Often known as the healthier cousin of rice, quinoa is a superfood that has gain popularity in the last few years and can now be found easily in most salad joints.
Gluten-free, high in fibre, vitamins, antioxidants and a great substitute to rice (and possibly tastier too!), quinoa isn’t just a healthier option, it’s also possible to prepare in many creative ways for it to taste really good. No wonder quinoa bowls are so sought-after these days!
Haven’t tried one? You’ve gotta try it now, seriously – you’re missing out, pal!
Here are 17 places you can visit to satisfy that quinoa bowl fix. Best part? They don’t necessarily have to break your bank!
1. Atlas Coffeehouse
A bustling coffeehouse in Bukit Timah offering your usual all-day breakfast foods, Atlas Coffeehouse also serves up a pretty delish quinoa bowl, the Atlas Superbowl (SGD18).
Comprising of toasted quinoa, sun-dried tomato, roasted sesame pulled chicken and assorted vegetables, you’ll feel almost like you’re eating a rice bowl – without the high gluten and sugar content you’d typically get with rice grains.
Just starting out on your quinoa journey? This is a pretty good place to start. It contains a healthy assortment of meats and veggies that add wholesome flavour to that bowl.
Atlas Coffeehouse, opens on Tues – Sun (8am – 7pm), closed on Monday, 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886.
2. Xin Divine
Didn’t expect to see a Chinese restaurant here, did you?
Touting itself to produce modern, fusion versions of Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine, Xin Divine’s refined take on the staple Chinese congee is the Chinese Polenta (SGD8), in which they replaced rice with quinoa. Cooked in chicken stock and steamed pumpkin, this sweet-savoury millet and grits also features dehydrated pieces of dough fritter, a shelled crab claw, Chinese yam, and aromatic truffle foam.
At only SGD8 per bowl, we cannot emphasise how much of an absolute steal this is.
Xin Divine, opens from 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), closed on Sunday, 10 Duxton Hill, level 2, Singapore 089594.
3. Grain Traders
Offering a more classic take on the usual quinoa bowls, Grain Trade allows you to pick a base or grain of your choice (which includes quinoa), a protein, a side, two veggies, one sauce, and a topping for SGD16 per bowl.
Don’t know what to order? Consider following Executive Chef Gisela’s recommendation: quinoa, sous-vide and chargrilled salmon, grilled beets & carrots, cucumber pickles and coleslaw, pumpkin seeds, and beetroot feta yoghurt.
Grain Traders, opens daily from 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 8pm (Sat – Sun), 100 Tras Street, 100 AM Mall #01-03/04 Singapore 079027.
4. The Bento People
Striving to give healthier but tasty alternatives to rice grains for people who suffer from diabetes, The Bento People has a menu of more than 50 different items that patrons can choose from to add to their quinoa-bento bowls, and starting at SGD9.80. We’d say that’s a pretty good price for quinoa bowls in Singapore!
The Bento People, opens from 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 8.30pm (Mon – Sat), closed on Sun, #02-17, Kallang Ave, CT Hub @ Kallang, 339407.
Seen at multiple locations from heartland malls to CBD area, Stuff’d often sees snaking queues – a nod to the great food that they serve up.
Halal-certified and offering a menu with great prices starting at SGD7.50 for their Daily Bowl (although not presented in the most appetising manner), Stuff’d allows you to create your own bowl by choosing the base (veggies), a protein, a topping (choice of carbs, including quinoa), sauce, and lastly, an additional topping which includes deliciously sinful food items like cheese, guacamole, and hummus.
6. Seven & Ate
Wanna start being healthy but just can’t let go of your juicy red meats? Check out Seven & Ate, a modern, Singapore-Western fusion café that serves up quinoa bowls (from SGD13) that go with your favourite red meats like steak, pork belly, and even pulled duck. Add guacamole and fresh veggies, and you’re set for a delish yet guilt-free bowl. Yum yum.
Seven & Ate, opens from 4pm – 12am (Tues – Fri), 11am – 12am (Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun), closed on Mon, 78 Horne Rd, Singapore 209078.
Insanely popular with the office crowd (Just check out the insane queues at Raffles Place!), Saladstop not only offers salad bowls look appetising, they also serve up some rather hearty bowls of quinoa bowls, if you want yourself some grains.
What we love? We love the Merhaba Halloumi (SGD12.50). Quinoa is paired with healthy greens like kale, cherry tomatoes, capsicums, warm baked mushrooms, raisins in this bowl, drizzled with tomato vinaigrette and topped with large chunks of Halloumi Cheese.
We can’t vouch that it may be healthier than say, a bowl of greasy mee pok, but if you love your quinoa and cheese? This is the perfect marriage of the two unlikeliest foods together.
A Japanese-inspired food joint that is famous for its refreshing soba and quinoa bowls, this is yet another place that pulls office crowds like bees to honey.
A quinoa bowl is priced affordably from SGD12 onwards, and features cranberries to give it a sweet kick. Coupled with a side of grilled chicken and pumpkin, this is a healthy meal that won’t leave you feeling hungry.
WHEAT, opens daily from 11am – 7.30pm, 1 Raffles Place #B1-32, One Raffles Place, Singapore 048616.
9. Ninja Bowl
Don’t like to choose your ingredients and would rather a professional do it for you?
Hop over to Ninja Bowl, where you can pick and choose from their different themed bowls – from seafood bowls that consist of raw salmon or tuna, grilled eel with a topping of onsen egg, or the much simpler Noka (SGD16), with beef cheek, roasted pine nuts, baby corn, sun-dried tomatoes, and an onsen egg.
To finish it off, simply add on SGD3 for white quinoa to complete the entire quinoa bowl package.
Ninja Bowl, opens daily from 9.30am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun), 5 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089481.
This quinoa bowl joint offers you everything from delicate to hearty. You can take your pick from petite-sized bowls (SGD10), regular protein bowls (SGD14), and beef protein bowls (SGD15), and go for hearty options like meatball marinara and ribeye steak or leaner proteins like fish fillet and roast chicken.
MOJO, opens daily from 11.30am – 2.30pm, 4.30pm – 12am (Mon – Fri), 4.30pm – 12am (Sat), closed on Sun, 204 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068640.
11. The Butcher’s Wife
Entirely gluten-free, The Butcher’s Wife is a café that is perfect for patrons who are allergic or looking to avoid gluten-filled food.
It serves up modern European cuisine that you probably wouldn’t be able to find outside of a high-end establishment such as the Carrot & Quinoa Tartare (SGD18), which isn’t quite as bland as you would think a veggie-centric dish would be.
Look forward to bold, zesty flavours thanks to the creamy ginger mayo mixed with the crunchy raw carrots, quinoa, red onion, and topped off with cured egg yolk.
The Butcher’s Wife, opens 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm (Tues – Fri), 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Sat – Sun), 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650.
12. Sarnies Café
Sarnies Café is a popular joint serving quinoa bowls to hungry office workers. Try out their signature Quinoa & Feta Salad, which features mixed greens, pomegranates, pistachios, black olives, shallots, pumpkin seeds, and cumin dressing. It is not only healthy and guilt-free, but also doesn’t skim on the things that make dishes tenfold tastier, namely feta cheese, pistachios, and a dash of pomegranate seeds, yum!
Sarnies Café, opens daily from 7.30am – 10.30pm (Mon – Tues), 7.30am – 12am (Wed – Fri), 8.30am – 4pm (Sat – Sun), 136 Telok Ayer Street, 068601.
13. SPRMRKT Daily
Start your day right with the quinoa bowls at SPRMRKT Daily. A must-try? The Aburi Salmon Bowl (SGD20) with quinoa, torched salmon cubes, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and a sous vide egg.
Want a vegetarian option? Try out their Veggie Bowl (SGD19), which features grilled zucchini, roasted eggplant, charred vine-ripened tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, drizzled with savoury sesame dressing.
SPRMRKT Daily opens daily from 8am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 8am – 12am (Fri – Sun), Level 1, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236.
14. The Daily Cut
The Daily Cut is a great place to go to if you want to exercise portion-control, because they offer a good number of size options: Petite (SGD9), Regular (SGD12), Large (SGD15), and X-Large (SGD18).
Add proteins like chicken, tilapia, salmon, and rib eye steak (additional SGD1) to your bowl and choose an interesting dressing such as honey-curry, sesame-peanut, or mango-habanero to go with it for a refreshing take on quinoa bowls.
It gets pretty crowded during lunch hours, though. So if you hate crowds, either beat them by coming super duper early, or during completely off-peak hours like 3pm or 4pm.
15. Fat Prince
A Middle-Eastern food joint tucked away at Peck Seah Street, Fat Prince may be most well known for serving up delicious kebabs, but their quinoa bowls are also a must-try here.
Try out their Turkish Kisir (SGD14), which comprises of a medley of roasted vegetables and Turkish pepper paste. Its vibrant colours and mix of crunchy and soft textures make the dish irresistible.
Want something more refreshing? Try out their Quinoa Tabbouleh (SGD14), made with red quinoa, mint, long leaf parsley, and pomegranate – perfect for eating it as a light meal on its own, or to whet your appetite for their juicy kebabs later!
Fat Prince, opens from 8am – 12am (Tues – Fri), 10.30am – 12am (Sat), 10.30am – 3pm (Sun), closed on Mon, 48 Peck Seah st #01-01, Singapore 079317.
16. Sprout – Salad Bar
There’s nothing more satisfying than a wholesome bowl full of nicely grilled salmon, a medley of rocket for a refreshing crunch, soft tofu by the side, all atop a warm bed of quinoa.
Want something more substantial? Give their Beef & Broccoli Bowl (SGD18.90) a whirl.
Sprout Salad Bar, opens from 10am – 8.30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat), closed on Sun & PH, 41 Duxton Road, Singapore 089505.
17. Red Baron
Who would have guessed we found something “Singaporean” for this list too?
Their Quinoa Goreng (SGD16) is a healthier option to nasi lemak, a local dish loved by all. Served with prawns, chicken, and topped with a sunny side up and ikan billis, this dish is just as satisfying as your regular nasi lemak, with lower GI and no gluten!
Red Baron, opens daily from 11am – 6pm, 45 Malan Rd, Singapore 109455.