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Credit card promotions and dining deals that are keto-friendly

The current buzzword of weight loss diets is keto, or ketogenic diet, which is a diet that allows you to eat high-fat food, lots of it! But it comes with a catch – you have to skip all forms of carbs, which means no sugar, rice, noodles, bread or potatoes. The idea behind this high-fat, low-carb regimen is that it deprives your body of energy of carbs, and your body is forced to burn fats for energy in a process called ketosis.

Under this diet, you should ideally eat less than 50g of carbs a day, which is roughly about two slices of whole wheat bread or two medium baked potatoes. To reduce the feeling of hunger, people doing keto try to eat high-fat foods such as butter, coconut oil, cheese, peanut butter, fatty fish, full-fat milk and fattier cuts of meat.

Although most people adopt a keto diet for weight loss, it can also have some health benefits like improved insulin sensitivity which leads to better blood sugar control. It is important to know, however, that the long-term effects of the keto diet are not yet known, so dietitians who advise on the safety of ketogenic diets say that it should be used only for short periods of time.

Thinking of going keto but don’t want to give up on dining out? Here are some restaurants whose menus have options that are lower in carbs, and to make things sweeter, they have tie-ups with various credit cards so cardholders get to enjoy dining promotions. So whether you’re on a budget, or out to splurge on a good meal, there is something for you.

As you will see, a life without carbs is still a life worth living.

HSBC Credit Cards

On a budget Splurge
Smor, A Scandinavian Deli

Offer: 1-for-1 Protein Packed Breakfast or Muscle Fuel Meal Box using the Entertainer app, which is available to all HSBC card holders

Valid till: 30 December 2019

Where: #B1-23, One Raffles Place

Smor serves organic and healthy protein meals emphasising clean-eating Nordic foods, salads, soups and gluten-free Scandinavian sandwiches.

Its Protein Packed Breakfast includes items such as stuffed omelette with a choice of two ingredients such as tomato, cheese and bacon; and egg white scrambled with kale.

For its Muscle Fuel Meal Box, you select five items from five categories: proteins such as coffee-cured sirloin beef strips, ginger-roasted chicken breast; complex carbs such as shitake mushrooms; sides such as baked cauliflower and roasted broccoli; toppings such as mozzarella cheese, edamame beans, cherry tomatoes and Romaine lettuce; and sauces such as spicy Sriracha and olive oil.

Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Offer: 15% off food bill. Not valid for weekend bunch

Valid till: 31 December 2019

Where: 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square

Dolce Vita serves authentic Italian cuisine with modern twist using the freshest of produce and seasonal ingredients.

Try its main dishes like its signature Rombo, pan-seared turbot fillet with pumpkin, vermentino, citrus sauce; and Filetto, pan-seared Tajima Wagyu beef tenderloin with parsnip, salt-baked shallots, morels and red wine jus.

The restaurant also carries seasonal and set lunch menus.

Great for a business lunch.

Citibank Credit Cards

On a budget Splurge
Pacific Marketplace, Pan Pacific Singapore

Where: Level 1, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard

Offer: 10% off your total bill (includes dine-in, takeaways and weekday and weekend afternoon tea)

Valid till: 30 December 2019

Pacific Marketplace is a gourmet grocery and cafe that serves quick morning coffee and breakfasts, as well as a wide selection of sandwiches and salads. If you feel like eating light while still maintaining the keto, grab a quick salad for lunch here and, maybe a coffee, but hold the sugar and milk.

Its menu features an array of salads such as Pacific cobb salad with grilled chicken, cucumbers, blue cheese, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado and red wine dressing; and Loch Fyne salmon, consisting of smoked salmon, arugula, frisee, red radish, capers, red onion and lemon dressing.

Sushi Airways

Where: 20A Baghdad Street

Offer: 15% off a la carte food items

Valid till: 30 November 2019

Sushi Airways is an aircraft-themed restaurant decked out like a retro aeroplane cabin. But don’t let the quirky theme distract you from the menu with a focus on sashimi, sushi and maki rolls, made with seafood flown in four times a week from Japan.

(Although if you are on a keto diet, skip the sushi and maki rolls.)

The restaurant serves individual portions of sashimi but if you’re in a group or feeling especially hungry, go for the sashimi moriawase, a platter of assorted fresh sashimi.

Sushi Airways also serves grilled items like grilled puffer fish, grilled salmon with salt, grilled yellowtail cheek with sea salt and grilled eel. All suitably low-carb.

UOB Credit Cards

On a budget Splurge

Offer: Get 15% off with a minimum spend of $40 on weekdays (promo code: UOB15 + first 3 letters of current month + first 6 digits of UOB Card number (e.g. UOB15MAR123456); or 10% off with a minimum spend of $60 on weekends (Promo code: UOB10 + first 3 letters of current month + first 6 digits of UOB Card number (e.g. UOB10MAR123456)

Valid till: 30 December 2019

Info: Valid for 2,000 redemptions on weekdays and 1,333 redemptions on weekends. Discount is capped at $6 per transaction. Valid for a maximum of 2 redemptions per user.

There are days when you don’t feel like moving from the couch, but even a couch potato has to eat. So thank goodness for food delivery services like Foodpanda, which delivers from a range of eateries, including those with low-carb options such as Yolo, which serves dishes like cauliflower fried rice with chicken and veggies, and beef bulgogi with kimchi salad and vegetables.

SaladStop!, which is also on FoodPanda’s list of eateries, carries a range of low-carb salads like Tuna San, consisting of Romaine lettuce, seared tuna, avocado, edamame, cherry tomatoes, mandarin orange, sesame seeds, wasabi honey soy.

You could even go for something hearty (but low carb) like bak kut teh from Old Street Bak Kut Teh (skip the rice and you tiao).

Food options depend on your delivery area.

Triple Three, Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Where: 333 Orchard Road, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Level 5

Offer: 1-for-1 lunch buffet (Mondays to Saturdays) and Sunday family lunch for adults (maximum eight diners per card); for daily dinner buffet, UOB cardholders get 50% off for every second adult.

Valid till: 30 April 2020

The Japanese-inspired Triple Three restaurant boasts an extensive daily international buffet, featuring a selection of food like fresh sashimi and sushi, seafood on ice, live cooking stations and a premium roast section.

Just don’t go near the pasta corner.

OCBC Credit Cards

On a budget Splurge
Ah Hua Kelong @ Riang

Where: 15-9 Jalan Riang

Offer: 1-for-1 appetisers and sides for lunch, daily

Valid till: 31 August 2019

Info: Limited to one redemption for every two diners.

Ah Hua Kelong @ Riang is a seafood restaurant with its own two kelong fish farms which supply the catch of the day, from seabass to lobsters. The restaurant serves Western food for lunch and Chinese cuisine for dinner.

For lunch, starters include lemon buttered mussels and crispy mid wings, while sides include mixed greens with red radish tossed in roasted sesame dressing; and charred corn with onion and unsweetened butter.

While you’re there, why not try its main dishes, such as the seafood bowl with pan-seared seabass fillet, mussels, lala, and onsen egg; oven-roasted salmon with gremolata and alfalfa; roasted spatchcock chicken with garlic confit remoulade and charred lime.

Beast and Butterflies

Where: M Social Singapore, 90 Robertson Quay

Offer: 15% off total food bill

Valid till: 31 December 2019

Info: Reservations highly recommended.

Beast And Butterflies at M Social Hotel is where the cool kids hang out, and also where you can find what it calls “borderless cuisine”, or Asian fusion food.

Kickstart your appetite with low-carb starters like crab patties infused with Thai tom yum; crispy spinach dusted with garlic powder; chawanmushi with roasted duck and ikura; or Hokkaido scallops marinated with yuzu and sesame oil and shiso leaves.

Then move on to main dishes, which include Iberico pork collar marinated with Thai spices and served with rocket and coriander salad with spicy dried shrimps; crispy pork knuckle with sesame-oil scented sauerkraut, nam jim sauce and hoisin sauce; spicy boneless beef ribs with turnips, spinach, spicy chives’ chimichurri and crispy shallots.

DBS Credit Cards

On a budget Splurge
Dusk Restaurant & Bar

Where: Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road

Offer: Get 10% off your total bill with a minimum spending of $80

Valid till: 31 March 2020

Dusk Restaurant, which is right on the top of Mount Faber, offers a panoramic view of Harbourfront and Sentosa, which is suitably romantic, and its menu of low-carb tapas are suitably keto.

Tapas include premium Iberian ham topped with Gruyère and Emmental; beef meatballs in cherry tomato sauce; parma Caesar salad; clams simmered in white wine and vegetable broth; and pan-seared scallops served with bacon strips and ikura roe.

You could also go for dishes like the Twilight Platter, which comes with an oven-roasted half spring chicken, beer-infused bratwurst, mild Italian sausage, Parma Caesar salad, crunchy new potatoes and corn on the cob, and share this platter with a non-keto friend, who will hopefully eat the potatoes on your behalf.

Food Capital at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Where: 392 Havelock Road, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Offer: 15% off lunch and dinner buffet

Valid till: 1 May 2020

Food Capital claims to serve one of the most extensive interactive buffets in Singapore, with a live theatrical show kitchen entertaining guests as they tuck into its international fare.

Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include seafood on ice, tandoori chicken, tandoori fish, rotisserie roasted chicken, freshly sliced sashimi of tuna, salmon and mackerel and daily double boiled soup. Buffet items are available on a rotational basis.

If the mention of all these food items is making you salivate and you’re thinking of applying for a credit card with dining privileges, head over to Finder’s dining credit card comparison page. Finder is a comparison website which represents over 40 credit cards in Singapore and allows you to narrow down the relevant cards using the website’s filters.

You will also get all the latest promotions in one place. Don’t hesitate. Don’t make your stomach wait.

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