If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s that health and wellness should always be a number one priority for us. So it’s essential to not just eat, but eat well.
Qi’s Philosophy Cafe is one such place that embodies this philosophy in every dish that’s put out. Situated amidst lush greenery at Sky Terrace@Dawson, this heartland cafe prides itself on fusing modern fusion dishes with wholesome ingredients at affordable price points.
Qi’s Philosophy Cafe combines clean eating with its other pillars for a well-balanced, holistic lifestyle: exercise and mental wellness. Step in and you’ll be greeted with a homely interior dotted with modern furniture, plus floor to ceiling glass panels that let in a generous amount of light for that ever essential Vitamin C.
Expect to find local favourites with a modern twist in Qi Philosophy Cafe’s menu. Savour a fusion of Asian and Western flavours in the Signature Laksa Pesto Pasta ($9.80), which serves up al dente pasta seasoned with laksa and pesto. The mildly spicy blend will satisfy local palates, while adding kick to the chicken pieces that are served with the pasta.
The San Bei Ji, Traditional 3-Cup Chicken ($8.80) is an uncommon fixture in local menus. Originating from the Jiangxi Province of southern China, this wholesome dish is cooked in soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, garlic gloves, slices of ginger, and fresh Thai basil. With generous amounts of chicken, the San Bei Ji is worth every cent, and a must-try for Chinese food lovers.
Founder Choo San’s staunch belief in eating well surfaces in Qi Philosophy Cafe’s take on traditional recipes. The Qi Healthy Basmati Nasi Lemak ($12.80) uses the basmati rice commonly found in briyani, which is gluten-free and low in fat. The rice is delightfully fragrant from the use of coconut milk and aromatic pandan, and the roasted chicken is succulent and flavourful, and goes well with the sambal chilli.
Indulge further cravings for local cuisine with some Nyonya Dry Mee Siam ($8.80), which features stir-fried vermicelli rice noodles with fragrant rempah spices, shredded omelette, fried bean curd, chives, beansprouts, dried shrimp, prawn, and squid. Though pricier than ordinary renditions from neighbourhood hawker centres, I found this dish pretty well done, and worth the money with all those ingredients and seafood added!
Culinary influences from Choo San’s brief stint in Japan make their way to the aptly named Tokyo Town ($12.80), an aesthetically pleasing rice bowl that serves up a sizeable chunk of salmon, along with an array of colourful vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, and my favourite – avocado! Eating clean has certainly never looked this good.
Vegan options are also available at Qi’s Philosophy Cafe. The Qi Buddha Bowl ($12.80) serves up a colourful medley of chickpea falafel, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, long beans, bell peppers, avocado, and beetroot hummus topped with sesame dressing. Talk about tasting the (healthy) rainbow!
Otherwise, go for a hearty Baked Tom Yum Vegan Enchilada ($15.80), which is stuffed with black bean, mushroom, Mexican brown rice, cabbage, carrots, guacamole, and tomato salsa before being oven baked with tom yum sauce and vegan cheese.
Fancy taking away your meal? Qi’s Philosophy Cafe is one of over 40 locations that have partnered with Muuse, a takeaway service that specialises in reusable containers and cups. Simply scan the QR code through your mobile app, enjoy your meal, and return it to any of Muuse’s partner cafes and eateries for washing within seven days! Muuse is also launching a subscription plan soon for you to enjoy an unlimited number of loans of their containers and cups.
Qi Philosophy Cafe
Address: Sky Terrace@Dawson 01-02
Nearest MRT: Queenstown EW19
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.30am – 9pm
Closed on Monday
Contact: +65 6909 0198