“Where shall we go for lunch?” – 11:30 am, every day at the office. Well, finding food in the CBD is pretty easy – but if you’re looking for healthy food, organic ingredients & good nutrient balance, it can be a bit more challenging. Here is a list of the best healthy restaurants in Singapore’s CBD where you can get a nutritious lunch – if you think any of your favorite places is missing, please leave a comment!
1. Food Rebel
Looking for delicious & nutritious organic food? You have to visit Food Rebel. I’d definitely recommend the zoodles bolognese or any of the buddha bowls – their hummus is to die for – and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, they make really nice cakes too.
Bonus point: macros are indicated on the Ultimate Performance menu, so you know exactly what you’re eating.
Kitchen by Food Rebel 28 Stanley St, Telok Ayer
2. The Garden Club
Hidden at the top of Downtown OUE, this cute garden rooftop serves fresh & creative dishes, like Tom Yum Fettucine or Rosti & Jackfruit carnitas, but also more traditional wraps & bowls.
Sadly, it closes on weekends – but it’s a lovely place to get lunch or after-work drinks/dinner.
The Garden Club, OUE Downtown Gallery, #05-01 6A Shenton Way 068815
3. Shake Farm
From breakfast to dinner, Shake Farm has got you covered. They serve all things healthy, from fruit shakes to fresh salads and more hearty bowls.
I have to confess that the beef bros is my all-time fav, followed closely by the Mexican salad – but everything on the menu deserves a try.
Oh, and yes, they indicate macros of each dish & drink, so it’s easier for you to make wiser choices. They also sell some protein bars (read here the articles on protein-packed snacks!) if you still have room for dessert.
Shake Farm, 126 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068595
4. Aloha Poke
Fresh ingredients, loads of protein and portion control: Aloha Poke is the perfect place if you want to craft a lunch that suits your needs.
Eating Omega 3 at least twice a week is very important to reduce inflammation & regulate cholesterol, and getting fresh salmon is a delicious way to do it!
Aloha Poke, 1 Raffles Place 02-01, Singapore 048616 (+ 4 other locations)
Simple, yet delicious: Yolo offers perfectly balanced dishes, based on traditional Asian recipes & cooked with less fat & additives. All nutritional info is available, and their menu proves that you can get the food you love minus the calories you don’t need.
Yolo, 12 Gopeng Street #01-01/04, Singapore 078877 (+ other locations)
6. Grain Traders
If you’re in the mood for composing your own bowl, Grain Traders is the right place. It can get pretty crowded, so I’d go there early to avoid the queue, especially if you plan to eat there. They also have signature recipes, if you don’t feel that creative.
Grain traders, 138 Market St, 01 CapitaGreen
If you love hearty salads, you’ll love Sarnies. Of course, not everything on the menu is “healthy” (a burger with fries, even served in a healthy café, is still… a burger) but they offer a broad range of mains to choose from. I’d personally recommend the Moroccan Chicken or Tandoori Chicken (but all of their salad bowls are delicious, to be honest) – the portions are quite big, so don’t stress out if you can’t clean your plate.
Pro-tip: the venue itself is quite tiny though, so make sure you go there early – most of the tables are outside, and it gets a bit warm sometimes.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068601
Another “build your own bowl” place, where you can find fresh ingredients, tasty vegetables and loads of protein options. They offer a “petite” version of their bowl too, for people with a light appetite. I’ve tried several times to copy their roasted aubergine recipe but didn’t manage to get it right. If you go there, make sure you get some!
Mojo, 9 Raffles Place, #B1-07 Republic Plaza
9. Salad Stop
It might be a chain, but they are making a great effort to promote healthy eating – Macros are indicated online, so it’s easier to decide beforehand what the best option for you is, according to your goals.
The food is fresh, and they have warm grain options for days you’re very hungry. Tip: ask to get the sauce on the side, as they are quite generous with it.
Salad Stop, 168 Robinson Road Capital Tower #01-05 ( + many other locations)
At the bottom of the list simply because it’s a bit further away from the Business Center but if you’re up for a short walk, this tiny place serves delicious vegan food, made with fresh ingredients. Make sure you get one of the burgers (you can even replace the bun by some lettuce leaves if you’re in a cutting phase), any of their salads or the rice bowl.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089131