HEALTHY BOWLS: GRAIN TRADERS

#01-01/02/03, Capitagreen, 138 Market Street and #01-03/04 100 AM, 100 Tras Street.

We’re seeing customisable healthy bowls everywhere these days but there’s nothing quite like the ones at Grain Traders. The food is prepared using techniques such as sous vide, roasting, pan-searing, grilling and baking and there is a wide array of selection to choose from. Think pairings like soba noodles with a sous-vide and chargrilled salmon or bulgur wheat with slow-roasted pork. Vegetarian choices include grilled beets and carrots, as well as mixed bean pico de gallo. Top it all off with crispy garlic and shallots or toasted crushed rice, then drizzle with basil vinaigrette or coconut curry sauce.

From $16 for a bowl that includes 1 grain, 1 protein, 2 cold vegetables, 1 hot vegetable, 1 sauce and 1 topping.  

MAKI (ROLLED SUSHI): MAKI-SAN  

#B1-17/18, The Cathay, tel: 6737-8772; #B1-19, I12 Katong, tel: 9712-5119; #01-04, Cathay Cineleisure, tel: 8218-4204; #LT25, National University of Singapore, NUS Science Drive 2, tel: 6737-8772.

Tired of the usual maki pairings? At Maki-San, you can design your own. First, choose how you want to wrap your maki: in traditional seaweed, an egg crepe or a soya wrap made from soya bean protein that has a similar texture to a beancurd sheet.

Next, decide between Japanese white rice and healthier brown rice. And now for the fun part – a substantial list of ingredients (nearly 80!) gives you countless maki combinations. There’s the usual avocado, crab stick, Japanese omelette and tuna mayo, as well as more unconventional offerings, like roasted mix peppers, sliced cheddar cheese and roasted mushrooms. Choose either three or five ingredients for the filling, depending on whether you are going for a small or large roll.

Once you’re done with the essentials, you can further customise your maki with “Sprinkles”, “House Sauces” and “Specials” to take your meal to a whole new level. Sprinkle options include bonito flakes, pine nuts and tempura crunch, while house sauces include miso, mango or yuzu sesame. The specials range from smoked duck and soft-shell crab to honey soya chicken and salmon sashimi. Finally, if you feel like it, get your maki fried with tempura batter for $1.50 more.

From $7.90 for a small maki (Little San) that includes 1 Wrap + 1 Rice + 3 Essentials + 1 Sprinkle + 1 House Sauce; from $9.90 for a large maki (Mega San) that includes 1 Wrap + 1 Rice + 5 Essentials + 1 Sprinkle + 1 Special + 1 House Sauce.

BURGERS: ROADHOUSE

13 Dempsey Road, tel: 6776-0777.

Being able to customise your burger isn’t new in Singapore, but the build-your-own-burger list at Roadhouse has a few things going for it. The options are conservative by burger customisation standards – five patties, 15 toppings, six cheeses, eight sauces and four sides to choose from – but what they lack in numbers, they make up for in quality.

For the patty, you can choose from wagyu beef, pork belly, beer-battered snapper, vegetarian chickpea falafel and Cajun chicken thigh. Toppings range from the comforting and familiar (iceberg lettuce, caramelised onions and bacon) to the interesting (poached pear, guacamole and jalapeno peppers).

There’s a good variety of cheeses too: red cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella, brie, Monterey Jack and gorgonzola (Italian blue cheese). For sauces, popular choices include baconnaise (bacon-flavoured mayonnaise) and 995 (a really hot sauce). This custom burger feature lets you choose your own sides as well. Select from onion rings, truffle fries, regular fries or coleslaw.

From $16 for a customised burger.

BIBIMBAP: JOO BAR

5 Tan Quee Lan Street, tel: 8138-1628.

It’s not like we need another reason to love iconic Korean bibimbap, but thanks to Joo Bar’s ingenious customised offerings, we now have one more reason to devote the rest of our lives to eating it.

Joo Bar offers bibimbap daily, during lunch (12-2.30pm) only. For carbohydrates, there are three options: white rice, purple rice (a mix of Korean black rice and white rice) and quinoa. For protein, there’s spicy chicken, stir-fried pork, beef bulgogi, broiled saba and Argentinian grass-fed steak.

You then choose three complements from a selection that reflects their identity as a modern Korean bar. Choices include pickled radish, edamame, fried tofu, sauteed zucchini, marinated spinach and even spam. Complete your bibimbap with either the spicy or soya sauce, both of which are equally flavoursome. 

From $10.90 for a customised bibimbap of 1 carbohydrate + 1 protein + 3 complements + 1 sauce.

PIZZA: KNICKER+BOCKERS

#B1-10 The Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay and 5 Stadium Walk, tel: 8298-7244.

“Unlimited toppings” was what had us sold. Sure, you can pretty much customise your pizza anywhere, but when your personalised pizza is stacked with topping after topping after topping – and all for a fixed price – there’s no going back.

There are over 40 toppings on the list and you can check all the boxes if you want (we dare you to). Topping highlights include roasted eggplant, arugula, crumpled beef, prosciutto ham, calamari and smoked salmon.

Pick from four “hand-stretched” dough bases: NY Style (round, crusty and chewy, thin yet thick on the edge), Cali Style (oval-shaped, thin and crispy), NY Herb Crusted (The NY Style with herbs and spices) and Cali Herb Crusted (The Cali style with herbs and spices). There are eight cheeses ranging from cheddar to provolone, and five sauces ranging from the classic tomato to curry sauce. Go for it!

$12.90 for a 10-inch pizza