Last Updated: June 15, 2017
If you’re anything like me, then meat is definitely a staple in your every meal. Vegetarian / vegan food has never appealed much to me because I can’t imagine how one can go without meat! But hey, there are thousands of vegetarians locally, so I decided to give it a go and went on a little adventure to find the best vegetarian / vegan restaurants in Singapore.
I may not be an expert in this area, but I guess when vegetarian / vegan restaurants can make even meat-lovers want to come back for more, then they must have done a crazy amazing job on the cook and presentation of their dishes.
Since the dishes will consist mostly of beans, carbs and vegetable, the textures of the ingredients on a dish become a very important factor in deciding how good the dish is.
Not forgetting seasoning and flavour, a perfect meatless dish to me must have a good blend in texture, and a strong well-seasoned sauce to spice up the otherwise boring meal. Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese, Korean and all sorts of cuisines – Healthy and guilt-free indulging, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Located right outside Farrer Park MRT Station, this cafe is really convenient and easy to find. Cafe salivation is super cozy as it is tucked in a row of shophouses and the area is generally quiet and peaceful. Also, to all users of the Entertainer App, don’t forget to redeem your 1-for-1 main menu item here!
So I was told that the most popular dish is undoubtedly the Mexican Lasagne ($14) and I thought I had to give it a shot. It was really amazing at first, super flavorful and rich, but it got ‘jelat’ after a while. Mostly because of the huge proportion of beans, this dish lacked contrasting texture and I just felt like I was eating a pot of mush after a while.
That said, the sauce tasted great and the pasta dish was seasoned well!
We also got the Mushrooms on Toast ($10), one of the breakfast dishes. Mushrooms were sauteed with onions and garlic, and served on a garlic toast which was surprisingly yummy. The dish looked quite simple but the toast was really crunchy and flavourful.
Address: 176 Race Course Rd, 218607 | Tel: Website
Opening hours: 10am – 10:30pm on weekdays, 10am – 11pm on weekends
Not going to lie, I was rather skeptical about this at first because how can a burger not have a meat patty taste good. Ordered a Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger ($6.90 or $10.80 with fries and drink) But I was pleasantly surprise because the soy patty was so well-seasoned I practically devoured the entire burger instantly. The big chunk of pineapple also added a refreshing touch to the burger.
It was chewy with all the herbs going perfectly together, definitely a light and refreshing change to the usual meat-loaded beef burgers I’ve been having. If you are someone who can’t stand the idea of not having meat in your meal, then I strongly recommend that you give Veganburg a try because this little hideout will surely change your whole perception of vegan food.
For sides, you could opt for broccoli or fries which I thought was a really cute idea. The broccoli though was just simple, steamed broccoli so it doesn’t have any taste at all. Don’t say I never warn you ah.
Address: 44 Jln Eunos, 419502 | Tel: website
Opening hours: 10:30am – 1opm on all days
Loving Hut is one of the eateries in Singapore you cannot miss if you’re into vegetarian food. Even if you’re not you should also give it a try la. This cozy place tucked away in joochiat had an extremely homely feel and left me feeling so warm after my meal.
Ordered a bowl of the much raved about Nyonya Laksa Lemak ($9.90) and I can see the hype about it. The broth that is filled with fish cake and tofu as your ‘liao’ is so fragrant and the noodles are persistently chewy and silky – simply delicious. And all this for 476 kcal? Are you kidding me!
Other than the local Singaporean delights, Loving Hut has an interesting fusion menu. From western to Asian to desserts to coffee to juices to beers – Whatever you can think of, they have it. Oh yea definitely not forgetting the wide range of snacks (chocolate bars, chips, cookies) available at their counter, the lasagne, portobello burger, as well as the chicken rice are popular choices as well.
Only downside is that this lovely restaurant is located really far away from the MRT, so getting there might be slightly inconvenient.
Address: 229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01, 427489 | Tel: Website
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm on weekdays, 11am – 10pm on weekends
Real food is actually a cafe and a grocer at the same time so you can find heap loads of vegan thingamajigs here. From chocolate bars to potato chips to shampoo, you’ll be surprised at what you can find here. Located right outside Clarke Quay MRT Station inside The Central Mall, this could be your new healthy go-to meal option in the area.
The menu is on the pricey side but the food was awesome enough, so no complaints. If you are a fan of mushrooms, then you MUST get the portobello mushroom. The dish sounds rather simple, but the batter toppings were so crunchy and flavourful it was definitely worth the price.
For something unique, get the Sweet Potato Pancakes ($11.80), which are nothing like your usual fluffy pancakes. These pancakes are dense and chewy, almost like the texture of a mochi. Only thing was the fruits topping didn’t go that well with the strong flavor, but 11/10 for texture!
Address: Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, 059817 | Tel: Website
Opening hours: 10am – 8:45 pm from Mondays to Saturdays, 10am – 7:45pm on Sundays
The Boneless Kitchen is Singapore’s first meatless korean restaurant. It is located really near Taiseng MRT together with some newly opened cafes that are worth a try as well. What attracted me was the extremely affordable menu items (GST-free) that all sounds delicious so I had to give it a try.
The most popular dishes have got to be the Army Stew (Budae Jjigae $9.90) and the Meatless Bibimbap (Dolseot Bibimbap $9.90). This is definitely your go-to for a cozy Korean meal under $10. The stew was well seasoned and tasty with a generous serving of fishcakes and kimchi.
The rather unappealing Kimchi Pancake (Kimchi Jeon $3.90) turned out to be surprisingly good. The kimchi was rich while the pancake was made chewy but crispy on the edges, perfect with the army stew. The only downside was that the the pancake lacked texture so it got a little boring after a few bites. Definitely could do with some crunchy kimchi bits inside.
Address: #01-31, 1 Irving Pl, 369546 | Tel: Website
Opening hours: 12pm – 9pm on all days, closed on Mondays
This is the perfect place for a date night simply because of the ambience and beautiful interior. Afterglow is one of the only eateries in Singapore that serves raw food, and yes, be prepared for meals served cold.
Afterglow features nuts as a main ingredient and that is unlike usual vegan eateries that rely heavily on tofu and beans. The only downside is the steep price for a rather small serving.
This was quite an experience and the dishes were all extremely unique, definitely worth a try even with its hefty pricetag. The Raw Zucchini Linguine with Walnut “Meat”-balls ($20) is a personal favourite, featuring strands of zucchini coated in dehydrated tomato sauce, as well as “meat”-balls made of shitake and dates. Well-seasoned with a good blend of textures – simply delicious!
Afterglow also has a bar serving alcoholic drinks like beer all the way from Norway. This little cafe has a rather interesting concept with the aim “to bring sexy back to vegetables”. They offer juice cleanse packages, as well as occasional food sharing / community workshops.
Address: 24 Keong Saik Rd, 089131 | Tel: Website
Opening hours: 12pm – 11pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 5pm – 11pm on Tuesdays, 12pm – 12am on Fridays and Saturdays, Closed on Sundays
Evident from the queue, Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian is super popular among residents in Bukit Batok. This used to be my Saturday morning staple and my only tip is to go early so you won’t be disappointed (the Kway Teow runs out the quickest). Been eating here for years and the noodles always taste as good, kudos to Ru Yi Yuan for their consistency.
The deep fried mock duck is so delicious that ordering an extra portion is a must. If you are a fan of noodles drenched in gravy then this is perfect for you because the gravy is simple heavenly and makes the whole dish so tasty it’ll surely have you coming back for more.
I guess we can always count on hawkerfare for cheap and good food that never fails to bring a tinge of nostalgia and leave our bellies warm and full.
Address: 273 Bukit Batok East Ave 4, 650273 | Tel: 9674 8371
Opening hours: Closed on Sundays
Pita Pan is right opposite the ArtScience Museum, making it a perfect place to grab a guilt-free bite after viewing an exhibition. I find the items slightly pricey for its small serving size but taste-wise definitely worth the money. One of the only mediterranean vegetarian food in Singapore, this is a must-try even if you are not vegetarian.
Famous for their pocket sandwiches ($10-$18), Pita Pan has got the chewiest and tastiest pita breads ever. There is such a huge variety of herbs used and it really spiced up the otherwise boring sandwich. Get ready for a flavour-burst as you devour this delicious and healthy meal.
If you’re getting sick of your usual sandwich then head over to Pita Pan for super yummy pockets of sandwich packed with veggies and beans. The crunchiness of the fresh vegetables went perfectly with the smooth and creamy beans in the form of falafels (a traditional Middle Eastern dish of deep fried patty made from ground chickpea), definitely one of the more memorable meals.
Address: 2 Bay Avenue, L1-87, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 018972 | Tel: Website
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm from Sundays to Thursdays, 11am – 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Brownice offers such a wide variety of authentic and 100% vegan Italian dishes it’ll surely leave you spoilt for choice. Not forgetting the extremely pocket-friendly price. There is another outlet located on 8 Sin Ming Road that only serves desserts and pizzas too.
Out of all the dishes, I enjoyed the Truffle Porcini Funghi Pizza ($18) the most. A generous and well-seasoned portion of topping atop a thin and crispy crust, this pizza certainly exceeded my expectations. They also offer interesting flavours like Otah, Tofu Crumble and mock Fish Curry, if you have not tried vegan food before, then I highly recommend Brownice as a place to start.
For dessert, the vegan ice cream is beyond amazing and I simply cannot believe that it has no dairy at all because it is still rich and creamy. My personal favourites has got to be the dark chocolate flavour as well as the durian one. The brownie and waffle are both signature dishes as well, if you have a sweet tooth then Brownice might just be your new favourite cafe.
Address: 55 East Coast Rd, 428772 | Tel: 6348 2295 | Facebook
Opening hours: 12pm – 10:30pm from Mondays to Thursdays except Tuesdays, 12pm – 11pm from Fridays to Sundays, Closed on Tuesdays
Original Sin is one of the oldest and only mediterranean restaurant serving vegetarian food. Having been around for close to 15 years, this restaurant has never disappointed. Located near many famous cafes and eateries in Holland Village, Original Sin is a place you cannot miss.
The Mezze Platter ($22) is hands down the best starter I’ve had here. This is a Middle Eastern dish featuring pita bread served with fresh dips and falafel balls. The dish is so incredibly flavourful, it will surely tingle at your taste buds and leave you wanting more.
The Bosco Misto ($32), featuring a deep-fried patty, is another must-try. Original Sin also claims to have one of the best tiramisu in town, which I beg to differ thou. Unlike items on the main menu, the desserts are nothing too exceptional.
Address: 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-62,Holland Village Chip Bee Gardens, Holland, 278115 | Tel: 6475 5606 | Website
Opening hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm and 6pm – 10:30pm on all days