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Beat the lunch crowd, eat out!

With Canteen 1 dearly missed, Canteen 2 and 4 undergoing renovation, and Makan Place forever packed, famished NPhibians (NP students who have reacted to the situation with versatility) have taken to using the long breaks between classes to head out of school. AARON TOH & ERICA RAE CHONG suss out the popular food haunts of your schoolmates.

4 hours
Salad Stop
239 Thomson Road
#02-24 Velocity @ Novena Square
6820 0158
Open: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 9pm


Seafood Chowder and Go Geisha

If you, like us, hate your vegetables, then Salad Stop might just be the place to change your mind.

The salad bar serves up a range of 10 unique salads, from over 40 ingredients, which are made in front of you and served in a giant salad bowl alongside a crunchy breadstick.

The Go Geisha ($8.50) salad is certainly not your average salad. Soba noodles are tossed with liberal amounts of silken tofu, carrots, snow peas, cucumber, edamame (Japanese baby soybeans), and red and white cabbage. A sprinkling of roasted sesame seeds and a miso dressing add the finishing touches.

The stark juxtaposition of firm soba noodles with smooth tofu against crunchy cabbage, beans and peas was sublime, while the dressing was light and sweet with a hint of saltiness that did not overpower the delicate flavours of the greens.

Other interesting salads include the Oh Crab Lah! ($9.50) made from mixed greens, crab sticks and vermicelli, drizzled with a Singapore chilli crab dressing, and the slightly spicy Cheaper than a Facial ($8.50), which is a combination of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, mangoes, carrots, and vermicelli, brought to life with a tart Thai lemongrass dressing.

Each salad comes with a certain dressing, although you are welcome to switch it with any of their 16 other dressings and vinaigrettes. You can even specify how finely chopped you would like your salad to be, or if you prefer your dressing on the side instead of drizzled onto the salad.

Salad Stop also allows you to create your own salad ($8.80) or wrap ($7.80) from a dazzling array of 35 different toppings.

Premium toppings such as feta cheese and smoked salmon cost extra, and are priced between $1 and $2.50 each. If you are feeling especially peckish, you can top up an additional $2.90 for a soup. Salad Stop offers 10 varieties, but not all soups are available each day as the soup menu is rotated on a regular basis.

With its brightly lit interior, cheery green walls, and minimalist wooden furnishings, it is not difficult to relax and indulge in some healthy eating at the Salad Stop.

Now, if only home-cooked vegetables tasted as good.

3 hours

Itacho Sushi
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
Tel: 6509 8911
Open: Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm
Friday to Saturday from 11 am to 11pm

Roasted Fatty  Salmon Sushi

Roasted Fatty Salmon Sushi

Itacho has, in a remarkably short period of time, become a favourite among youths. Its appeal lies in its superbly fresh and affordable sushi.

Forget conveyor belt fare here; everything is prepared before your eyes.

The Hotate (Scallop) Sushi ($2) was exceedingly fresh, enunciating the sweetness of the scallops with its simple execution perfectly.

For the less adventurous, Itacho Sushi also has a range of Aburi (roast) Sushi, which is basically sushi seared rapidly with a blowtorch. Simply astounding.

Do ask the service staff what is in season, as there are occasionally off the menu specials that are available by request only, such as the red snapper sushi we had.

2 hours

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
2 Adam Road
Stall 2 at Adam Road Food Centre
Tel: 9843 4509
Open: 7 am to 10 pm daily

Selera Rasa uses basmati rice for its Nasi Lemak ($4.50), which lends the meal an added fragrance and a touch of class. The smooth coconut taste complements the accompanying dishes of chicken wing, otak, egg, ikan bilis and a begedil (a fried potato patty).

The all-important sambal chilli that makes or breaks nasi lemak is rich, sweet and not too spicy - good news to those with a lower tolerance for spiciness – but still carries enough oomph to be credible. A special cuttlefish sambal chili is also available on request.

Buddy Hoagies
170 Upper Bukit Timah Road
#B1-05 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre
Tel: 6466 1505
Open: 10 am to 10 pm daily

Flame Grilled Chicken

Flame Grilled Chicken

Do not let the peeling facade of the building fool you, for tucked away in Bukit Timah Shopping Centre is a hidden gem – Buddy Hoagies.

Simply furnished and dimly lit, the café has a sofa at one corner – just the right touch to make you feel at home. Walls adorned with pictures of legendary artistes such as The Beatles and Michael Jackson complete the cosy feel.

This quaint, little café and grill serves up a wide range of Western cuisine such as steaks, pasta, rosti and baked rice. They also have wallet-friendly student specials at $5.90 and set lunches at $8.90 on weekdays from 11 am to 4 pm.

Student specials are served with an iced tea while the set lunches include a soup, two side dishes (there are 11 sides), a beverage and the main course. Deserving of special mention is the Flame Grilled Chicken set lunch.

Send in your lunch recommendations to contest.nptribune@gmail.com and stand a chance to win Salad Stop vouchers worth $5! Contest ends Sep 10.

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