Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe – Chinatown

If you are a (local or tourist) vegetarian/vegan visiting Chinatown and looking for some great food, look no further than Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe, a vegetarian eatery located in South Bridge Road, right below Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant (run by same management). It is a small and charming cafe that serves a variety of dishes – wraps, sandwiches, curry sets, juices, smoothies and desserts. Attractive food posters hang from the walls and I loved their menu board which stated ‘Meatless does not mean Tasteless’. I believe that no diet form is monotonous as long as you find ingredients to create dishes that are flavorful, healthy and tasty. Vegans also have a lot of options in this cafe as they can easily customize your dishes.

Well dressed menu board

Well dressed menu board

The Orders
The menu is full of interesting things and I knew instantly that I would have to visit the place again 🙂 For starters, we ordered the ‘Broccoli Soup’ to give a green start to the meal. The soup was well salted, wholesome and a nice way to start the meal. It did need a dash of pepper to add depth to the flavour.

Broccoli soup

Broccoli soup at $3.5


Called as Wrap Stars on their menu, we tried the ‘Wrap of the Day’. Neatly stacked with layers of purple cabbage, carrots, lettuce, tofu and vegan cheese, this was a vibrant wrap. It had a citrus dressing which lent a burst of flavour to the veggies. The wrap was packed to perfection which made it extremely convenient to eat. Apart from this, you can also customize a wrap along with the ingredients at the salad counter. We tried another wrap with bell peppers, corn, beans and lettuce which was quite good. Ensure not to mix too many water-leaving veggies together so that your wrap remains non-soggy.
Veg wrap with vegan cheese

Veg wrap with vegan cheese at $10


Customized veg wrap

Customized veg wrap at $10


For the rice lovers, there are ‘Veg Curry Sets’ which come along with brown rice and a flavorful curry along with seaweed crackers. The curry was slightly under seasoned, but the veggies were plentiful and cooked just right. The seaweed crackers were yummy and addictive that I actually placed an order for an extra bowl of crackers. Highly recommended if you like munchies.
Veg curry set

Veg curry set


Seaweed crackers

Seaweed crackers


I have always had a weakness for fresh fruit juices and hence I was happy to see the variety on offer. I ordered the ‘Carrot and Apple Juice’ which was made by the owner and it was one of the best I ever had. Strained finely, there was no grainy texture of the carrots and it was a refreshing glass of juice. Do not miss this!
Carrot juice

Carrot Apple juice


I had heard a lot about their desserts and ordered their famous ‘Orange Slice Cake’ which was moist and extremely tasty. The orange zest notes run through the cake and help offset the richness. Note that it is also eggless. Apart from this, they have an extensive display of cakes on their counters – some of them are French rose vanilla cake, Matcha cake etc.
Orange cake

Orange cake


For the chocolate mavericks, just delve right into their ‘Raw Chocolate Molten Cake’ oozing out delight in terms of taste. The caramelized bananas on the side act as a worthy accompaniment.
Raw chocolate molten cake

Raw chocolate molten cake


Also noteworthy are their newly launched ‘Vegan Donuts’ in interesting flavours. As they are in the initial phase, right now its better to place an advance order for these and keep track of the delivery schedules by following their Instagram handle. I packed a box of 6 and I must say that there is no compromise on taste or the feeling of eating a donut except that the size is a bit small. My favourites are Pink Blueberry, Fresh Lemon and Cinnamon Sugar.
Vegan donuts

Vegan donuts (Box of 6 for $12)


Its heartening to see a vegetarian joint offering innovative and healthy offerings in the area. For its menu variety, for its fresh fruit juices, eggless desserts, Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe is highly recommended. And irrespective if you eat meat or not, support a place that dishes out good food 🙂 I know I will visit the place again!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Chinatown
Address: 282 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058831
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://www.8treasuresgroup.sg/well-dressed-contact-us/
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Pita Pit – Fusionopolis Place

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

Quinoa and Veggie Wrap

A versatile and multipurpose dish is a winner in my books! Today’s recipe is a great salad and an amazing filling for wraps. It’s colourful and filled with healthy ingredients and takes any meal to another level. I had been planning to try Mexican style filling for wraps and burritos, and I am glad that I finally ended up making this delicious one-pot meal/filling. This filling can be eaten just by itself for breakfast or brunch. Quinoa and black beans are an awesome combination to make a scrumptious Mexican style meal. When you add veggies to these nutrient-rich foods along with avocado, you get a healthy wrap filling that you just can’t forget 🙂

Recipe Details :
Serves: 4 pax
Time: 45 mins
Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients :

  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups black beans, soaked overnight. Else use canned ones.
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped coriander
  • 1/2 a lemon just to squeeze at the end

Quinoa and veggie wrap

Quinoa and veggie wrap


Method:

  • Rinse the quinoa at least 3 times in tap water. Drain the water.
  • Cook the rinsed quinoa in the vegetable broth on low flame. Add some salt. It will take around 15 mins for the quinoa to absorb all the broth. Once the liquid is absorbed (around 15 minutes), turn off the flame. Leave the quinoa covered for 15 minutes. Then fluff it gently with a fork.
  • In a pot, saute the onion and red bell pepper in olive oil till they turn slightly brown. Add salt, pepper and cumin powder to the veggies when they are cooking on the flame. Then add the garlic and saute for a minute.
  • Add frozen corn and black beans. Lower the flame and continue cooking till they are nicely done. Turn off the flame.
  • Now add the fluffed quinoa to the pot and mix it gently with the veggies.
  • At the end, garnish the one-pot filling with avocado and coriander and mix well. Squeeze a bit of lemon on top. Fill this into a wrap and take a bite and you will love the flavours!
  • Quinoa and veggie filling

    Quinoa and veggie filling


Tips:

  • If using canned beans, add them in after the corn has some time to cook.
  • You can also cook the soaked beans separately (on the gas or the pressure cooker).
  • Do not mash the avocado into the filling. Be gentle.