137 Amoy Street
#01-01/03 Far East Square
Singapore 049965

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Monday:
11:00am - 03:00pm

Tuesday:
11:00am - 03:00pm

Wednesday:
11:00am - 03:00pm
04:00pm - 08:00pm

Thursday:
11:00am - 03:00pm
04:00pm - 08:00pm

Friday:
11:00am - 03:00pm
04:00pm - 08:00pm

Saturday:
Closed

Sunday:
Closed

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A bowl created by Chef Mano Thevar, Bombay street with a twist - basmati brown rice, corn and chana dhal kichdi, pumpkin vada with kachumber raita, curry leaf crumb and crispy onions. I loved all the flavours, especially the vada but wished there was a bigger portion of dhal and raita as I had excess rice which was a little dry on its own. All bowls by Bamboo are plant-based with meat and low-carb options at additional cost (plus $3-$5).

Bamboo has a unique concept where you order through their app and use the app to open your pod for collection. Although the main goal is for a contactless transaction, my main gripe is that the process was not as seamless as expected. Not only do you need to download an additional app that is only unique to this store, they only accept credit card payment (no ApplePay yet though they’re working on it according to an employee) and each pod can only hold two boxes - meaning that if I do a large order for my table an employee still has to hand me the food boxes. Cool idea but not practical with form over function…? We probably spent more time with the employees trying to help us download the app than a typical system with an employee taking down our order.

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Got the Bangkok ($10) bowl which is vegan by default🌱 but you can add chicken (+$5). Comes with red coconut curry, vegan shrimp paste, butternut pumpkin, cashews & spiced mushrooms😋 We also swapped our rice for turmeric coconut cauliflower rice which was honestly so tasty👌🏼👌🏼

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Seen quite a fair bit about Bamboo Bowls on social media and all, but didn’t manage to head down when they were still new-new back then since their operating hours are rather limited. Having the chance to be in the area these days, decided to just head down to see what they have to offer. Super clean aesthetics aside, Bamboo Bowls is an interesting concept when it comes to both the food, and the experience. The ordering process is a little cumbersome for first-timers; orders are made through a dedicated app so it does take some time to input the required details (such as card details since they only accept cashless forms of payment) — all that with the rather slow network speed whilst I was there. Once the order has been placed and payment is successfully made, a “pod” will be assigned to the order, where one would need to collect the order from the assigned pod. A notification will prompt on the phone to inform the patron that their order is ready for collection, and one would have to click on the phone to “open” the pod to collect the order. Pretty much aligned to its super minimalistic interior decor, Bamboo Bowls serves up healthy, yet gastronomic grain bowls — each bowl offered is named after a country, and features elements that is tied to the cuisine served in the said country. The menu is co-developed with several chefs from all around; take for example Chef Bjorn Shen of Artichoke/Small’s, Chef Mano Thevar of Thevar, and Chef Nicholas Phillip of Barbacoa in Bali.

It wasn’t too easy making a choice with regard to which grain bowl we wanted to go for, but the Singaporean in us probably felt like we do resonate to the “Singapore” bowl best given the description on the menu. The Singapore, which is created in collaboration with Chefs Eugene Chan (of Panamerica) and Keith Wan (of Quay House) comprises of sugar-free coconut curry, fresh vegetables, and smokey bean sprouts topped with crispy laksa leaves — patrons do have the option to either opt for an entirely plant-based bowl, or choose to add a pre-selected protein; in this case, the house-made prawn cake. Another choice that patrons are able to make a choice would be in their carb preferences — again, patrons can pick between the default whole grain selection (brown rice laksa noodles in this case), and a low-carb option (Shiratake Yam Noodles in this case). It is noted that the option to go for protein and the low-carb option is a chargeable “upgrade” — both of which we didn’t go for.

Opening up the biodegradable container, one would notice how the grain bowl is beautifully plated — mixing up all the elements to coat them up with that rich sugar-free coconut curry, it is of particular note that the gravy is especially creamy and lemak without being cloying or heavy; carried quite a good punchiness despite not being overwhelmingly spicy — just right for those who are able to tolerate low levels of spiciness. To make the entire bowl more wholesome, they did add some crispy laksa leaves (almost similar to that of dehydrated kale) for a light crispness, whilst the addition of peanuts (though I wished they did stated it clearly in the menu) provided a nutty note with more crunch and bite that went surprisingly well with the sugar-free coconut curry. Amidst all of that, the smoky bean sprouts pretty much replicates that sort of texture one would usually expect out of nicely-cooked beansprouts served with the usual bowl of laksa, while the julienned cucumbers provided a refreshing crunch; a fusion of various textures all in one bowl. As with some Laksas out there, they do provide a half of a boiled egg which was good to have, while the brown rice laksa noodles were slurpy and springy; done just about right so it doesn’t become too soft — also came with a very light hue of maroon since it was also made from brown rice. The home-made prawn cake also made an impression; it is almost like a slab of Otah with a consistency of steamed egg; soft and easy to chew through, yet containing chunks of prawn within for that slightly sweet touch amidst the light notes of the rempah spices — pretty enticing. The entire package came across as wholesome and hearty, yet light and easy to finish without clouding the tastebuds with an onslaught of flavours.

It is without a doubt that a lot has indeed went into the concept behind Bamboo Bowls — from its super clean aesthetic, to the entire dining experience and the food available in their menu; there is a lot to be said about the thought and effort which has went into the entire concept. Whilst the basic bowls (i.e. plant-based bowl with whole grain carbs) are pretty reasonably priced at $10, opting for the various choices available does bring the bill up significantly that makes it less appealing as a daily dining option for some. Still, Bamboo Bowls is certainly worth a go once a in a blue moon; an establishment that not only serves up gastronomic grain bowls that distinguishes them from the typical salad/grain bowl joints, but also one that seems to be all big on environmental sustainability where even effort is being placed to separate the different types of waste and reusing placards that comes together with every bowl. Looking forward to be back some other time to give their other bowls a try!

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Tokyo bowl.

Read more: https://www.misstamchiak.com/bamboo-bowls/

bamboo bowls has recently opened its first contactless store in Singapore, serving eight fast, healthy and sustainable Asian bowls created by renowned chefs! Here are some fast facts about their bowls:
✅50% organic
✅100% sugar-free
✅100% unprocessed & unrefined
✅Ethically sourced meat
✅Low-carb alternatives
And there’s no compromise on affordability or flavour too!

The ordering process is seamless - just order via the bamboo bowls app and collect your food from one of the designated pods. We tried the Sichuan (by Chef Jowett Yu) and Bangkok (by Chef Justin Hammond) bowls, and both were enjoyable in their own respective ways! The former was packed with familiar Szechuan flavours (although I personally feel it could have been spicier), while the latter was really tasty with the ingredients mixed in the aromatic red coconut curry! You can pair the bowls with their complimentary Japanese Sencha w/ Ume & Cherry Blossom, or their range of zero sugar sparkling water as well!

Love their interior space with its minimalistic and chill setting too. I can definitely see myself returning to try their other bowls (eyeing the Singapore one) if I’m in the CBD area in future. FYI: To celebrate its official launch, the bamboo bowls team will treat everyone who downloads the app to one free bowl – valid for 1 month from date of download.

✨ Overall Rating: 3.6/5
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📍 #01-01 to 03, Far East Square, 137 Amoy St, Singapore 049965
⏰ Mon-Fri: 11.30am to 3pm

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