Nestled in what appears to be a quaint shophouse in Telok Ayer is Shake Farm HQ – the newest kid on the healthy eating circuit. One step into the shophouse and you will be amazed at the buzzing world inside. Full marks to team Shake Farm for recreating the ideal farm experience. The attention to detail is impressive – cute cow seats, pigs on cushion covers, milk cans as vases, huge plastic sunflowers, green grassy carpets and an electric fireplace complete the look of this cozy spot. The lighting is warm and comfortable, and the music just the right level. Sustainability is high on the agenda with wooden cutlery, biodegradable paper straws and a napkin dispenser encourage you to take only what you need.
The founder’s mission was simple – healthy, fresh and tasty eating. One look at the menu and I know there will be no conflict between my ‘cautious, health freak’ grey cells and the ‘craving yumminess’ taste buds. Each item listed on the menu has an informative description of its calories and nutrients (carbs, protein and fat). The next step to informed goodness is that each dish mentions the diet it supports, such as keto, low carb, vegan, paleo, etc.
We started off with the shakes, picking from amongst Natures Remedies, Breakfast Shakes, Protein Shakes and Detox Shakes. Interesting concoctions with interesting names, created with fresh fruit, greens, nut butters and healthy additives that form the base for these shakes! Each shake we tried was absolutely refreshing – Early Energiser, Sunrise Shake and the Clean Cut all tasted great and it was hard to pick a favourite. Wholesome and filling as a standalone order, these come priced at S$8 for a regular, S$10 for a medium and S$12 for a large. Return your bottle after you drink and receive $1 off your next order.
Also great are the Super Toasts. The Banana Nutter (S$7) is just right to satiate a sweet craving on a weekend morning, think homemade peanut butter, sliced banana, honey and chia seeds over multigrain toast. Vegan version can be done upon request, it skips the honey and is equally delicious. Also delightful is the Wholesome Hummus (S$7) which has home-made hummus blended with walnuts and cranberries, to be enjoyed atop a multigrain bread slice; each bite a wonderful medley of flavours.
Next up, Green Goodness (S$16) has a large portion of spinach and rocket leaves as a base topped with Greek Feta, Mashed Avocado, Homemade Hummus, Cherry Tomatoes, Cashew Nuts, Mixed Seeds, Green Olives and Cucumber. To this, we added Barbecue Mushroom which features a delicious bbq sauce that makes for a fiery complement to an otherwise mellow salad, a combination I truly enjoyed.
From their brunch menu, we picked the Beetroot Hummus and Avo Toast (S$17) – Multi-grain or Gluten-Free toast with Beetroot Hummus, Spicy Garlic Chilli, Avocado, Cranberries and Mixed Seeds. I found it to be a bit too mild and would have loved a bit more of that garlic chilli.
To finish off, we had the Tropical Bliss Acai Bowl (S$15). Served at just the perfect temperature, with a delightful array of fresh fruit and berry pulp sorbet, this dish is a worthy replacement for an indulgent dessert.
Now to my favourite part; I am a self-professed coffee addict and though I love to experiment with various forms of coffee, I am very particular about the way I like it. I usually make it myself, or rely on the 2 baristas near work who do absolutely great brews. And of all these, I must admit the Coconut Cinnamon Latte was the best I have tasted in a really long time. The strength of the coffee and the flavours of cinnamon and coconut milk were a delightful blend. Ganesh enjoyed the Oats Milk Latte, which he found to be pretty good too.
The weekend brunch seems very popular with families, who filled up most of the seats when we were there. In the evenings, Shake Farm HQ also serves an amazing array of organic alcohol! Check out their wide range of low fat beers, organic wines and champagnes, and fresh fruit infused cocktails.
Level 3 of the shophouse has a studio with some fun classes on offer. You can check out the schedule when you walk in.
Shake Farm HQ – Verdict
Shake Farm HQ was an amazing discovery. Something for everyone, anytime of the day! The ambience is nice and relaxed, and the service attentive. The pricing is in line with the rather large portions they serve. It features high on the ‘eat clean’ scale as well as the sustainability index, so I do expect to see the popularity soaring with both the corporate crowd over weekday lunches and the family/friends segment during weekends. So, what are you waiting for; step into a world of fun, yum and healthy indulgence at Shake Farm HQ today.
Shake Farm HQ: 126 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068595. P: +65 9027 0177.Website
Preethi & Ganesh are our favourite writer-photographer duo. While Preethi is juggling two hats being mom to a naughty and adorable three-nager, and working as a HR Marketer; Ganesh is a Technology Sales Professional by week and a sports enthusiastic and passionate photographer over the weekend. While Preethi is a foodie, music lover, ardent toastmaster and a travel buff; Ganesh enjoys running (6 full marathons and counting) and plays cricket for a Singapore League team. Luckily for us, they share a common love for all things food (as long as its vegetarian) and enjoy working together on articles – his captures add the spice to her words.