Fou de Fafa
Fou de Fafa, which means “just to be crazy” in French, is a delightful respite from the run-of-the-mill establishments in Tanjong Pagar. Helmed by a holistic nutritionist, this is one place where you don’t have to worry about busting your diet because the menu here is as healthy as it is quirky. There’s a huge variety of options on offer, ranging from jumbo sandwiches, juices, wraps, quiches and super-thin crust pizzas to whatever new creations the owners can think of. There are also gluten-free and dairy-free options. If only this place was open on weekends, things would be perfect.
What a delight this place is! Full of creative pep, color and quirkiness, this lively eatery easily stands out from the numerous run‑of‑the‑mill establishments that populate the Tanjong Pagar end of Robinson Road. Since replacing Tartines, a French‑styled, sandwich‑driven bistro last December, Fou de Fafa (it means “just to be crazy” in French) has been carving out a well‑deserved reputation for serving up some of the zaniest, healthiest and most imaginative bites in the CBD—at very sensible prices. Take your time to study its extensive menu, where you’ll find a plethora of options from jumbo‑sized sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, pastas, quiches, soups, to various other delectable entrées. We dropped in after work on a week night and found it buzzing with a steady stream of customers. If you’re fazed by the multitude of options on hand (like we were), don’t sweat it, as the friendly staff will walk you through the menu and even recommend items. Helmed by a holistic nutritionist, this is one of the few places around that thoughtfully offers customers gluten‑free, dairy‑free options. An example of this was an item recommended to us, the Pizza Fou’d Flewed, which was sectioned into dairy‑free with meat, and cheese‑laden cum vegetarian, halves. This pizza itself was a veritable stunner—loaded with rocket; and a super thin crust as crispy as pappadoms that gave the pizza a light, super tasty, crunchy feel to it. Next up, we plumped for a light tuna pesto sandwich, and duly loved it for the generous loads of tuna and its ample serving size. We rounded off the meal with a smallish serving of chocolate fondant, which although wasn’t gooey, was rich and very chocolaty. We urge you to try the whole bunch of wacky juices available too, with ingredients from avocado, to beetroot and tomato. There is just so much to try at this charming bistro; opt for something unusual and original and you’ll be in for a real treat. We left not only feeling satisfied, but also healthy and happy. The only grouse: that this place is not open during weekends; because Fou de Fafa would make an excellent brunch stop on a leisurely Saturday morning.