Packing lunch back to your CBD office again? Check out these new places and wholesome dishes that will satisfy.
For those days when deadlines are looming and reports are due, a healthy and tasty takeaway lunch will cheer you up. Here is a selection of new spots and dishes that will pique your interest – with plenty of healthy, hearty options that are not messy to eat.
Gemmills, a charming café cum eatery cum wine bar opened by the same good people behind Mediterranean restaurant Maggie Joan’s, has launched a new takeaway menu that includes three hearty sandwiches (from $12). There is the classic ham and Comte cheese baguette, the tempting mortadella, salami and parma ham on baguette and the glorious chicken schnitzel sandwich with tomato, rocket & aioli. We loved how every mouthful is a kaleidoscope of textures and flavours with toasted crusty homemade sourdough bread, crispy crumbed chicken, a kick of spice from the jalapeños, the crunch of coleslaw and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese, and a touch of citrus from the burnt lime (do remember to squeeze that lime!). If you are a dainty eater, you can possibly share the sandwich with another.
#01-02, 110 Amoy Street, Singapore 069930, 9390 3825, www.facebook.com/gemmillssingapore/
Starbucks (yes, we too are pleasantly surprised) has launched a new lineup of three healthy bowls priced at $7.90 each. There is the Cajun Prawns & Barley Bowl with prawns, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, cheery tomatoes and a tangy and midly spicy Cajun dressing; the Roast Chicken & Soba Bowl with cherry tomatoes, zucchini and fragrant sesame dressing,; and the Roast Chicken & Quinoa Bowl with carrot, zucchini, raisin, corn, sundried tomato and a refreshing lemon dressing. So the next time you get your cuppa from Starbucks, you can also pick up a salad bowl too.
This fuss-free food kiosk concept by chef-owner Jasper Jek dishes up healthy and wholesome food with a focus on lean proteins and complex carbs. Almost everything is made in-house and there is no added sugar, no MSG and no colourings are used. Super Simple also does not do deep-frying. Chef Jek prefers healthier methods of cooking: namely baking, blanching, pan-frying and sautéing. Diners can choose from their No Fuss Sets (from $8.90 for the Veg Lover set), where the combinations are fixed. Think: slow-cooked chicken breast with whole wheat pasta, sous-vide egg, corn, and broccoli ($8.90). Or they can customize their own boxes (from $8.90). Perhaps sliced New Zealand rib-eye steak done medium and combined with pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, slow-baked onions. Then take your pick of six homemade dressing, which includes parsley pesto, ponzu, miso ginger and honey mustard, and you are good to go. Cold-pressed juices, which they source from Squeezed!, are also available at their newly opened second outlet at International Plaza, Tanjong Pagar.
#01-39 International Plaza, 10 Anson Rd, Singapore 079903, https://www.facebook.com/supersimple.sg
The Sandwich Shop
For a seriously good sandwich, among other things, do check out new outlet of The Sandwich Shop. Owner David Cheung, who has been running the business since 2003, shares that the food is still prepared from scratch daily at the outlets (they have eight outlets to date, the latest one opened at Marina One on Feb 2018) to ensure freshness. We love the variety of offerings here (there is easily over 50 different items on display at any one time). They have everything from their gourmet sandwiches, baguettes, salads and wraps to grilled sandwiches, soups and hot pots (the latter two are thoughtfully kept warm at the hot cabinet section). Highlights from the sizeable selection include the Massive All Day Breakfast sandwich ($8.50), which tempts with the goodness of streaky bacon, sausage, egg mayo, mushroom, mesclun mix and ketchup; the vegetarian-friendly Veggie Bean Grilled Wrap ($7) that is filled with avocado, sweet corn, red capsicum, chick peas, kidney beans and pesto mayo, and a refreshing Wakame Salad ($5) which consists of mesclun mix, shredded carrot, sautéed mushroom, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and wakame (seaweed). Definitely try the Warm Cous Cous Hot Pot (think: a stew of sorts in a cup), which has cous cous, roast chicken, spinach and boiled egg submerged in a homemade tomato soup ($6.50). Each mouthful is a savoury tangy symphony. Delicious.
#B2-05 Marina One, The Heart, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935, 6281 0712, http://thesandwichshop.com.sg/locations
Wheat Baumkuchen (now Wheat) first opened in Toa Payoh seven years ago, but has since moved into the CBD area with a new outlet. They currently have seven outlets, with Marina One being the latest addition since early 2018. Wheat specializes in healthy soba bowls and also had brown rice on the menu, which has since been switched to organically farmed red rice imported from Bhutan as it is a healthier option. This nutty and fluffy rice can be incorporated into dishes such as the Salmon Poke bowl with cubed raw salmon, avocados, sous vide egg, cucumbers (from $9.90). There is also the no carb char-grilled Teriyaki Chicken Broccoli and Cauliflower bowl (available at Marina One and Republic Plaza only) complete with avocado and sous vide egg that is great for takeaway. Design your own bowl options are also available from $12.
#B2-33 Marina One, the Heart, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935, www.facebook.com/wheatbaum