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

7. Eat & Shop In One Place

One of the most ingenious ideas we’ve seen is to combine two of our favourite pastimes – eating and shopping – in one venue. Who doesn’t love stores like Café&Meal MUJI, where we can browse through a range of products such as stationery and household goods, then rest our weary legs with a drink or meal at their minimalist-yet-stylish cafe?

Carpenter & Cook is a charming vintage home store that also houses an artisan bakery cafe. It’s a unique step back in time and you’ll be thinking about the food long after too. We love the fresh baked goods served on pretty china. Men can get in on the fun as well, at Monument Lifestyle, which sells clothes that embody the California lifestyle, and has a cafe too. The laid-back spot sells light bites like various toasts and a granola cup from Plain Vanilla’s house blend granola.

Café&Meal MUJI stores are located at Plaza Singapura, Paragon Shopping Centre and Raffles City. Visit here for addresses. Carpenter & Cook is at 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120, tel: 64633648. Monument Lifestyle is at 75 Duxton Road, Singapore 089534.


8. Pasta Bowls

We’ve had poke bowls and acai bowls but what about…pasta bowls? Pasta Supremo, a pop-up restaurant that opened in February, specialises in freshly-made pasta bowls that diners can get creative with, thanks to its build-it-yourself menu. Choose from three naturally-coloured homemade pasta (cooked a la minute), a variety of classic and locally-inspired protein options, and four different sauces. Sure, some healthy bowl options elsewhere also feature pasta but this is exciting as the pasta is freshly-made and there are some uniquely Singapore toppings to choose from, such as Burnt Miso Corn, Bak Kwa Jam, Chicken Skins and even Lap Cheong Crumble. We think it could be the start of the next food trend in Singapore, following the popularity of other ‘bowl’ foods here.

Pasta Supremo is at #01-365/344/373/374, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, 6909 8138. The pop-up restaurant will be around until late 2020.