As the sun is about to set around Keong Saik Road, Afterglow shines brighter than all the rest. Celebrating a farm-to-table and plant-based food concept, this restaurant dishes out creative and tasty meals. As Singapore is riding on a healthy wave, Afterglow is definitely surfing in the very front.
Throughout my Afterglow review I felt totally comfortable, especially with reggae-inspired music in the background. The ambience feels very homey and organic, as there is no unnecessary décor that would seem out of place.
Although Keong Saik is filled with awesome food, Afterglow’s menu is surely one of the most creative along the street – ranging from Cuban Wild Rice Burgers and Raw Masala Pizza to Deconstructed Sushi Bowl and Vegan Cheese Platter.
Afterglow Singapore | Playing With Illusions
First on our list were the Teriyaki ‘Meat’-Ball Taco Boats. If you didn’t know that the meatballs are totally meat-free, I bet you wouldn’t notice. The texture of the meatball imitations is surprisingly close to what you would expect from the real ones. Made with homemade sakae teriyaki sauce, mushrooms and feta cheese, the meatballs aren’t creamy but have the graininess of actual minced meat.
Besides the meatball illusion, the dish is supposed to resemble the look of tacos. While the fresh and crispy salad leaves play the role of the tacos, thinly chopped onion and pepper pieces function as salsa in combination with the neatly sauce garnish.
Round two comes in the form of a raw and crispy lasagne. Instead of ordinary pasta sheets, I was presented with long and thinly sliced zucchini pieces as basic layers. Although the zucchinis were raw, they weren’t chewy at all. They felt actually a little crisp, which made the lasagne taste unexpectedly fresh and still filling. The zucchinis were alternated with spinach as well as layers of juicy tomato slices and small walnut chunks.
The highlight of the lasagne was the dehydrated tomato sauce, which I have never tasted anywhere before. Added in every layer, the tomato pieces were beautifully rich in taste and slightly crispy. Although they looked like small sun-dried tomatoes, they tasted entirely different – like an intensified tomato sauce (which I suppose was the idea).
The absence of sauce, cheese, and cream didn’t make the lasagne taste boring or dry, as veggies were very juicy and the dehydrated tomatoes rich in flavour.
Afterglow Singapore | One Of The Best I Ever Had
Generally I am not very big on desserts, but then also can’t resist cheesecakes. However, instead of cheesecake I was advised to try the raw chocolate salted caramel fudge. Totally gluten free and without refined sugar, this dessert was entirely unexpected. Made with raw cacao powder, honey, pink Himalayan salt, and coconut oil, the texture is very much like a fudge, but wonderfully creamy. The portion of the cake was perfect for me, as I prefer a richer taste instead of too much chocolate.
I will definitely eat more desserts, as I could easily eat this one every day. If you don’t work in the area, you can also order a delivery from Afterglow via foodpanda Singapore.
Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore, 089131
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00am-21.00pm
Follow this link to order online.