Just before my Norway trip, I received an invitation to check out Grand Salads Bistro. Itâ€™s not often that you find a cafe touting healthy food so I was really excited to know about the existence of this place. Grand Salads Bistro is located in the Buona Vista area. Have you heard of Fusionopolis? Well Grand Salads Bistro is located at the Solaris building, which is an extension of Fusionopolis. Itâ€™s near the one-north MRT station.
If you think that Grand Salads Bistro sounds familiar, itâ€™s because of the Grand Salads bars located in Suntec City and AXA Tower, all owned by the petite and soft-spoken Israeli Michelle Kanner. Grand Salads Bistro offers salads and sandwiches on weekdays to the lunch time office crowd. However, on the weekends, which was when we were there, the bistro focuses on brunch/lunch items.
The brunch menu isnâ€™t very extensive but we managed to each find something that we liked. The food is prepared by Michelle herself together with her helpers. The portions arenâ€™t large, big eaters may need to order side dishes to share. You wonâ€™t find any deep fried food or oily food here. The dishes donâ€™t make you feel like youâ€™ve sinned. Instead, you get the light hearted feeling that youâ€™ve done something good for your health for once.
I really really really love the decor of Grand Salads Bistro. It looks like some New York styled deli! The place is bright and the high ceiling gives the feeling of great spaciousness. It helps that the bistro overlooks a lot of green shrubs.
One latte and one flat white $4.90 â€“ Nice coffee that came with a biscotti each
Bite selection of Mini Sandwiches, Veg & Dip, Quiche and Olives $12.90 â€“ Love the vegetable quiche. We were thinking of whether to order a quiche on its own or via this platter here and quite regretted not getting a bigger quiche even though the accompaniments were tasty. I think most Singaporeans would not be accustomed to eating olives, prunes and chickpea puree aka hummus for breakfast, but it is a refreshing change. I love olives dearly, and I canâ€™t understand why the Partner doesnâ€™t, even though he loves olive oil. But whatever he doesnâ€™t like, is a extra bonus into my mouth. Yes that little bowl there is a bowl of garlic. We polished it off wholesale.
Buenos Dias (Mexican Breakfast) $12.90 â€“ Traditional Mexican omelette with tomato, mushroom, onion, peppers and cheese, with premium veal sausage. The veal sausage we were told was organic and imported from New Zealand. You canâ€™t find this sausage in Jasonâ€™s supermarket! Really tasty, juicy and cooked with just a tinge of char. Grand Salads Bistro should consider having a sausage dish on its own! Omelette was also nice and light tasting with all the diced veggies in it.
Michelleâ€™s really into making her own fruit chutney. I canâ€™t remember what they all are, I think grapefruit was one of them, and of course the garlic in the jar on the right. If youâ€™re nice, she might just give you some to try!
You either like it or you donâ€™t! I loved it, sour zing and all!
Good Morning America $12.90 â€“ Two pancakes and 2 eggs served with crispy corned beef hash. The pancakes were nice with the syrup. I donâ€™t know if I quite like this combination though. I think the potatoes didnâ€™t quite go with the pancakes. The eggs were also a little too finely diced, and cumbersome to eat. I should have asked for sunny-side-up.
Kalimera (Greek Breakfast) $12.90 â€“ Scrambled egg with feta and tomato on pita bread with signature hummus. My father was adventurous and ordered this even though I think heâ€™s never tried hummus before, at least not in such a large quantity. The hummus went well with the pita bread. The eggs were also chunkier here which made for easier eating. This would definitely delight a vegetarian but it is a little on the light side. Wasnâ€™t full after eating this.
Mmmm good stuffâ€¦ I know this looks scary, but itâ€™s actually quite tasty, a little like eating garlic mashed potato
Magazines and Lonely Planet books to read. Free Wifi! I never used to bother about free WiFi in Singapore because I have my iPhone data plan. But in Norway, I had to rely on free WiFi in order to keep connected to home. So now I am appreciative of places that provide free WiFi.
Grand Salads Bistro @ Solaris
1 fusionopolis Walk,
Monday â€“ Friday: 8am â€“ 6pm
Saturday â€“ Sunday 9am â€“ 4pm
Nearest MRT: One North