As we become more aware of the ethical issues surrounding unsustainable food sources, even the simple joy of eating becomes fraught with worry. Thankfully, it’s not just diners that want to save the Earth – restaurants do, too!
Ease your conscience and feast in peace at these restaurants using sustainable foods and local produce that’s farm-fresh, delicious, and eco-friendly.
Indonesian food has always been a favourite among Singaporeans. Filled with fragrant herbs, piquant spices, rich coconut milk, and decadent gula melaka, it’s an immensely satisfying meal. Rumah Rasa takes all that goodness and brings it a step higher with their focus on sustainable dining and bringing fresh, delicious ingredients to your plate. Many of the herbs and spices used in their homestyle dishes, like kaffir lime, pandan leaves, galangal, and chillies, can be found in their rooftop garden so you can be sure you’re only getting authentic, traditional flavours that all Indonesians know and love.
One of the most accommodating restaurants in Singapore, Open Door Policy is dedicated to doing right by both nature and ourselves by serving healthy, dairy and gluten free foods grown in their own urban farms. We know that the words “dairy and gluten free” have probably sent you running, but stop right there! The food at Open Door Policy is lip-smackingly amazing, even without our beloved butter and cream. You’ll be in for a unique dining experience as well, with rows of herbs and veggies lining every vertical surface available in their bistro. With food that’s yummy, healthy, and eco-friendly all at once, there’s no reason for you not to drop by.
When was the last time you saw your food alive and growing in a garden? Open Farm Community, a restaurant, urban farmland, and horticultural hub rolled into one, reconnects diners with what they eat. Featuring a thriving edible garden outside and an open kitchen inside, you’ll see the journey of vegetables and produce, starting from growing in the soil to being harvested and prepared in the kitchen, and finally served on your plate. Your taste buds will reap the rewards of farm-to-table dining as well. Everything tastes so bright and vibrant that your supermarket groceries will never be the same again!
You can’t visit Artichoke without bringing along a hungry pack of friends. This funky restaurant, full of life and joy, serves up staggering artisanal communal plates inspired by Greek, Moroccan, and Turkish cultures. Imagine hearty, family-sized platters of meats, dips, and salads full of Middle Eastern flavours, but with innovative twists to keep things interesting. They’re huge fans of sustainable food sources, changing their menu seasonally to keep up with nature. A third of their ingredients are from local farms, and they’ve got a herb garden out the back as well.
The newest eco-friendly kid on the block, Verde Kitchen is dedicated to serving real food full of natural flavours. Almost all of their food is prepared from scratch every day. Their menu also includes gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and raw food options – suitable for any diet plan. Sustainably-sourced fish, organic free-range chicken, and locally-grown produce fill the plates of bellies of diners, the quality ingredients elevating every dish. Their wholesome take on dining ensures that everything you eat will be good for your body, good for Mother Earth, and most importantly, delightful for your palate.
If you’d like more details about Verde Kitchen, check out this blog post where we tell you all about their amazing food!
How do you like your veggies: stir-fried, baked, or raw? Afterglow brings eating and dining back to its roots, with a vegan menu that’s filled mostly with raw foods. Livestock deals the most damage to the environment, so by cutting meat from their menu and preparing plant-based meals that are vibrant and full of flavour, they’re making a huge impact on the environment. The Deconstructed Sushi Bowl is a healthy and wholesome favourite, while Raw Salted Caramel Fudge is rich and decadent despite containing no dairy. It’s surprising how satisfying vegan food can be!
Poison Ivy Bistro
It’s not every day we get to see what Singapore was like in its kampong era, so a visit to the farm-to-table Poison Ivy Bistro is nothing less than a nostalgic journey back to simpler times. Seated in a rustic, old-school building nestled in a 10-acre farm, you’ll be served comforting local foods like nasi lemak and laksa. Most of their vegetables are organic and straight from the sprawling farm, while the fish is locally farmed. Even the laksa noodles are handmade by the chef, intensifying the heartwarming home-cooked vibes. Take the chance to stroll through the farm, see hundreds of everyday veggies, and breathe in the refreshing farm air.
Find it at 100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore 719026.
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This Michelin-starred restaurant combines sophisticated modern European fare with the charm of classic comfort food, presenting diners with exquisite dishes that are at once hearty, satisfying, and refined. Seasonal menus bring out the best of premium ingredients, creating distinctive flavours and textures that are a delight to eat. Head Chef Kirk Westaway is an avid champion of sustainable dining as well. His kitchen uses sustainable rainbow trout, sea bass and grouper. He also uses organic herbs from the garden shared by Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford.
Find it at 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex, 178882.
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