In these uncertain times, we all need a bit of morale booster. And since we’re staying home most of the time, we can turn to food to positively help us with the situation.

Food regulates mood levels and provides nutrients for our mental well-being and physical body respectively–and thankfully, our city has plenty of such food for these purposes.

From the plethora of restaurants that offer wholesome food to the patisseries that espouse sweet treats, our well-balanced mix of food and desserts will keep our spirits up amidst modern-day anxieties.

Here’s a curated list of healthy eats–think beyond salads and wraps–and happy food such as chocolates and cakes, including details for takeout and delivery, as dining in the restaurants is currently prohibited.

Wholesome nosh for healthier bodies
Flat lay image of rolls at Afterglow

Afterglow

Afterglow is known to boast a delicious plant-based menu free from eggs, dairy, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Savour their signature kimchi avo rolls, made with kimchi and diced almonds in place of sushi rice. Fermented foods are said to contain health-boosting bacteria that helps fortify gut health, making it a great choice for health-conscious eaters. Alternatively, dig into comfort food-inspired dishes such as the ‘mac and cheese’, which is made with baked cauliflower and a delicious cashew sauce.

If you have any special dietary allergies and preferences, the kitchen is more than happy to accommodate. And during this period where dining-in is prohibited, the restaurant has put together special takeout bento sets such as raw crispy lasagne, ‘seafood’ caviar tofu burger and shiitake rice bowl which come with dessert and fruits of the day.

Afterglow. 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131.
Mon-Sat noon-10pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only. Free delivery for orders above $50. For orders below $50, a delivery fee of $10 will be charged. Call +65 6224 8921 to order.


Image of dish from The Social Space.

The Social Space

The Social Space is a multi-concept store, tea bar and café promoting sustainability. The café itself offers a range of plant-based eats, including roasted eggplants in miso dressing, brussels sprouts drenched in tahini butter and a whole range of smoothie bowls.

Enjoy their specialty lattes such as the golden turmeric latte, where its ingredient turmeric, is widely known to be one of the key spices used in Ayurveda treatment for centuries. The baked goods are equally impressive from protein balls to homemade peanut butter. For the latter, the freshly grounded peanuts have no added sugar, preservatives or additives and you would need to pre-order the yummy goodness 3 days in advance.

The cafe is launching a special menu during this period where dining-in is prohibited. Choose from a selection of open-face toasts, smoothie bowls, baked goods and drinks for takeout, drive-by collection and deliveries only.

The Social Space. 333 Kreta Ayer Road #01-14, Singapore 080333.
Open daily between 9am to 4pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only. Call or WhatsApp +65 9341 9639 to order.


Como Cuisine

Nestled among the verdant greenery of Dempsey Hill, this chic restaurant serves up a taste of nature’s bounty on a plate.

All dishes here are prepared from scratch using in-season and sustainably-sourced ingredients such as the lobster biryani, which is made with seafood sourced from the Maldives.

Nourish your body with their green bamboo rice bowl—made with ocean trout and shiitake mushrooms—and mangrove crab, which comes with a zesty lime dressing. For an extra dose of nutrition, consider their big raw salad that tastes as good as it looks. This dish contains broccoli, ginger and garlic, all of which are purported to boost one’s immune system.

During this period where dining-in is prohibited, Como Cuisine offers takeaway and delivery for lunch and dinner. Call in advance to place orders.

Como Cuisine. 18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677.
12pm to 4pm (last order 3pm), 5pm to 10pm (last order 9pm). Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only. Call +65 8121 6120 to order.


Supergreek

Supergreek offers nutrient-loaded grain bowls, fresh salads and pita wraps using Greek culinary methods and spices. Dig into a delicious grain bowl with a side of souvlaki, or chow down on a lamb kebab wrap that’s bursting with cabbages, cherry tomatoes and eggplants.

If you’re looking for a snack instead of a substantial meal, this casual eatery also makes its own Greek yoghurt from scratch. The creamy treat is power-packed with protein and probiotics that do wonders for your gut. Best of all, you can customise your yoghurt with antioxidant-rich toppings such as blueberries, chia seeds and walnuts.

Supergreek is delivering islandwide during this period where dining-in is prohibited. Their special takeout menu includes roasted barramundi, fresh Norwegian salmon and baked pumpkin balls with Greek salads and pita bread as side.

Supergreek. 252 North Bridge Road #B1-54, Singapore 179103.
Mon 9am-10pm; Tue-Sun 10am-10pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only. Order from supergreek.oddle.me or call +65 67348352.


Kitchen by Food Rebel

This no-frills cafe’s altruistic vision is to strive for a healthier world and improve your health through a recipe of awareness, education and great food. Kitchen by Food Rebel places a strong emphasis on healthy dishes made with quality ingredients catering to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free diets.

All sauces and dressings—from their salad vinaigrette to their tahini dressing—are made on-site from scratch. Foodies will also be happy to know that no MSG, artificial flavourings or additives are used.

Order the rebel salad made with organic leaves, pomegranate and goji berries rich in Vitamins A and C—nutrients that are vital for building immunity. For something more substantial, dig into their pan-seared barramundi, which is rich in the brain-boosting Omega 3 nutrient.

Kitchen by Food Rebel. 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737.
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 9am-3pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only. +65 62247088. Order from kitchenbyfoodrebel.oddle.me.


Sweet treats for good vibes only
Storefront of Awfully Chocolate

Awfully Chocolate

We know how chocolates can uplift our minds and spirits thanks to the irresistible taste of cocoa.

Consider Awfully Chocolate, the chocolate cake shop that started with selling one cake only–its signature all chocolate cake made with their own chocolate in a unique dark roast flavour. The cake does not contain any cream, and its soft and moist cake layers are not too sweet either, allowing the natural roast of the cocoa to shine through.

Besides the all chocolate cake, try their other favourites such as the chocolate praline and chocolate banana cake. The former is an elegant cake layered with a confection of hazelnut praline and lightly crunchy feuilletine, while the latter is a delicious treat layered with chocolate and fresh local bananas.

Some stores are open during this period, but dining-in is not available. Order from website, pick up from the store or have your cake delivered the next day.

Awfully Chocolate. ION Orchard. #B4-50. Singapore 238801.
Mon-Sun 10am-8pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only. Order from website or call +65 6884 6377.


Flat lay image of Fossa Chocolate

Fossa Chocolate

The chocolate indulgence continues with artisanal bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker Fossa Chocolate. Founded by a trio of chocolate lovers, Fossa Chocolate makes chocolates and confections that are handcrafted at their workshop in Singapore.

Instead of using semi-finished products like pre-grounded cacao liquor and cocoa butter, Fossa chooses to make their chocolate from scratch, bringing out the rich flavours of this decadent treat. Made with top quality craftsmanship, sleek packaging and pure dedication, these chocolates are the perfect gift for making a classy impression.

Pick from a wide range of chocolates such as the salted egg cereal blond chocolate and chilli peanut praline dark chocolate. The former is a special white chocolate that has been caramelised to attain a blond colour and biscuit aroma, and sprinkled with homemade salted egg cereal. The latter comes with roasted peanut packing a spicy punch and rustic texture.

Fossa Chocolate. Order from www.fossachocolate.com. Deliveries are made every Wednesday and Saturday. Enjoy free delivery for orders above $45.


Storefront of Sinpopo at Joo Chiat Road

Sinpopo

If you like cakes, but chocolate’s not your thing, you can still enjoy cakes with a variety of flavours at Sinpopo, an establishment that proudly takes inspiration from the nostalgia of yesteryear, where the wide selection of cakes appeal to even the most discerning of taste buds.

Look out for pastries inspired by traditional flavours like ondeh ondeh (glutinous balls filled with palm sugar), which is a spin of a well-loved local dessert. Expect a burst of smoky caramel goodness with each bite of the cake. Another favourite is the pulut hitam cake, a reinterpretation of a classic Southeast Asian sweet porridge which comes with soft gluten-free black glutinous rice layers paired with delicate coconut cream.

Sinpopo. 458 Joo Chiat Road. Singapore 427671.
Mon-Thur & Sun 12pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-1am. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only. +65 63455034. Order online from sinpopo.com.


Cookie Gift Set by Old Seng Choong

Old Seng Choong

Besides cakes and chocolates, treat yourself to delightful cookies from Old Seng Choong. A tribute to chef-founder Daniel Tay’s father and his family’s tradition of baking, the confectionery offers a variety of homemade cookies and cakes inspired by the flavours of local cuisine.

Uplift your mood with the smell and taste of their popular bak kut teh cookies, where its flavour profile is inspired by the peppery pork rib soup popular among local Chinese. The cookies are infused with aromatic white pepper, herbs and spices, which complement with a cup of tea.

And we bet you can’t stop munching on the laksa cookies, which is a modern take of the iconic spicy coconut-milk based noodle popular with locals. The laksa cookies come with hints of coconut, dried shrimp and subtle kicks of chilli powder.

Don’t worry that the outlets are entirely closed for dining in or takeout, as you can order online instead. The variety of cookies make for a great snack while you’re working from home or watching your favourite show. In any case, we’re sure you’re feeling great.

Old Seng Choong. Order from oldsengchoong.com. Free delivery for orders above $60.