Need to make this carnivore-meets-vegetarian arrangement work? We've got you covered
Dining out with a vegetarian (or vegan) friend but not a big fan of green plates? We’ve all been there. It can be tough deciding on a place everyone agrees on – even with all these great vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. But why go down one route (veggie or meat?) when plenty of places offer something for both herbivores and meat lovers? Here are our favourites.
1. Don’t do tapas, go Mexican.
Some cusines are more vege-friendly than others, and as much as we love tapas, they don’t love our veges back. Swap the seafood paella and grilled octopus for Mexican – you get pork carnitas, the veges get veggie burritos. It’s also a vegan-friendly option, just hold the cheese and avoid quesadillas.
Dine here: Señor Taco gets our vote for straight-forward Mexican food with flavours that pack a punch.
Have a bigger crowd? Head to Super Loco for a wild night out, or swing by Piedra Negra at Haji Lane. If you’re looking for a fancier spot, there’s El Mero Mero at CHIJMES.
2. Italian is a safe choice (though not great for vegans).
Behold the pizza. It’s impossible to dislike – and it’s also a hit at family dinners. Pizzas are incredibly vegetarian-friendly, as are pastas. If you can’t find a vege pasta on the menu, ask the chef to do one for you.
Dine here: Extra Virgin Pizza takes vegetarian pizzas to the next level with their Pistachio Pizza (pistachio pesto, mozzarella, baby arugula, lemon vinaigrette, parmigiano reggiano), but we also like the Mushroom Bianco (béchamel, mozzarella, roasted mushrooms and onions, fontina, rosemary). Meat-eaters will enjoy the Spotted Pig (tomato, mozzarella, spicy pepperoni, pork sausage, applewood smoked bacon, pecorino).
inITALY does an unusual stracciatella cheese served with sweet and sour eggplant caponata. The crostino (thin focaccia with melted taleggio cheese, prosciutto, black olives tapenade and radicchio tardivois) is great for vegetarians and meat-eaters to share – just ask for the prosciutto to be served on the side.
For fine dining, Osteria Mozza is a tasty treat. We can subsist on their Mozarella Bar menu alone, but there’s plenty for meat-eaters and vegetarians to choose from. No compromise necessary at all!
3. Something for everyone – no matter your dietary restriction!
Some restos encourage a plant-based diet but also have meat dishes. Others advocate conscious (or clean) eating. If you’re catering for a diverse group of friends with dietary restrictions, try these options.
Dine here: Cedele is a fail-safe option. They do all-day breakfast for the brunchaholics; they’ve got Asian-inflected cuisine and wholly western dishes; they’re centrally located; they’re vegetarian-, vegan-, and gluten-free friendly, and there’s still plenty of (delicious) options for the meat-eaters.
Other favourites we have are Original Sin (Mediterranean), Pita Pan (Middle Eastern), and Gokul (Indian) on Upper Dickson Road. These spots put out such amazing creations that you won’t even miss meat – we promise!
4. Special vegetarian options and menus
You’re the biggest meat-eater ever and you’re throwing a birthday dinner (or a huge gathering of a similar scale). The thing is there’s a vegetarian in the group. We have your solution.
Dine here: It’s not on the menu, but Joel Robuchon has a fantastic vegetarian repertoire – and they’ll even adjust according to your needs (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan). We also like Pollen for its special vegetarian menu, which features items like roasted butternut risotto and a mushroom broth with soft poached hen’s egg.