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Meat your Greens at The Lawn! [Sponsored Review]1/25/2013
Who says healthy alternatives have to be bland, unexciting and dull? The Lawn aims to overthrow this misconception and here I present to...
Who says healthy alternatives have to be bland, unexciting and dull?
The Lawn aims to overthrow this misconception and here I present to you..
Meat your Greens at The Lawn!
From their website:
I think this description of the restaurant is really apt:
"Imagine a warm cosy enclave amidst the lush greenery of trees giving the comfort of their gentle shade, Imagine the loving embrace of a perpetual breeze, relaxing your tired mind, Imagine water trickling gently, from beautiful water features, Imagine leaning back over a cup of warm glorious coffee and allowing this serenity to heal and recharge you, No need to imagine anymore, we are real!"
The place gives out the vibe that is exactly described above. However, as the boss mentioned, do avoid the crowd which is from 11.30am - 2pm, as this is the time where all the working adults have their lunch breaks.
In fact, here's something to perk you up for avoiding the peak period!
The Lawn provides more than a typical salad bar, where they introduce in the possibility of adding grilled meat into your plain dull bowl of salad. No oil, no frying!
There's a small little platform elevated, mimicking the grass patch. Quite an interesting design!
Here's a wide selection of Grills you can choose to go along with your salad.
Here's a better view for you:
(Click for a bigger view)
For description of each grill, click here!
The current promotion that they are having.. which is like ending in few days time? Haha. Keep a look out for their upcoming promotions!
Here's how my journey begins at The Lawn:
Step 1: I was introduced by one of the owners, Sarah, about the few bestsellers at TheLawn.
Few best sellers are the duck and beef grills, grilled prawns and maple chicken.
Step 2: I was told to pick 5 toppings from the salad bar to add on top of the huge bowl of fresh vegetables. Certain toppings include crushed peanuts, tofu, boiled egg, broccoli, grapes(my fav!), walnut and many many more!
One thing I like about this service is that I get to choose 5 (that's considered a lot) toppings among many choices. It's hard not to be spoilt for choice here because they have way too many varieties of toppings.
They have very pretty staff serving you too ^_^
Step 3: Upon request, the chef will grill your choice of meat right in front of you. They don't pre-prepare the grilled meat so be sure to enjoy hot sizzling meat on your pool of fresh salads and appetizing salad dressings.
If the prawns here do not look appetizing to you, you are truly sinfully wrong.
As the saying goes, do not judge by looks. You'll know why, in a while ;)
Step 4: Cute order blocks and tags were given to you so that you can pay while you check-out! Friendly service isn't it?
Since this time wasn't an ordinary dinner, but rather a food tasting, one of the lady staff presented me eight of their most popular salad dressings for me to try! At first I was quite surprised but within a while I got too excited to try out all the dressings. A luxury that no normal diners could have! But if you would like to know which tasted better, read on!
Few of my favourites are
1. Beachy Peachy: A fusion of sweet and sour in this dressing! Truly appetizing!
2. MeSoSpicy: Taste a little like tomyum, and it is really burning spicy, but extremely satisfying.
Something unique for your salad!
3. Red Island: TheLawn's kind of thousand island!
4. Citrus: Lemon~~ Pretty sour but not oily, a healthy and perfect substitute for normal salad dressing.
5. Wasahonie: Wasssup! This name is too cute! And as a wasabi lover, I can't say no to this dressing!
Alrighttttt here's the food!
Grilled Chicken breast with Maple infusion $9.90
First of all, I really have to warn you that the portion of this is pretty huge. I was famished why I reached TheLawn at 7.30pm, and I couldn't finish this! Reason being? A great portion served at a friendly price.
It's true! How often can you get your stomach fully satisfied and no, not fast food, under $10?
How often can you try something fresh and healthy, under $10?
Find your answer at TheLawn.
Spot elation written all over my face.
And yes, here you can see the depth of the salad bowl. TheLawn call this a box!
Its size resembles a huge BOX indeed!
Sizzling hot grilled chicken infused in maple sauce presented on top of your salad and toppings!
I had: Grapes, Baked mini potato, Walnut, Crushed peanut and Broccoli!
Personally, I've always hated chicken breast because I find them very dry. But boy, I was so wrong! Chicken breasts can also approximate to the tender and juicy chicken thighs, best is less oily, and this was exactly what TheLawn presented to me.
I love the grapes the most. Though tiny, it is seedless, sweet and extraordinarily juicy!
My baked mini potato, so ideally boiled that I can consume the skin with ease.
I brought boyfriend along and this was what he had:
Butter Seared Pacific Dory with Parsley Rub $9.90
A gorgeous, generous rub of Italian Parsley, Kosher salt and butter is gently teased and caressed into every flake of this delightful dory, you will be helplessly seduced by the savory flavors seared into the grill. (from website)
I swear that this tasted better than the maple chicken. The key to the great taste, is none other than the charred butter with Italian parsley and Kosher salt, adding an additional taste sensation to the Dory fish.
If you are a fish lover, you will regret it if you give this dish a miss.
Toppings here: Tofu, Boiled egg, Green Apple, Crushed peanuts and Carrots.
Can I repeat again that the dory fish is really tasty?! ^_^
Guys, if you are still following me,
good for you.
Here's the best part.
Char-grilled Garlic Prawns
(Complimentary for this food tasting only, you can order as a Grill dish itself)
Someone please pass me a tissue, I'm drooling.
No matter how good the Dory Fish is, it still has to be a number two only.
Because the Grilled Prawns were better.
Fresh is what I can think of to describe this, because that's the most prominent characteristic of the grilled prawns. So fresh that it was so chewy!
The house's unique herbs and juices used to marinate the prawns was also another plus factor that you'll never get to experience elsewhere. Consuming alone without any complements was good enough to achieve full satisfaction.
I tried it with MeSoSpicy and I had another tasty and spicy sensation.
I've also ordered the Iced Caramel Latte @ $4.80!
A very beautiful presentation, with a gradient of colours from white to dark brown.
I appreciate nice presentation of my food and drinks, I think that's the least a restaurant should offer.
Here's me, fully satisfied from my healthy dinner!
We were the second last customer.
They close pretty early because usually there's not much patrons after 9pm.
They are now open on Sundays too! :)
Plenty of outdoors seats for you, if you happen to hit the crowd.
So... if you are looking for a healthy alternative, hesitate no more. Overall, The Lawn provides you a greater and healthier alternatives to your daily food solutions like fast food, or plain old kopitiam. Something better than that? You probably have to go bigger restaurants or cafes which cost you at least more than $15 a meal. Here at The Lawn, ordering has been made easy (A box of salad at $9.90) and I totally feel that the price is too good to be true.
To be honest, if this is located anywhere near SMU, I will dine here most of the time because the food here is worth every penny. Not forgetting its healthy options!
Here's a small visualization of how to reach TheLawn.
Thank you Jonathan for the invite to this food-tasting session. There's no way I can describe how much I've enjoyed the dinner.
The Lawn Grill & Salad Café
31 Biopolis Way, Nanos #01-07,
Hotline: 6478 9739
Hope you liked this review!