6 Restaurants In Singapore For Your Whole Grain ‘Superfood’ Fix
Just because you’re eating out doesn’t mean you have to succumb to white rice — lots of local restaurants actually use whole grains in their meals. Don’t know what these restaurants are? Scroll the gallery to find out!
Text: Eunice Quek/The Straits Times/March 2018
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What: A mainstay for online restaurant Grain is its Tofu-Powered Tabbouleh ($9.50), with aubergine, roasted pumpkin and bulgur – a whole wheat grain. An upcoming dish from March 12 to 26 is Jamaican Jerk Chicken And Freekeh ($13.95), with tikka masala sauce. Freekeh is a whole grain made from green durum wheat.
Info: Order online at www.grain.com.sg or via the Grain app on both iOS and Android. Meal-box orders are available on weekdays and catering is also available for large groups and events daily.
What: Known for its soba and brown rice bowls, Wheat also offers a dish of quinoa with chicken ($12), which comes with grilled chicken thigh, pumpkin, mesclun salad, corn, tomatoes and cranberries. Quinoa, as well as Bhutanese red rice, is also offered as a topping choice for the Design Your Own Bowl option at its newest outlet at Marina One. Bhutanese red rice is a gluten-free grain and replaces the brand’s usual brown rice option.
Where: All Wheat outlets including B2-33 Marina One, The Heart, 5 Straits View; B1-08 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road; and B1-32 One Raffles Place; various opening hours
Info: Go to www.facebook.com/wheatbaum or order online at wheatbaumkuchen.oddle.me
3. The Bento People
What: The Make Your Own Healthy Bento menu has many quinoa-based options, including The Bento People’s signature Quinoa “Fried Rice” with sous vide chicken, eggs and beans; Quinoa Lemak, white quinoa with cold-pressed coconut oil; and steamed quinoa with a choice of white, red, black or tri-colour. Prices start at $10.90.
Where: 02-17 CT Hub, 2 Kallang Avenue; open: 11.30am to 3pm (Mondays to Saturdays), 5.30 to 8.30pm (weekday dinner), closed on Sundays and public holidays
Info: Call 6443-2006 or go to www.thebentopeople.com
4. Rang Mahal
What: Rang Mahal’s quinoa upma is cooked with olive oil and spices such as asafoetida (from the dried sap of giant fennel), curry leaves, fresh ginger and mustard seeds. The fine-dining Indian restaurant also uses ragi (finger millet) to make dosa at its live-cooking station. Both items are available for Rang Mahal’s lunch buffet ($58++ a person, Sundays to Fridays).
Where: Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard
Info: Call 6333-1788 or go to www.rangmahal.com.sg
5. Grain Traders
What: The next time you pick a base for your grain bowl at Grain Traders, opt for quinoa instead of the usual soba noodles or brown rice. Pearl barley and bulgur wheat are available too. All grains are dressed in extra-virgin olive oil. Its new signature bowls ($16) – Hen’s Nest and Senor Hombro – both feature quinoa along with other proteins and vegetables.
Where: Outlets at CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street; and 01-03/04 100AM, 100 Tras Street; open: 8am to 8pm (weekdays), 11am to 8pm (weekends at 100AM outlet only)
6. SPRMRKT Daily
What: Start your day with supergrain bowls from SPRMRKT Daily. The restaurant offers Aburi Salmon Bowl ($20+), with quinoa, torched salmon cubes, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and sous vide egg; and a Veggie Bowl ($19+), with quinoa, grilled zucchini, roasted eggplant, charred vine-ripened tomatoes, hard-boiled egg and savoury sesame dressing.
Where: STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay, 01-01; when: 8am to 4pm daily
Info: Call 9736-4032 or go to www.sprmrkt.com.sg