Tucked in a cosy corner along Kee Seng Street in [email protected] Pagar sits Fifty50, a quaint little cafe serving up healthy wraps and salads, wholesome pasta dishes and vegan confectioneries.
With a wholesome and healthy menu in mind, the food offered here is flexitarian – a primarily vegetarian diet with occasional meat or fish, catering to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
“After all, life is about a healthy indulgence!” says Vanisha, the owner of Fifty50.
The small cafe space is decked out in teal, white and wooden furnishing, with plenty of light coming in from the large windows.
The bar seats are perfect if you want to take a mid-afternoon breather alone with your coffee, if not, Fifty50 is also a great place to pop by to pick up a cuppa or two before work or after lunch.
We started off with three drinks – the Seven-Spice Chai ($6), Apple Cucumber Fizz ($6) as well as the Iced Matcha Latte ($6). The latter being one of the best sellers in the cafe because of its well-balanced taste and authentic matcha flavour.
The Apple Cucumber Fizz provided a refreshing respite to the hot weather outside, with a punchy cucumber flavour that developed into more of a melon-like taste the longer I sipped on it. This is a drink I’ll definitely be back for.
If you need to warm up after a couple of chilly hours in the office, go for the Seven-Spice Chai. Full of deep flavours and aromatic spices, it tasted just as authentic as the chai you would find in Little India.
One of my favourites from the menu was the Curry Chicken Wrap ($11.50), which came with crispy flash-fried tortilla chips on the side. The wrap was generously filled with plenty of chicken and veggies, and the curried meat was extremely flavourful and carried just the subtlest touch of heat.
If you want to go for a meatless alternative, try the Zucchini Hummus Wrap ($11.50), packed full of creamy homemade hummus and smoky roasted zucchini.
There were also cherry tomatoes hidden in the wrap itself, and they added a tangy pop of sweet juiciness to the wrap. This is a great choice for those who want a light meal that’s chock-full of protein and fibre.
For a pasta with a daring local twist, try the Chilli Crab Linguine ($13.50). I never expected that a pasta dish could have ‘wok hei‘ but this certainly did.
It reminded me of a hearty zi char dish, with the spicy, tangy tomato sauce carrying a subtle smokiness, flecked with a generous amount of crab meat.
The meatless pasta option came in the form of the Penne Pumpkin ($11.50). A hearty and healthy dish made up of penne tossed in a tomato cream-based sauce atop a bed of fresh baby spinach, with chunks of sweet roasted pumpkin and cubes of feta.
This dish was a hit with my two dining partners, who loved how well-rounded the flavours of the sauce was and how it did not leave them feeling too jelak afterwards. Also, the two pasta dishes were really value-for-money for the portion sizes that they came in.
Of course, we couldn’t leave without enjoying a Latte ($4.50) made with an aromatic New Zealand roast. Fifty50 is also well-known for their Espresso ($4), perfect for an afternoon-pick-me-up without ending up with too much of a caffeine buzz!
Fifty50 surprised me with all the delectable (and healthy) offerings and drinks – I’m already making plans to return on a free afternoon to get some work and reading done! This cosy joint also advocates eco-friendliness by reducing its amount of plastic waste, and all the menus and takeaway boxes are made from recyclable materials.
Not only is the food amazingly good, the friendly staff made me feel like I was right at home. Those who are looking to try out legit vegetarian food for the first time, I would highly recommend the Pumpkin Penne and the Zucchini Hummus Wrap!
Expected Damage: $8 – $15 per pax