How you can help Singapore restaurants during the Coronavirus outbreak


As we brace for further impact from the Coronavirus outbreak, self-quarantines, social distancing, and city shutdowns have caused ripple effects in numerous industries, with the F&B sector facing a large impact of the crisis. Many local dining and drinking establishments have already seen a drop in their revenue despite a lack of lockdown in Singapore. Measures are being taken to assist these operators, with the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) spearheading talks with government agencies and ministers. Meanwhile, you can do your part as a consumer. Here’s where every dollar and gesture counts.

 

 

Dine out with precautions

 

Multiple government agencies have recently recommended safe distancing measures for F&B operators. Measures include putting in place a distance of at least a meter apart between the tables, or staggered seating. Where possible, pick restaurants which are spacious, well-ventilated, which pays close attention to cleaning and hygiene measures including regular disinfecting of tables, chairs, and all of its spaces.

 

Buy a gift certificate

 

If you can’t pay a visit to a coveted restaurant, make a date for it for when the situation improves with a gift certificate. Your best option is to buy this directly from the restaurant. Alternatively, purchase them from the malls that house them, or from Giftano, a digital gifting site that includes a wide array of dining options.

 

 

Be social from a distance

 

Morale is at an all-time low for restaurant workers. While you plan ahead for future visits to your favourite restaurants with gift certificates, you can help spread the word to your friends and social media followers. Upload those backdated photos and videos in your gallery, tag them, and write a review.

 

 

Order take out

 

Where dining out isn’t an option, there’s always take out. Bring your own containers not only for your peace of mind, but to reduce wastage. Tip: Restaurant reservation app Eatigo now has an eat-to-go service that allows you to book a date, timing, and number of persons for takeout, while offering you discounts if you make the reservation in time.

 

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Chef Julien Bompard, of the award-winning restaurant Le Saint Julien restaurant, has a gourmet shop with ready-to-eat and ready meals. These can be reheated and frozen. The dishes are French traditional cuisine and include braised beef cheek in jus, roast quail stuffed with mushroom, and lobster bisque.

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Greek food done right is Blu Kouzina. Priding itself on “honest food, honest practices”, the Greek restaurant only offers the finest and fresh ingredients. Order the eggplant and spicy cheese dips, before tucking into the warm and cold mezzes. Then come the mains, among them the crowd favourite of lamb chops, roast lemon chicken, and grilled whole fresh fish.

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For fans of Lucha Loco’s flavourful Mexican fare and fiery Latin vibes, you can now bring half of that experience home with a delivery menu that includes delicious tacos, burritos and bowls. Unfortunately, you won’t find their signature frozen margaritas for delivery but given the right booze and ingredients, you could recreate them at home.

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Have Meatsmith’s tasty, wood-fired meats from the comforts of home. Pick from two of its outlets. Its Telok Ayer outpost is distinctly American, while its Little India outlet is a tribute to modern Indian barbecues. Think flavour-packed plates of smoke ducked cigar wrappers, spiced pork cheek skewers, stuffed tandoor chicken wings with a chipotle yoghurt sauce, and a veal brisket chapati black curry and coconut cream served in a chapati, with pickled beetroot and chipotle tandoori sauce.

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Chef Julien Bompard, of the award-winning restaurant Le Saint Julien restaurant, has a gourmet shop with ready-to-eat and ready meals. These can be reheated and frozen. The dishes are French traditional cuisine and include braised beef cheek in jus, roast quail stuffed with mushroom, and lobster bisque.

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Greek food done right is Blu Kouzina. Priding itself on “honest food, honest practices”, the Greek restaurant only offers the finest and fresh ingredients. Order the eggplant and spicy cheese dips, before tucking into the warm and cold mezzes. Then come the mains, among them the crowd favourite of lamb chops, roast lemon chicken, and grilled whole fresh fish.

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For fans of Lucha Loco’s flavourful Mexican fare and fiery Latin vibes, you can now bring half of that experience home with a delivery menu that includes delicious tacos, burritos and bowls. Unfortunately, you won’t find their signature frozen margaritas for delivery but given the right booze and ingredients, you could recreate them at home.

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Have Meatsmith’s tasty, wood-fired meats from the comforts of home. Pick from two of its outlets. Its Telok Ayer outpost is distinctly American, while its Little India outlet is a tribute to modern Indian barbecues. Think flavour-packed plates of smoke ducked cigar wrappers, spiced pork cheek skewers, stuffed tandoor chicken wings with a chipotle yoghurt sauce, and a veal brisket chapati black curry and coconut cream served in a chapati, with pickled beetroot and chipotle tandoori sauce.



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There’s always delivery

 

Thankfully, you don’t even have to leave the house for a great meal. There are plenty of food delivery apps  available and that means whopping variety of options. If you’re extra pre-cautious or on a quarantine, avoid meeting the courier in person and have them leave the food hanging at your gate, or waiting at the lobby. Discard the packaging as soon as possible, and wash your hands right after.

 

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Wafuken is Singapore’s first healthy restaurant which specialises on sous vide, a culinary technique where ingredients are placed in heat-safe, vacuum-sealed packs and then submerged into a precise temperature-controlled water bath. Here’s where you’ll find the most tender of meats, all cooked to perfection. Begin by selecting a protein, such as salmon fillets, chicken breasts, and oyster blade steak, before picking your carbs from choices such as beetroot quinoa, salt baked sweet potatoes, and furikake brown rice.

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We love Korean food as much as the next person, but it isn’t as healthy as you might think. Thankfully, Dosirak comes to the rescue. All of its options are centred around bibimbap, a mixed rice with assorted meat and vegetables. Dosirak offers proteins in the form of beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, seared tuna and vegan options such as pumpkin tofu and avocado sweet potato. Switch your base to brown rice, soba noodles, tofu, cabbage or toasted cauliflower grains before topping it with a sauce.

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If you’re working from home, and need all the immunity-boosting food you can muster, Grain offers wholesome options that can be delivered to the furthest points of the island. While these are nutritious, they are nowhere near the bland salad or grain bowls we’ve come to know. Warm dishes take on familiar, local favourites. Think beef char siew with charred aubergine and sesame barley brown rice and nasi lemak ayam masak merah with sunflower seeds. For vegans, the South African rub Impossible hamburg, and oven-baked quorn fillet hit the spot.

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Have ice cream, or at least what tastes like it, and actually feel good about it. Known as smoothie bowls, they’re packed with superfoods. Absolute Acai’s acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) bowls are loaded with Brazilian berry that boasts antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and heart-healthy fats. Five variations are available at Absolute Acai, with toppings ranging from mango, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, nuts and banana. These are customisable too.

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While multiple industries have suffered from the outbreak, people are still spending money on snacks. But staying home is no excuse to feed your body junk. Boxgreen puts together natural and nutritious snacks, and delivers it to your doorstep. Popular snacks include the multigrain sour cream crisps with cashews, a cheng tng almond mix with lotus seeds, longan, and goji berries. Serial snackers have the option of a regular subscription model.

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Wafuken is Singapore’s first healthy restaurant which specialises on sous vide, a culinary technique where ingredients are placed in heat-safe, vacuum-sealed packs and then submerged into a precise temperature-controlled water bath. Here’s where you’ll find the most tender of meats, all cooked to perfection. Begin by selecting a protein, such as salmon fillets, chicken breasts, and oyster blade steak, before picking your carbs from choices such as beetroot quinoa, salt baked sweet potatoes, and furikake brown rice.

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We love Korean food as much as the next person, but it isn’t as healthy as you might think. Thankfully, Dosirak comes to the rescue. All of its options are centred around bibimbap, a mixed rice with assorted meat and vegetables. Dosirak offers proteins in the form of beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, seared tuna and vegan options such as pumpkin tofu and avocado sweet potato. Switch your base to brown rice, soba noodles, tofu, cabbage or toasted cauliflower grains before topping it with a sauce.

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If you’re working from home, and need all the immunity-boosting food you can muster, Grain offers wholesome options that can be delivered to the furthest points of the island. While these are nutritious, they are nowhere near the bland salad or grain bowls we’ve come to know. Warm dishes take on familiar, local favourites. Think beef char siew with charred aubergine and sesame barley brown rice and nasi lemak ayam masak merah with sunflower seeds. For vegans, the South African rub Impossible hamburg, and oven-baked quorn fillet hit the spot.

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Have ice cream, or at least what tastes like it, and actually feel good about it. Known as smoothie bowls, they’re packed with superfoods. Absolute Acai’s acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) bowls are loaded with Brazilian berry that boasts antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and heart-healthy fats. Five variations are available at Absolute Acai, with toppings ranging from mango, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, nuts and banana. These are customisable too.

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While multiple industries have suffered from the outbreak, people are still spending money on snacks. But staying home is no excuse to feed your body junk. Boxgreen puts together natural and nutritious snacks, and delivers it to your doorstep. Popular snacks include the multigrain sour cream crisps with cashews, a cheng tng almond mix with lotus seeds, longan, and goji berries. Serial snackers have the option of a regular subscription model.



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But you can still make health and nutrition a priority

 

Binge-eating as a response to these anxiety-riddled times is what so many of us are guilty of. But it’s crucial to keep your diet in check to boost your immunity. While it’s tempting to stock up on canned and processed food, shop (responsibly) for whole foods, whole grains, and sturdy fruits and vegetables if you’re cooking at home. If you’re opting for delivery, the options for nutritious meals are plenty too. See five of our recommendations in the gallery above.

 

 

 



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