Someone asked: "Do we have to be well-dressed to go to Well Dressed Salad Bar & Café?"
Haha the answer is "no". We were not thrown out though casually dressed, but were welcomed with a host of delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. The carnivore in me did not protest the no meat meal at all, but instead was greatly satisfied with the refreshing offerings that rested light on the palate and tummy.
In short, I was happy with what I've tasted at WDSB.
Actually, I was initially disappointed upon arrival at the shophouse unit along South Bridge Road (same stretch as Oppa Chicken, opposite Monochrome Bistro). The store front looked a tad messy and not attractive at all. Not exactly what I was expecting for an establishment that partly brand itself as a café.
But, as I walked past the Salad Bar where I can customize my salad from the selection of toppings on display, I came to the back area which was recently refurbished with mismatched furniture and decorated with wall paintings. Thank goodness there's air-conditioning too. Okay lah, must give some points for effort, although the view which faces some Chinese restaurant-style round table at the adjourning unit feels rather out of place.
It turns out that WDSB's founder is Zenna, and her family runs the Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant on level 2.
With the motto "meatless doesn't mean tasteless" and a belief that meatless cuisine can be just as appealing to the younger patrons, she came up with a contemporary menu that emphasize on clean-eating with doses of innovation. All sauces and dressings are her own recipes and made in-house.
Expect light bites such as Vol Au Vent Special ($5) consisting of 3 pieces of mini puff pastry with fillings of the day, and salads with names like Well-Dressed Green Goddess ($9.50) and Rockin' Melon Bowl ($9.50). The one that we had, Berry Quinteresting ($10.50), is a zesty combination of mixed greens, almonds, cucumber, tofu feta, strawberries and quinoa in balsamic dressing.
The Soba, So Good ($12.90), with soba noodles tossed in ginger & sesame sauce and topped with fresh crunchy greens, was generous in portion and substantial as a one-bowl meal. But perhaps chilled soba, instead of the warm soba served, might work better as a whole.
My favorite has to be Tofully Yours ($12.90). Resembling a burger, the tofu came stacked with mushroom, cheese, vegetarian ham, egg and greens. The sides of baby potatoes and homemade sweet and potato chips are greatly enjoyable too.
The Watermelon Pizza ($3.50 per slice) is available in both savory (rocket leaves, olives and tofu feta with balsamic) and sweet (seasonal fruits with mango sauce) versions. Both are equally nice, I can't decide which one I like better. My advice is, just order both! Do grab a glass of freshly-pressed Fruit Juice ($4 to $5, less/no ice +$1) to go with your meal too.
Though the food at WDSB are largely delightful, it did feel like something which does not require a culinary genius to assemble a similar version in our home kitchen. But for this price point and convenience of a healthy ready meal without the hassle of cleaning-up, I will still make a choice to return to WDSB if I'm in the vicinity.
Well Dressed Salad Bar
Address: 282A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058831
Contact: +65 65347727
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 5pm-10pm / Weekend & PH 11am-10pm
Prices stated are nett.