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!
WHERE Anywhere you are — it’s a lunch delivery service across the island, Monday 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.
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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WHERE #01-08 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard, 7.30am to 8pm (Monday to Friday), Closed on weekends.
WHAT Come early if you want to beat the crowd and grab at seat: This popular build-your-own bowl eatery seats around 25 people, so many people actually opted to take away. The lunch crowd pours in from noon, and it’s easy to see why. The counter displayed huge platters of appetising nosh (touted as Asian-Middle Eastern food fusions) ― from proteins, to carbs (or a base, as they call it), and sides. At $13.80, you can choose one base, a hot protein, three sides, two toppings and an optional dressing. The hearty slow cooked beef curry will entice meat-lovers, while the miso salmon was tender and tangy. We liked the selection of sides, particularly the zesty wakame wood-ear salad. If you feel like leaving it in the hands of the expert, Workspace Espresso also has specially customised “super bowls” like the Blue Ocean ($16.30), which has a quinoa and dhal base, with Salmon as a protein, and sides like smashed guacamole, sunflower seeds and a yuzu dressing.
WHERE Various outlets including #B1-17/18, The Cathay, 11:30am to 9:30pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11:30am to 10pm (Friday, Saturday and Eves of Public Holidays).
WHAT If you’re in the mood for experimenting with your food, you’d relish designing your own roll. We opted for the Mega San ($9.90), which allows you to match five different Essential fillings and a Special filling instead of the three Essential fillings you get with the Little San ($7.90). The list of Essential fillings include unique options like edamame beans, crunchy jellyfish and ebiko (prawn roe). Special fillings feature the tasty grilled unagi (eel), salmon sashimi and a crunchy tempura soft-shell crab. So, be bold and go wild with different tasty combinations. After all, there’s nothing a little refreshing ponzu (Japanese mixed citrus) sauce can’t fix! If salads are your lunch staple, go with Maki-San’s salad base choices like the refreshing cold soba (Japanese buckwheat) noodles or sweet potato glass noodles for a sweet change. The choice of three sizes — Little San, Big San and Mega San — are a plus for occasions when you don’t want to overeat. With a delivery option available, you can dine in the comforts of your office pantry without having to jostle with the lunchtime crowd (or chope seats with your tissue). Delivery costs are dependent on your location, capped at $8 with no minimum spending.
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