SINGAPORE — My eating companion for in the present day’s lunch has bailed on me. She cites an missed assembly for this obvious absence (I nonetheless love you, woman. Muacks!), robbing me of an additional mouth, leaving me all on my own like a Céline Dion hit circa 1996. By no means thoughts that Co-founder Aidah texted me just a few hours prior reminding me to “include an empty abdomen”. Nonetheless, I persevere.
Limaa is that rarefied place that serves solely wholesome, your-body-is-your-temple type of meals that I consider anybody would take pleasure in consuming, particularly on a scorching scorching day like in the present day the place taking meals footage outside is an train in persistence, sun shades, and many below the breath curses.
However that’s if you’ll find it first. Lined up alongside a hodgepodge of outlets that appears to promote every little thing way of life and Hygge-ish, Limaa is straightforward to overlook if. But, the thrill of a treasure hunt lies in its search and eventual discovery. that feeling you get while you lastly discover what you’ve got all the time been searching for? Was it life? Love? Longing? No, honey. It is simply Limaa.
Limaa is the brainchild of Aidah and Zakiah (first names solely and superstars like Madonna, Cher, Beyoncé, Bono), each moms and cousins. Aidah’s journey of unpolluted consuming took place when she had her second youngster and vowed to not have a repeat of the extraordinary 16 hours supply she had together with her first. Chopping off processed sugar and all of the nasty preservatives from her weight loss plan proved fruitful and resulted in a easy one hour supply of her new child. Zakiah, then again, was a nurse and a simulation government which naturally lends itself to her ardour for wholesome and clear consuming. Certainly there is not any higher instance of an institution created to fulfil the eagerness of some whereas efficiently influencing the wants of the various.
Moving into Limaa is like stepping right into a heat, cosy dwelling—when you ignore the large sugarcane machine perched on the nook and the handbook juicer that doles out cups after cups of freshly pressed juices. I sat on one in all their tiny picket stools and was provided a glass of chilly Coconut Water infused with citrus fruits and mint (S$7)—the very factor I wanted on this 34°C climate from h*ll. A Pomegranate-Mango (S$7) juice is the color of a sundown on a vibrant, cloudless day and brings the vibrancy and tartness of Mango and Pomegranate collectively in a loving embrace.
A plate of carb-free Zoodle Noodle (S$10.90) seems in a heap, punctuated by plump, vibrant crimson tomatoes, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese. Zoodles are one of many traditional staples of the spiralising motion—referring to a vegetable extruded by the blade of a spiral vegetable slicer to imitate the looks of pasta. It is a sated indulgence with none of the bloat or heaviness that comes from wheat consumption. Right here, zucchini is spiralised and seasoned very calmly with salt, pepper, and slices of candy garlic. Have it as is, sans protein or for an extra S$3, jazz it up with slices of smoked salmon. It is like a backyard on a plate.
I wrestle to discuss with Limaa as a restaurant, though it has all the trimmings that make it one. Particularly after they’re this passionate concerning the meals. Take, for instance, Lamb It Up (S$22.90). Thick lamb ribs are seasoned merely with salt, pepper, and thyme, flash seared and completed in an oven. In contrast to pals I do know, I savour each little bit of fatty trimmings on this lamb. The meat was très flavourful, though I might have beloved for it to be cooked uncommon (all the time). Have it with the refreshing white house-made yoghurt mint dip, and also you too would possibly begin to marvel how a kitchen that small can create one thing this hearty.
From the picture-heavy menu (“I take advantage of footage as a result of a few of my Korean and Japanese clients cannot learn English,” Aidah defined), I selected the Teriyaki Sesame Tuna (S$22.90) to spherical up in the present day’s lunch choice. Thickly minimize tuna slices, nonetheless pink within the centre, sat on a mattress of sunshine and fluffy couscous and bathed in a pool of tangy home-made Teriyaki Sauce the color of espresso. Chunks of calmly seasoned shiitake sit on high of the tuna slices, topped with items of vibrant inexperienced, creamy avocado that’s sprinkled with dukkah—an Egyptian nut, seed and spice mix. I fear will probably be an avalanche of softness, nevertheless it’s nothing of the type. The Tuna is agency, chopping virtually like a buttery steak and has a style profile that cuts by the totally different parts quite vividly.
As a substitute of indulging of their candy treats (sans white sugar) of truffles and muffins, I had a Spirulina Inexperienced Bowl (S$17) to spherical up in the present day’s go to. Spirulina is inexperienced algae which are often consumed as a dietary complement. Right here it’s blended with candy mango and tart pomegranate to a consistency much like that of a smoothie, and topped with a medley of wholesome thingamajigs—banana, rolled oats, pears, pomegranate seeds, an entire passionfruit, darkish chocolate shavings, and chia seeds. After consuming this, I immediately really feel more healthy, lighter—a bodily state I’ve all the time strived for however one which I can solely dream.
Limaa is the type of place that you simply patronise when you occur to be an area strolling by, a vacationer, or a rabid fan—which is most unlucky. However on this go to, it warms my coronary heart to see locals shuffling in from the workplaces close by for lunch, fussing over which smoothie to strive (that will be the Energizer (S$7)—virtually a meal by itself) or which sides to share. From a gap within the wall two years in the past, serving implausible meals worthy of their standing as a restaurant, to a full-fledged eating mecca of seared Tuna, lamb rack, and rosti, I can safely say that Limaa has grown too massive for its personal good—and for them, it actually is not that dangerous of a factor.
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