Soul ALife – Vegan Cafe at Changi City Point

The Expo area is synonymous with exhibitions and events that happen in the huge halls near the MRT. During a recent visit to one such event, I spotted Soul ALife, a 100% vegan cafe situated at Changi City Point. This is a welcome addition to the area where vegetarian options in restaurants are a bit limited. Pretty decor with plants and a green theme added a nice vibe to the cafe. I have always maintained that a healthy and nutritious meal can be tasty and satisfying and its nice to see such cafes implementing that in their mission to serve good food.

Soul ALife

Soul ALife

The Orders
The menu has a variety of options. They have burgers, pastas and salads along with smoothies and desserts. The intention that is clearly driven across is their desire is to serve you wholesome food. It was a refreshing change to see dumplings mentioned in the starters section of the menu and we ordered the ‘Japanese Gyoza’. Gyoza is a popular appetizer at ramen noodle shops. Here, they served the Gyoza with ponzu sauce (a classic Japanese citrus sauce). They had a thin skin and slightly crisp texture. Overall, an above average offering but the flavours could have been more enhanced.

Japanese Gyoza

Japanese Gyoza at $4.90

To keep yourself hydrated in the Singapore weather, cold pressed juices generally come to the rescue. I got the ‘Beet It’ juice to pack some nutrients in my meal along with the refreshing feel that it provides. It is nothing but the ABC (Apple, Beetroot Carrot) juice and was really good with the proportions of the ingredients in right balance. Highly recommended.
Beet It

Beet It at $4.90

If you have been reading my blog regularly, you would know that I appreciate a good vegetarian burger made with ingredients other than the standard portobello mushroom. At Soul ALife, they have the ‘Potato and Lentil Burger’ which is a crisp patty housed in a bed of greens. The texture of the patty is good and it is well-seasoned. The only gripe is that the portion size was small for this burger to act as a standalone meal. The sweet potato wedges served on the side are just nice with a slight sprinkling of salt.
Potato and Lentil Burger

Potato and Lentil Burger at $10.90

At this cafe, you should not miss the ‘Buddha Bowl’ which is correctly indicated to be their recommended dish. The origin of the name “Buddha Bowl” comes more from being in state of bliss once you eat it. Well, the myriad colours from the variety of ingredients that pop out from the bowl makes it extremely appealing. It was full of vegetables, healthy grains and lean proteins that made for a perfectly balanced and a nourishing meal. The chickpeas, curried cauliflower and beetroot hummus were my favourites among the ingredients.
Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl at $9.90

They have 2 outlets in Singapore – one at Pickering Street and the other at Changi City Point. For the fitness freaks and the healthy eaters, this cafe is absolutely recommended. This cafe would be an ideal place to visit for tourists who are looking for a 100% vegan or vegetarian joint near Changi airport since this is just one station away. Overall for their healthy menu, quality ingredients and affordable prices, Soul ALife is absolutely worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegan ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Expo
Address: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Changi City Point #02-40, Singapore 486038
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11.30am – 9.30pm

Manchurian Club

The East side of Singapore has some good Indian-Chinese options along ECP, but those involve a train and a bus ride. It was nice to see a new restaurant called Manchurian Club open at Expo . The ambiance is soothing and the place is good for dining with family, friends or kids. Its proximity to the MRT is an added advantage.

The Orders

Soups are a nice way to set the tempo for the meal and we ordered the ‘Man Chow Vegetable Soup’. The soup was decent in consistency, but the portion might be a bit small in case you decide to share.

Manchow vegetable soup

Manchow vegetable soup at $6

Our starters order was comprised of paneer and vegetables. We went for the ‘Pepper Chilli Paneer’ which was crispy and spicy. For the vegetables, we tried the ‘Dry Gobhi Manchurian’ which promptly disappeared from the plate in no time. Both the starters looked very similar in appearance and it was a tad confusing.

Pepper chilli paneer

Pepper chilli paneer at $7

In the mains we had the ‘Vegetarian Hakka Noodle’ which is a sizable portion (for 2 people). Noodles and rice generally need a gravy based side dish and hence we ordered the ‘Vegetable Manchurian’ along with ‘Szechwan Fried Rice’ to complete the main course. The Manchurian gravy with soy sauce as the sauce base was delicious and we went for a repeat order of rice to finish it fully.

Hakka noodles

Hakka noodles at $8

Szechwan fried rice

Szechwan fried rice at $8

For the price point, the relaxed ambiance, the great food, and the convenience of its location on the East side, Manchurian Club is a recommended outing.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Indian Chinese ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Expo
Address: #01-02 Hotel Tower UE Biz Hub East, 2 Changi Business Park, Singapore 486015
Timings: Mon-Sun: 7.00 am-2.30 pm ; 6.00 pm-10.00 pm