I have been to Grain Traders twice and am already planning my next meal there. It’s that good.
Located at CapitaGreen on Market Street, the comfort food joint has been drawing the crowds since its official opening barely a week ago. It is a collaboration between KILO and Papa Palheta, which explains the mix of Western rice and salad bowls and Chye Seng Huat coffee beans.
The food station and coffee counter are kept separate, so good news if you want to get coffee and dessert without re-joining the snaking queue.
Bowls are prepared a la Subway sandwiches, i.e. you get to see your food being assembled in front of you as you pass through a mouthwatering array of proteins, vegetables and more.
You can either build your own bowl, or choose from 6 quirkily-named Hero Bowls. The El Hibaro that I had boasted slices of striploin beef, charred vegetables and sushi rice. I’m guessing that presentation plays a huge role in the menu, too, as not a dull bowl was to be found in the vicinity.
The striploin beef was quite juicy, though it could have been warmer. It felt a tad weird to be having beansprouts in the dish (which made me think of the economy rice stalls at the neighbouring Lau Par Sat), but it was a homely dish overall. And surprisingly filling, too! Not to mention the Salsa Verde which added some nice tangy flavours when mixed with the rice – my only complaint is the plastic container which contradicted the overall aesthetics of the dish.
An extra $2 gives you a Square Meal, which includes a drink (Organic Apple Pear Juice or Mineral Water) and a snack. Some unique textures and flavours in these unassuming bars I’d say!
For dessert, Grain Traders serves a selection of pretty loaf cakes. The Pumpkin with Japanese Cucumber, however, was slightly disappointing as it was verging on dry.
Plus points to their Flat White for perking me up on a sleepy afternoon, though!
When you take away the funky hashtags and hipster bistro vibes, you really have nothing but your food to answer for you. And luckily, Grain Traders lives up to the hype. With good grub and great hospitality from the staff, I’m sure many would be back for a casual and hearty meal in the heart of the CBD. 😉
But first – lose the plastic container, can? 😛
Address: CapitaGreen Building 01-01/02/03
Opening hours: 8am – 8pm (Monday to Friday)