On days when deadlines are looming, a tasty takeaway lunch can definitely cheer you up.
Try these selection of dishes from some of SG’s best food spots; some healthy, some hearty, some comforting and all relatively not messy to eat (read: no splattering gravy, but some risks are worth taking, don’t you think?).
(image: Stamford Brasserie)
The Stamford Brasserie is the latest addition to the dining offerings at Swissôtel The Stamford. It’s a multi-concept restaurant and bar that features Bistro Dining Restaurant, a Beer Bar and a convenient Grab & Go counter. A range of sandwiches, salads, pastries and confectioneries are available.
Offerings include homemade bread with asparagus, Brie and garlic aioli, butter croissant with turkey ham, cheddar cheese and grain mustard. The traditional shepherd’s lamb pie has a filling of flavorful minced lamb and green peas topped with mashed potatoes (you can request for it to be heated up). The Grab & Go Menu is available all the way from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. so if you in the area and have a really early day, you know where to go.
(image: Xie Huiqun)
Gemmills, a charming café cum eatery cum wine bar opened by the same good people behind Mediterranean restaurant Maggie Joan’s, has launched a new takeaway menu that includes three hearty sandwiches (from $12). There is the classic ham and Comte cheese baguette, the tempting mortadella, salami and parma ham on baguette and the glorious chicken schnitzel sandwich with tomato, rocket & aioli.
We loved how every mouthful is a kaleidoscope of textures and flavours with toasted crusty homemade sourdough bread, crispy crumbed chicken, a kick of spice from the jalapeños, the crunch of coleslaw and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese, and a touch of citrus from the burnt lime (do remember to squeeze that lime!). If you are a dainty eater, you can possibly share the sandwich with another.
Starbucks (yes, we too are pleasantly surprised) has launched a new lineup of three healthy bowls priced at $7.90 each. There is the Cajun Prawns & Barley Bowl with prawns, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, cheery tomatoes and a tangy and midly spicy Cajun dressing; the Roast Chicken & Soba Bowl with cheery tomatoes, zucchini and fragrant sesame dressing; and the Roast Chicken & Quinoa Bowl with carrot, zucchini, raisin, corn, sundried tomato and a refreshing lemon dressing.
(image: Express by Chatterbox)
Located in Downtown Gallery, Express by Chatterbox brings signature flavours of the iconic Chatterbox by Mandarin Orchard Singapore to the CBD with some new lunchtime items. The casual eatery is fuss-free and features a light but equally yummy version of their famous Madarin Chicken Rice ($9) and Chatterbox Laksa ($12) sans lobster.
There are also satisfying rice bowls, such as the Braised Pork Rice with Onsen Egg ($10) that uses Hokkaido rice topped with yellow bean paste sauce, tofu and minced pork, and modern takes on classic, such as the newly added Laksa Pasta ($14) which sees al dente spaghetti tossed in a lemak laksa paste and served with crispy deep-fried pork chop and sliced braised mushrooms.
(image: Teppei Syokudo)
Teppei Syokudo by chef owner Teppei Yamashita has long been popular for its affordable Japanese takeaway. While the signature kaisen-don (assorted cubed sashimi tossed in chef Teppei’s secret sauce and scattered over sushi rice) remains a best-seller, other dishes, such as the Japanese pork katsu curry, teriyaki chicken bento and tori karaage (deep-fried chicken) bento are also a hit with customers. They’ve recently introduced a “Say Cheese” menu (available for a limited time only) with dishes such as hamburger stuffed with cheese served with pasta tossed in a tomato-based sauce ($14.80) mentaiko cheese pasta ($13.80) and cheese katsu curry ($15.80).
(image: Xie Huiqun)
This fuss-free food kiosk concept by chef-owner Jasper Jek dishes up healthy and wholesome food with a focus on lean proteins and complex carbs. Almost everything is made in-house and there is no added sugar, no MSG and no colourings are used. Super Simple also does not do deep-frying. Chef Jek prefers healthier methods of cooking: namely baking, blanching, pan-frying and sautéing.
Diners can choose from their No Fuss Sets (from $8.90 for the Veg Lover set), where the combinations are fixed. Think slow-cooked chicken breast with whole wheat pasta, sous-vide egg, corn, and broccoli ($8.90). Or they can customise their own boxes (from $8.90). erhaps sliced New Zealand rib-eye steak done medium and combined with pumpkin, cherry tomatoes, slow-baked onions. Then take your pick of six homemade dressing, which includes parsley pesto, ponzu, miso ginger and honey mustard, and you are good to go.
(image: The Sandwich Shop)
The Sandwich Shop‘s owner David Cheung shares that the food is still prepared from scratch daily at the outlets to ensure freshness. We love the variety of offerings here, ranging from gourmet sandwiches, baguettes, salads and wraps to grilled sandwiches, soups and hot pots. Highlights from the sizeable selection include the Massive All Day Breakfast sandwich ($8.50), the Veggie Bean Grilled Wrap ($7) and the Warm Cous Cous Hot Pot – each mouthful is a savoury, tangy symphony.
Wheat specialises in healthy soba bowls and also has organically farmed red rice imported from Bhutan. This nutty, fluffy rice can be incorporated into dishes such as the Salmon Poke bowl with cubed raw salmon, avocados, sous vide egg, cucumbers (from $9.90). There is also the no-carb, char-grilled Teriyaki Chicken Broccoli and Cauliflower bowl (available at selected outlets) complete with avocado and sous vide egg that is great for takeaway. Design-your-own-bowl options are also available from $12.
By Xie Huiqun, September 10, 2018
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