Redpan – Marina Square

When food meets design, you get Redpan, a relatively new restaurant which has opened at Marina Square. Located in the new wing of the mall, the decor of the place is like an upmarket bistro. The restaurant is well-lit and the furnishings are designed in a way that they stand out. The menu focuses on giving Western food a Singaporean twist, throwing a spotlight on local ingredients and familiar flavours.

Redpan

Redpan

The Orders
If made well, a soup serves as a great way to begin any meal. Hence, we right away ordered the ‘Smokey Tomato Soup’ which turned out to be a satisfying dish. The tomato soup served with garlic croutons had an additional depth to it due to the chargrilled effect.

smokey tomato soup

Smokey tomato soup at $7


For the mains, we ordered the ‘Vegetable Lasagna’ for a wholesome dish. The dish was a colorful medley of vegetables like baked pumpkin, grilled eggplant and mushrooms along with tomato sauce and curry bechamel. Going meatless does not mean giving up on flavour and this dish proved its point with its great taste. Highly recommended.
Vegetable lasagna

Vegetable lasagna at $14


One of my go-to pasta dishes to order is the ‘Roasted Vegetable Aglio Olio’ because its a toss and serve kind of dish that spells comfort. This pasta at Redpan could have been better, both in terms of taste and seasoning.
Roasted vegetable aglio olio

Roasted vegetable aglio olio at $12


It is never surprising to see a ‘Portobello Mushroom Burger’ being offered as the sole vegetarian burger option in many restaurants across Singapore. I have always maintained that there should be more varieties tried in this segment for sure. Having said that, the size of a grilled portobello perfectly fits the size of a burger bun and is liked by mushroom lovers. Here, it was served with cheddar and lettuce in toasted ciabatta buns and was a solid rendition of the dish. The fries on the side were addictive!
Portobello mushroom burger

Portobello mushroom burger at $12


The desserts at this place really impressed me and the variety is mindboggling – they have the dessert options listed on the menu and the daily specials displayed on their cake counter. To begin, we ordered the most unique ‘Teh Halia Creme Brulee’ which was a classic dessert infused with ginger and tea. As weird as it sounds to imagine tea in a dessert, this offering incorporating the local milk tea is top-notch as the ginger subtly cuts through the dish and keeps the sweetness of the dessert intact. Highly recommended.
Teh Halia creme brulee

Teh Halia creme brulee at $7


The restaurant nailed it again with yet another impressive creation in the form of ‘Red Date Butter Cake’ which was fragrant and rich. A delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream mounted on a butter cake that rested on a bed of sticky local red dates and caramel sauce was a tempting sight. Worth trying for enjoying a different creation using local flavours.
Red date butter cake

Red date butter cake at $8


If you are looking for cake options, then try the Red Velvet Cake and the Dark Chocolate cake which disappeared from the table in no time. But if you are looking for a refreshing concoction then ‘Roselle Sour Plum Soda’ acts as a perfect match to a delicious meal.
Sour plum soda

Sour plum soda at $5


Considering the overall experience of the meal, the prices at Redpan are very reasonable. For its ambiance, for its experimentation in food offerings and for its exquisite desserts, Redpan is definitely worth a visit!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western / Modern Singaporean ★★★★
Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-03/04, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://redpan.sg/

Panchtantra Restaurant – Syed Alwi Road [Permanently Closed]

Bringing Indian folklore to the forefront right from their name, Panchtantra is a newly opened fully vegetarian restaurant located at Syed Alwi Road at a stone’s throw from Mustafa. The Panchtantra is a collection of Indian fables that has made its way globally through their interesting story narration. So it is only befitting that a story unfolds here on the culinary journey that I embarked at in this North Indian gem. Added to a predominantly Punjabi food menu are mouthwatering chaats and kebabs. With a chaat counter neatly placed on the roadside, it also helps when you want a quick chaat bite as you finish your grocery shopping in the area.

Panchtantra

Panchtantra restaurant

The Orders
Most popular among the Indian chaats is the trusted Pani Puri. Keeping up with changing times, Panchtantra have given this popular item a twist by serving them as ‘Pani Puri Shots’. The fried puri with the ragda filling was firmly placed on a shot glass containing cold and spicy paani. The flavored paani served in the shot glasses are of two types: the spicy and sweet varieties , or as we say theeka and meetha paani. When it came to taste, this non-alcoholic concoction turned out to be quite good and is worth a shot.

Pani Puri shots

Pani Puri shots at $6


Another sure-shot item to try in a Indian chaat place is the chaat variations with yogurt. On the owner’s recommendation, we ordered the ‘Dahi Papri Chaat’ which is basically a dish that consists of puris at the bottom layered with onions, tomatoes,sev, tangy chutneys and finally topped off with curd. But what clinched this dish for me was the addition of crunchy cucumbers – such a win! It also helped that the yogurt was not sour. For vegans, you can order the dish without yogurt and most of the chaat items can be modified accordingly. Highly recommended.
Dahi papdi chaat

Dahi papdi chaat at $4.90


Elevate your lunch to a royal experience by ordering the ‘Panchtantra Special Thali’ – a plate that brings the authentic taste of Punjab right to your table. Please note that as of now thalis are available only at lunch time. For dinner, items can be ordered a la carte. The plate comes with a starter, three curries, one dal, rice, a dessert and garlic naans. For the starter, there was Achari Paneer which was tasty. The Chole/ Chana Masala was top-notch with homemade Punjabi spices perfuming and flavouring the dish beautifully. The quality of paneer (which was soft) made all the smooth curries taste heavenly on the palette. The Dal Makhani which is lentils simmered in an aromatic buttery tomato sauce transported me back to the dhaba taste in the fields of Punjab. The Garlic Naans made in the form of a small potli (pouch) gave a visual twist to the plate. The Gulab Jamun was delicious too.The food is quite rich, make sure you keep space in your stomach if you order the Thali. Definitely worth ordering.
Panchtantra special thali

Panchtantra special thali at $14.50


We also ordered the ‘Patiala Shahi Thali’ which is a slightly smaller version of the Special Thali. By that I mean, this plate has one curry lesser than the main version. The Thalis are served in traditional copper plates and are quite heavy to hold but it definitely adds to the authenticity of presentation.
Patiala Shahi thali

Patiala Shahi thali at $13.90


To add the refreshing touch, both the Thalis are served along with ‘Punjabi Lassi’. It serves as a welcome relief to the humidity of Singapore.
Punjabi Lassi

Punjabi Lassi


Due to its ample offerings, there are many more items like Kebabs and Jalebis that can be tried. Also, they have launched a 1-for-1 lunch deal for the whole month of July – Order any gravy from the Main Course selection and receive a complimentary Bread Basket to go with it. Drop by at Panchtantra between 12 – 4 pm for an unforgettable lunch experience starting at just $7.90.
Its so refreshing to see a restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine getting added to the culinary scene in Singapore. For its use of traditional homemade ingredients, for its convenient location, for the variety in menu, for delicious food, Panchtantra restaurant is definitely worth visiting.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: North Indian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park, Little India
Address: 83 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207762
Timings: Mon-Thu: 10am – 11.30pm ; Fri-Sun: 10am – 1am
Website: https://www.facebook.com/panchtantrasg/

Slappy Cakes – Grandstand

When you are racking your brains on what to do on the weekend with your kids, friends, or your SO, head over to Slappy Cakes situated in Grandstand in the Bukit Timah area. Here you can cook pancakes at your own table! The idea is to simply create, design and have loads of fun. Each table contains a high-quality non-stick griddle that is attached to the table.

The Orders
This make-it-yourself place has a variety of pancake batters to choose from – Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Wholegrain, Zucchini and Buttermilk. The process is to choose your pancake batter, then the add-ons and finally the toppings. We ordered the Chocolate and Buttermilk pancake batter priced at $8 each. When you go as a group, you can order more batter mixes to share among yourselves. The Zucchini batter might sound weird, but makes a good choice if you don’t mind experimenting with new flavours. For add-ons, we went with strawberries, hazelnuts and toasted almonds and topped it off with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. The squeeze bottle makes it very easy to dispense the batter. Complimentary butter is provided on the side if you want to add more taste to your pancake. You can be creative and go crazy by trying out smileys, alphabets and get pancake doodling!

Pancake griddle

Pancake griddle


Apart from the pancakes, their menu has all-day breakfast items. From the classic favourites section, we went for the ‘Potato Soup’ which turned out to be great comfort food. It was a creamy soup with chunks of baked potatoes, leeks and onions. It was rich and velvety and made for a nice start to the meal.
Potato soup

Potato soup at $7


If you are a fan of eggs in your breakfast, try the ‘Vegetable Scramble’ served with mixed greens and toast. My husband ordered this dish and he was quite satisfied with it. The scramble consists of roasted zucchini, leek, corn, capsicum, onions and scrambled eggs topped with blue cheese. If you are not a fan of blue cheese because of its hard-hitting taste, you can ask it to be removed or replaced while ordering.
Vegetable scramble

Vegetable Scramble at $14.5


To beat the heat, we tried the ‘Pink Thyme Lemonade’ which was refreshing and very good. The pleasant colour added to the visual appeal of the drink.
pink thyme lemonade

Pink thyme lemonade at $4.3


On the whole, its a fun place for a brunch out with family and a good way to engage kids. And even as adults, we can be kids at heart and try out our artistic skills. Just for a different experience with fluffy pancakes, Slappy Pancakes is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western ★★★
Nearest MRT: Clementi (shuttle bus to Grandstand)
Address: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-20/21, Singapore 287994
Timings: Tue-Fri: 10am – 9.30pm ; Sat-Sun: 8am – 9.30pm
Website: http://www.slappycakes.com.sg/

The Green Bar – Millenia Walk

More often than not, we look for healthy lunch or dinner options after an indulgent weekend. Salad bars fit perfectly into this mindset and you end up getting a lean and green dining experience. Thus, on a healthy note, I made my way to Green Bar, a gourmet salad bar situated in Millenia Walk. Frequented by business executives working in the area, this place is crowded during lunch time. It seats no more than 15-20 pax. If you are in a hurry, they have takeaways as well. They have limited options for vegetarians on the standard menu – but what works is the fact that you can customize your own salad with different combinations of dressings. The queuing system uses a display number token system which makes it organized – though during lunch time it ends up in a bit of order confusion.

Green Bar

Green Bar

The Orders
Salads can be made to taste interesting by creating different flavour profiles and combining textures. We ordered the ‘Moroccan Couscous Salad’ as the focus was to get more fibre and less fat. This salad was a mini-adventure of raisins, chickpeas and olives in buttered couscous on a bed of baby spinach and arugula leaves. This was finally drizzled off with a lemon dill dressing which was top-notch. What was striking was the large wooden serving bowls – and the quantity of the serving was perfect for lunch. The salted cashews on the side lent a nice balance to the sweet raisins. Bread (which can be dipped in olive oil) is served on the side and this was a good wholesome meal.

Moroccan couscous salad

Moroccan couscous salad at $8.90


For those who are fan of grilled veggies, the ‘Grilled Veggie Foursome’ is a riot of colours with red bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes. If you are wondering what makes this combination work – it’s when all these ingredients come together with the coriander pesto dressing. The ingredients used are fresh which imparts a crunch to the vegetables – both leafy and non-leafy. If required, extra bread can be taken at the bread bar.

Mushroom salad

Grilled Veggie Foursome salad at $10.90


On the whole, the salads might seem a bit pricey but that could mainly be because of the location and the sourcing of high quality ingredients. For its gourmet salad concept, for the portion sizes and for a healthy but tasty meal, the Green Bar is worth a visit if you are in the area.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Salad Bar ★★★
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-91, Singapore 039596
Timings: Mon-Fri: 11am – 8pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenBar/

Lucca’s Trattoria – Robertson Quay

With Italian restaurants spread all across the red dot island, it would take some thought and planning to open a new restaurant serving this cuisine. My wanderings this time led me to Lucca’s Trattoria, a quaint and rustic eatery located in Robertson Quay. The quadrangle is filled with restaurants – and a lot of people! The moment you enter the restaurant, what strikes you is the long wooden paneled counter, the huge display of wine bottles, the red-checkered table cloths and counter design. The decor definitely helps in setting up a calm, no-frills and private atmosphere. The counter has a light display which shows the trademark Italian specialties they offer and states that they make everything in-house from scratch.

luccas trattoria

Lucca’s Trattoria


Lucca's counter

Lucca’s counter

The Orders
While trying Italian cuisine, I like to go for the quintessential classic – pizza. Since they focus extensively in this cuisine, they have a wide range of options on their menu. We ordered the ‘Vegetariano Supremo’ which contained bell peppers, black olives, mushrooms, grilled zucchini, artichoke, onion and rucola leaves. The special pizza grade flour is imported from Italy. The pizza is made in the open kitchen on a oak table top. The crust had a substantial bite to it and the pizza tasted great. It is available in two sizes in case you want to share. There was authenticity in the taste of the sauce too. The house-made pastas are also quite popular at this joint.

Vegetariano Supremo

Vegetariano Supremo at $21


For my drink, I ordered the ‘Apple Juice’ and steered away from the classic red wine pairing for a change. The juice was refreshing and had the subtle taste of apple to the amount I like.
Apple juice

Apple juice


What ultimately stood out in this place were the desserts. This course transported me to Italy as the taste felt authentic and the chef exactly knew the process for making it in a true Italian style. The item definitely not to be missed is ‘Lucca’s Tiramisu’. They make it using Lady’s Fingers soaked in Sicilian marsala wine and espresso. The mascarpone cheese was dense and every bite was like a dream. Overall, it was lush and boozy – and highly recommended.
Lucca's Tiramisu

Lucca’s Tiramisu at $10


Another yielding to temptation happened after seeing their extensive gelato counter. Prepared by Italian-trained gelato chefs, this has some new flavours that looked exciting. One of my favourites has been the ‘Chocolate Orange’ combination and the gelato was extremely good. The dark chocolate was bitter with the notes of orange cutting through it with elan. Savour every bite of this when you try it!
Chocolate Orange Gelato

Chocolate Orange Gelato


This is a restaurant that aims to bring Tuscany fare to the forefront in Singapore. The real connoisseurs can tell how much they have succeeded in doing that successfully. If you are looking for a nice evening in a homely Italian setting with authentic taste, this place won’t disappoint. They have lunch promo deals at $15 and also a tasting menu that looks promising as a promotional offer. For good service, great Italian desserts, hand-made gelatos, Luccca’s Trattoria is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Italian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
Address: Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
Timings: Mon-Thu: 12pm – 11pm ; Fri-Sat: 12pm – 1am ; Sun: 11.30am – 11pm
Website: http://luccastrattoria.com/

Paper Crane – Waterloo Street [Permanently Closed]

Paper Crane is exactly one of those cafes that you would chance upon while roaming. A sign stating ‘Want Hearty Meals for $10?’ set in a vibrant design was what caught my attention – even on a rainy evening. Tucked away on Waterloo Street in the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) building, this is a fuss-free cafe offering simple food. Their menu is neatly written on a chalkboard and they keep changing it frequently. For vegetarians, the options are limited and hence it is better to inquire before you travel specifically to this place. If you are in the area, you can surely drop by to check the menu and their daily specials. I am pretty sure they can make a basic vegetarian pasta on request. Our alfresco seating was perfect (even with rains) as the cafe is well-shielded.

Paper crane cafe

Paper Crane cafe


Paper Crane menu

Paper Crane menu

The Orders
With limited veg options, it’s always safe to go for the Pasta. The ‘Spaghetti Arrabbiatta’ was a delightful experience with the sauce evenly coated across the pasta strands. The olives and capers provided the necessary bite and this turned out to be a decent dish.

Spaghetti Arrabbiatta

Spaghetti Arrabbiatta at $10


The regular readers of my blog would know by now that I consider it as a welcome sign when a cafe attempts a non-mushroom burger in the vegetarian section. The same thought made me order the ‘Falafel Burger with Fries’ with a lot of anticipation. Unfortunately, I was let down by the dryness of the chickpea burger which had the texture of a frozen patty. But it was heartening to see that the owners took the feedback in a constructive manner and I hope to try it again sometime 🙂 The fries on the side were a good munch.
Falafel burger

Falafel burger at $10


During rains, its thrilling to get a ice rush in the form of slushies which are ideal summer time treats. I ordered the ‘Watermelon Slushie’ filled with ice and this turned out to be a good slow sipping drink.
Watermelon slushie

Watermelon Slushie


The cafe has a small dessert counter with few options. We tried the ‘Carrot Cake’ and ‘Baklava’ which were strictly passable. Nothing much to write about on these offerings except that the prices were reasonable.
Carrot cake

Carrot cake at $4


Baklava

Baklava


On the whole, the dishes are friendly on the wallet and the service is extremely friendly. Pay them a visit if you are in the area!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western ★★★
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah
Address: 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967
Timings: Mon-Sat: 11am – 10pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/papercranesg/

Pasarbella – Suntec City

Far from their distant location of Grandstand, Pasarbella has opened their second gourmet food market at Suntec City. Conveniently located near Promenade MRT, this place lights up in the evening with a huge signboard that you just can’t miss. Across a sprawling 7000 sq ft, 15 gourmet stalls wait to serve you their best dishes. The decor is industrial-chic meets food-court with ample seating.

Pasarbella @Suntec

Pasarbella @Suntec

The Orders
Since we scouted for vegetarian options, I am sharing the stalls in which I managed to find them conveniently.

1. Grillo
Grillo is a Japanese Yakitori stall specializing in skewers along with their house-blended sauces. To begin with, I ordered the ‘Sweet Potato Fries’ as the starter. The fries were appropriately crunchy and salted and you can take a chilli dip as the side.

Grillo stall

Grillo stall


Sweet potato fries grillo

Sweet potato fries at $3.50


If you are looking for a delish bowl of rice, then this ‘Garlic Tofu Bowl’ fits the bill. First ensure that you like the ingredients and the taste of garlic is not overwhelming. The ‘Zucchini Skewers’ on top were crunchy and went with the soy-sauce drizzled rice. I would have liked a bit more veggies to balance the rice in the dish.
Garlic Tofu Bowl

Garlic Tofu Bowl at $10.90

2. Pimp My Salad
I have a weakness for salad stalls brimming with fresh ingredients. ‘Pimp My Salad’ does not disappoint with its options. A neat ordering form is provided where you can mark your choices and customize your own salad. With glee, I filled the checklist and created my salad carefully choosing the ingredients. They also have their signature salads with interesting combinations.

Pimp my salad stall

Pimp my salad stall


Salad ordering

Salad ordering form


If you are a fan of healthy eating and enjoy salads, I would highly recommend this bowl of goodness. Vegetarians and vegans, you can go crazy choosing your preferences. Look at my choice – Broccoli with Almond Flakes and Chilli, Baby Corn with Paprika, Pomegranate, Hummus, Garam Masala Chickpeas and Couscous with Raisins and Bell Peppers. And everything was rightly flavored and so tasty!
Customized Salad

Customized Salad at $11.90

3. Pita and Olives
Next we hit the ‘Pita and Olives’ stall. It is a Mediterranean-style bistro dishing out hearty food in the form of pita bread, kebabs and falafels. Their food is not new to me as I have reviewed them earlier which can be read here . They have closed their outlet at Tanjong Pagar and moved to Suntec City and serve some tasty dishes. I particularly like their Falafels and generally order their platter which can be shared by 2 pax. Their Hummus and Salad are delicious!

Mediterranean Platter

Mediterranean Veg Platter at $18


If you like rice for lunch or dinner, then go for their Pilaf Set which is filling and take falafels on the side.
Pilaf set with falafel

Pilaf set with falafel

4. Sarnies
Instead of the usual savory items, ‘Sarnies@Suntec’ serves coffee, pastries, tea and milkshakes. They also have the non-dairy form of drinks. Along with this they are selling ‘Cocowhip’ which is a vegan soft serve from Australia. This ice cream is made from coconut water and there is a pronounced coconut taste when you dig into it. You can choose your sauce toppings to give it a variety in flavour and I chose Burnt Caramel Sauce which was damn good!

Cocowhip vegan ice cream

Cocowhip vegan ice cream at Sarnies at $6.50

5. Squeezed
Last but not least, ‘Squeeezed’ serves some awesome fresh juices. An appropriate stall in this setting, especially with the Singapore weather. They serve cold-pressed juices packed with vitamins. I felt refreshed after drinking this juice.

Squeezed juice

Squeezed juice


For its central location, its variety of food stalls and decent lunch and dinner options, Pasarbella is worth visiting!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Gourmet Food Stalls ★★★
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Address: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-455 to 461 North Wing, Singapore 038983
Timings: Mon-Sun: 10am – 10pm
Website: http://pasarbella.com/

Pita Pit – Fusionopolis Place [Permanently Closed]

A large number of cafes and restaurants have sprung up in One North over the last few months, specially around Fusionopolis. Since it is primarily an office area, there are lot of lunch options – be it takeaways or dine-ins. During an exploratory walk, I came across Pita Pit which is a wrap and salad shop. When I entered the place, I found their signage quite interesting as it marked their global reach.

Pita Pit map

Pita Pit map

The Orders
Orders are placed across the counter. It helps that their well-lit menu mounted on the wall clearly states the options. I was happy to see vegetarian and vegan offerings. There were combo meal options for a wrap + juice or wrap + coffee.

Pita Pit menu

Pita Pit menu


Upon payment, the ordering process is very simple as you choose your type of wrap along with your preferred toppings. It was obviously nice to see that they aren’t stingy on toppings. Also it was good to see the service staff know about eating preferences of customers and clearly ask for vegetarian or vegan requirements.

Pita Pit ordering process

Pita Pit ordering process


Pita pit toppings counter

Pita pit toppings counter


For the wraps, I ordered the ‘Falafel’ and ‘Halloumi’ versions for takeaway. Once you choose your wrap size, you get to choose unlimited toppings in your order. The other interesting thing to note was they use a separate grill for their vegetarian wraps. If you want some of your veggies grilled (Onion,Mushrooms and Green Peppers), then just let them know that you want O.M.G in your wrap! Their assembly line is pretty neat and the wrap is shaped like a huge pocket so the veggies can be nicely stacked into it. Personally I preferred the Falafel wholemeal wrap but that is purely because of my love for falafels. The Halloumi was also quite nice and halloumi as a cheese goes very well in any grilled version.
Pita pit wraps

Pita pit wraps


Falafel wholemeal wrap

Falafel wholemeal wrap at $9.90


As you can see, the large version of Falafel wrap can be a full meal. They also have a juice counter where bottled fresh juices are available in different flavours. I tried the ‘Calamansi Lemon Honey Juice’ juice which was refreshing and tasty.
Pita Pit juice

Pita Pit juice


Apart from takeaways, they also have a dine-in option with around 15-20 seats. Instead of wraps, you can also order salads. For the freshness of their ingredients, for their liberal portions and for their efficient customer service, Pita Pit is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mediterranean ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: One North
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis #01-15, Singapore 138522
Timings: Mon-Fri: 8am – 8pm ; Sat-Sun: 11am – 6pm
Website: http://www.pitapit.com.sg/#about

The Living Cafe – Bukit Timah

As you stroll around Bukit Timah, you will notice a lot of eateries tucked away in various streets. I was happy to come across The Living Cafe who take pride in offering healthy and delicious raw organic food. This place is not fully vegan, but has all kind of options and steers away from artificial preservatives, white sugar and red meat. The ambiance of the cafe is really nice – well-lit, spacious, a dessert counter with variety and a retail shop on the second level selling organic products. The coffee and wine display racks were neat.

Living Cafe decor

Living Cafe decor

The Orders
To begin the Sunday morning by warming my tummy with coffee, I ordered the ‘Cinnamon Latte’ which was soothing and good. The cinnamon was infused in right proportion with the milk and was not too intense.

Cinnamon latte

Cinnamon latte at $5


For starters, we tried the ‘Sweet Potato Wedges’ lightly baked in olive oil. If you are used to the wedges from fast food outlets, you will find these quite different. The taste of coriander seeds will hit you strongly as they form a coating along the length of the wedges. The fries taste great with the eggless mayonnaise dip served alongside.
Sweet potato wedges

Sweet potato wedges at $6.5


Since I hail from India, Indian food always catches my attention. On their blackboard, as part of their daily specials, there was ‘Bhakri Roti with Tofu Curry’ which sounded very interesting. The plate looked gorgeous when it was served. Bhakri roti is basically a flour roti with a slightly hard texture. The Tofu curry had almost no salt and I brought it to the notice of the chef. It was interesting to understand his perspective that a low salt content is considered a healthy option. He did toss the curry again and add salt for my version which tasted much better. As a side, there was Coconut Chutney which would have tasted better without the pomegranate.
Bhakri roti with tofu curry

Bhakri roti with tofu curry


The all day brunch menu presents a myriad of options for vegetarians and vegans. If you eat eggs, then the ‘Mediterranean Omelette’ is a really healthy option. Made from organic eggs, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, onions and tomatoes with goat cheese and arugula, this is a filling and vibrant dish.
Mediterranean omelette

Mediterranean omelette at $16


They have an awesome dessert counter filled with raw cakes and cheesecakes. Since we were quite full, we did not taste the desserts. I definitely do plan to come and try their desserts, burrito and rice options next time. For their calm setting, healthy food options, a variety of vegetarian options on menu and friendly service – do give the Living Cafe a shot, it is good food with a different perspective.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Healthy, raw food and raw fusion ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Sixth Avenue
Address: 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758
Timings: Mon-Thu: 11am – 7pm ; Fri: 11am – 10pm ; Sat: 9am – 10pm ; Sun: 9am – 8pm
Website: http://www.balancedlivingasia.com/living-cafe-and-deli/