If you take a holistic approach to well-being, by taking care of your mind, body and soul, and are into organic health food, I’ve found the perfect place for you; Mahota Commune, is a wellness concept hidden away on the top floor of Kitchener Complex right outside Lavender MRT station. Within it, you’ll find a health restaurant, a health café, and a treasure trove of a supermarket stocked with organic products and produce from Mahota Commune’s own farm. It also has a studio that holds yoga and meditation classes, cooking lessons and wine tastings.
Organic Wine Masterclass
Mahota Commune believes that wine, especially organic ones that are carried by the store, are truly good for health and well-being when taken in moderation. It is a fact that red wine is chock-full of anti-oxidants like resveratrol, and scientific studies have shown red wine has protective effects on cardio-vascular health. Personally, I subscribe to this not just as an excuse to drink (in moderation, of course), but because I truly believe wine and other naturally derived beverages like tea and coffee, are healthier options than factory-made and sugar-laden drinks that are ubiquitous in our modern diet.
I was invited to a masterclass conducted by wine consultant Lim Hwee Peng, who is a Certified Specialist of Wines and French Wine Scholar. Taste Europe with Mahota (S$68), is part two of a series of masterclasses by wine specialists, and it was one of the most educational masterclasses I’ve attended. With only about a dozen participants, Hwee Peng shared his intimate knowledge of seven Italian and French wines via slides, and illustrated the different geography and characteristics of wine that afternoon.
To underscore Mahota’s seriousness in their organic wine offerings, they even have their own in-house wine sommelier Donald Tsu. Having just returned to Singapore after spending five years in Shanghai, Tsu believed that more education and awareness are required in Singapore. He felt that the mainland Chinese drinkers are catching up rapidly in their understanding of wines and their level of sophistication, and he’d love to see the same happen in Singapore.
Treasure Trove for Health Foodies
In addition to Mahota’s own certified organic wine, produced in Penglai, China on their own vineyards and winery, the rest of the wine carried on Mahota Commune’s shelves are also organic. The grocery section in Mahota Commune is a health-food shopper’s paradise, stocked full of fresh organic produce either sourced externally or internally from Mahota’s own farms in Malaysia or China. I’ve not seen a more diverse range of health-food in any single place.
The menu in the restaurant boasts dishes made with organic ingredients and the café even has vegan pastry options such as dairy-free scones made with cacao butter. Mahota Commune is serious with their philosophy of well-being and the sincerity is reflected on the products they carry in the concept store. Now, if only more people know about the place, the more people can start being healthier. So, if you read this, spread the love!
Block 809, #03-31, French Road