and Smoked Suckling Pig with Glutinous Rice, and prices start at just $4.

Affordable ‘fancy’ food is also the recipe to FrapasBar’s success. This venture by the Saveur group has introduced French tapas to Singaporeans, with dishes such as Crabmeat Croquette, Salmon Tartare and, of course, Foie Gras. We approve.

Meatsmith Western BBQ is at #01-15, Makansutra Gluttons Bay, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802, tel: 6336 7025. FrabasBar has outlets at Century Square and The Cathay. Visit here for addresses.