Skip the plain, old boring salads and go for these vibrant grain bowls that are just as healthy and packed full of nutrients.
VIOS by Blu Kouzina
Only available via Deliveroo, VIOS by Blu Kouzina is the little sister to the popular Mediterranean restaurant, Blu Kouzina at Dempsey Road. Prices start from $12.99 (regular) and its one of the most value-for-money grain and salad bowls out there. Portions are generous, making it one of my favourites for lunch or a post-workout meal. You can choose between brown rice or organic kale and more, but the a hearty mix of supergreens – cabbage, brussels sprouts and shaved broccoli – makes the best base for the Grass-Fed Beef Meatballs or Organic Non-GMO Chicken. On top of roasted peppers, and baked sweet potatoes in Blu Kouzina’s signature use of spices, what takes the cake is the variety of homemade dips you can choose to go along with the bowl. There’s an earthy organic eggplant and Mediterranean Style Hummus, but I can never get enough of the sweet yet spicy harissa. The only catch? VIOS by Blu Kouzina is only available in areas surrounding Boat Quay, Dempsey and Tanjong Katong.
Perhaps Superitto lucked out with its convenient location to Fitness First Paragon. Many gym-goers can be found packing away their salad or burrito bowls before or post-workout. The cilantro lime rice is a popular choice, along with the huge portion of pulled beef. Despite being a casual spot, each base or topping is cooked beautifully. The spices are well-balanced and are infused into each bite. Skip the nacho cheese sauce (tempting, I know) and go for the appetising balsamic olive drizzle instead. #B1-K25, Paragon Shopping Centre, 290 Orchard Road. Tel: 9658 0769
With their new branch at Marina One, Wheat is primed to serve the working crowd more of their affordable soba and grain bowls. The former, made of buckwheat flour, is not only high in fibre, but is fat-, cholesterol and gluten-free. Use that as a filling base for their customisable bowls ($9 for small, $11 for regular), where you have choice of sous vide pork belly, grilled salmon, a gratifying slab of rib eye and more as toppings. Should you still feel peckish, they also have a Salmon Sashimi ($6) available as a side.
YOLO is known for their specially curated bowls said to include a balanced portion of each food group. They make it easier for those watching their diets with an accompanying calorie count as well. Their Build Your Own Meal ($9.90/mini, $12.90 for regular and $15.90 for super) does the very same, allowing customers to keep track of their intake. Good on the palate and the hips is the Tom Yum Tilapia (200 kcal) or the Beef Rib Eye (190 kcal) paired with the Nutty Thai Wing Bean Salad (80 kcal). Not to be missed is the delectable Mama’s Spinach Cake (150 kcal) which is packed full of iron. You can also round off your meals with the fruity Mixed Berry Bomb ($6.90, 230 kcal) smoothie for your daily dose of antioxidants and vitamins. ICON VILLAGE, 12 Gopeng Street. Tel: 6221 3029
Skip the plain, old boring salads and go for Mexout’s overflowing salad or rice bowls ($12.90). The former features a base of lettuce and cabbage, black beans and the refreshing crunch of pico de gallo, while the latter, a personal favourite, uses flavourful mexican rice with black beans. Both comes with a choice of one filling and one salsa. It is hard to say no to the Conchinita Pibil (slow-braised pork shoulder in orange juice, banana leaves and spices), but I am more than willing to pay extra for a tender slab of Australian beef brisket dry-roasted with an mouthwatering blend of spices in the Beef Barbacoa (additional $2). Those who prefer their meals with a fiery kick can go for the Salsa Picante. #01-01, Far East Square, 39 Pekin Street. Tel: 6536 9953
Satisfy your mind, body and wallet all at the same time at Sky22’s Build-Your-Own-Bowl buffet ($16). You get to create unlimited grain bowls with an assortment of grains, salads and cold cuts. Opt for the house dressing like their homemade spicy lemongrass dressing. End off with some bubur cha cha and tiramisu for a sweet finish and enjoy the stunning aerial view of the city while you’re at it. Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Road. Tel: 6378 2040
From the people that brought you Standing Sushi Bar and Tanuki Raw comes Salmon Samurai (formerly Shinkansen). it is located conveniently within Ocean Financial Centre, and has been serving the busy bees of CBD with their salmon donburi, noodle, and salad bowls. Signature bowls such as the Omega-3 Donburi ($15) will be available alongside their customisable bowls ($13.90 and $16.90). Diners can choose between three bases, including a mixed salad and a soba or mixed grain rice with loads of greens, and umami-laden mains such as Yuzu Honey Chicken, Miso Braised Pork and Maple & Genmaicha Cured Salmon. There are also options to jazz up your bowls with an Onsen Egg and the sweet Momotaro Tomatoes. #B1-08, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6634 8593
More flavour, fibre and all-round healthier choice, Wafuken offers Japanese brown rice for their customisable bonburis. Choose between a sous vide smoked duck with a satisfying crispy skin ($7/$12) or the Oyster Blade Steak ($7/$12), along with a variety of sides such as ramen egg ($2), wasabi yuzu salad ($2) and more. Those wanting to indulge have the option to go for the Wagyu Rump ($20/$30), seasoned simply with salt, pepper and a splash of black winter truffle oil. #02-23, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way.
Make your very own bibimbap at Joo Bar. They offer a wide selection of ingredients at a flat price of $10.90. While there’s an option for quinoa, the purple rice is our pick for its high levels of antioxidants and fibre. While they do serve the classic beef bulgogi, there is also a lip-smacking Argentinian Grassfed Steak (additional $4.50). It comes with a range of vegetables, from Fried Tofu, Korean Anchovies and Marinated Spinach, as well as, an original spicy or soy sauce. Avilable for both dine-in and takeaway during lunch. 5 Tan Quee Lan Street. Tel: 8138 1628
Poke bowls aren’t new here but I adore what Katto is doing with local and Japanese flavours. On top of the usual selection of usual tuna and salmon poke, they have a piquant Chicken Rice Chilli Salmon. Those who aren’t a fan of raw fish can go for the rich beef curry or yakitori chicken with miso butter corn upon mixed rice grains or a salad mix ($14.90). #01-21, Galaxis Building, 1 Fusionopolis.