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These wholesome saybons dishes are proof that fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

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These wholesome saybons dishes are proof that fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. 

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Over the years, French- style eatery Saybons has a built a reputation for serving up fast and healthy food at very reasonable prices. 

Says Le Cordon Bleu- trained chef-owner Daphane Loke (right), who’s also a certified nutritionist: “Saybons was started with the objective of making French food more affordable and accessible to everyone. No more exorbitant ambience charges or three- hour long meals. Just good and affordable classic dishes using the best of French culinary techniques and the freshest ingredients.” 

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Saybons has expanded its menu to include a new selection of soups, crepes and risottos. 

Here are our top picks. 

10 Years in shots soup ($10)

Even if you’re not a soup person, this is worth ordering simply for the experience (and pretty pictures). Ten different flavours of soup are served in shot glasses, so you get to sample a little of each. Perfect for the fickle-minded, the cheerful colours will make you want to devour each shot, which is about 50ml. Daphane recommends that you drink the soups in order of richness, starting with the lightest-tasting: Cauliflower, Potato Leek, Carrot Coriander, Golden Pumpkin, Wild Mushroom, Tomato, Watercress Chicken, Red Capsicum, Broccoli Cheddar, and Seafood Bisque.

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Beetroot Crepe Ưith Sous Vide Chicken ($6.90)

Every ingredient in this savoury crepe sounds perfect. The chicken breast is seasoned with herbs and spices, and sous- vided at 68 deg C for the ideal tenderness. Made from fresh wheat flour, milk and eggs, the crepe is tinted with natural beetroot juice to achieve a subtle pink, and then layered with baby spinach, gouda cheese, pine nuts and a drizzle of pesto sauce. 

Seafood Risotto ($17.90)

Want more protein? Order this generous bowl of risotto cooked in a seafood broth and topped with prawns, mussels, salmon and baby spinach. There’s even a wobbly onsen egg to meet our #eggporn desire. Mix it into the arborio rice for extra creaminess.

Saybons is located at #B2-32 Plaza Singapura (tel: 6884-9018), #02-43 Junction 8 (tel: 6258-3138), and #01-24 OUE Downtown (tel: 6222-0980). Opening hours vary. Visit for more information.