Try tasty, healthy fast food at this 'secret' cafe
501 Cluny Road, 01-05B, Cluny Court
10am-7pm, Mondays to Saturdays; 10am-6pm Sundays
IF BOOZY speakeasies were last year's food fad, Fresh Pressed might be an inkling of their 2014 aftermath: the cold-pressed-juice bar.
Just as covert as its forebears, the six-stool health cafe is tucked away at the back of month-old beauty store Beauty Candy, by the same owners.
The dual-concept space is a labour of love for Mr David Ratner - who has previously worked with the Asian Food Channel and later set up two restaurants, Capocaccia and Bistro Baron, in Indonesia - and his fashion-designer wife, Ms Astrie Sunindar.
Mr Ratner explains their turn towards health food: "After a lifetime of walking into fast-food joints selling heavily sugared, carbohydrate-heavy, fatty foods, we dreamed of a place offering an alternative that tasted good and came without the customary side order of guilt. Simply put, we wanted delicious fast food that was also healthy."
So what you get at Fresh Pressed are daily-made juices and salads that can be had as a dine-in, takeaway or delivery to your doorstep.
Juices come in 12 vegetable-centric flavours, and the Australia-imported, largely organic ingredients are cold-pressed - a low-heat way of juicing that keeps the fruit's minerals intact - and bottled at the store every morning.
Those with a sweet tooth can opt for the Spicy Tonic - a blend of apple, pineapple and just the faintest whiff of ginger - said to aid the digestive system while reducing fatigue and speeding up the metabolism.
The best-selling Liver Scrub, a blend of apple, beet leaf, beetroot, carrot, celery and ginger, is a spicier concoction, with plenty of detoxing benefits.
A 250ml dine-in glass of juice costs $6.50, or you can take them home in 500ml bottles for $12. Or, opt for one-, three- and five-day juice-cleanse sets comprising six bottles of juice, two bottles of alkaline water and a sachet of herbal tea per day.
There's also a "water bar" stocking four different types of bottled water, including the carbon-neutral Antipodes brand from New Zealand, and the 8.4pH Icelandic Glacial alkaline water, as well as a yummy spread of smoothies and salads working in "superfoods" such as raw cacao, quinoa, chia seeds and tahini from a menu designed by consultant-chef Emmanuel Stroobant.
The roasted celeriac walnut chicken and lentils salad stands out for its robust nutty, roasted flavour. Also impressive is the salad of pesto-dressed ratte potato, grilled artichoke and edamame, topped with cured Spanish jamon.