It’s not a revelation that Fortune Centre is a vegetarian and vegan food paradise. Located in the bustling Rochor area, it acts as a dining hot spot for both locals and tourists. One of my favourite cafes in this building is Create Healthy Lifestyle , a nondescript cafe serving healthy and tasty vegetarian food with less oil and salt and no MSG. It is mostly filled with customers at any time of the day and it is likely that you will have to share your table if you plan to eat here. The cafe also sells organic produce and packaged organic goods in their retail section.
Create Healthy Lifestyle
Orders are placed at the counter and their menu, written on the big white board helps you make your choices quickly. Apart from the daily specials, there are other extra items on their menu (placed at your table). There are also a lot of vegan options on the menu. For the quantity and the quality of items served, the prices are friendly on the wallet.
One of my standard orders at this place is the ‘Vegetable Pancake’ which is made in the Korean style. It’s actually an appetizer but for me its filling enough to be called a meal. It resembles a flattened pizza and is filled with vegetables like carrots, bell peppers and spinach. It is extremely savory and delicious along with the sauce to dip on the side. Highly recommended.
Create Healthy Lifestyle menu
We also ordered the ‘Tom Yum Soup’ which, for me, is happiness in a bowl. A delicious, savory spicy-sour soup is perfectly complemented by the earthy vegetables. To complete the dish, I opted for thin noodles – but they have other noodle options as well. Highly recommended.
Vegetable Pancake at $5
A simple and satisfying dish to order would be the ‘Vegetable Fried Brown Rice’ which is filled with a variety of veggies. Each component of the dish is cooked well and the rice is not mushy. Some could find the dish to be under salted but this cafe believes in doing their cooking in the healthy way.
Tom Yum Soup
There will always be a need for refreshing drinks in the Singapore weather. One of the popular drinks in the juice stalls is the ‘ABC’ juice. Made from the nutritious combination of apple, beetroot and carrot, this juice is healthy for the mind and body. Definitely give this juice a try!
Vegetable fried brown rice at $5
For their significant efforts to make healthy food with no compromise on taste, for their affordable prices and for their old-world charm, Create Healthy Lifestyle Cafe is a must-visit.
ABC (Apple, Beetroot and Carrot) Juice
An organic, healthy, vegetarian restaurant coupled with relaxed ambience sounds almost surreal. This place, however, is true to its name. Situated in Orchard Road, is a spacious restaurant called Real Food that will make you feel at ease with its decor and ambiance. The restaurant has two types of seating : sofas and large wooden tables. These sections are bifurcated by a huge wooden book shelf and can accommodate small and large gatherings. I prefer the sofa section as it has a lounge feel and is ideal for long friendly chats. When you are seated on the sofas, you can see a lovely photo collage on the walls facing you and when you turn back, you can grab a book and begin to read. You never know how time passes by at this warmly-lit place.
Real food decor
For starters, we decided to go for the ‘Herb Salad on Tomato Bruschetta’. The bread had a nice crunch which contrasted well with the cherry tomatoes, herb and vinegar topping and we gobbled it up in no time. To beat the heat, we also ordered the ‘Organic Lemonade’ at the same time and it was absolutely refreshing.
Herb salad on tomato bruschetta at $7.80
Next, we ordered the ‘Beet (Millet) Burger’ since we had heard so much about it. This is a delicious handmade patty made with beetroot, carrot and a combination of other veggies. It is slightly crumbly in nature but quite tasty and I enjoyed the burger. It is served with sweet potato wedges which makes the whole dish an interesting combination.
Organic lemonade at $5.80
Beet burger at $12.80
For the next dish, we went for the ‘Balsamic Cherry Tomato Prune Pasta’ which was just OK. The pasta was dry and needed more sauce. It is better to eat it when served hot. Since their menu is quite extensive, it is better to try out other dishes if you are headed there for the first time.
Balsamic cherry tomato prune pasta at $8.80
My friend ordered the ‘Stuffed Veggie Salad’ which was a beetroot patty with combination of veggies (like the burger), but excluding the bun. It is quite filling on it own and totally healthy.
Stuffed veggie salad at $9.80
They have some interesting desserts on display at their counter and all of them are gluten-free. We ordered the ‘Vegan Brownie’ which was a large slab of deliciousness and can easily be shared by two people. We also ordered ‘Chocolate and Date Cake’ which was a small square filled with the rich taste of natural dates and I would totally recommend it.
If you are a fan of rice, then the ‘Baked Brown rice’ is recommended. After the meal, you can also shop around the grocery section for organic items. The restaurant sells a variety of chips, coffee beans, teas, honey, juices, sugar, nuts and cooking items. Their menu is crystal clear and states which items are vegan and/or gluten-free. From a healthy vegetarian perspective, for their comfort, ambiance, variety in menu, affordable cost and delicious food, Real Food is totally worth a visit.
Vegan brownie at $6
| In a Nutshell
|| Deelightful Rating
|Cuisine Type: Vegetarian
|Nearest MRT: Orchard
|Address:181 Orchard Road, #02-16 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
|Timings: Mon-Sun: 10 am-9 pm