The benefits of a green diet consisting of fruits and veggies is much more than keeping you slim.
Diners who enjoy feeling virtuous after a meal at Glow Juice Bar & Cafe will be glad to know that their healthy food joint has reopened as Verde Kitchen, with a new industrial-chic aesthetic to boot.
The restaurant serves simple, tasty cuisine aligned to its mantra of “real food, full of natural flavours” and features a variety of great-tasting healthy dishes, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and raw food options.
Get your superfood fix in this menu which features the likes of wakame, kale, pomegranate, avocado and turmeric. For example, a healthy version of yusheng can be found in the salmon sashimi and pomelo salad with yuzu soy dressing, which has wakame added to it.
Those who find it hard to stomach kale will like the low-fat creamy broccoli and kale soup which comes with a poached egg and cheese toast. Although the soup is a dark green shade, it doesn’t taste of raw vegetables.
With turmeric hailed as the new superfood, diners can opt for the Malay-style organic lacto chicken, cooked in a spicy turmeric curry and served with brown rice.
Satisfying low-sugar or no-sugar-added desserts include chia seed and caramelised hazelnut pudding; flourless chocolate cake; and even a less-guilty homemade gula melaka ice cream, that is made with coconut cream instead of regular milk.
While the menu offers a variety of fresh juices, there are also options such as the probiotic smoothies which come with kefir to aid digestion. Other superfoods that are added to smoothies include spirulina, cacao nibs and agave.
Verde Kitchen also prides itself on supporting the local Singapore food economy. Half the menu uses locally- and sustainably-sourced ingredients from organic vegetable farms, floating fish farms and free-range lacto poultry farms in Singapore and Johor.
Some of the leafy vegetables such as lettuce and arugula are harvested from a vertical garden in the hotel.
Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd, Level 2, 238883; tel: 6730 3397
This story was adapted from The Business Times, March 2018 / Updated October 2019