Category: Vegetarian

Indinine (Suntec)

By , July 4, 2008

Suntec City Mall, Tropic Atrium 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-016

An eatery named after a nucleotide-peptide complex responsible for the production of proteins can only just doesn’t ring a bell right? Located right beside Chen Fu Ji at Suntec City, Indinine is one of those hit or miss places. But fortunately, it doesn’t sell algae.

My teacher-friend Mr Ong says Indinine serves very delicious vegetarian food, and I was half-sceptical. I can’t even pronounce ‘Indinine’, let alone hear of it. There are customers who like its bright and cheery lime green and white walls, but I went ‘upmarket food court’ ah?

The Ambience
Being in an open space, there is no control of what the noise is going to be like. When spoilt children gave up their fried rice next door to play their game of catching, you wished there was a wall to block them out.

The Food
Carnivores, please stay out! Indinine serve items like Smoked Salmon Roll ($8.50), Pasta Bolognaise ($8.50), Curry Baked Rice ($9.00) and Buffy Fried Rice ($8.50). Meaty it may sound, but you only get lots of asparagus, mushroom and grains with a touch of spices.

The Vietnamese Pho Laska ($8.20) with heaps of shredded Japanese cucumber, bean sprouts and tau pok was kind of refreshing. It even comes with dough fritters (you tiao) and certainly makes the dish look very promising. The meat-lover friend said the taste was not quite like the real thing, but the vegetarian friend felt it was tasty enough.

We followed with our starters (which is kind of a wrong sequence), but the Papadum Surprise was surprisingly good (pun not intended). This Chinese-meets-Indian creation comes with bit size packages of tofu rolled in papadum and delicately fried, dipped in sweet and spicy sauce.  A sinful vegetarian dish with a creative twist, and I wished it came in a bigger serving.

For other recommended starters, you can have the Bruschetta Indinine Style ($5.90) which are oven-baked ciabatta topped with fresh salsa of tomatoes and olives.

If you are a mushroom lover like me, try the Shrooms Simplifried ($8.50). I didn’t spell wrongly okay? It is a combination of shitake, oyster and golden mushrooms stir fried with aromatic grains. Fragrant and mushroomy-good, but somehow I still feel hungry after eating so much.

This little shop at the corner also sell desserts like chendol, cheese cake and ice-cream providing a good alternative for our vege-lover friends. 

The Verdict
Other than the ambience, it’s surprisingly better than expected. 3.00*

Whatever Cafe (Chinatown)

By , July 3, 2008

20, 29A & 31 Keong Saik Road Chinatown S(089138) Tel: 62210300

Vegetarians can rejoice at Whatever Café (not to be mistaken for that ‘Whatever/Anything’ canned drink), a diner fronted by the “mystical” Whatever Yoga/Bookstore/Healing Space along the very hip Keong Saik Street.

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12×12 Cafe (Suntec)

By , June 17, 2008

3 Temasek Boulevard #01-002 Suntec City Galleria Tel: 63339774

Eating is no longer just about eating, apparently. It is the whole experience that counts. After your waxes at Strip and brow trimming at Browhaus, you may just want to consider to complete the ‘treatment’ with a healthy organic soup at 12×12 at Suntec City.

The latest baby by the Spa Spirit group, 12×12 (say twelve by twelve) means middle of the day and middle of the night. It doesn’t make any sense to me anyway. But this café promises ‘a balanced meal equation’ which is catering to the emerging health-conscious group. Some see it as nutrition, I do see it an upcoming trend.

The Ambience
The decor would be a cross of Project Shop Café, those contemporary cafes in Thailand (which I feel are quite forward looking in terms of design) and what you might see in the set of Rent. Playing lounge music, you wouldn’t mind being caught in this ‘artas’ shop, especially by the chi chi brow-trimmed executives next door.  Everything from the furniture seems recycled (and I mean ‘seems’).

The Food 
This has got to be good news for the vegetarians and vegans who find it hard to find a suitable eatery many times. It boosts fresh premium ingredients, no frying, no gluten, no butter, no nuts option fresh garnish and handmade daily. Quoting them “We only respectfully bake, boil, or steam our food to preserve the integrity of our ingredients.”

The soups, served with a slice of bread cost between $5.00 and $8.50. Some of the more popular choices are Curry Mussel Veloute, Leek and Potato and White Bean Cappucino. The Pumpkin soup I had wasn’t too thick and as tasteless and coarse as some other healthy soups would be. My friend thought that the Watercress soup was too thin and ordinary though.

Another interesting choice would be the Fitball (3 for $5.00) which are ping pong sized rice balls with wholesome ingredients rolled in (such as roast vegetables, olives and tomatoes). The Provence with organic brown rice, courgette, red pepper, black olive and basil pesto was rather flavoursome, though they all fell apart too easily and was messy to eat.

The vegetarian friends will be delighted, but I am not too sure if I will return again. I prefer a ‘fattier’ Soup Spoon?

The Verdict
The balanced equation for the Health Nuts. 3.0*

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