Stepping foot into any Real Food café branch in Singapore means walking into a comfortable, minimalist space that welcomes you with natural light, a delicious plant-based menu, and plenty of smiles. The café chain provides a relaxing dining environment that has a retail section that sells organic healthy sauces, snacks, fresh produce, skincare, and home care, as well as bookshelves with books to browse.
Real Food’s motto concerns the classic mantra “we are what we eat,” and serves food with “no processed ingredients, no artificial preservatives, and no trans-fat.” Their menu contains no meat and is comprised of a mix of Asian and western vegetarian and vegan dishes made with regional and local organic ingredients. Although there has been a surge in plant-based living in both the East and the West, Real Food has managed to distinguish themselves from the rest through their unique concept and style. They are able to craft visually stunning dishes that are fulfilling and can be tailored to suit special dietary requirements, all while making sure they educate patrons about their food and how they prepare it. A grocery-café-hang out spot for those who want to explore healthier living, this “brand” truly encompasses a zen, plant-based lifestyle.
As you explore a menu, you’ll find no shortage of useful information about slow food among a colorful selection of dishes including a handmade beet patty burger with avocado and fresh greens, a lentil (quinoa) croquette burger with vegan mayonnaise, a unique fruit rojak (fruit and root vegetables in a sweet and sour plum sauce with tofu puffs), tom yam vermicelli with homemade achar, and fresh pasta. For some items, information about the nutritional qualities, ingredients, and benefits of the dish are provided to give diners a better insight into what they are eating and how the ingredients can help them thrive.
Through their café menu, diners can discover new ingredients like black lentils, mustard seeds, cardamom, and millet and consequently incorporate them into their everyday meals. However, there’s one thing that Real Food values that hasn’t been mentioned yet, and that is their value of a macrobiotic diet. This diet is rooted in food from Zen Buddhism that aims to balance both yin and yang elements of food and what the food is cooked with, which complements Real Food’s overall focus with natural, organic food. Real Food is quintessentially what real food is — wholesome, fresh, no-nonsense ingredients used to make fantastic dishes that are hearthealthy, earth-friendly, and affordable. It gives ordinary people the extraordinary opportunity to make informed healthy choices, purchase items to continue those choices at home, and come up with creative ways to make plant-based dishes themselves.