Gone are the days when people give you weird stares for mentioning that you are vegetarian or vegan. For many people the choice to be vegetarian or vegan is based on a myriad of different reasons such as religion, health or the environment. Singapore lives up to its name of being a food haven and there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian friendly options in various different cuisines. However, not everyone is willing to jump on the vegan/vegetarian bandwagon. These restaurants can help you when you want to introduce a curious friend or a hesitant family member into the goodness of this diet.
1. Zen Herbivore Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant
Yes, I know. When you think of Japanese food, you think of sashimi and sushi which are clearly not vegan options. This was exactly what Mr Ho had in mind when he came up with the idea of Zen, a first of its kind Japanese themed vegetarian and vegan Restaurant together with Chef Masatshi Yasui. Herbivore is an offshoot of Zen and it includes Western dishes as well. Not only can you satisfy your Japanese food cravings, you can demolish some juicy looking burgers too! Mr Ho firmly believes in innovation to the menu while sourcing for unique ingredients that do not require the slaughter of animals. Good food with ethical business practices? Sign me up.
Address: 190 Middle Road, #1-13/14, Fortune Centre, 188973
2. Real Food
Vegan and vegetarian fare does not have to break the bank. With prices below $10 for dumpling soup, this place at Clarke Quay proves that. Even though they’ve expanded to three other locations, the place still retains its small organic cafe feel. You might have to wait for your order because they make dishes to order. This place also labels their dishes – vegan/gluten-free/wheat-free – so you know exactly what you are ordering.
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-52/53 The Central
Don’t want to give up burgers when going vegan? No problem! With plant protein patties and fresh produce, these vegan alternatives will even have professed meat lovers going back for another visit. The burger patties are pan grilled and combined with artisan whole meal buns, fresh vegetables and mayonnaise that is egg and dairy free. You have to try it to believe it. The best part is that VeganBurg aspires to change the way we eat into something more environmentally sustainable. It is difficult to find tasty and healthy food that does not harm the environment but they manage it perfectly.
Address: 44 Jalan Eunos
4. Whole Earth
Sometimes, you don’t want plant based patties. Sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into some good old Asian cuisine that combines the perfect amount of sweet, sour and spice. Behold Whole Earth, a restaurant that specialises in Thai and Peranakan cuisine that surprisingly does not include any type of mock meat. The Penang Rendang that is pictured above is actually made of mushrooms. This restaurant has been established since 2013 and as proof that they really know what works, they have even been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016.
Address: 76 Peck Seah Street
Can we forget Indian food when talking about a vegetarian diet? With over a third of India being vegetarian and with such a long heritage, Indian vegetarian food is a must have. Singapore has a great many Indian places to eat at. Annalakshmi works at a pay what you want basis in order embody the idea that no one should be deprived of food. According to Hinduism, a great deed you can do is feeding others so if you want to, you can contribute to another’s meal. Fulfil a great deed while feasting on delicious Indian cuisine.
Address: Central Square, #01-04, 20 Havelock Road
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Written by: Annmaria Patteri