It is a challenge to make people go ballistic on salads due to their bad reputation as a cow’s diet and their inability to fill bellies in a satisfactory manner. Perhaps it seems absurd to mingle salad and heartiness together. But maybe that’s the only way we can discover and savour moderation.
Spinacas (spinach in Spanish) was established as a hearty salad delivery concept by former architect Phyllis Chua, after her exposure to a variety of fresh whole produce and meats used in the salads in Spain. She attempted to relive similar meal experiences back in Singapore but without any success.
“Salads that were nutritious and hearty just didn’t exist. Most of them were too protein-light and carb-heavy, and I would always be hungry by 3pm,” she observed.
Spinacas features a fuss free order and delivery process. In its user-friendly menu, it offers five meat and two vegetarian options in two sizes – regular or petite. Each box of leaves comes with a fixed base (baby spinach or mesclun and pickled red cabbage) and six toppings (broccoli, hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, nuts, seasonal surprise ingredient and a home-made dressing). A special mention to the perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg with gooey yolk that further enhances the dining experience.
The hearty part of the salad is made up largely by the protein component that is served warm. It consists of meats such as Morrocan Spiced Chicken (marinated in a fiery Middle Eastern spice blend for 12 hours), and BBQ Pulled Pork (slow cooked in a cinnamon stock till meltingly tender, then tossed in a custom made BBQ sauce). Other options include the signature handmade Pork and Beef Meatballs and quarterly new items like Honey Soy Chicken and Chicken Patties. Vegetarian alternatives comprises Sesame Tofu Patties and Ratatouille.
Orders have to be placed 24 hours ahead on the Spinacas website. Deliveries are made from 10.30am to 1pm, and 5pm to 7pm, from Mondays to Fridays. Customers can also pick up their salads from the commercial kitchen in Pearl’s Hill Terrace. The minimum order is SGD30 and delivery is free.