Grain is an online restaurant operating in Singapore that delivers food from their kitchen directly to your doorsteps. As a consumer, you can think of it as an alternative to your food delivery apps – UberEats, GrabEats, FoodPanda, Deliveroo, but instead of delivering food from restaurants, they deliver from their own kitchen.
Even the interface is similar – just type in your address and it will lead you to the menu. Something of note is that they used the word “healthyish” to describe their meals instead of plain “healthy”. Does this mean it’s not actually healthy? I’m confused. Or maybe they are just writing this so they wouldn’t get sued or something.
For my meal, which I completed order at 11.10am, I ordered the following:
There is S$2 delivery charge, making the total S$23.90 nett. You can make advanced reservations and even group/event catering as well.
Order given for lunch was 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm, but a notice for a delay in traffic due to road cracks was given even before ordering. In the end, the order arrived about 1.10 pm, which isn’t too bad for a slight delay.
On the cover ingredients and nutrition information are included, which is a really nice touch. Sodium information is not included though!
Flaked Unagi and Salmon
Unfortunately the food was not warm from the moment I took it out of the food bag, and I know it’s not because I was taking pictures. The good side is the food being packed in microwave safe ware, but I would really prefer if it is still warm.
Checking the package it was prepared by 11.30 am. Hopefully a way to keep the food warm is possible the next time.
The purple wakame and spinach were a nice addition for meal balance. A regret I have is not mixing the spinach together with the rice to see if it pairs well together.
Unagi was nicely roasted with good umami flavour and buttery texture. Rice looks clumped up, but the texture was fine when eating it. Pairs well with unagi and was delicious with very well balanced savoury flavours.
Salmon doesn’t look too good in the picture, but is delicious and also pairs well with the fried rice.
I got a little confused by the inclusion of tobiko, since I didn’t taste much of it. Turns out it was just spread throughout the fried rice. The tobiko addition didn’t feel like it added much. You can also see my spoon being rather shiny, which is because of oil in the food. The food did not feel overly greasy, but is a bit on the oily side. Warmth also definitely affected the quality of the meal, although it was still delicious served at room temperature.
The dish is made of several layers. From bottom to top – a bottom short crust pastry, a cake-like layer, layer of raspberry, then almond flakes. Description from the website says this is based on the Frangipane Tart or Bakewell Tart.
A decent desert, but obviously not as good as freshly made. Very high in sweet profile. Crust is crumbly, but not perfect like freshly baked tarts. The cake like layer, which I assume is supposed to be the Frangipane, tasted a lot more buttery and sweet. I definitely expected almond flavours to be stronger here. Overall, decent.
Rating for Grain Flake Unagi and Salmon and Raspberry Frangipane
I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.
It definitely isn’t something that blew me out of the park. Grain is a nice alternative for food delivery, so perhaps a travel-meter should be non-existent.
Calling Grain an “online restaurant” is still perhaps a bit far from the truth, as I don’t think a restaurant experience is translated. That said, I am happy with my purchase from Grain.
For the people who can afford to eat it more often, it also seems to be a decently healthy choice with their menu placing emphasis on nutritional values. Although, of note is that Sodium levels is not displayed.
But I’m just a fat boi… What do other people think?
Facebook reviews are really good, averaging 4.4 stars with 79 reviews. The bad reviews seems to be mostly about orders not being delivered or orders not taken properly. As Grain is a rather new company, perhaps these complains are minor ones. The positive reviews seem to like the food and service a lot.
Google Play Store reviews for the Android app seems to be very positive, with 1000+ downloads, a rating of 4.9/5 stars average was given from 39 reviewers. Reviews are very short, so take this number with a grain of salt.
Burpple comments seem generally positive.
There aren’t many other reviews out there at this point, but there is this article that went behind the scenes with the food startup. Apparently there are regular customers who order Grain 3 to 4 times a week.
On 5 May 2017 there was a food hygiene issue that made 20 customers sick.
Overall, Grain seems to suffer the problems of small and new companies. However, the existing customers definitely do seem to like it.
Money(?) Grubbing Section
As with anything nowadays, Grain does have promocodes. Use the following and it is a S$5 credit to your account, while also giving me S$5 credits.