We all need these power lunches on some days, especially after an intense workout session at the gym or simply the need to feel healthier. Options are aplenty in the CBD, particularly when you are working around Raffles Place or Tanjong Pagar. We work out quite a fair bit during lunch hours and struggle to find healthy options around my work place. So, here are 9 eateries where you can grab a healthy bowl of greens and meats at S$15 nett and below.
A Poke Theory
Hot on the heels of the poke fad is A Poke Theory (read more about our full review of A Poke Theory here), a healthy rice bowl concept along Boon Tat Street which plays on the same Hawaiian concept. We like that the seating capacity at A Poke Theory is relatively huge (up to 60 seaters), which spots a fuss-free industrial vibe. The ordering system is fairly straightforward, choose between Regular 100g (S$11.50 for Tuna, S$12.50 for Salmon) or Large 150g (S$15 for Tuna, S$16.50 for Salmon) bowls. There are four different flavours – Original Shoyu Tuna, Spicy Garlic Sesame Tuna, Spicy Mayo Salmon and Avocado Miso Salmon). You then get to round off your orders with complimentary toppings such as Edamame, Cherry Tomato and Pineapple.
Where: 27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Price: From S$11.50 nett onwards
Located along Amoy Street, Aloha Poke is a Hawaiian concept which serves healthy rice and salad bowls in a causal setting (read more about our full review of Aloha Poke here). The restaurant’s space is small with mostly counter seats. The ordering system is pretty fuss-free, where you can customize your own bowl (from S$11.90 onwards) by selecting your grains (white/brown rice), protein (tuna/salmon) in various flavours (original/spicy/wasabi mayo), one complimentary superfood (avocado, chia seeds, Pomegranate or Quail’s Egg) as well as two complimentary toppings (flying fish roe, almond, walnut, edamame and cherry tomatoes), topped off with scallions, pineapple and lime.
The second outlet of Aloha Poke has already opened at Marina Bay Link Mall recently, and serves mainly the take-away crowd.
Where: 92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 11pm; Saturday: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Tel: +65 6221 6565
Price: From S$11.90 nett onwards
Technically, the cheapest option at Grain traders is S$16 nett (read more about our full review of Grain Traders here), but we think this list is incomplete without mentioning it. This popular rice bowl concept at CapitaGreen building is perpetually packed during lunch hours despite its decent space. The Hero Bowls here are all at $16 nett, with various combinations of ingredients but all of which promises a balanced nutritional value and flavour. The concept is pretty much self-service as well – let the service staff take your order at the food counter and your rice bowl will be prepared along the way right in front of you. Think of it like an atas mixed rice stall in CBD, with better nutrition of course.
The second outlet of Grain Traders has already opened at 100AM in Tanjong Pagar recently.
Where: 138 Market Street, #01-01/02/03, Singapore 048946
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Price: from S$16 nett
Kitchen by Food Rebel
They may only have a few selections below $15, this is one bistro you should not miss in the CBD (read more about our full review of Kitchen by Food Rebel here). Strong beliefs in making healthy food for people from all walks, from the beginners to the hardcores, you will get to find something you will enjoy on the menu. Like Grain Traders, this may not be the cheapest options, with only a handful selections below the $15 price tag.
Where: 28 Stanley Street Singapore 068737
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Tel: +65 6224 7088
Price: from S$14 nett
Taking over the now defunct Department of Caffeine along Duxton Road, the two months old Ninja Bowl (read more about our full review of Ninja Bowl here) has a strong focus on Superfood with Japanese infused rice bowls such as the Yasai ($14), a generous chunks of Salmon poke, mixed sultanas, onsen egg and tomatoes mixed in soy and ponzu sauce. All prices are net and there is no service charge. This is quite a chill-lax spot for a long and cosy lunch if you need some time off your desk.
Where: 15 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089481
Tel: +65 6222 8055
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7.30pm; Saturday to Sunday 9am to 6pm
Price: From S$14 nett
Located at the junction of Boon Tat Street and Telok Ayer Street, I am surprised that Sakanadonya Kunimaru is still relatively under the radar as it offers pretty value for money lunch sets. You can get a Tuna or Salmon don for S$15 nett, with a decent sashimi serving, a small bowl of chawanmushi and iced tea. The price is fairly competitive as Sakanadonya Kunimaru is also a Japanese seafood supplier. However, do be prepared to eat in the peak of the heat at mid-day, since the restaurant is not air-conditioned.
Where: 7 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069614
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11.30am to 6pm
Tel: +65 9099 1101
Price: from S$15 nett onwards
Sashimi bowl for S$10nett in CBD? This is definitely one of the cheapest deals around. Located along circular Road, the one month old Superbowl (read more about our full review of Superbowl here) is housed in a shophouse on level three, offering various Japanese donburi such as Salmon Bowl and Fish Bowl, both at S$10 nett. The quality and ambience may not be the best, but if you aren’t that fussy – and we mean not fussy at all, it may well work for a quick grub.
Where: 8 Circular Road, Singapore 049364
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11am to 3pm
Price: From S$10nett
The Daily Cut
The Daily Cut needs no further introduction. It is impossible to miss the snaking queue if you are ever at the basement of One Raffles Place. Definitely one of the priciest (and tastiest) salad around, starting from $12 for a regular salad (1 protein + 1 complex carb + 3 supplements) to $18 for a beast size (3 proteins + 1 complex carb + 3 supplements)! Here’s a tip, if you have a small diet, the trick here is to share a beast size salad with another friend! My favourite is the chicken breast and striploin meats.
Where: 1 Raffles Place, #B1-31 One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 8.30pm; Saturday to Sunday: 11am to 3.30pm
Price: from S$12 nett onwards
With various outlets around CBD including International Plza, Toss-In is a no frills salad place which mainly caters to takeaways. The meats are grilled a la minute, something I appreciate about the place. Prices are fairly reasonable too, with regular salad starting from SS$5.80, including choices of four supplements such as mushrooms, pumpkin, sweet corn, soft boiled egg and roasted asparagus. I usually top it up with protein such as chicken breast (S$2.50) or grilled salmon (S$4.50).
Where: 10 Anson Road, International Plaza, #01-17, Singapore 079903
Price: From S$5.80 nett for regular salad
If you work around Asia Square, you should be familiar with the Food Garden on level 2. One of the stalls in this air-conditioned food court is Wafuken, which served healthy rice bowls. Start by deciding which protein to have, all prepared sous-vide. The Sous vide chicken breast (S$4 Half Breast / S$6 Full Breast) is highly recommended, succulently seasoned with pepper. Other meats include the likes of Flank Steak (S$7 Half Steak / S$12 Full Steak) and Dory (S$8). You can also top it up with additional sides like Grilled Asparagus (S$2), Cold Soba (S$2) or Steamed Broccoli (S$2). All the Dons options are served with an onsen egg, condiments, and Wafuken’s Furikake mixed rice.
Where: 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, #02-05 Singapore 018961
Price: From S$8 nett for Donburi rice bowl with half chicken breast
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