Light, heavy, cracker good

This is the first time I am visiting this place. The concept is actually brilliant — low carbohydrate, good food which predominantly yuppy customers are willing to pay for. Who would have thought that eating until one is sufficiently full, something which our parents’ generation really believed in, may be a thing of the past and in our weight- and health-conscious society, eating well has become more important than eating until one is full, and people are willing to pay more to eat less.

We ordered macadamia, roasted pumpkin pizza. The base was not just thin crust but cracker-thin. It was crunchy and delicious. We could taste all the flavours in the food and not feel overly full. We also ordered a Thai beef salad. To be honest, I almost wanted to call it Thai beef jerky salad as the beef was cooked in such a way that it was dry and chewy, though not as hard as jerky. It was quite tasty but the meat texture was a surprise. I did not expect the beef to be overcooked in this manner.

For dessert, we ordered a pandan jelly dessert and a chocolate orange scookie. The scookie was a cross between a scone and a cookie. The pandan jelly was very pretty — almost too pretty to eat. It was also light, with black pulut (black glutinous rice) on the inside. Delightful and not at all heavy despite the black rice! The scookie was quite nice as well, with a slightly nutty crunchy outer layer, while crumbly on the inside. This was also when we felt really full, and the scookie was to blame, being more carbo-laden.

Then there was the red tea latte which was rooibos tea with milk and honey on the side. It was wholesome and looked like teh tarik minus the caffeine.

Conclusion? The food here is light on the belly, good and wholesome to the tastebuds and heavy on the wallet. For two people, we paid about $58, including 10% service charge and 7% GST. The place also serves alcohol. Judging by the number of outlets that have sprung up in the past two years or so — there are now five outlets — this concept has worked for them. It was actually nice not waking up bloated and full the next day. Now to find some crackers so I can do this at home…

Skinny Pizza, 68 Orchard Road Plaza Singapura #03-79/83, Singapore 238839. Tel: 65 68848381.

Macadamia nut and roasted pumpkin pizza

Thai beef salad

Pandan jelly

The inside of the pandan jelly

Chocolate orange scookie

Red tea latte with honey on the side

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