Review: Spinacas – salads delivered right to your doorstep

Some days I’m so busy at work that I don’t even have time to step out from my office to buy food. When I’m ready to buy lunch at 1230pm, I can’t go to my favourite salad places because of the long queues. Queuing up for 20 minutes to get a bowl of spinach is not what I want to do at lunch!

You can beat the queue and have a nutritious meal delivered right to your doorstep with Spinacas. Not only do they have a physical stall at Chinatown, they also deliver your food for free for orders above $30.

Phyllis, who is the owner of Spinacas, kindly dropped by my office with two bowls of fresh salad on her cute red Vespa. I love her ride. I was expecting her to show up in a van but the bike was way cooler.

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Yes, I can get used to a daily lunch delivery service

I ordered two different salads. One was the vegetarian ratatouille salad and the other was the BBQ pulled pork salad. The salad came in a plastic container, with the salad base separate from the “wet” ingredients i.e. the roasted vegetables and the pulled pork. The dressing was also placed in a separate round container.

I started with the lighter vegetarian salad. The wet ingredients, consisting of aubergine, zucchini and mushrooms cooked ratatouille-style and layered with a savory tomato sauce, came wrapped in a aluminum foil. I unwrapped the packet, which was quite a messy process, and placed the vegetables in the salad base.

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Vegetarian Ratatouille

I followed up with some good tossing. Here, you can see the base ingredients of spinach, pickled red babbage, broccoli, hard boiled egg, cheddar cheese and nuts. The dressing was a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

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A well tossed vegetarian ratatouille salad

I fell in love at first bite. The flavours were amazing together. I barely had to put any dressing into the salad because the sauce from the cooked vegetables was enough flavour for the whole dish. I also love the egg. Too often, eggs in salads would be overcooked with the yolk very hard and yellow. The egg in this salad was just perfect – the egg was hard boiled but the yolk just slightly soft with a creamy orange tinge. My next photo will show you what I mean by a soft hard boiled egg.

BBQ pulled pork salad
BBQ pulled pork salad

The BBQ pulled pork salad was next in my mouth. The pork (at least 100g will be given) had been slow cooked in a cinnamon meat stock, then tossed in a BBQ sauce. The other parts of the salad were pickled red cabbage, broccoli, hard boiled egg, cheddar cheese, nuts and a “surprise” ingredient of green apple.

Other salads include the Morrocan spiced chicken salad, which is Spinacas’ best seller alongside the BBQ pulled pork. The food is not completely paleo. The beef ball and pork balls, for example, contain bread crumbs. But the salads are healthy in general and the greens are fresh and sourced locally. I would eat them again and again!

I always like to find out more about the owners of health food and understand what drives them. So here are the questions I posed to Phyllis and here are her answers:

1. Why did you decide to start Spinacas? You were an architect before this and now you are running this on a full-time basis.

Phyllis: Inspiration happens when you least expect it!
So for me, what started as a two-month sabbatical in Spain in 2013 turned into a gastronomic journey filled with delicious, food  experiences. In Europe, I discovered that good food was a way of life; fresh, whole produce was easily accessible to everyone.

After getting used to eating hearty salads (fresh leafy greens plus a substantial portion of meat) for lunch and dinner in Europe, I tried to re-create the same meal experience in Singapore. However salads that were nutritious and hearty just didn’t exist. Most of them were too protein-light and carb-heavy. I would always be hungry by 3pm!  As a health and fitness fanatic – eating bread, pasta or potatoes to “take up space” was out of the  question.

So I started making my own salads, always including more meat and cooking them in flavour-packed combinations. I packed some for friends to try and they loved it! As more friends ordered, I started making deliveries on my red Vespa around town to send my boxes to friends.

2. What is your food philosophy? Do you eat healthy all the time?

I focus on eating whole and unprocessed food. I stick to the paleo diet during the weekdays and limit eating simple carbs like bread to one to two meals during weekends.

3. Can you describe your service to our readers? How are you different from other salad bars?

Spinacas delivers hearty meal-sized salads to your desk. Each salad comprises of a a box of baby spinach, warm meat and dressing. The meat and dressing are packed separately. We offer five meat and two vegetarian options in two sizes ($11 for regular and $9 for petite). The minimum order is $30 and we deliver free.

We are different because we:

  • Focus on flavour-packed meats and nutritious greens. We don’t include any breads, pastas or carbs in our salads. Our salads are suitable for paleo/primal dieters, and for those who appreciate eating whole, natural and unprocessed foods.
  • Keep things simple by only letting customers choose the meat as our toppings are fixed. We believe our salad already has the best possible topping combination.
  • Deliver for free in a stylish red Vespa!

4. Who else is in the Spinacas team?

I run Spinacas mainly on my own but sometimes with the help of my husband. I have a part-time kitchen help and a part-time delivery rider too.

5. Where else can we find you?

We do pop-ups at gourmet food festivals, such as the Singapore Night Festival and other pop markets. We don’t sell salads for festival food but we sell meat platters and skewers.

And we like to extend our delivery reach to every business park in Singapore with a fleet of Vespas!

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To order your own Spinacas salad, go to their website and pick your favourite combinations. I would really recommend the regular size, which is the one I had, because I think I would get hungry if the salad were any smaller.

Where I can see this working very well is if you have to follow a strict diet and you don’t want to think so much about what you have to eat at every meal. You can pre-order your food with Spinacas and get them to deliver both lunch and dinner. In this way, your two main meals from Monday to Friday are well taken care of.

As of November 2014, these are the locations that Phyllis delivers to, which is mainly central and east of Singapore. You can also head down to 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace to pick up your salad.

Spinacas delivery

Delivery
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
10:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Pickup
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
10:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

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