Best places for vegetarian food in Singapore

May 16, 2019
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    There are a lot more exciting and varied choices for vegetarians and vegans these days. More eateries are offering raw items too. Here are 16 places that offer a range of vegetarian cuisine, with Peranakan, Thai, Western and local influences.

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  • Pepper Jade
    2 / 15 Pepper Jade

    How do you cook Thai food without fish sauce? Pepper Jade, a Thai vegetarian restaurant at Sunshine Plaza, manages very well. Some of the dishes on the menu are vegan and the kitchen does not use eggs, garlic, onions or shallots.

    No eggs, no fish sauce, no problem. The kitchen uses aromatic ingredients such as coriander leaves and roots, chilli, citrus juices and palm sugar to great effect. Tang Hoon Prawn In Claypot is a case in point. Coriander roots add depth of flavour and the noodles are just peppery enough and full of umami.

    Other good things to order include Phap Thai; Pomelo Salad , full of sweet, juicy fruit and crunchy nuts; and Tom Yam In Claypot, not too spicy but very aromatic and moreish.

    Where: #01-20, Sunshine Plaza
    Visit www.pepperjadeveg.com

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  • Real Food
    3 / 15 Real Food

    Real Food is one of the top go-to places for fresh, wholesome vegetarian and vegetable-centric fare. It offers a good range of gluten-free dishes and energising smoothies too.

    One of the popular favourites here is the fresh homemade dumplings ($9.50) filled with organic ingredients such as carrots, mushrooms, beancurd, turnip and chestnuts. There are also sandwiches, burgers with vegetarian patties made of soy, nuts, grains and legumes, as well as dishes such as salads, noodles and pasta.

    Other things to try include the Original Banana Pancakes ($11.80). They are wheat and gluten-free, and sweetened with agave syrup. Complete your meal with a juice or smoothie – plenty of options to suit your fancy. Real Food has three outlets and opening hours vary at each outlet.

    Visit www.realfoodgrocer.com

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  • Madras New Woodlands Restaurant
    4 / 15 Madras New Woodlands Restaurant

    The VIP Thali meal at Madras New Woodlands Restaurant in Upper Dickson Road, is an Indian vegetarian meal that is so filling, you might even need to skip dinner.

    A thali is a selection of dishes, usually served on a metal platter. Katoris, or mini metal pots, are placed on a tray lined with a banana leaf. Each is filled almost to the brim with a variety of vegetables and curries. The VIP Thali ($9.50) changes each time you order it; the chefs decide what vegetable dishes to prepare each day, depending on what they get from the market.

    There are also regular dishes that make it to the tray, including dhal made from split pulses and sambhar, a lentil-based vegetable stew. Raita, a soup-like yogurt dish filled with thick slices of cucumber, is a perfect cooling aid for the heat from some of the curries. Carbohydrate lovers will appreciate having both white rice and biryani rice served in individual katoris.

    Where: 14 Upper Dickson Road
    Call 6297 1594

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  • Elemen
    5 / 15 Elemen

    Elemen, which has restaurants at Millenia Walk and Thomson Plaza, serves up flavourful food with an impressive modern presentation. The best way to get the best of the menu might be to opt for the five-course ($26.80) or eight-course ($32.80) meal. It sounds like a lot, but one of those courses is a beverage.

    Double-Boiled Maca Soup, made with the South American root, is supposed to give energy and stamina. Although the soup is made without meat bones, it has a rich, nuanced flavour that warms the belly on a rainy day. Try the Sizzling Quinoa Brown Rice (above) for the main course – it is the standout of the meal.

    Where: #01-75A Millenia Walk
    Visit www.elemen.com.sg

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  • Sufood
    6 / 15 Sufood

    Italian-inspired meat-free concept Sufood is run by home-grown restaurant chain Putien. Tuck into dishes such as a strawberry snowflake salad and curry cheese calzone. Other dishes include a creamy potato black bean soup, zesty oyster mushroom stone pot rice and its signature Star Pizza. A four-course meal costs $25.80.

    Where: #02-19 Raffles City Shopping Centre
    Visit www.sufood.com.sg

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  • Smoocht
    7 / 15 Smoocht

    Formerly known as Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream & Kitchen, this is well-known for its range of vegan-friendly ice cream, which is made with brown rice milk. Prices start at from $3.50 for a scoop. It also has ice-cream cakes starting from $60.

    Where: #01-03 Sing Ming Centre and 319 Jurong East Street 31,#01-58
    Visit www.brownice.com

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  • Ling Zhi Vegetarian
    8 / 15 Ling Zhi Vegetarian

    Dishes at Ling Zhi Vegetarian, which is part of the Tung Lok Group of restaurants, include everything from vegetable curry to an assortment of dim sum delights such as crisp-fried yam croquettes, and pan-fried carrot cake. It also offers steamboat.

    The restaurant has two outlets – at Liat Towers, an a la carte lunch buffet costs $22.80++ a person (minimum of two diners), while over at Velocity, the set menu starts from $38++.

    Where: #05-01 Liat Towers and #03-09/10 Velocity@Novena Square
    Visit www.lingzhivegetarian.com

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  • Afterglow
    9 / 15 Afterglow

    Feast on a range of raw foods including a Raw Vegan Nut Cheese Platter ($14), where the nut cheese is made of cultured cashews and probiotics; guacamole dip ($14); and nori rolls filled with almond “rice” and toppings such as achar and kimchi ($14 each). There is also raw lasagne ($22) made with sheets of zucchini, as well as rice bowls ($16), and salads (from $14).

    Where: 24 Keong Saik Road
    Visit www.afterglow.sg

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  • Cafe Salivation
    10 / 15 Cafe Salivation

    The cafe in Race Course Road offers Western and fusion vegetarian cuisine. Breakfast items here range from scrambled paneer on toast ($11), to eggless mini pancakes with maple syrup and strawberries ($11). Its cafe fare spans soups including a tomato ginger soup with crunchy chickpeas ($8), and salads; to sandwiches, burgers, pastas, pizzas and even a Thai red curry rice.

    Things to try here include the Desi Sandwich ($10) – grilled potatoes served on white bread smeared with green chutney and topped with cucumber and tomato. The menu indicates which items are vegan friendly and gluten-free, as well as dishes that can be prepared without onion or garlic.

    Where: 176 Race Course Road
    Visit www.cafesalivation.com

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  • Joie
    11 / 15 Joie

    Located at Orchard Central’s roof top garden, Joie offers an extensive range of fine vegetarian fare. Tantalising treats include a zucchini tower, lime tofu and green curry emulsion, and a wild rice and eggplant terrine. Heartier dishes include a truffle risotto and a duo of pumpkin and spinach ravioli. A six-course set lunch is priced at $38.80++, while a seven-course set dinner is priced at $68.80++ a person.

    Where: #12-01 Orchard Central
    Visit www.joierestaurant.com.sg

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  • Whole Earth
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    Expect tasty, home-style fare from Peranakan-Thai vegetarian restaurant Whole Earth in Peck Seah Street. The restaurant was featured on Singapore’s inaugural Bib Gourmand list in 2016.

    Its most popular dishes include oatmeal tofu, braised shiitake mushroom kong bah, Penang rendang made with mushrooms, and a crispy yam ring basket. Prices of dishes range from about $15 to $20 each.

    Where: 76 Peck Seah Street
    Visit www.wholeearth.com.sg

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  • VeganBurg
    13 / 15 VeganBurg

    This burger joint in Eunos has a range of hearty burgers. The patties are made with soy or mushroom, and topped with everything from crispy onion rings to grilled pineapple, and vegetables. There are eight burgers to choose from, including Avocado Beetroot and Char-Grilled Satay, with prices starting from $9.90. Side dishes include vegan smoked franks and shrooms pops.

    Where: 44 Jalan Eunos
    Visit www.veganburg.com

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  • Loving Hut
    14 / 15 Loving Hut

    The cafe serves Peranakan and Asian fare, as well as items such as burgers. Expect dishes such as a Nonya Laksa – vermicelli laksa made with soy milk instead of coconut milk; Meatless Lor Ark, or braised duck, noodle; satay and more. Prices range from about $6 to $20 a dish, with most items averaging at about $10 to $12 each.

    Where: #01-01, 229 Joo Chiat Road
    Visit www.lovinghut.com.sg

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  • The Living Cafe
    15 / 15 The Living Cafe

    The cafe is one of the pioneers of the raw food movement in Singapore. While it has a good range of raw and vegetarian dishes, hormone-free chicken and fish also feature on the menu.

    However, the cafe does not use red meat, cow dairy, and white sugar. It also does not add preservatives or artificial colouring to its food. The menu also has a range of gluten-free alternatives for those who are gluten sensitive or intolerant.

    Dishes include salads such as Asian Quinoa and a Pumpkin Rocket with caramelised onion; brown rice nori rolls, zucchini pasta and raw-broccoli mushroom pizza with macadamia cheese.

    Where: 779 Bukit Timah Road
    Visit www.balancedlivingasia.com/the-living-cafe

    A version of this article first appeared on Singapore Women’s Weekly.

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