Back in the 2013 when I first started this blog, there was no such thing as a paleo restaurant or takeaway or cafe in Singapore. You either had to cook at home to get a good paleo meal or just close an eye and brave it outside. First, Cavemen Food opened up at Novena Square Two. And now for people at Raffles Place, we have Project Paleo.
Here is the owner Joyce with her stall at 15 Phillip Street. Her food contain no refined sugar, no harmful additives, no diary and no gluten. Olive oil is used for cooking.
All sets go for $8, which include one main and two sides. The mains range from chicken to fish to beef to pork. The sides include sweet potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables. And fear not if you are vegetarian because you can choose three sides as well.
I chose the salmon with cauliflower rice and mushrooms. Here’s my verdict:
- Salmon: tender but quite plain and less tasty than I expected.
- Mushrooms: yummy! The best part of my dish.
- Cauliflower rice: this tastes very interesting indeed – like coleslaw but a super healthy version. Some people in the paleo world eat this to simulate the mouth feel of real rice.
My overall thought was that the dish was very small. I wasn’t full after eating even though I enjoyed every delicious morsel of food. The salmon was 150 grams and for another $4 you can add on another 100 grams. Or maybe I just have a huge appetite!
Liwen picked the mustard pork with cauliflower rice and sauteed greens.
- Pork: the pork tasted amazing with the mustard. At first I was a bit suspicious about the combination but the tangy flavour of the sauce went very well together. The pork was sliced thinly and very similar to the kind that you use in Japanese hot pots.
We save the best for last. Serena picked the rosemary beef with mushrooms and sauteed vegetables.
Beef: We three were unanimous that the beef was the best main out of our three dishes. The taste and aroma of rosemary infused very well with the tender beef cubes.
And like I mentioned, we were still hungry after our food, so we ordered dessert. We had avocado banana mousse ($4), which was a puree consisting of avocado, banana and coconut milk. All the natural sweetness is from the banana and there is no extra sugar added. I love all three ingredients so this was a clear winner for me as well.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal very much. I love that I am now able to get paleo food in the central business district area. Sure, there may be other competing healthy food stalls but for some people, the meaning of healthy may be very different. A salad place can still use hydrogenated vegetable oil to fry mushrooms, or serve corn that come from a can of sugary water. With a paleo stall, I am more assured about the quality of my ingredients.
My only gripe (and is a small one) is that the portion size is way too small. I recommend upsizing the meat for $4 or adding $1.50 for more sides.
Marina Food House
15 Phillip Street, Stall #3