This is my first food entry since I turned vegan and 80% raw. I was very excited to find Afterglow @ Keong Saik which has been opened since beginning of 2014. Because it also means I can prepare 1 less meal at home as it is not easy to find organic, vegan AND raw cafes and restaurants in Singapore. For those who missed my previous entries, this is why I have decided to turn vegan and 80% raw.
First up, we tried the assortment of Raw Crackers ($10) of seed crackers, seaweed crackers and spinach ‘chips’. They were nice and raw but I felt a little pricey for the quantity. And I think I am spoilt by our own kale chips recipe which have been very yummy so I think I would pass on this started in future.
For the soups, we shared a Broccoli Soup with spiced Dehydrated Broccoli ($14) and a special Mushroom Soup puree blend ($20+) not on the menu. I enjoyed the soups and like that they have been lightly warmed but not boiled so the food is still raw.
We had a raw Cauliflower ‘cous cous’ with currants, almonds, mint and parsley ($15). Cous cous gives the same texture as rice to me, but is healthier. The currants gave the dish a sweet sour tangy flavour. A good alternative to all the leafy salads I have been making at home.
For mains, my favourite has to be this Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with seasonal pickles ($16), Shiitake mushrooms, Avocado and Miso Dressing. The rice is chewy black wild rice which is much healthier option than usual white rice. The entire dish is well marinated with a hint of wasabe without being overwhelming. But the serving would probably not be sufficient for the average Singaporean male.
We also tried a special – Vegan Lasagna main ($20+) not on the usual menu. This lasagna was also beautifully done and recreate the taste and texture of usual meaty/cheesy lasagna but with healthy nut cheese and tomato. Very impressive but I guess my taste bud still has an Asian slant so the sushi deconstructed bowl still wins it for me.
Finally, I really enjoyed the dessert – Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango($8) also a special on the menu. Its rich in Omega 3 from the chia seed, good fat from the coconut and vitamins from the coconut. But not suitable for cancer patients as it is very sweet. A dessert I would definitely try to recreate at home!
Overall, the meal was a little pricey at ~$110+ for 4 people and we didn’t feel very full. But I now know raw food takes a lot of effort to prepare, and organic produce is not cheap, so I hope Afterglow continues to find a way to make its raw, organic/natural dishes for affordable so more people can have clean, healthy meals! I look forward to more raw creations the next time I am back.
PS: They are also a pickup point if you want to organic products from Quan Fa Organic Farm. So you can order from Quan Fa and they deliver it to Afterglow where you can pick up from.
Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Tel: +65 6224 8921
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