Not just a health fad, grain bowls are a delicious and nutritious addition to our regular dining options.
Get back in shape with hearty grain and poké bowls. Here’s a round up on where you can prep your own meal of carbs, protein and superfoods.
A Poke Theory
Is your slogan “gotta catch ’em all”? Grab a dainty rice bowl and end your meal on a sweet note with the superfood smoothie bowl ($6), all in one seating. Just like salad bars, the regular bowl ($12.50) comes with a base—sushi rice, lemon herb quinoa or romaine lettuce and 100g of salmon or tuna in a selection of flavours. For toppings, do it Subway style with a little of everything, or add premium ingredients (from $1) like kimchi, thai mango and spiced roasted cashews. 27 Boon Tat Street.
Also known as raw fish salad, poke bowls are Hawaiian favourites which can easily be found anywhere in their country! On a sheet of paper, start by deciding on your degree of hunger with three sizes of poke bowls (from $11.90). Whether you decide between the raw yellowtail tuna or salmon in original, wasabi mayo or spicy flavour, keep yourself full throughout the day by completing your meal with white or brown rice. Each bowl is entitled to 2 add-ons and 1 superfood, from flying fish roe and almonds to avocado. 92 Amoy Street. Tel: 6221 6165
Shake your way to a nutritious (and tasty) lunch with DoSiRak‘s aptly-named lunch boxes (its name literally means that in Korean). Paper takeaway tubs are filled with rice (upgrade to whole grain rice/noodles at $1), sous vide meat, veggies and topped with piquant gochujang–all below 500 calories ($7.90-$9.90). The fun’s in the mixing! Look out for new flavours this season such as baby octopus, beef short ribs and ginseng chicken. #01-02 China Square Central, 18 Cross Street. Tel: 6536 6034
Surrounded by the lush greenery of Rochester Park lays a monochrome colonial house serving up hearty lunch bowls ($19)—customise your own as the mains change on a daily basis—think grilled ribeye on Monday and pan seared duck breast on Thursday. Also home to a retail shop and workshop, here’s where to learn how to make a rubber band gun or your own terrarium in naturally lit rooms and relish the simpler things in life. 41 Rochester Drive. Tel: 6659 0879
Known for their create-your-own grain bowls, Grain Traders appeases your taste buds with the colourful display of ingredients to choose from. At $16, select one grain, protein, hot vegetable, cold vegetable, topping and sauce. From brown rice to quinoa and grilled striploin steak to seared marinated tuna, you decide what is best for the day. #01-01 CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street. Tel: 6384 6559
Jar’d by Sarnies
Opened by popular go-to place for coffee, salad and sandwiches in Telok Ayer, Sarnies, Jar’d takes fast food up a notch by going healthy. Displaying pre-packed jars of protein, dressing and greens that rests in neat layers (this one definitely deserves a spot on Instagram), forget about shaking it up and just dig right in. Go for the tuna tatami ($12.50) seasoned in soy & mirin dressing if you like lunches light, or the refreshing vegan doodle pad Thai ($12). Get $1 off your next salad if you return the jar. #B1-38 Tower 1 One Raffles Place, One Raffles Place.
Kitchen by Food Rebel
Say what, Buddha bowls? Whip up your appetite with the brightly coloured vegan sweet potato & chickpea bowl ($19) complemented with quinoa, tofu-avocado mix and sesame dressing. With meals cooked on-site, the menu delivers an extensive range of wholesome, organic dishes made from scratch. Once you’ve tried the rebel chicken burger ($21) stacked with hormone-free house-made patty and sweet potato fries on the side, you may never view burgers in the same way (we mean health wise) again. 28 Stanley Street. Tel: 6224 7088
From Chillax cafe to Babette, Ninja Bowl was founded by former Power 98 DJ, Darren Wee. Tuck in to a wide range of carb-free bowls with a Japanese twist. Topped with braised beef cheek ($14), unagi ($16) or salmon poke ($16), keep a look out for ninja bowls that come with an onsen egg for creaminess. Don’t worry if you can’t live without carbs, complete your meal with ninja rice or quinoa at $2 and $3 respectively. Psst… you may also want to try the Fancy French ($16) from their all-day brunch menu. 15 Duxton Road. Tel: 6222 8055
The Daily Cut
Gym rats! You’ll like the sound of this—chicken breast, salmon fillet, rib eye steak and more. Available in four sizes, select your choice of protein and three supplements from asparagus, to chickpeas and mozzarella cheese with the regular bowl ($12). While the extra large ($18) entitles you to two additional servings of protein, all bowls come with your choice of carb (psst… they serve sweet potatoes here), topping and dressing. The next time you run out of recovery shakes, you’ll know where to get it sorted. #B2-16 Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street. Tel: 6386 6160
Surprise, surprise! Amidst the aroma of freshly brewed coffee that fill the air, this specialty beverage concept jumps onto the bandwagon of make-your-own healthy rice bowls. For $13.80, select your preferred choice of base, hot protein, 3 sides, and 2 toppings or go straight for the pre-constructed bowls (from $13.80). You will also find pita pockets on the menu for easy takeaway alternatives—who would saiyd no to pulled pork ($8.50) or flank steak ($10)? #01-08 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard. Tel: 6538 0848