As most people know by now, I am quite a fanatic reduceterian for both health and environmental reasons. Since moving to Singapore in 2016, I have done extensive research on vegan and vegetarian hotspots in my new hometown. Besides, as I do occasionally eat fish, I also looked out for restaurants that serve sustainably harvested food. While many restaurants in the city offer vegetarian options, other restaurants are real specialists. Hereby, a list of my favourite restaurants in Singapore that suit a meatless diet!
Having a meatless lunch in Singapore is not a big challenge as many food stands and restaurants serve at least one vegan dish and a few more vegetarian dishes. However, the restaurants below are specialists and that makes me coming back over and over again.
- The Living Cafe, Bukit Timah. The Living Cafe aims to serve genuinely healthy food and drinks that are tasty, affordable, and accessible to everyone. You can choose from a choice of salads, pizza’s, rice bowls and sandwiches, as well as a range of raw pastry. The pizza with vegan macadamia cheese is a personal favourite!
- Fill a Pita, China square central. A Middle Eastern vegetarian lunchspot that offers options like moussaka and lentil soup. But the dish they are famous for is their outstanding falafel pita that is delicious and affordable (10 SDG per pita). As a bonus, the staff is very friendly, which makes you want to come back more often!
- The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough, Botanic Gardens MRT. The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough serves the best (sourdough) bread in town. As many people are well aware of that fact, the bread is generally sold out in the (early) afternoon so make sure to go there on time to be assured of your peace. At their bakery, they also serve vegan and vegetarian sandwiches during the day and vegetarian pizza’s at Sunday nights.
- Plentyfull, Millenia Walk. Plentyfull offers a market table lunch buffet during weekday’s where vistors can mix and match there meals. You can choose from many delicious vegetable dishes that remind a bit of Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes (and as the title of his famous cookbook is Plenty, that might not be a coincidence.) As a bonus, the organic supermarket Little Farms has a small dependance within the restaurant where you can buy vegan snacks, coconut yoghurt and tapenades.
Lunch and dinner
The restaurants below are perfect for either lunch or dinner. While some restaurants serve vegetarian and vegan food only, others offer extended options for every diet.
- Real food, located in Clarke Quay Central, Novena Square 2, Orchard, South Beach and another location opening soon in Far East. This is my most visited lunch spot in Singapore. Real Food is a vegetarian restaurant that offers an elaborated menu of both Asian and Western options. And what’s in the name, this place serves dishes that are tasteful, authentic and healthy.
- SuanThai, Somerset. When going to this Thai restaurant, you usually get the regular menu that includes meat, seafood and eggs. However, ask for the vegetarian menu et voilà, the same menu translated to vegan Thai dishes such as vegan Pad Thai and Pineapple fried rice.
- Herbivore, Rochor. This is the place to be for sushi fans! Herbivore serves pure vegetarian cuisine and that includes sashimi and teriyaki chicken. The sushi is vegetarian as the mayonaise being used contains eggs and the fish contains dairy. But all sushi can be prepared completely vegan at request.
- The Banana Leaf Apollo, Little India. As 1/3 of the Indian global population is vegetarian, all restaurants in Little India contain extended vegetarian options. So that is always a safe way to go. Banana Leaf Apollo is my favourite restaurant, especially for the Gobi Manchurian (fried cauliflower) or the Tandoori Veg Platter.
- Afterglow by Angelow, Keong Said RD. Afterglow by Angelow aims to bring sexy back to vegetables, and without a doubt they succeed in that. The menu consists of both cooked and raw clean food, such as raw lasagne and a deconstructed sushi bowl.
- The Loving Hut, Geylang. Longing for traditional fried rice and satay? Can Lah! I am telling you, at this place it is really, really hard to taste a difference between real meat and the vegan version. This is a good place to introduce a meat lover to an environmentally friendly alternative.
As I prefer to have a bit of a fancy dinner during the weekends, here are some restaurants that perfectly suit the occasion.
- Mezza 9, Grant Hyatt. The chef of Mezza 9, Lucas Glanville, has quite a progressive philosophy that focusses on environmentally sustainable and ethical food options. That includes seafood with the MSC and the ASC label, which makes it the place to go for me when I want to enjoy some sustainably sourced fish. If you wish to keep it vegetarian, you should definitely go for the vegetarian sushi.
- Open door Policy, Tiong Bahru. This restaurant in Tiong Bahru aims to serve sustainable dishes that are free of dairy and gluten, including some vegan dishes and desserts. ODP grows its own herbs and spices in a vertical garden, which happens to be at the walls of the restaurant. It is a good ‘meet in the middle’ place for plant and meat lovers in a nice setting.
- Blu Kouzina, Demsey Hill. Blu Kouzina is a Greek restaurant that offers a wide range of Mediterranean dishes. What I like about the menu is that the dishes are marked when vegetarian/vegan, so you can easily find the options that meet your diet. I like ordering several small dishes to make up my own Greek buffet.
Eating plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean that you are only allowed to eat salads and green smoothies. I mean, we all have our moments that we want nothing more than just craving fastfood. Luckily, there are some great spots in Singapore to serve this need!
- VeganBurg, Geylang. VeganBurg claims to be the world’s first 100% plant-based burger joint. They offer no less than eight different vegan burgers with GMO-free soy patties, as well as a range of side dishes and pastries.
- NomvNom, Clarke Key Central. Located in Central Singapore, NomvNom is within reach for many citizens that long for some responsible junk food. You can choose from a variety of burgers, pasta’s, soups, salads and ice cream.
- Brownice, Upper Thomson Road and Geylang. Head to Brownice for the best vegan ice cream in Singapore, made with organic rice-milk and evaporated crane juice. Besides, Brownice serves pasta’s and pizza’s with signature vegan cheese.
Hawkers centres and take-away
- Thai Express. Although Thai Express is a big chain, I like going there every now and then as they provide quite some vegan options including Pad Thai, pineapple fried rice and mango salad.
- NamNam Noodle Bar. Another chain that is spread out over the city. NamNam serves vegetarian spring rolls with brown rice paper, a Bánh mì with lemongrass tofu and even a vegetarian pho. However if you want it to be vegan, keep in mind that the stock used for the pho may come from meat and the Bánh mì may contain butter/mayonaise.
- Maki-San, Cathay Building. At Maki-San they allow you to design your own healthy sushi, offering you the chance to make it meat and fishless and with brown rice. Besides, they offer a Very Veggie sushi roll on the regular menu. Make sure to ask for the ingredients in the sauce if you want it to be completely vegan.
- Hawker’s centres can be quite a challenge, but all you need to do really is pick out the right ones. Check out this list of vegetarian-friendly hawker centres and 7 vegan hawker stalls that even die-hard meat lovers will like.
As I will keep on looking out for restaurants that offer vegan and vegetarian options and that are fun to visit, this list can considered to be ‘work in progress’. So stay tuned for more awesome food spots! You can also read the previous blog about my hotspots in Singapore, all of the restaurants in my blog contain vegetarian options unless indicated otherwise and with exception of hawker centres.
If there are any restaurants in Singapore that you would like to tip, please feel free to leave a comment!