Restaurants serving up decadent, indulgent dishes punctuate every corner of the little red dot and threaten to tempt even the sturdiest of health enthusiasts. Fear not, we’ve got you covered and have curated a list of our favourite clean lunches that are nourishing and packed with all the nutrients you need to have your hunger locked up until dinner.
Deli does the trick: Publico Deli
When one thinks of Italian food, what springs immediately to mind is the terrific (or terrible) trio – pizza, pasta, and gelato. This isn’t the case at Publico Deli though – the quintessentially Italian carbs and sugar galore is displaced by a choice of healthy options. Go for the Deli’s Green Me Up, Scotty, a refreshing celery, apple, and kale juice, followed by the signature gluten free Quinoa-Power Salad with a rainbow medley of avocado, red onion, snap peas, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, and beetroot cream. Those needing more protein can add on marinated chicken or smoked Scottish salad, or go for the poached eggs, boiled asparagus, and Bottarga salad. With its focus on fresh Italian produce, the stylish yet unpolished deli is reminiscent of a vibrant Italian trattoria minus the carbs galore.
V&VPR’s Insider Tip: The deli offers skim, almond, and lactose-free milk which are healthier options to add to your coffee.
Location: 1 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 06:30 – 22:00
Protein packs the punch: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
A steakhouse is not the first place one would go looking for a healthy meal, yet protein has proven to be essential for a healthy diet and even plays a part in weight loss. Protein makes you feel fuller longer, curbs carb highs and lows, and fuels fat burning. Singapore’s first authentic New York steakhouse, where the meat is of the highest quality, is the perfect place to pack in some protein. The New York Sirloin Steak Salad features Prime Black Angus Dry Aged Sirloin served over Mixed Greens with House Dressing – the ideal lunch if you’re heading to the gym later in the day.
V&VPR’s Insider Tip: Ask for the house dressing on the side so you can control how much you add on.
Location: 1 Nanson Road, #02-01 InterContinental, Singapore 238909
Opening hours: 11:30 – 23:30 Everyday
Bayswater Kitchen’s seafront setting takes you away from the bustle of the city and is ideal for some time to exercise mindfulness – whether it’s eating consciously or clearing your head from work stress. The seafood-centric eatery has a daily changing menu that celebrates seasonality and freshness, using wild-caught, sustainably-sourced ingredients as much as possible. For starters, opt for the mussels in a light seafood broth with new potatoes and cherry tomato or the steamed white clams with garlic and lovage. Continue on your nourishing seafood journey with the fresh catch of the day; choose between the roasted barramundi with charred broccoli, romesco and almond or the grilled red snapper fillet with bean cassoulet and gremolata. Bayswater Kitchen never fails to serve up bountiful fresh produce that’s bursting both with flavour and nutrients.
Location: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore 098382
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 11:30 – 15:00, 18:00 – 23:00. Sat, 18:00 – 23:00
Inspired by the timeless and sophisticated seafood houses of America’s Atlantic Coast, Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House is a hidden gem tucked away on a small lane in the dynamic Chinatown enclave. With its sophisticated ambiance and focus on its fresh and sustainable produce, Luke’s is frequented by discerning diners, fashion forward trend setters and business luminaries. The restaurant sources its fresh seafood from the Eastern Seaboard of America and is the ultimate go-to to satisfy your shellfish cravings. Our favourites include Travis’ famous tomato salad which is topped with feta, mâche, cucumbers, beetroot and seared tuna, and Luke’s tuna tartare, which is one of the best in town. Kale enthusiasts will love Luke’s salad with emerald kale, roasted peanut dressing, herbs and seared tuna.
Location: 22 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069257
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays – 12 noon till Midnight. Closed on Sundays.
This internationally recognized homegrown café is famous for its truffle shoestring fries and indulgent puddings, yet the health-conscious can also bask in PS. Café’s wonderfully designed interiors, lush surroundings and delicious food without suffering from food envy. The legendary superfood salad is the ultimate healthy lunch, chock full of nutrients, and can be enjoyed at all PS. Café outlets. Toppings include blueberries, roasted almonds, sunflower seeds, goji, baked pumpkin, quinoa, broccoli, baby spinach & romaine, orange & rosemary dressing, and there’s also the option to add rosemary-honey Dijon chicken or grilled prawns. If you want to try something different, opt for the Poached Chicken Salad with lentils, buckwheat, pomegranate, hazelnuts, smoked yogurt.
Location: Ann Siang Hill, Harding Road, Palais Renaissance, Paragon, Martin Road, One Fullerton, Raffles City.
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday : 11.30am – 11.00pm, Thursday : 11.30am – 12.00am, Friday : 11.30am – 1.00am, Saturday : 9.30am – 1.00am, Sunday : 9.30am – 11.00pm, PH : Open from 9.30am, First Thursday of the month, Eve of PH : Open till 1.00am.
This organic establishment is all about eating good and feeling good, pioneering a rebellion that seeks to promote awareness and education about nutrition and the impact of food on our bodies. What better way to learn than through eating? Head to Kitchen by Food Rebel for some mouthwatering, healthy nosh. Heartwarming classics such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Cottage Pie are reinvented as Zoodle Bolognese and Rebel Pie, swapping carbs and gluten for zucchini noodles in the former and sweet potato mash in the latter. The Bolognese is grass-fed Aussie Beef – nothing but the best at Kitchen by Food Rebel!
Location: 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737
Opening hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm, Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 3:00pm Sat, Closed: Sun & Public Holidays