Looking for a place to go green? Check out these vegetarian and vegan dining spots for raw food, veggie bites, Indian fare and lots more
Singapore is a foodie’s paradise when it comes to eating out, with dining spots catering for all tastebuds and lifestyle choices. Think that you’ll be short of places to munch on meat-free grub? You’ll be chuffed to discover that heaps of restaurants, cafes, bars and even curry houses have brilliant menus when it comes to veggies. Read on for our huge guide to awesome vegetarian restaurants in Singapore, to prove that going green isn’t as hard as you think.
One of the more popular additions to Singapore’s growing list of vegetarian-friendly places, this trendy (thanks to its industrial-chic interiors) go-to spot for raw food has some impressive plates like the raw basil alfredo pizza.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, p. 6224 8921.
Open Farm Community
Sitting on 35,000 square feet of lush greenery that was once a golf driving range, Open Farm Community boasts a sprawling garden filled with herb and vegetable produce. This super exciting, ingenious concept features a seasonal menu (curated by chef Ryan Clift from Tippling Club), which changes according to the local harvest. As you’d imagine, there are plenty of vegetarian options here like the garden holy basil gnocchi with pickled okra and lemon grass dressing as well as new menu items like the snake bean with abalone mushroom and fermented sugar cane dressing. See our full review here.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, p. 6471 0306. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm.
Okay, so Pollen isn’t exactly 100% vegetarian, but you certainly can’t pass up the dishes on the vegetarian menu by chef Steve Allen (of London’s Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay). Arguably the fanciest restaurant of the lot, this gorgeous establishment in Gardens by the Bay features fine plates like beetroot risotto, homemade ricotta, and cereal mix, as well as salted egg and sweet potato sabayon, dukkah, and apricots – a perfect venue for special occasions.
Pollen, #01-09 Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, p. 6604 9988.
While JAAN isn’t really a vegetarian restaurant either (see Pollen), but this fine French culinary superstar offers vegetarian diners a five- and seven-course Jardin Gourmand ‘Gourmet Garden’ menu that features such delights as chestnut cannelloni with wild mushroom and kabocha pumpkin with barley risotto. And veggie-lovers, expect to splurge here too; the full seven-course menu paired with wine runs at $388.
Jaan, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex, Singapore 178882, p. 6837 3322. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-2pm, 7pm-10pm. Closed on Sun & PH.
Angela May Food Chapters
She may be better known for her stint as a model and TV host, but it should come as no surprise that Angela May has finally made here mark in the culinary scene, considering her training at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu. As it turns out, she’s now taken the helm of Angela May Food Chapters at Robinsons The Heeren. The 60-seater restaurant features a “vegetable-forward menu” that showcases Asian ingredients and spices. Some of her more adventurous dishes include the caramelised cauliflower steak with parsley and cilantro relish, and roasted pepper puree and the truffled spaghetti with parmesan cheese, slow cooked egg & charcoal tuile. Don’t miss out unique desserts like the coconut chia & fresh berries pudding with gula Melaka sauce and Saigon cinnamon.
Angela May Food Chapters, #02-02 Robinsons, The Heeren, 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855. p. 6681 7440.
Joie (pronounced ‘joy’, not ‘joey’) is a meat-free dining spot that serves up luxurious options like bailing mushroom on paper hot pot and a zucchini tower. Can’t make up your mind? Opt for the multi-course lunch (six-course for $38.80++) or dinner (seven-course for $68.80++).
Joie, #12-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, p. 6838 6966.
Vegetarians have it tough as far as Japanese food goes. The most common options are often limited to vegetarian ramen, or cucumber and avocado maki sushi rolls at supermarkets. Herbivore’s offerings, however, are not only Japanese and vegetarian, but also vegan, and include rarities like mock salmon sashimi, mock tuna sashimi and even mock unagi. The restaurant also avoids using garlic and onion, so you’ll find Jain-friendly dishes as well.
Herbivore, Fortune Centre #1-13/14, 190 Middle Road, Singapore 188979. p. 6333 1612. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-10pm.
Want vegetarian dishes that are a little out of the ordinary? Pay a visit to Cafe Salivation’s vibrant fuchsia and tangerine-themed shophouse cafe for its fun take on international vegetarian cuisine. Here, you’ll find a smorgasbord of vegetarian dishes including burgers (veggie ones, of course!), pastas, baked dishes, quesadillas, eggless cakes and more! The menu also offers items suitable for vegans, Buddhists and Jains. And, if you’re after an early brekkie, the cafe offers affordable breakfast sets at just $8 that include coffee or tea, as well as mains like breakfast burritos, mushroom & cheese omelettes, eggless mini pancakes and scrambled paneer on toast that will all make your meat-munching pals jealous.
Cafe Salivation, 176 Race Course Road, Singapore 218607. p. 6298 1412. Open Mon-Fri 10am – 10.30pm – Sat, Sun 8am – 11pm (On weekends Breakfast served 8am-12pm).
The Holland Village stalwart serves some of the best Mediterranean-veggie plates on the island – you won’t even miss meat. Don’t leave without trying their cheesy baked portobello mushroom with pesto and tomato basil sauce (aka the Magic Mushroom), and the pomelo salade with romaine, lettuce, crispy tosu, cucumber, capsicum and roasted cashew nuts in a sweet, tangy chili lime dressing.
Original Sin, #01-62 Block 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens, Holland Village, Singapore 278115, p. 6475 5605.
aThai-Peranakan dishes – surprising, considering how meat-heavy these cuisines are – take the spotlight here at this award-winning 11-year-old restaurant. Give some of their menu highlights a go, such as the sambal kangkong and ‘honey ribs’, that feature monkeyhead mushroom, shitake mushrooms and lotus root as opposed to the usual suspect: pork.
Whole Earth, 76 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079331, p. 6323 3308.
LingZhi Vegetarian Restaurant
This long-standing restaurant has been putting out classic Chinese creations since 1991. Look forward to prettily plated dishes such as braised spinach soup with bamboo fungus and hearty stuff like the vegetarian satay, which is made with mushrooms and other greens. Set menus are available from $36 per person.
LingZhi Vegetarian Restaurant, #05-01 Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881, p. 6734 3788.
Ananda Bhavan Restaurant
Established in 1924 (yes, really), this chain of Indian restaurants has been winning the hearts of vegetarians with fuss-free menu items like boli (sweet lentil flatbread) and pani puri (crispy puffed shells stuffed with tamarind chutney). If you’re not familiar with Indian cuisine, get ready for a culinary adventure at this place.
Ananda Bhavan Restaurant, 95 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207671, p. 6398 0837.
This isn’t a showy cafe with fancy creations and pretentious-sounding menu items, but rather, a humble store with simple offerings like a veggie meatball spaghetti and a beetroot burger. And oh, everything’s pretty pocket-friendly, too.
Real Food Novena, 10 Sinaran Drive, #B1-105/106/129 Square 2, Singapore 307506. p. 6397 2289. Open daily 10am-8pm.
Fast food that’s guilt-free? Sign us up pronto! This burger place is out to dispel the belief that fast food equals junk food, and we must say they’re doing a pretty good job at it. Choose from bites like the Smoky BBQ burger (comes with a minced mushroom patty) and sides like smoked vegan franks, which are essentially mini tofu sausages.
VeganBurg, 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502, p. 6844 6868.
You won’t find mock meats at this vegetarian restaurant. Hailing from Taiwan, Sufood puts out Italian-inspired plates in the form of an eight-course meal (which only costs $25).
Sufood, #02-19 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 Bridge Road, Singapore 179103, p. 6333 5338.
“Eat what you want, give what you feel. We believe you, we trust you.” That’s the Annalakshmi mantra. For 30 years, this vegetarian restaurant has served as the culinary arts branch of the Temple of Fine Arts. This social enterprise restaurant is volunteer-run, and offers a smorgasbord of lunch offerings with no fixed price. The dishes you’ll be served vary according to who’s manning the kitchens, but staples like dhal, chutney and sambar are always present. While it is pay-as-you-wish, that’s no excuse to short-change them! The restaurant has helped many people going through financial difficulties get a wholesome meal during dire times; so if you can afford it, it’s worth putting in a little bit more for those who can’t.
Annalakshmi, 104 Amoy Street, Singapore 069924. p. 6223 0809. Open daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm.
Health freaks and clean eaters unite at Project Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), Singapore’s first superfood-focused cafe. These guys put out acai bowls featuring the main star, Sambazon organic acai. What you get is a bowl of goodness with a frozen smoothie-like, berry-tasting base topped with a variety of fruits, cacao nibs, and granola. Aside from the acai bowls, there are smoothies on offer, but that’s about it – for now.
Project Acai, 27 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277738.
Loving Hut’s 100 percent vegan, plus, many of their creations are low in calories (below 500 kcal to be exact). Select from an extensive range of dishes, from laksa to pho and lasagne.
Loving Hut, #01-01, 229 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427489, p. 9787 4389.
Genesis Vegan Restaurant
Situated in Little India, Genesis Vegan Restaurant is one of many fab options for affordable vegetarian food. But, you might want to order a few dishes to share because portions aren’t exactly huge. Try their famous dumplings, which feature mushrooms, carrots, and soy-based mock meat.
Genesis Vegan Restaurant, 115 Owen Road, Singapore 218922. p. 6438 7118.
The Living Cafe
Joined at the hip with holistic wellness centre Balanced Living, The Living Cafe serves up raw and unprocessed organic foods at incredibly affordable prices. There are plenty of mains to be had, but leave some space for dessert; the raw mango tart with coconut crumble is a must-try.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758. p. 6468 4482.
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
Want to go crazy with your greens? Head to Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant to enjoy an all-you-can-eat spread of dim sum, herbal soups, mock meats, and plenty more.
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, Quality Hotel Marlow, 201 Balestier Road, Singapore 329926, p. 6254 0090.
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the cuisine types on offer here, from North and South Indian to Asian fusion. Dum briyani, murtabak, Chinese rojak and chicken rice are some signature vegetarian dishes that are real crowd pleasers.
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant, 19 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore 207478, p. 6396 7769.
This casual eatery at Marina Bay Sands – a modest side of the glitzy mall – specialises in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern bites. Homemade pita bread (obviously), crispy falafel balls, hummus – you name it, they have it.
Pita Pan, #01-87 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, p. 6688 7450.
Both North and South Indian specialties are on offer here at Komala Vilas, a chain of vegetarian restaurants which started back in 1947. Go for the vegetable briyani, or the naan with palak paneer.
Komala Vilas, 76-78 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217981, p. 6293 6980.
Madras New Woodlands
Like Komala Vilas, Madras New Woodlands needs very little introduction. You’ll get a lot of Indian food aficionados swearing either by this joint or Komala Vilas, since these two restos have been open for years and developed their own loyal followings. We think they’re both pretty darn good, but if you find yourself at Madras New Woodlands, make sure you try the VIP thali set: a massive platter of various dhals, curries and a hearty portion of rice. Of course, you also have a positively massive selection of other Indian vegetarian dishes to choose from. If you need to stave off the food coma, make sure you order a cup of its signature masala tea or coffee.
Madras New Woodlands, 14 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore 207474. p. 6297 1594.