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Healthy

Eat clean....er than usual
Emily S
Emily S

Initially, I wasn't sure if I should be eating this much post-workout. But by the end of my meal I was like, Workplace Espresso Bar y'all did goooood.

Basic salads here cost $9.90 nett, includes 1 grain (but you can chose 2 types) + 2 cold proteins + 4 toppings + 1 sauce.

I opted for soba & couscous (you can mix 2 types for variety or just choose 1 type), chicken & diced prawns, grilled sweet potato, edamame beans, hard boiled egg, mushrooms, & lime cashew sauce on the side. Portions are big here; I was definitely full at the end of my meal.

I was particularly impressed by the chicken, as it wasn't dry or tasteless. It was surprisingly moist & tasted slightly tangy too. Premium ingredients cost more - the chicken isn't premium, but the diced prawns are.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“± ShopBack GO partner
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available

Despite it being the end of the night (by the time I left, one of the staff was mopping the floor already), they still had a decent variety of ingredients, though some ran out (e.g. pulled beef).

Happy that I discovered Workspace Espresso Bar out of sheer coincidence; impressed with the quality, quantity & price point. Will definitely come back here to dine healthy again.

Even happier that I got to boost my cashback via Shopback GO to 20%, as it was my first visit & it coincides with this promotional period! After my first visit, it goes back to 3% cashback but that's still a good deal.

My cashback was tracked in a matter of minutes after I paid, though I understand with some cards & some merchants it may take a while longer.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“± ShopBack GO partner
πŸ“Ά Free WiFi available

Lean Bento's last day of operations at Holland Drive is 12th June 2019, so visit them while you can. I did today, & had the Honey Chicken Bento ($12.80 nett, a la carte).

I *would* say I'm going to miss them, but after the 12th they'll be focusing on island-wide deliveries, so they'll still be around 😁

They're also launching a new menu that I'm quite excited about. I don't actually order food delivery - but will make an exception for them.

Can't wait! All the best in your new phase of island-wide expansion, #leanbento ☺

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only

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Thanks to a friend's instagram post, I was inspired to try Grain's food & delivery service today. First-time users get $5 off; you can too, just use my code RF45088 when signing up. I get $5 too - you're helping a fellow foodie out!

I ordered the Dragon Well Basil Rice ($8.95), which essentially is ζ“‚θŒΆι₯­ aka Thunder Tea Rice. I loved the nutty mix of brown & black rice! The down side is that this dish is pretty oily, but then again I've never had a non-oily bowl of Thunder Tea Rice. I also wish the egg yolk weren't so overcooked, but other than this, I enjoyed this dish. The ingredients are entirely vegetarian, which some might find boring.. But Grain has other options too, so check out their website for more details.

There was an unavoidable $2 delivery charge to my location, & a $3 surcharge for orders under $20. Added together, this is what my $5 discount offsets. However, if you work in the CBD, you can choose to pick up at certain locations, hence avoiding the $2 delivery charge. That's pretty neat... & for returning customers, if you pool together a few orders, the $3 surcharge eventually goes away.

Delivery was on time (ok, 4 minutes early) & the delivery guy was polite, also followed my instructions to call me when he arrives. No complaints there.

Last but certainly not least, I liked how you can opt to reject cutlery (I usually do), & I hope they continue to make this option available.

Now, back to work with a full belly..

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
πŸ›΅ Delivery only; not an actual restaurant with seats
πŸ’· RF45088 for $5 off!

An enjoyable bowl of Salmon Soba Noodles ($18+). Loved the super moist salmon, though the skin wasn't crispy. I don't give two hoots about fish skin, but I don't think it was meant to be crispy in the first place & I'm just putting it put there.

The accompanying house-made yogurt was not necessary as I was quite happy without it. (For the record, it was fine.) The juicy shimeiji mushrooms & crispy fried egg (oozy yolk yay) were great together with the soba noodles & salmon.

In all, would've been a great experience if not for the sub-par service. Under no circumstances should you ever clear the glass(es) of your customer(s) without asking - especially if they're midway eating, or if their glass of water isn't even empty. That was a clear sign that our servers (happened more than once) wanted us to get out, probably because there was a long line of people waiting to get in.

Needless to say, we left with quite a bad taste in our mouths. Which is a pity because we actually enjoyed the food.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ’» Accepts reservations - I used Chope
πŸ™‹ No service charge
βœ”οΈ GST charged

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I always underestimate how full I end up after eating Grain Bowls.. This was no exception. Although the selection wasn't very extensive (there were some things that were unavailable), I managed to pick out some stuff to make a good bowl πŸ˜‰

Prices are pretty decent for healthy eating:
Veg Lite ($11) - 1 Base, 0 Meat, 3 Veg, 2 Toppings
Super Balanced ($13) - 1 Base, 1 Meat, 2 Veg, 2 Toppings
Carb Load ($15) - 2 Base, 1 Meat, 2 Veg, 2 Toppings
Protein Rich β€Ž($19) - 1 Base, 2 Meat, 2 Veg, 2 Toppings

If these are too much for you, you can order their Petit Meals:
$5 for Base + 2 Veg
$7 for Base + 1 Veg + 1 Meat
(Each meal uses 1/2 servings & comes with 1 Topping.)

Ordered 2 Super Balanced bowls:
Sweet Potato, Beef, Mushrooms, Wild Rocket, Black Olives, Chickpeas;

Multi Grain Rice, Salmon, Pumpkin, Mushrooms, Corn Kernels, Dried Shallots.

Obviously I'm only gonna talk about the ingredients that are outstanding either in a good or bad way. Do you really expect me to review the Dried Shallots & Corn? πŸ˜‚ Fortunately, nothing was outstandingly bad!

Multi Grain Rice is THE BOMB. I love the bits of barley inside the brown rice. I was skeptical at first about the texture but it wasn't soggy nor hard - it was perfect. & crazy filling, too.

Sweet Potato was also perfectly cooked, & sweet enough to make me happy 😊

The meat were also great - the Beef was tender & flavourful without being salty. The Salmon moist on the inside & fork tender. Loved them both 😍

You can get your meals to go or dine in - I do like the space they have (air-conditioning is rather cold) so I'd like to dine here again.

The Oxtail soup was raved about by the friendly waitresses (who also patiently answered our questions), but even though we marked it on our order sheet, they overlooked it. Ended up having to re-order, which they warned us we'd have to wait 20+ minutes for us to defrost a new bag of soup. It was tasty, but very small in quantity - it filled up only half the paper cup it was served in. For $5, that's very expensive.... Doubt I'd order it again. & I also forgot to take a photo of it. Hahaha.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
🚫 No WiFi
πŸ™‹ No service charge or GST

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Ordered a Protein Muffin ($2.95 with any Lean Bento 🍱) & chose the Dark Cocoa flavour. Moist on the inside, yet not too sweet.

What baffles me is that it doesn't taste like a "Healthy Muffin". I really don't know how they do it, but keep doing what you do because it works, Lean Bento.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
πŸ†’ Halal certified
πŸ“Ά No WiFi available
πŸ™‹ No service charge or GST
πŸ’¦ Self-service lemon-infused water

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I love DIY-ing my meals. This is one of my favourite places to eat clean at because the food here tastes great & I honestly don't even realize I'm eating healthy food.

At $11.95 nett for a standard DIY bento, the ingredients are so plentiful that I feel so stuffed (& happy that I really got my money's worth). This is why I keep coming back.

My choice--
1 Protein: Teriyaki Chicken
1 Complex Carbs: Air Fried Tater Tots
2 Supplements: Honey Wakame 🍯 + Roasted Chickpeas
& a bed of mesclun salad πŸ₯—

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
πŸ†’ Halal certified
πŸ“Ά No WiFi available
πŸ™‹ No service charge or GST
πŸ’¦ Self-service lemon-infused water

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I love DIY-ing my meals. This is one of my favourite places to eat clean at because the food here tastes great & I honestly don't even realize I'm eating healthy food.

At $11.95 nett for a standard DIY bento, the ingredients are so plentiful that I feel so stuffed (& happy that I really got my money's worth). This is why I keep coming back.

My choice--
1 Protein: Sea Salt Salmon (+$2)
1 Complex Carbs: Basil Couscous
2 Supplements: Corn Kernels 🌽 + Truffle Edamame
& a bed of mesclun salad πŸ₯—

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
πŸ†’ Halal certified
πŸ“Ά No WiFi available
πŸ™‹ No service charge or GST
πŸ’¦ Self-service lemon-infused water

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Tomato Soup with Chicken, Avocado, Beans ($3.50 with any bowl)

Quite tasty, although I disagree that avocado should be inside. Also, this was served warm & not piping hot. If I can drink it straight away, it isn't hot. & this might be a problem for some people.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ†’ Halal-certified

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You can DIY your own, or choose from the signature dishes on the menu. Here's one of the latter: Miso Salmon with Quinoa, Kailan, Broccoli ($15.90).

Fork-tender salmon, perfectly fluffed Quinoa. Don't care that much for the veggies but they did balance out the meal well. & yes, each item on the menu lists the number of calories per line item, if that's your kind of thing.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ†’ Halal-certified

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You can DIY your own, or choose from the signature dishes on the menu. Here's my DIY Bowl: 1 Protein + 2 Sides + 1 Topping + 1 Sauce ($12.90)

What I picked:
Protein: Beef Steak (+$2)
Sides: Cauliflower Fried Rice + Braised Lentils with Eggplants & Carrots
Topping: Garlic & Chilli
Sauce: Coriander & Lime

Very filling & tasty-- cauliflower rice was something interesting & enjoyable for me! Beef was cooked nicely such that I didn't break the plastic utensils that I ate with (hehe). I would totally order this again.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ†’ Halal-certified

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