I’ve come to the conclusion that eating healthily comes with a price. While you can get plates of char kway teow, carrot cake and chicken rice for just $2, healthier choices like sandwiches, soups and salads will set you back at least $7 to $10. Notwithstanding the cost, to a certain extent it’s quite heartening to see long queues forming at such joints, because it shows that people are making conscious decisions to eat healthy.
While I’m not one for overpriced sandwiches (unlike A the bread freak), I don’t mind a good salad every now and again. Sadly, most of the salads that are available at soup and sandwich bards are pretty sucky. They try too hard to create different salads, adding weird herbs and spices into the mix and in the dressing. Which is why Juiced Rawbar, at the basement of Republic Plaza, is such a welcome breath of fresh air.
The main draw of Juiced’s salads is the freshness. Every salad is only prepared and tossed upon order. They have a seemingly neverending supply of large salad mixing bowls, and for each order, you get a basic lettuce mix (NOT Iceberg), and you can choose any 6 ingredients out of a wide array of over 20, including corn, broccoli, sprouts, pasta, potatoes and beans. You then choose your preferred dressing, and again you have quite a variety to select from, like vinaigrette, lemon & mustard, or honey & soy. The ingredients are really fresh, and the dressings are a perfect balance of flavours.
If, like me, you get stressed at having to choose and make decisions, you can opt for one of their pre-designed salads instead (these are still made fresh upon order). They have about six, including a Nicoise, Greek, and my favourite – Shanghai, with carrot, corn, mushroom, sugar peas, brown rice and egg. It’s dressed with a default honey/soy and sweet chilli dressing (I prefer it with just the honey/soy), and being an inherent carnivore, I also add chicken for an additional $2.
A had the smoked salmon wrap, which was again loaded with fresh veggies. In my opinion, their wraps here are just ordinary compared to their salads.
The queue here at lunchtime is pretty insane, and it’s highly advisable to come by noon to avoid waiting ages.
The salads are definitely worth it considering how HUGE they are. Wraps, not so much. Thanks to the smoothie I had, I’m pretty happy.
9 Raffles Place
#B1-08 Republic Plaza
Mon-Fri: 8am - 8pm
Sat: 9am - 2pm
(Closed on Sundays & PH)