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Whenever we eat out, there would be certain expectations we’d hold the restaurant to. Besides the usual service standards of being shown to our tables and keeping our drinking glasses full, we would also expect the food to be served piping hot in front of us, all ready for consumption.

But interestingly, there seems to be a growing interest in working for your own food. Trading in some elbow grease and getting your hands dirty for your own food creations.

Instead of making the consumer buck worth and enjoying the service rendered, here are some places that are embracing this shift. Customers serve themselves instead of being served.

1. Mix & match your own juice drink

You’ll never revert to the plain old apple juice once you’ve experienced the customisability and immersive experience of Beesket. Mix and match from over 39 different fruits and vegetables. Create different permutations of your favourite drink by picking the corresponding capsule.

Credit: Beesket
Credit: Beesket


These capsules represent the ingredients that go into your own original juice, and you go around the store like a worker bee filling your honeycomb basket with ingredients to create your ultimate original juice drink. How fun is that?

Address: Changi City Point, #01-20
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 10:30am – 9:30pm

2. Get wrapping! DIY your own Popiah

By the end of the meal, you and your friends would have become professional popiah wrappers. The DIY popiah set from Good Chance Popiah Eating House deconstructs all the ingredients that go into making a good roll and have you wrapping them for yourself instead.

You’re in full control over the proportions of what goes into your own popiah. The trick to achieving that perfect popiah is to not over-stuff them with the restaurant’s seven ingredient filling – more than the standard medley.

Good Chance Popiah Eating House
Address: 149 Silat Avenue, #01-58
Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm

3. Customise your very own breakfast bowl

Start your day right with this breakfast bar that’s located in the heart of Singapore’s business district area. Load up on your very own breakfast bowl filled with Whole & Hearty‘s homemade yogurt, organic oatmeal and top it off with a selection of fruits and nuts.

Credit: Whole & Hearty
Credit: Whole & Hearty

Pay for the price of a cup and go nuts trying to stuff your bowl full. No need to feel guilty here – everything offered are great healthy options from flax seeds, granola and other superfood that are on daily rotation.

Whole & Hearty
Address: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-84
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 1pm

4. Design your own pancake

It’s now a lot more fun to have everyone’s favourite breakfast food. Nook Cafe & Bar offers a DIY pancake set where you cook your own pancakes on a hot griddle. Conveniently stored in squeezy bottles, have a go at creating masterful pancake art pieces and gobble down your own creation.

Credit: Whole & Hearty
Credit: Nook Cafe & Bar
Credit: Nook
Credit: Nook Cafe & Bar

Edible art is now made possible (and more delicious) with various pancake batter flavours and toppings. So get ready to create a unique pancake like no other!

Nook Cafe & Bar
Address: 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-03
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 11pm; Fri: 12pm – 12:30am; Sat: 10am – 12:30pm; Sun: 10am – 11pm

5. Watch your food sizzle to your preferred doneness

Freshness takes centerstage at Hot Stones, an establishment that has been around since 1992. Raw cuts of premium meat and seafood are served on a hot serpentine volcanic stone slab to cook while the slab locks in the natural flavour and juices of the meats.

Credit: Hot Stones
Credit: Hot Stones

You can now play your own teppanyaki chef to quality meats like wagyu beef and kurobuta pork.

Hot Stones
3D River Valley Road, #01-06
Opening hours: 
Sun – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 2am

6. Create your own Tacos

Credit: Super Loco
Credit: Super Loco

Get ready to immerse in strong fun vibes when you step into Super Loco, a Mexican restaurant and bar that dishes out authentic street food. The menu is decorated in bright bold colours and adorable illustrations. Their DIY Taco Set makes it perfect for a sharing platter with a group of friends.

Credit: Super Loco
Credit: Super Loco

Fill those taco shells with your choice of pork or chicken and top it off with guacamole, salsa, some cotija cheese and a dash of hot sauce – super delicioso indeed.

60 Robertson Quay, #01-13
Opening hours: 
Mon – Fri: 5pm – 12am; Sat – Sun: 10am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 12am

So the next time you want to be more involved in the food preparation process, head down to these DIY eateries for a truly immersive experience like no other. Get ready to get your fingers dirty as you become the boss of your own food!

(Header image by Snixykitchen)

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