Healthy lunch options: Grain Traders
The Toyo Ito-designed CapitaGreen building is having a moment. All the cool kids in town seem to have moved in. Think tech giants the likes of Twitter and Apple, as well as Fitness First's invite-only luxury gym for C-Suite executives. Grain Traders, the latest tenant to set up camp there, is also quite possibly the one you'll be seeing the most of.
Founded by the same guys behind Kilo, the light-filled eatery dishes up satisfying bowls that are both healthful and delicious. The words healthy and delicious rarely sit together in the same breath, but these guys seem to have nailed the secret formula that have eluded other restaurants touting similar bowl concepts. Grains such as quinoa, bulgur wheat, and brown rice are topped with ingredients that see more attention than mere blanching or boiling. Think roasted butternut squash, charred Furikake corn, seared marinate tuna, and apple kimchi.
"We want to provide healthier food but with a bit of sin," says Javier Perez, founder of Grain Traders, and sin, it seems, comes in many forms. There's slow-roasted pork as well as sauces such as coconut curry and miso caramel that you can use to amp up the flavours in your bowl.
Choose from six signature bowls such as the El Hibaro, featuring sushi rice topped with striploin, charred veggies, wafu tomato, and salsa verde; or The Tantrum, that pulls together lentil cakes with grilled beets, mixed bean Pico de Gallo, and bulgur wheat dressed in a bright beetroot feta yoghurt. For the same price, you can also build your own bowl comprising your choice of grains topped with meat or seafood, vegetables, nuts, and a sauce to tie all the flavours together.
Grain Traders. #01-01/2/3, 138 Market Street