Quick and easy lunches for the working parent

A healthy lunch not only hits the spot, it’ll fuel you up for the rest of the work day.

KATTO
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WHERE #01-21 Galaxis Building, 1 Fusionopolis Place, 11am to 8pm (Monday to Friday), 11am to 2.30pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday.
WHAT If you love sashimi, this is the place to be. If you get the main size bowl ($12.90), you’ll get two choices of sashimi-grade fish (140g), 250g of rice or salad, and two veggie side dishes. For those with a smaller appetite, the mini-bowl ($7.90) gives you 70g of sashimi, 250g of rice or salad and one veggie side. We adored almost everything we tried ― from the Classic Shoyu Salmon, to the Creamy Goma Tuna, and the (gasp!) Chicken Rice Chili Salmon. The veggies, like the marinated edamame and the pickled shimeiji mushrooms, were also well-seasoned and complemented the sashimi perfectly. Come early as seats are limited. Many opt to take-away, which is not a bad idea, given how cute those Katto boxes are!

GRAIN
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WHERE Anywhere you are — it’s a lunch delivery service across the islandMonday to Friday, 11am to 2pm.
WHAT Grain’s all about delivering fresh, tasty one-dish lunches to us harried office types. Every week, the company sends out an e-mail advertising the week’s menu of seven possible choices and you can order by 10am for lunch that day, or order up to five days’ worth all at once. There will be at least one Asian recipe on offer every week (ranging from Thai-style beef fried with basil, to “samsui” chicken rice), as well as three more meals. Then there’s the three regulars: Pan-seared Norwegian salmon pasta salad; seared grass-fed Angus steak on baby spinach, and grilled farm-fresh chicken on organic mixed grains. The portions are generous, and the variety of grains/noodles/pasta is refreshing. We could have done with more veggies, but Grain’s working on that. Meals range from $10.95 to $16.50 (for the Angus steak), and you can add on other bites like five-spice tofu with hummus (very yummy for $4.95) and dessert — we tried the orange cake with citrus zest ($4.94). Delicious. Delivery costs $2 in the CBD, $3 at specified hubs (usually business parks) and $6.50 for the rest of Singapore.

CHIAK
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WHERE #02-37 Mapletree Business City, 40 Pasir Panjang Road, 6358-8am to 8pm (Monday to Friday), closed on weekends.
WHAT We love, love, love our grain bowls. And the thing about Chiak is that you can customise your bowl — adding more meats or more veggies or more sauces. We had the spicy and tangy Thai-inspired chicken basil on soba (dry) which came with edamame, belly pork, shredded veggies and eggplant ($8.80). Springy noodles, good gravy and just a punch of spice — beautiful. We also had a side dish of the luscious belly-pork char siew (additional $2), as well as the hae bee hiam sandwich ($7.80) and the smashed-egg-curry sandwich ($5.80) — both featured brioche buns made to resemble man tou! It was a total nostalgia-fest in our mouths… We finished with the pillowy-soft vanilla rolls ($3.80 apiece) for dessert (one gula Melaka, and one black-sesame cream). A great way to finish a very satisfying meal. The space is small but they have launched a delivery service (free above $50)

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