The Lawn Grill & Salad Café Hot
The Lawn Grill & Salad Café launched in November 2011 at Biopolis, is a brand new addition to the salad scene in Singapore. The Lawn caters to busy working professionals, students and anyone who wants a more delicious alternative to healthy food.
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More Than Just Salads
I'm not much of a salad person... Think I love meat too much! But if there was one place that could possibly change my mind, it would be The Lawn Cafe. This 2 plus years old hidden gem of a cafe is unlike any other. Casual, comfortable ambience? Check. Great tasting yet balanced food? Check. Premium ingredients? Check. Affordable price? Check. Flavours of both East and West? Check. Add in a brand new delivery service and The Lawn Cafe has a lot going for it!
I loved the ambience at The Lawn Cafe. The faux grass acts like a comfy carpet under your feet, and the furniture is casual and functional. Choose from either indoor seating or outdoor seating at The Lawn Cafe Biopolis. Personally, I prefer outdoor, as the Nanos building here is specifically designed to act like a wind tunnel, channelling cooling breeze along the exterior of the The Lawn Cafe.
The Lawn Cafe is largely self-service. Indicate your order on an order chit, then queue and make payment at the counter. Collect a buzzer, which will signal you to collect your order when ready.
But the real question is, what should you order at The Lawn Cafe? The base is either a Salad or Olive Rice, but there is a near endless combination of items to add on, including 13 grilled meats / seafood, 30 different salad toppings, and 12 types of salad dressing / sauces. This mind boggling variety means you could eat everyday at The Lawn Cafe and not get bored!
The basic Salad Bowl (SGD $7.90) comes with a base of fresh, crunchy lettuce and arugula, plus a choice of 5 different salad toppings, and 1 type of salad dressing sauce. The first combination I sampled was the Mesclun Salad With Couscous, Pineapples, Corn Kernels, Alfalfa Sprouts, Chestnuts, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken. The chicken was juicy and nicely grilled, with a slight sweetness, complementing the pineapples and soft chestnuts. The corn kernels added a nice flavour and slight crunch, while the couscous and alfalfa sprouts made it fun and playful.
Alternatively, choose the Olive Rice & Side Salad (SGD $7.90). Unlike the Thai or Greek Olive Rice, the version of Olive Rice at The Lawn Cafe is a Teochew recipe from the founder's grandmother. Each mouthful is a distinctly Asian flavour of spices. Lovely.
The Lawn Cafe now also offers delivery service throughout Singapore, for corporate events and 1 day advance orders. I think this is especially useful for corporate catering or events throughout Singapore, as you'll be getting a good meal at reasonably low prices. Or you could choose to do self-pickup advance order instead. Beat the long queues snacking out the doors at lunch hour!
Decent health food
At The Lawn, you have the option of salad or rice to go with one grilled item of fish, seafood, meats and vegetables.
I had the Olive fried rice with prawns and smoked duck ($11). Right off the bat, I can't say I was very impressed, but that's more to do with my distaste for health food in general. Still, I found the food to be not hot enough; both the olive rice and meat were cold. The prawns and smoked duck were alright, the latter a bit tough.
I wouldn't recommend it; even if you're looking for the healthier choice. Only the dressings, which I'm sure are loaded with calories, make the food palatable.
I visited The Lawn a few weeks ago and was pleasantly suprised by the food and price. For about $10 I got a hefty portion of meats and salads(my choice) in a nice bowl.
Balsamic Beef cubes are a must try along with the prawns. I would recommend this place for dinner or a place to have a meal after a workout or run. Nice ambience at night as all the offices would be closed and it would just be the patrons of The Lawn in the vicinity. Definitely want to head back to have another meal!