Review: Project Paleo – finally! Paleo lunches in the CBD

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.

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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.

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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.
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Salmon, mushrooms and cauliflower 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.
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Mustard pork, sauteed vegetables and cauliflower rice

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.

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Rosemary beef, mushrooms and sauteed vegetables

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.

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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.

Project Paleo
Marina Food House
15 Phillip Street, Stall #3
Singapore 048694

6 thoughts on “Review: Project Paleo – finally! Paleo lunches in the CBD”

    1. Hi Cactus!

      Project Paleo uses 2 types of olive oil.

      1) Extra VIRGIN olive oil (smoke point 190c) — EVOO
      2) Extra LIGHT olive oil (smoke point 240c) — ELOO

      Generally, you should use an oil with a smoke point that’s suitable for your method of cooking. Project Paleo uses ELOO for sauteing, baking and grilling because it is relatively heat stable. Other oils that are commonly used to grill and fry such as sunflower oil and corn oil (note: they are not Paleo!) have smoke points around 220c to 230c, even lower than ELOO. More information on smoke points can be found on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_point).

      We use EVOO only for our tossed greens (it’s a raw dish — romaine, frisee, apples, apple cider vinaigrette) and do not expose it to heat at all.

      Hope this clarifies!

      Back to basics,
      Joyce for the Project Paleo team

      1. Hello I am totally new to project paleo, being a fitness junkie and sportsmen myself i would love to have unadulterated and wholesome food in the city area which caters to my taste buds and not pile on excessive harmful calories.

        I realised that from the article the serving portions are pretty small and as someone who watches my diet very cautiously and has a hearty appetite, I want to make enquiries on how much does each type of main dishes weigh (in grams), so I will be able to count my caloric intake and daily RDI of protein and other stuff.

        So I just need to know the specific breakdown of the portion size for the mains ie meat, perhaps vegetables so hungry boys like me will know how much to add on, instead of starve after 1 serving.

        But a future improvement to your already brilliant concept could be to have a set meal for big appetite carnivorous people who are simply different from the masses.

        Lastly, when is your operating hours throughout the day and week? what about public holidays?

        thank you

  1. Hi Paleorina,

    Thanks for lunching with us and writing about us!

    Project Paleo tries to balance affordability and quality when sourcing for ingredients. Chicken and Dory are larger portions and more filling, while premium meats such as Salmon and Beef are in smaller portions for $8.

    Calorie-wise, a lunch set (meat only, no sides) ranges from 220 calories (Sage Dory) to 340 calories (Lemon Salmon, Rosemary Beef), to 390 calories (Oregano Chicken). We weigh every portion of Salmon and Beef to ensure they are 150g. Coupled with sides, the lunch sets are a wholesome 500 odd calories.

    The main reason our meals are less filling is due to the absence of refined carbohydrates. Most lunch options from other food shops offer rice, noodles, quinoa, pita wraps, cous cous or corn to fill customers up. These “fillers” are considered refined carbohydrates and offer little nutrition besides carbohydrates.

    Paleo advocates filling our tummies with nutrient dense food, such as meats, vegetables and healthful fats such as eggs and avocados instead. These produce are more expensive, hence a meal at Project Paleo costs more than your average hawker meal. But you’re also getting more protein and healthful sides. As one of our regulars put it, “superb price-performance ratio”! For $8 you can get 250g of chicken, and for $12 it’s 400g of chicken in total (plus 2 sides). That’s almost half a kg of wholesome protein, marinated in oregano and good quality extra light olive oil, cubed for our takeaway customers’ convenience (so nobody has to struggle with cutting up chicken at their desks!).

    We hope to spread the word about Paleo to more people in Raffles Place, and get everyone to pay attention to what they’re eating. We think Paleo is the way to go, and we hope to bring the community BACK TO BASICS, one Paleo meal at a time!

    Once again thanks for blogging about us!

  2. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks their lemon salmon is bland. But it’s probably their most popular main (along with rosemary beef) as the two are often sold out! Try their shrimp & squid, it’s pretty good too. My favorite mains are 1) chicken, 2) shrimp & squid, 3) pork. Their dory tastes decent but I blacklisted dory after learning that so-called “dory” is usually freshwater catfish farmed in heavily-polluted Mekong River in Vietnam. I also stopped eating beef because beef seems to be the meat with the greatest carbon footprint, despite that they use grass-fed.

    For their sides, I LOVE their sautéed veggies, sweet potato, and mushrooms. Their tossed greens is ok. Don’t like broccoli & carrots. Never tried cauliflower rice and don’t intend to!

    I also wish their portions are bigger, so usually I’ll add eggs or avocado. Have added macadamia nuts before but they only give a small handful. 🙁

    1. Hi Alan thanks for your review!! I’m glad you tried so many different items. I’m glad you feel this way about meat eating too… I feel very strongly about animal treatment, animal health etc so I prefer to eat more vegetables most of the time. I’ll definitely try shrimp and squid next!

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