Herbal Oasis@Duxton by The Renhai Clinic

Hidden on the second level of a two-storey shophouse in the heart of the Duxton enclave is the unlikely find of a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) health cafe. Unlikely because with the popping up of numerous cafes and third-wave coffee movement eateries, this zen oasis offering healthy Chinese ala-carte dishes and tea sets is quite unexpected and a treasured find.

Opened by the The Renhai Clinic located just downstairs at level one, the cafe- Herbal Oasis@Duxton is founder Dr Hong Hai’s attempt at educating the public on holistic living through specialty brewed teas, herbal soups and even a library of reading materials on TCM and health in this quiet and relaxing space.

Choose from the list of Herbal Teas ranging from Clear Vision Tea made up of mulberry, chrysanthemum and wolfberry to a Complexion-Enhancing Tea with flora herbs or even a Noble Tea for Rejuvenation with American Ginseng and match it with a Red Dates Muffin or Black Sesame Muffin with Lemon for just $7 and you have gotten yourself an Afternoon Tea that is friendly to your waistline.

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For something more substantial, Herbal Oasis@Duxton also offers affordable Lunch Sets from $15 onwards. Each set comes with a choice of rice, soup and dish but items are all subject to availability.

While we were there, only 2 choices of rice were offered- the Yam Rice and Walnut Brown Rice. Extremely filling with chunks of yam in the former and bits of walnuts and raisins in the latter, both varieties were good to eat even on their own. Other options on other days would include the Olive or Pumpkin Rice. Each bowl is $4 should you choose to order it ala-carte.

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From the list of dishes, we had the Broccoli with Fish & Mushrooms– light, crunchy and very appetising, this was my favourite of the lot, the Luffa with Black Fungus Meatballs– great for those who need their meat and the Poached Spinach with Wolfberries– probably the healthiest of the lot, I could almost feel my skin glowing after that with all the nutrients and vitamins I was consuming. The prices of these dishes range from $7-9.

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Soup choices were wide, ranging from Herbal, Cooling to Tonic. Add $2 extra for your Set Lunch if you order the Black Chicken Herbal Soup, Qi Tonic Chicken Soup or Old Cucumber Duck Soup while the vegetarian ones such as the Almond Aloe Vera Herbal Soup and Snow Pear with Fig Soup have no additional charges. Brewed with TCM herbs with the purpose of restoring your body’s qi and to build up its constitution, these soups are quality concoctions that are truly beneficial for you. Even for a non-soup drinker like me, the soups were easy to drink and finished in no time. Each bowl costs $6-8.

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People often have this misconception that eating healthily is all about only eating ‘grass’, bland foods and not feeling full. Well here at Herbal Oasis@Duxton, the food fills you up and you leave satisfied. Portions are definitely more than adequate as well. This cafe is a great place to kickstart a healthy lifestyle and a good way to detox when you are tired of all the oily and fatty foods. I will be sure to bring my family back here soon for some nourishing food for the body too!

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27A Neil Road
Singapore 088817
Tel: 6221 8798

Opening hrs:
Monday to Saturday: 12 – 7pm
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.

Singapore

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